Wedding Dresses: an important decision

One of the most important decisions a bride will make is about the dress she will wear on her wedding day. With so many color, fabric and style variations, the task of choosing wedding dresses is not always an easy one. A little history and some designer secrets will help you pick the wedding dress of your dreams.

The History of White

Traditionally, brides in Western culture wear white. Once upon a time, when wearing bleached white fabrics was an expensive rarity, only the wealthy would wear white wedding dresses. White had nothing to do with purity. It was all about social class. In history, brides usually wore dark colors on their wedding day. Queen Victoria was responsible for setting the trend of wearing white in 1840, during her wedding ceremony with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The ever changing trends of fashion have given new meaning to wedding dresses.

In more recent history, white is associated with innocence, purity and perfection. We have somehow erroneously associated ivory dresses with a loss of purity or loss of innocence. This ideal limited many brides to ivory for a second marriage. Today, choosing ivory has more to do with our complexion and preference. While white remains the traditional color for wedding dresses, brides are redefining color when it comes to their wedding.

Red Wedding Dresses

Red is always associated with passion, love and romance. It is the traditional color for wedding dresses in Asian and East Indian cultures, which also matches the related color pallet. This romantic color is finding its way into modern weddings in Western culture. Red is a modern, bold and classy statement.

Pink Wedding Dresses

We commonly associate pink with innocence and sweetness, and often see this color manifest in bridesmaid dresses; however, the color pink has grown in popularity with wedding dresses. Pink adds a touch of femininity, and is compatible with almost every skin tone. Pink works well when earthy colors are part of the occasion.

The History of Blue

If you were looking for something blue to wear on your wedding day, a blue wedding dress might be just the thing. Once upon a time in the 1400’s, deep blue was the color of choice for wealthy medieval brides. At that time, it was their version of white. In general, the color blue represents purity, serenity, and loyalty.

Black Wedding Dresses

Be fearless, and break all the rules and tradition with black wedding dresses. Black wedding dresses are more frequently becoming part of modern ceremonies to match bolder color schemes. The color black is associated with elegance and formal events. It is a symbol of sophistication and formal affairs.

While the beauty of every bride can make any dress look perfect, there are a handful of designer secrets to matching dress to body type. There are six fundamental wedding gown silhouettes:

Empire Wedding Dresses


The empire gown has a high waistline sewn just below the bust. The way the fabric flows outward from beneath the bust makes this style flattering for almost every body type. It skims over the midriff to compliment curves. Pregnant brides frequently choose the empire gown. Empire wedding dresses usually have a square neckline, which draws attention to the neckline, and creates definition that compliments a smaller bust.


A-line wedding dresses have a fitted bodice that flows outward. This silhouette compliments almost every body type. It creates an illusion of curves for a narrow frame, and compliments and balances a curvy shape. Easy modifications can alter the fit to hide and accentuate body features as desired.

A-Line Wedding Dresses

The Ball Gown

Ball gowns are dramatic voluminous skirts that are sewn to a fitted bodice. It provides definition to a narrow waist and creates an hourglass appearance. This dress works well with slender and curvy body types. Shorter brides might consider modifying the dress by decreasing the volume in the skirt to avoid unwanted illusions. If a ballgown makes the list, think Cinderella, and imagine a princess fairy tale with this dress.

Ball Gown Wedding Dresses


Trumpet wedding dresses are almost always confused with mermaid wedding dresses. It can be difficult to tell the two apart. The trumpet gown flares just beneath the hips, creating a shape similar to the bell of a trumpet. The difference in trumpet is where the flare begins. Trumpet gowns are less fitted, and the flare usually begins at mid-thigh level. It is elegant and dramatic, while providing the ease of movement.

Trumpet Wedding Dresses


Sheath wedding dresses have a slender and elongated effect. Whether tall or short, it compliments lean figures. Shorter brides choose this dress for the illusion of added height that this silhouette provides. This dress is tight-fitted, and reveals every curve, bump and feature. Boxy figures might consider adding a sash or cumber-bun style belt at the waist to create definition and the illusion of more curves.


Mermaid wedding dresses snugly contour the chest and torso down to the knee or just below. The flare begins at or below the knee. The hem flares from the bottom, resembling the shape of a mermaid. This dress demands confidence to pull it off, because of the way it daringly hugs every curve of the body. Slender brides with proportionate curves usually choose this silhouette.

The perfect dress should always match the theme and color scheme of a wedding or provide the right amount of contrast to make the perfect statement. The designers at Crystal Ballroom Brandon are the finest in the art of designing and creating fairy tale weddings to match the dress of your dreams.

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