Choosing Your Wedding Dress Style

What wedding dress style do you want? If you’re not sure, that’s okay because most brides who are starting to think about choosing their dress aren’t sure either. The problem is, this is often the first question you are asked by your Mum, friends and even the bridal shop staff.

It’s not all bad news though. By doing some research early on in your wedding dress planning, you’ll quickly gain an understanding of the various styles and how to choose the right one for you. We talked with Invercargill’s wedding dress store Brides by Donna Rae and asked them for help on selecting a wedding dress style.

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To help you start thinking about wedding gown styles, ask yourself these five questions:

  • Do you want a long or short wedding dress?

A long gown may have a train and is more suited to a formal traditional style wedding. It will also have a range of skirt shapes for you to pick from too.

A short wedding dress could end around mid-thigh, above or just below the knee. Many tea-length gowns are perfect for a relaxed summer wedding.

  • What style of skirt would you like: A-line, mermaid, trumpet, flare, ballgown or straight?

Obviously, you’ll have more choice regarding your skirt style when choosing a longer wedding dress. What you need to remember though is that different brides suit different skirt styles. The ball gown style is best suited for curvy brides, with a form-fitting mermaid, flared, trumpet or straight skirt suiting tall, petite brides. An A-line skirt is a good option if you want the style of the ballroom but without the bulk.

  • Would you prefer a back or backless design?

Consider the season you are being married in as winter is quite chilly for a bareback! Once again, your body shape will also help guide your decision, as will the type of neckline you want in your wedding gown too.

  • Sleeves or no sleeves? What type of sleeves?

Do you want a strapless gown, or do you need the support for your bust area that straps will provide? Long lace sleeves, short cap sleeves, Juliette sleeves, off the shoulder sleeves, one-sided sleeves or straps? There are plenty of options to consider and try on.

  • What kind of waistline would you like?

Once again, your body shape will dictate your choice to a certain point. You can pick from gowns without a waistline and those with a defined one. An empire-waisted gown is a good option for most body shapes. Or you could select a lowered waistline for a more corset look gown.

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Whatever your wedding dress style, the wonderful team at Brides by Donna Rae will help you find your dream gown. We recommend booking an appointment via their website to arrange a time to view and try on the many different wedding gown styles they have available. We know they’ll have your dream gown waiting for you! Or check out what the most popular options for wedding dress styles in NZ are.

Plus check out our advice on wedding dress shopping here.

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