The Essential Guide to Wedding Dress Types

By on October 15, 2012

There are four main wedding dress types to choose from for your big day, all of which are very different. This essential guide will help you pick which of those styles is best for you and which will flatter your body shape.

Wedding Dress Types: The Ball Gown

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Ball gown wedding dress types are perfect for traditional weddings, creating a stunning hourglass figure.

One of the most popular types of wedding dress is the ball gown, especially for those who want a fairytale wedding day. A fitted bodice and large, full skirt makes up this look which is suitable for pretty much any body shape. If you are slender or pear shaped, then use this wedding dress type to accentuate the waist and cover up the lower body. This style is also sometimes known as the A-line or princess type of dress.

Wedding Dress Types: Column or Sheath

Those who opt for a column or sheath type of wedding dress tend to be extremely confident with their own body shape. As you may be able to guess from the name, these types of wedding dress are normally narrow and hug the body. If you are a petite bride, then a column or sheath wedding dress can make you look taller, however be warned that these dresses can be very restricting and hard to walk in!

Wedding Dress Types: Empire

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Empire wedding dress types are perfect for those with a larger bust or even pregnant brides!

Starting off as a similar shape to the column or sheath wedding dress types, the empire is figure hugging until just under the bust. From below the bust downwards, empire dresses have a raised waistline from which the rest of the dress flows down. Due to the room in the stomach area of these types of wedding dress, pregnant brides may feel that this style will flatter them on their big day.

Wedding Dress Types: The Mermaid

A very sexy and daring type of wedding dress is called the mermaid, due to its body hugging cut which flares out at the hem. Those who wish to highlight their curves, or show off a slender frame, will look absolutely stunning in a mermaid style wedding dress.


  1. P. Sissons

    October 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Congratulations on your new website from Northwest Georgia Weddings! Love the sheath dress above…we are excited about the 1920′s style wedding dress trends for 2013. Vintage is so much fun and allows for all kinds of creativity.

  2. Audrey L

    October 22, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I want to wear the empire style wedding dress but my fiance wants me to wear something more traditional like the ball gown type. I don’t know exactly how much weight I can lose until our wedding, but as of today I’m about 15 pounds overweight and I do not plan to wear the ball gown style while I’m carrying extra weight on me. It says on this article too, bigger women look better in empire style wedding dress. Perhaps I should have my fiance read this article.

  3. Jake

    October 22, 2012 at 5:49 am

    My bride to be absolutely loves this guide! In fact, it has been left open for me as a hint I think… Luckily, I don’t need to pick her dress for her, just pay for it I guess.
    It is so informative and actually clears up any questions she had, so you’ve done a cracking job!
    She was worried that she wouldn’t know what type of wedding dress would suit her body shape, but this has sorted out everything for her. Thanks to the writer and wedding legend

  4. Melanie

    October 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Oh it’s empire style wedding dress all the way. The ball gown wedding dress looks great for girls with skinny figure, but anyone who’s even slightly chubby it makes you look pretty terrible. I’m not even chubby but I still look so much slimmer in the empire style wedding dress than the ball gown style. I plan to get married once in my life and I plan to look damn good on that day, so I’m going with the empire style wedding dress and that’s the end of discussion as far as my boyfriend’s concerned.

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