Wedding Dress 101

Wedding dresses come in a dizzying amount of options.  Here is a glossary of wedding dress terms to help you find the style that's perfect for you!

 

Silhouettes

A-Line

A-line: fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground, with an unbroken line (resembling the outline of an uppercase A).

Ballgown

Ballgown: fitted at the bodice and has a waistline that leads to a full skirt

Mermaid

Mermaid: fits closely to the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem

Sheath

Sheath: fits very closely to the contours of the body. Has a straight skirt with no waist

Trumpet

Trumpet: fits closely to the body until the midhip and then widens gradually to the hem. (resembling the mouth of a trumpet).  Often confused with mermaid, but trumpet flairs from mid-hip, whereas mermaid flairs below the knee

   

Necklines

Square

Square: has a straight horizontal bodice that meets with straps in a 90 degree angle

Scoop

Scoop: U shaped neckline with varying depth

V-Neck

V-neck:  dips down in a V-shape

Sweetheart

Sweetheartneckline is shaped like the top half of a heart

One Shoulder

One Shoulder: strap across one shoulder only

Portrait

Off the Shoulder: sits below the shoulders and highlights the collar bone and shoulders

Sheer

Sheer: semi sheer net or lace

Halter

Halter: has straps that wrap around the back of the neck

High Neck

High Neck: features high neck/t-shirt neckline

Queen Ann

Queen Ann: high rising collar at the back of neckline that sculpts low across the chest

Bateau

Bateau: (boat neck): follows the curve of the collarbone to the very tip of  shoulders

Straight Across Strapless straight across: straight across neckline with no curves and no straps
Slight Curve Strapless slight curve: neckline curves slightly up or down with no straps Strapless Sweetheart Strapless sweetheart: neckline is shaped like the top half of a heart

Waistlines

Basque

Basque Waist: waistline features a low U or V shape

Dropped Waist

Dropped Waist: features a waist line below the natural waist at the mid hip

Empire

Empire: has a raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down to the hem

Natural Waist

Natural Waist: waist line that hits at the natural waist (the indentation between the hips and the rib-cage)

Princess

Princess: A-line silhouette with vertical seams down the front

   

Sleeve Style

Sleeve Style


Dress Length

Dress Length


Trains

Sweep: (also called brush) is the shortest  trains -usually, the back hem is only a few inches lower than the front hem

Court: slightly longer than the brush, extending approximately 3 feet behind the waist

Chapel Length: generally 1 1/3 yards or 4 feet from the waistline

Cathedral Length Train: generally 2 1/2 yards or 7 1/2 feet from the waistline


Fabrics

A wedding dress can be made from either silk or polyester.  How the fiber is woven determines if the dress is:

Charmeuse: lightweight, semi-lustrous soft,  is satin-like to the touch

Chiffon: Delicate, sheer, and transparent, with a soft finish. Often layered because of its transparency

Crepe: Light, soft, and thin, with a crinkled surface

Duchesse Satin: A lightweight hybrid of silk or polyester and rayon woven into a satin finish

Dupioni: A finish similar to shantung, but with thicker, coarser fibers, and a slight sheen

Georgette: Sheer and lightweight fabric with a crepe surface

Mikado: A brand of blended fibers, usually heavier than 100-percent silk

Organza: Crisp and sheer like chiffon, with a stiffer texture similar, but more flowing than tulle

Satin: heavy and smooth with a high sheen on one side

Shantung: Similar to a raw silk, characterized by its rough/nubby texture

Taffeta: Crisp and smooth, with a slight rib

Tulle: Netting (just like ballerina tutus)

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