Today's bride enjoys a vast array of choices of wedding colors and styles. Her wedding attire might be a white princess style gown with layers of ruffled organza, or a short lace sheath, or perhaps a beach wedding dress featuring beautiful Hawaiian foliage.
The modern wedding dress may be short, long, elaborate, simple, formal, informal, white, colorful, or any combination thereof. It can be a custom-made designer dress embroidered with jewelry or a cheap wedding gown bought at a bargain price at eBay - as long as it reflects the bride's own taste and personality
A lot of brides nowadays opt for colored wedding outfits rather than the traditional 'white gown' and even dresses that look white are often a subtle shade of off white such as beige, champagne, or ivory. The best wedding color is the one that makes your skin glow.
Beadwork and embroidery that are currently in vogue can transform a relatively plain wedding dress into a stunning garment that will turn heads.
Choice of skirt silhouette has a strong influence over the overall look of the wedding dress. For instance, the ball gown has a classical feel, whilst shapes such as the column have a modern appeal. Your choice of skirt shape should not only depend on what you like or what the latest trend is, but what fits you better. The best way to look your best is to focus on the real image of yourself. It's not just about the bridal gown - you also have your own image, personality, aura, the way you smile and move... a whole package to work with.
The following illustrations are a guideline to some of the wedding dress skirt shapes.
Ball gown/Full skirt
Ball gown is the most traditional style of wedding dress skirt with a classy look. The skirt varies from heavy looking to soft and light depending on the fabric texture. This type of skirt matches well with a fitted bodice and natural or dropped waistline, which looks good on a wide range of figures, from slim to curvy.
A-line gowns are 'A shaped', with vertical seams from the waist or shoulders to the bottom of the skirt. The skirt's flare may range from slight to extreme. A-line wedding dress style suits most women.
The column wedding dress design has a modern, chic look. The slim silhouette following the body's curves looks flattering on a tall and slim bride.
Similar to the column, but even more body-hugging, the mermaid style skirt flares out at the bottom. This type of skirt is often cut on the diagonal. Mermaid style wedding dress suits a bride wanting to emphasize her voluptuous figure.