The Silhouette Breakdown
We all obviously want to look our best for the big day. But it can be hard to know what you want in a wedding dress when all the terms are so unfamiliar to you. Do you want a gown with cap sleeves? Would a train be practical for a beach wedding? Is a plunging neckline too scandalous to wear in front of your ah ma?
Silhouettes are a big part of any dress; the smallest change can make the biggest difference in the impact you will have on your guests. A ballgown may be more suited for a fairy tale setting but would look out of place in a nautical themed wedding. A mermaid style wedding dress would look best in an old Hollywood glamour wedding, but a tea length gown just wouldn’t have the same effect.
We broke down popular wedding dress silhouettes in minute detail, so you can make the best decision for your every wedding need.
Fit and flare
It can be easy to confuse fit and flare wedding gowns for trumpet and even mermaid silhouettes. They can look similar at first glance since the differences are quite minuscule.
For fit and flare gowns, the hem tends to start in between the hip and the knee. This allows for more movement and you can take bigger steps as compared to a trumpet or mermaid gown. It’s also less tight around the hips, which is good for those who don’t want to show off their derrière.
The fit and flare silhouette is a very flexible one and can be designed to fit any wedding theme. Even for the wackiest of ceremonies, this dress will be sure to fit right in.
For trumpet wedding dresses, the hem tends to start at the knee before flaring out. The gown tends to be a little more body-hugging as well, especially right around the hip, making this an excellent choice for those who want to look a little curvier on their wedding day. There’s also more volume associated with this silhouette just for that extra oomph.
Trumpet wedding dresses tend to give off a more polished vibe, so this dress would be great for those who are having their special day in a church or in a more formal setting.
For that Little Mermaid-esque silhouette, the hem on this dress starts much lower than the rest, starting under the knee. Depending on the length of the train, it can be a little harder to move in this dress; if you need to do a lot of walking, this may not be the dress for you.
A timeless silhouette, A-line wedding dresses are fitted to the waist before softly flaring out to the ground in the shape of an uppercase A. These gowns are flattering on any body type and a classic choice for any bride. Depending on the design and embroidery on the dress, an A-line wedding gown can be adapted for any theme.
For brides who want all eyes on them on their wedding day, the ballgown should be one of your top choices. Majority of the volume on this dress comes from the waist where the folds are concentrated, giving it a whimsical air for couples who are interested in a more dreamy vibe. At CCM Wedding, ballgowns come with an in-built petticoat to boost the layers of tulle and give any bride that wow factor.