We all know that finding the right wedding gown is a little bit of a, well... process. From choosing the right designer to landing on an amazing fabric to finding a shape that works well for your body, it's more than just a quick trip to the bridal store. But if you're lost on where to even begin, we're turning to the experts at Moonlight Bridal for a little dress 101 - and it all starts with finding that perfect silhouette.
Classic and always chic, ball gowns rule the dreams of any bride who wants to look and feel like a total princess - and with good reason. Because nothing says show-stopping entrance quite like a voluminous skirt and gorgeous detailing. But is a ball gown right for you? Traditionally, these gowns look amazing on basically any body type - from pear-shaped to athletic to a little bit busty. What we love about a ball gown is the defined waist - and the dramatic skirt (of course). When it comes to some of our faves, Moonlight Bridal always delivers - like our current obsession, the Tulle Skirt Bridal Gown from the Moonlight Collection. Think layers upon layers of soft tulle, a gorgeous lace hem AND spaghetti straps, so you can dance the night away without any worries.
Still want a defined waist, but not quite ready to take it to the princess level? That's where the A-Line comes in to play. The pretty cousin to the ball gown, the A-Line gives a fullness to the skirt that's not quite as voluminous, but still just as flattering. Which means it's perfect for those of you who fall on the smaller side and are worried about too much fabric on your tiny frame. The A-Line is also fab for athletic figures, because it creates those curves for you. But honestly? This is a silhouette that can truly work for everyone. So check out the Risqué Full A-line Gown with Unlined Bodice with its skin-showing bodice and dreamy neckline and the The Strappy Illusion Back Wedding Dress, because you should never say no to lace detailing and the illusion back is everything.
For those of you who want to keep things classic, but add in a dash of sexy, we hear you - and a mermaid gown is definitely the way to go. We love that these styles enhance those curves you work so hard on, whether you're plus-size, average or petite. Yes, this is the gown that is made for curvier figures and, bonus - it will definitely leave all of your guests talking with its dramatic design. Need proof? Check out the Strapless Mermaid Wedding Gown with its gorgeous sweetheart neckline and semi-cathedral train (hello, statement-maker). And the Vintage Mermaid Wedding Gown? You won't be able to get over the crystal pearl beading.
FIT AND FLARE
If you want to show off those curves, but want that flare to start a little higher on your hips, then a fit and flare gown is the first place to start. Just as sexy and classic as a mermaid style, fit and flare gowns add a little more skirt to the dress, making it your best friend if you have slightly wider hips. We love this sophisticated style and especially love the Sexy Back Wedding Dress with Crepe Fit and Flare Skirt, which is one part classic bridal gown and one part sassy dress with an illusion bodice. Your curves will thank you for this one.
Ready to find that silhouette that is perfect for you and your body shape? Visit Moonlight Bridal to check out all of the gorgeous styles, from Ball Gowns to A-Line pretties to Mermaid stunners and fit and flare beauties. You'll most definitely fall in love with all of the romantic detailing, like intricate lattice work, layers of lace and hand beading. Find a retailer near you now.