How to choose a wedding dress for your body type.

Wedding Dress shopping is fun, exciting and extremely special as it something that you won’t do very often in your life. It is a great idea to bring people with you who can be honest without you getting insulted but also know what suits you and are on the same page as you as to what you would like for your dress. When going shopping two people maximum is really enough – too many opinions equals too many decisions to make.


It is a great idea to know what style of dress will suit you more depending on your body shape when you go to your bridal appointments. Trying on dresses that will accentuate your figure rather than reveal your bad bits will give you more self confidence and pleasure from the trying on session. Below is a list of dress types and I will discuss what body shapes they best fit! After all you want to look your absolute best, most attractive and most beautiful you have ever felt!



The Ballgown
Probably the most traditional style wedding dress with that ‘princess feel’. These dresses typically have a fitted bodice and waistline that flows out to a very full skirt. Alluring and elegant for the more dramatic bride.
This type of dress suits a pear shape (as the bottom half is hidden), the inverted triangle (The skirt outweighs any top heaviness), increases femininity with a square shape and balances out an apple shape.
The A-line dress
This type of wedding dress is cut very close to the waist with a slight flare, creating and A shape. This dress is an all rounder and suits most body types as it is doesn’t place emphasis on any particular area of your body.
Modified A-line
This dress is cut closer to the hip than the waist in the traditional A-line dress. The bodice is fitted to the waist and hips where the flare begins. The skirt doesn’t flare as much as hugs the body more. Again, the modified A-line as with the A-line is suited to most body types.
The Trumpet
The dress is fitted through the body to the mid thigh where the flare begins. It is a curvy fit and hugs your figure in all the right places and therefore suits those with smaller waists and those who don’t have trouble with their stomachs and thighs such as apples and pears.
The Mermaid
This style dress typically flares lower down than the trumpet. It boasts a fitted bodice at waist, hips, thighs and flares at the knee. Very body hugging and great for those who want to show off their figures. Suits hour glass and rectangle body shapes.
The Sheath/Column Dress
This style flows straight down from the neckline to the feet and closely follows the body shape, literally resembling a ‘column’. Ideal for slim brides with balanced figures. Great on toned hourglass figures also.
The Tea Length Dress
Very cutesy style wedding dress ideal for destination weddings in warm countries. The skirt falls and finishes between the ankle and the knee. Suits most body types. Not great if the bride is very petite or short as this may emphasise how small she is.
The Mini
Not hugely common but available is you dare. Ideal for a non church wedding. Dress cuts above the knee. Not great on ladies with large legs but perfect for banana shapes .

Keely is an assistant Wedding Planner for The Wedding Expert and Editor and Blogger for Wedding High. She adores everything about weddings, is crazy about travelling and languages and has a weakness for cheese boards!

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Photo Credits: Dress Styles via Bridal Guide, The Ball gown via, A-line dress via, Modified A-line via, Trumpet style via, Mermaid via, Sheath style via, T length via, Mini Dress via


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