Your Wedding Dress, What Style To Choose

In todays market there are so many different wedding dress styles and looks to choose from. But it ultimately comes down to five main styles. The Silhouette, the A-line, the Mermaid, the Trumpet and the classic princess Ballroom wedding dress. Within those five styles you have different looks including short or long hemlines, minimalist, lace, sleeveless, off the shoulder sleeves, short and long sleeves, low back lines, sweetheart neckline and tall necklines, and don’t forget the back of your wedding dress, corset, buttoned or zipper. It doesn’t end there, you can style your wedding dress up with a beautiful pair of unqiue shoes, beautiful belts and boleros.

The Silhouette

The Silhouette wedding gown is sleek. It lightly floats over your curves and falls gently to the floor in line with your hips. This wedding dress will follow the natural curves of your body. These gowns again will fit any wedding theme from boho to sexy, to chic, or vintage style weddings.

A stunning laced silhouette style wedding dress in ivory.
The bride and groom pose for their wedding photos during a backyard wedding by the ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia

The A-Line Dress

The A-line wedding gown looks great on any bride however they look especially beautiful on a pear shaped body. This style of dress will flatter any body type as the skirt portion extends out from the waist, to flare slightly over the waist and hips. This was the style of dress I chose to go with for my wedding. Most brides who are unsure of the style of wedding gown they want will start with the a-line and move on from there. This style dress is very flexible and will work with any wedding theme.

An elegant sleeveless lace a-line wedding dress amongst the flowers for a wedding in Windsor, NS.
The bride and groom infront of a barn for wedding photos in Sambro, Nova Scotia.

The Fit and Flare Dress

The bodice of this style gown is fitted above the waist and flows into a subtle flare below the hips for a beautifully stunning silhouette. Usually brides with pear and hourglass body types will choose this style of wedding gown. Smaller stature brides will look taller in this style of gown as it adds length to the torso area. Fit and flare style gowns will literally flow down the aisle and are ideal for any style wedding, vineyard, barn, art museum. Classy and elegant.

The bride's lace wedding gown for a wedding in Halifax NS.
The bride and groom walking down the aisle together at a wedding in DeWolfe Park Halifax.

The Mermaid or Trumpet Dress

This wedding gown presents a very sexy silhouette and will make you look like a goddess by hugging and amplifying all your hourglass curves. It features an elongated and tight bodice bodice with a daring flare at the knees. If you are a bride looking for a sultry, sexy, extremely romantic effect, this may be the gown for you.

A beautifully stunning trumpet, mermaid style wedding dress for a golf club style wedding in Nova Scotia.
Candid bride and groom photos done on the beach between the rocks during a White Point wedding.

The Ball Gown

This is the classic princess dress that every little girl dreams of when they think of their wedding day. It’s silhouette features a cinched waist line with a wide, full skirt to further define your natural waistline. These style wedding gowns will usually have a corset style back. They will have layers of fabric to give off that Cinderella feel. This gown will make a statement as you walk down the aisle or waltz across the dance floor.

A beautiful chiffon layered ballroom wedding dress for a wedding at Digby Pines in Nova Scotia.
The bride and groom laughing during their wedding photos at the Digby Pines Resort in Nova Scotia.

The Midlength or Short Dress Style

There are a lot of elegant options for the bride looking to keep their hemline off the ground and show off their wedding shoes. From knee length, to mid-length, to anywhere in between, this wedding dress is ideal for those brides looking to elongate their body frame.

Take your dress and make it your own by styling it with a beautiful belt or unique shoes. The bride below styled her short wedding dress with a bolero and matching short lycra pants for her evening backyard wedding reception.

The short style wedding dress and the bridal brooch bouquet.
The bride kisses the groom infront of a tree of lit lightbulbs during their outdoor wedding in Cole Harbour NS

Perhaps you would prefer your wedding dress a tad bit longer but still not quite touching the ground? Consider a mid length gown for your wedding day.

The bride and groom wedding photos at the Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel in Halifax.

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Wedding Dress Shops in Nova Scotia

All Dressed Up – Halifax, NS
Alyssa’s Formals – Bedford, NS
Annabell’s Fashion – Bedford, NS
Chester and Felicity – Halifax, NS
David’s Bridal – Dartmouth, NS
Faerie Brides – Freeport, NS
Karma Bridal – Dartmouth, NS
Katrina Tuttle Bridal – Halifax, NS
Midyat Tailor – Bedford, NS
Miss Foxine – Halifax, NS
Moments Bridal – Truro, NS
Oak Hall – Sydney, NS
Primrose Lane – Bridgewater, NS
San Lilies Bridal – Amherst, NS
Tatum’s Bridal – Windsor, NS
Tilted Veil East – Halifax, NS
Timeless Moments – Sydney, NS
Yours, by E – Halifax , NS

Additional Links

1. Check out some of my favorite wedding advise blog posts…
10 Reasons Why You Should Have Engagement Photos Taken
Planning A Nova Scotia Wedding-a 12 months timeline

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