Wedding Dress 101: demystifying the silhouette

So, wedding season has officially hit here at Legend Bridal. We are now running through the weeks at a rate of knots and regularly staying late in to the evening just to get ready for appointments later in the week. All our Saturday appointments are fully booked up for the next 5/6 weeks and that feels great – to be so busy so early in the year.

And we are feeling rather smug too – at the beginning of the year we had the foresight to plan in a couple of little breaks. A way of stopping us burning out… so Easter – I have you in my sights! PJ’s and chocolate are on the horizon!

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BUT we aren’t taking our eye off the ball just yet!

Wedding dress 101

We have been working recently with our newest brides-to-be to develop designs for upcoming weddings and we are trying hard to make the whole process easy and stress free. We totally understand that you are putting a lot of trust in us to take what is in your head and make it real. It’s quite a process and we KNOW it can be nerve wracking; wondering whether what you imagine is what we imagine, and whether you are getting across what you mean.

Luckily we have loads of ways of making sure we understand everything you want; our collection of dress, sketches, Pinterest and Instagram all play a part, not to mention toile fittings… but one of the things we constantly hear is that you don’t know the right terms, or are struggling to find the right words for the things you are trying to describe.

So, we are putting together a series of blog posts to demystify the whole thing. A kind of Wedding Dress 101 if you will. Over the next few posts we will cover things like neckline shapes, common fabric types, even the names of different train lengths. But first…

Wedding Dress Silhouettes:

A-Line

Let’s start with the shape that suits EVERYONE. A-line dresses are fitted to the waist and then skim the hips and continue to the floor at that same angle – it’s supposed to resemble the letter A. Some A-line dresses are only fitted to the waist, some to the hips, but the characteristic is a gentle flare from the hip to the floor.

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Ball-gown

The ball-gown  or princess shape is the iconic fairy-tale dress with a fitted bodice that then flares out into a full skirt. This style suits most people you might want to make the skirt more modest if you are quite petite; layers and layers of tulle can overwhelm a small frame.

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Sheath

This soft figure hugging style is perfect for destination weddings or when you need more freedom of movement. The sheath is ideal for slim figures or athletic builds.

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Mermaid

This style fits closely down the body and flares out around the knee. This silhouette looks amazing on hourglass figures as it really accentuates small waists and beautiful curves.

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Trumpet

The Trumpet or fit and flare silhouette is very similar to the mermaid in that it is fitted along the body and suits a curvy figure but the flare starts higher up the thigh rather than round the knee.

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