When you shop for wedding dresses, you will quickly see that there are so many options. Bridal gowns of today come long, short, and every length in between. They are made with no train, sweep trains, chapel length trains, semi-cathedral length trains, cathedral trains, and even custom length trains if one of the standard options are not quite what you want. The most common colors of wedding dresses are white and ivory, but you can also find every color under the sun, with the most popular alternate colors being champagne, light pink, mocha, and gold. Wedding dresses are made with halter tops, strapless, spaghetti straps, one shoulders, scoop neck, cap sleeves, v-necks, and just about any other way you could add a strap. The most popular style of wedding gown is the ball gown, which has a fitted bodice and an a-line skirt, often with a crinoline under it. The skirt can be made of lace, chiffon, tulle, taffeta, or most commonly, satin. Other silhouettes are mermaid, fit and flare, trumpet, fitted, modified mermaid, modified a-line, and empire waist. Wedding dresses are either made with buttons in the back, zippers, or a corset back. The corset back really gives the wedding gown a great fit because it pulls in the waist and smoothes out the hips. Girls of all sizes look great in a corset back dress. Wedding dresses come in a size range of 2-32 in most boutiques, but smaller and larger sizes are available. In the United States, the wedding gowns run a size or two smaller than the brides normal dress size, so do not be in shock or get your feelings hurt by the size that fits! Other options that are the norm in wedding dress designs of today are feathers, ruffles, rouching, gathers, pick ups, belts, bows, and sashes. If you can think it, there is more than likely a dress out there that will fulfill your dreams.
Depending on what type of wedding you are having will determine the type of dress you are wearing. In most cases, but not all the time, brides who are having informal weddings will be searching for a simple dress that is usually made from a light weight material, without a train, and with delicate details. Informal weddings are often held in places like the mountains, on a beach, or at a favorite outside location. Most brides that are having informal weddings want wedding dresses that will not be a "hassle" on the big day. There are many beautiful informal wedding dress options at most bridal boutiques.
Formal weddings are the exact opposite of the informal weddings and brides usually want the whole wedding dress package. They want the dress, veil, head piece, fancy jewelry, garter, and shoes. The wedding is normally held inside at a church or other formal setting like a museum, art gallery, ball room, or country club. The wedding dress for a formal wedding can be made in any silhouette but most often has a train. The most popular train length is chapel and it often has either beadwork, buttons, lace cut outs, pick ups, or embroidered designs to give it a gorgeous touch. In a typical formal wedding, the bride is seen from behind for most of the ceremony, so the train is super important!
Brides can make their wedding day dreams come true with all the many options of wedding dresses out there today. If you are a bride and cannot find what you are looking for, there are even companies that will custom design the dress for you so that you too can have your happily ever after!