WHAT SHAPE WEDDING DRESS ARE YOU?

Wedding Gowns 101: Learn the Silhouettes

Wedding gown shopping — oh, where to begin! For starters, as a bride, you should aim to look like the absolute best version of yourself on your wedding day. And aside from your beaming smile and bridal glow, your dress will be front and center. We all have different body types, which is why it’s so important to begin the wedding dress shopping process by understanding the different gown silhouettes; and for which body types they work best. Here’s a quick and easy guide to breakdown the various wedding gown silhouettes!

Ballgown: The “fairy tale” dress, with a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt. Ideal for most body types but looks great on pears, since it hides the lower body. Not good for petites; the skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame.

A-Line: Fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase “A.” Ideal for all body types.

Modified A-Line: Fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem, forming an “A” shape. The skirt of a modified A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. Ideal for all body types.

Empire: Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid cut. Ideal for frames with small waists, such as the hourglass, banana, and petites. Not good for pears and apples, as it accentuates stomach and hip area.

Mermaid: Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee. Ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for apples and plus size body types.

Column/Sheath: Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames, such as petites and bananas. Also good on hourglasses who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for pears; sheaths will accentuate extra inches and can be unflattering.

Tea-Length: Skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee. Ideal for all sizes.

Mini: Skirt falls above the knee. Ideal for bananas. Not good for plus sizes.

Then add Sleeves and Neck-line after you find your type dress.

Find a store that has all your types and then find the shop that has your price once you find your type, sleeve and neck-line.

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BRIDES ARE YOU ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?

What’s your price?

It’s not always fair to ask what’s your price, instead ask what do I get and what different options do you have. Try to match apples to apples to all your vendors.

What do I get?

You should have a general idea of what you need and be flexible to talk about option to get what you want, so you can find something that fits your vision or dream.

Should I get a Wedding Planner before finding a Venue?

This is so old school and many reverse this and find their venue first and then the wedding planner. But if your not an detailed oriented bride, the. We recommend you getting a planner first.

What’s your estimate of guests? Many don’t know that you shouldn’t count 3 year olds and under. You should consult with other family members to help estimate you list.

What’s your budget?

Knowing an estimate of what you need it all to cost does help vendors; if a vendor knows your budget they can help you stay in your cost budget. Sometimes you have to give up a little to make what you need over what you want.

7 BOLD WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR WEDDING COST

  Here are seven daring ways to save you hundreds and thousands of dollars when planning your wedding. Dare to break the chain and make your own traditions. Even thou the normal is to follow what the Wedding Planners and Vendors, it’s your party and celebration; own it. These are just ideas and not for everyone. It usually cost 70$ to 100$ a guest to have a wedding. Here are seven ways to make it less per guest and save hundreds.

  
1. Book an off day at your Venue. Sometimes Friday and Sundays have lower prices when the Saturday is already booked at that Venue. Also have a lunch or Brunch instead of a five course Dinner meal.

  2. Paperless Invitations – people respond faster and quicker with Evite or an electronic Invitation. People always lose them with their overdue bills pile they get in the mail. Join the twentieth century and make it electronic. Opt out the Sign-in book too and bring a canvas where your wedding photo will go and have them sign it.

  3. Fund Account for Honeymoon – Opt out of gifts or registries and use the money to take your three week Honeymoon to where you want to go.

  4. No Flowers or Cake – use lace or synthetic bouquet with stones to make it shine and keep it forever. Have a Craft day with your bridesmaids and make your own amazing arrangement to use and keep forever. Also have decorative cupcakes instead of a cake or opt for small wedding cake with cupcakes for guests. If you want real flowers tell the Florist what your budget is and they will make it happen.

  5. Plan your own wedding, Planners want 10% of your total cost and with more apps and family members, you can do it all yourself when saving. Stay off Pinterest or you will add up a new expense of wants. Join the Facebook Groups and attend a Wedding Swap event to help recycle items. Stick to your budget and tell everyone what you need. Buy in Bulk if possible. A great DJ will help you with your timeline and get a good photographer that has a partner and they has consistent work. Officiants are ordained for free on line so have your public speaking friend get a license.

  6. Sample or Rented Wedding Dresses are just as amazing as new designer name brand wedding dresses. Go to the big name brand shops first and get a feel of what type of dress looks amazing on your body and then go to the ones that offer Samples or Rentals. The saving is amazing. Also have your bridesmaids and grooms wear what they have. Black – everyone has a black dress and black suit. Just tie them together with pearls and the same tie and your saving for all.

  7. BYOB – Just have them bring their own Bottle and turn it in to the bartender with their name on.

 

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