Bridal Dress Cuts and Lengths

The dress of the bride is one of the main pieces on a wedding event. As the groom is excited to see her march on the aisle, so are the loved ones, friends, and other guests. While this is not actually the reason behind the selection of the wedding gown, the bride mainly chooses based on what she likes. But what if you are the upcoming bride and have difficulty choosing which one to wear?

To help you get started, here is a guide for you in a form of questions. Your answers will help you decide of what to wear on your wedding.
1. Do you like short or long dresses?
2. Would you like to have a tail or no tail?
3. Which neckline and style of skirt you prefer?
4. Is it going to be sleeveless, one-shoulder strap or with sleeves?

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The Length

There are only two types of lengths in wedding dresses: short and long. The most common and traditional length is the long dress. Many brides find it more attractive and symbolic to wear a dress or a gown that extends from the toes to the floor. This length is formal so that makes it considerably elegant as well. Aside from its sophistication, long dresses are chosen by women who want to hide their legs. This is ideal for women with either long or short legs, anyway.

When a lady opts for a short dress, this is actually an unusual choice. Less than 50% of women you’d asked would select short bridal dresses. It is not because it does not look good in women’s body, but it’s just not a trend compared to the traditional long gowns. Take note that short dresses are not merely mini-skirt type of dresses. It can be classified as mini length, which the skirt extends up to an inch or two above the knee, or tea length, also called as below the knee length.

The Skirt

Regardless what the length of the dress is, another consideration is the skirt type. Surprisingly, there are several skirts in wedding dresses for brides. They are termed as straight skirt (also known as column or sheath), ball gown (or princess) skirt, A-line skirt, trumpet skirt, mermaid skirt, and flared skirt.

The ball gown type of dress is not just for little girls. It is also a beautiful style that is made for brides. This should be a perfect choice for a woman who is getting married in a fairytale themed occasion. It is also ideal for any type of body, so it’s not a bad choice for any woman after all.

The straight skirt is a common type of bridal dress these days. It is elegant and makes you look taller. That being said, this type is ideal for both tall and short women. If you are not that tall, it is best to wear a pair of heels, but if you are quite tall, you can just choose a pair of flat shoes. For body sizes, this is more suitable for thin or average figured women.

A more sophisticated type of skirt in a bride’s dress is the trumpet style. This mainly features a close-fitting bodice and a flared skirt, which actually traces the line of the body, most especially the hips. This is more appropriate for women with a nice pair of hips but short legs. The other type, which is flare, is a mini class of trumpet skirt.

The mermaid skirt is another beautiful style. It gradually flares, too, but starting through the mid thighs or the knee to the hem. The highlight is that it contours the body from the chest to the knee. It is a sexy style as it showcases the natural body curves of a woman.

One other skirt type is the A-line skirt in a dress. This is not too formal but elegant especially if the fabric is made of satin or lace. What makes this a good choice is the fact that it fits to any body types and sizes.

The Trail

Many bridal dresses have a trail, usually creates a round shape piece on the floor. It makes a dramatic effect on the wedding dress or the bride herself. When she walks on the aisle, this is obviously noticed. It is more noticeable if she is still during a photoshoot. Even the short dresses do have a trail and that makes the bridal’s attire more elegant.

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There are also wedding dresses for brides that do not have a trail. Some women prefer without for personal reason. It makes them easy to walk and dance during the best night of their lives, which is pretty much understandable.

The Back Design

Other detail of a bride’s dress is the back. It is either backless or with a back design that can be transparent or fully covered. The design of the back must correspond to the neckline. Not all necklines can have backless design. If the backless dress is selected, it must be worn during summer or spring, and not in fall or winter season, unless you can handle the cold temperature.

The Neckline

Neckline is also considered when selecting a dress for a bride. The most common choices are sweetheart neckline and strapless neckline. A lot of women these days are tying the knot wearing beautiful gowns without straps. They showcase the shoulder of a woman which makes her look sexier and stunning. If strapless is not your thing, you can go with a halter neckline, cross-back neckline, thin-strapped, or key-holed back design with neckline.

The Sleeves

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Let’s not forget that having sleeves or without it is also essential in choosing a dress. For a bride’s dress, there are the long sleeves, short sleeves, and no sleeves. Long sleeves are usually not common because it would make the bride looks conservative. Short sleeves are not that famous as well, but a lot of brides these days wear transparent short sleeved dresses. Juliette sleeve and cap sleeve are cute designs, especially if they are translucent. Other styles are the off-the-shoulder or boat neck sleeve, and one-shoulder sleeve.


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