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Finding the perfect wedding dress can be one of the most exciting parts about planning your big day. But with so many options to choose from, how do you find the one that’s right for you?
As you choose the right dress to fit your personal style, there are a few factors you may want to consider. The first is the type of wedding you are planning. (Is it a formal wedding in a church? A casual beach wedding? You may want to match your dress to the venue.)
Second is the time of year; not all materials suit all seasons. For instance, velvet may be more suited to cooler weather. You may also want to consider the type of silhouette that best suits your body as well as which styles and materials you prefer. That will help you narrow down your search.
It's your big day, and your wedding dress can be whatever you like, but here are a few of the most popular wedding dress silhouettes:
- A-line: An A-line dress is fitted around the torso and has a flared skirt. It’s a popular pick for weddings because of its flattering shape.
- Ball gown: Tight around the waist and featuring a full, floor-length skirt, this glamorous style is a popular choice for formal weddings.
- Mermaid: The figure-hugging mermaid silhouette is fitted through the body and flares out below the knee.
- Sheath: A sheath dress is a chic, closely-fitted style that doesn’t flare.
Wedding dresses come in lots of styles. Choose one that fits your individual taste—and the type of wedding you want to have.
- Floral: Floral wedding dresses, embellished with embroidery and other details, are romantic and feminine and come in both monochromatic and colorful options.
- Vintage: From traditional gowns and intricate beading to antique lace, vintage gowns are a go-to for brides looking for something unique.
- Traditional: Tasteful, perfectly tailored, and charming, these tried-and-true styles are timeless.
- Modern: You can find lots fresh and modern wedding dress ideas on Etsy, from minimalist gowns to bold designs.
- Boho: Perfect for a rustic wedding, a breezy boho wedding dress can be lightweight and easy going with eye-catching intricate details.
The two main factors to consider when picking the fabric for your wedding dress are the season and your budget.
- Lace: Romantic and flirty, lace comes in countless patterns, weights, and embellishments.
- Satin: Satin has a shiny finish and can be made of silk, polyester, or nylon.
- Silk: Silk is a light, premium fabric made of natural fibers and typically has a more muted shine than satin.
- Chiffon: Chiffon is a sheer and lightweight material, often layered over other fabric.
- Velvet: Perfect for winter weddings, velvet is a rich, thick, and soft fabric that will make you feel comfortable and look glamorous.
- Batiste: A part of many layered dresses, batiste fabric is sheer and lightweight and works well for a softer, beachy look.
- Brocade: Known for its intricate woven textures and designs, brocade is typically stiff—perfect for structured ball gowns.
Whether you’re dreaming of a white wedding or a non-traditional wedding dress in a subtle or striking hue, here are some popular wedding dress colors:
- White: Sometimes referred to as stark white, this tone is the “whitest white” you can get and is common for traditional weddings.
- Off white: Also called diamond white, this shade is ideal for brides who want a slightly warmer white.
- Ivory: One of the most popular white shades, ivory or eggshell stands somewhere between cream and off-white.
- Cream: Also called champagne, cream often has a slight golden color or sheen.
- Blush: This romantic pale pink shade has become an increasingly popular pick for wedding dresses.
- Black: A striking color choice for an evening or midnight wedding, a black wedding dress can double as a black-tie gown the next time you’re out on the town.
Want a flirty, romantic, or elegant wedding dress? Choosing the right sleeve and dress length can help you nail the effect you want to achieve.
Sleeve length: Sleeveless dresses and dresses with spaghetti straps are the go-to for spring and summer weddings. Long sleeves, including elegant lace sleeves, are a fantastic choice in cooler months.
- Dress length: Floor-length gowns have that wow factor and are well-suited for formal and church weddings. But for a more laid back ceremony, you could opt for a knee-length or mini wedding dress—or even a fun jumpsuit.