Life of a Bride: Saying Yes to the Dress

It’s arguably one of the most special moments leading up to your wedding day, and it’s typically prefaced by hours of stress, pressure, and frustrated sighs in front of three-paneled dressing room mirrors: saying yes to your dress.

Brides to be, don’t fret! As You Wish is sharing some tricks and tips to finding the gown that both accentuates the best features of your physique and spotlights your personality type.

We realize that each bride is distinctive in body type and in style preference. Your perfect frock should be tailored in style to fit you.  Take a look at our field guide to choosing the dress that fits you best.

For petite brides:

Our tip for flattering your bite-size figure: stay away from full ball gowns. You’ll tend to get lost in an abyss of extra fabric. Instead, try on a more form-fitted silhouette that hangs close to your features. The continuous line of a sheath-style gown will stretch the length of your frame.

(Ysa Makino on TheKnot.com)

If your taste does beg for girly glamour, choose an A-line silhouette, with a neckline and waistline that shows off your bodice. We love this gown: a sweetheart neckline paired with a natural waistline will elongate your torso and add inches to your appearance.

(Oscar de la Renta on TheKnot.com)

A mermaid or trumpet silhouette will also give you the illusion of added height, and compliment your petite form. The fit-and-flare of these silhouettes won’t drown you like a full ball gown may. We’re swooning over this bateau neckline..

(Moonlight Couture on TheKnot.com)

For long and lean brides:

To give the illusion of feminine curves, say “I do” to a daring neckline with a deep v. Paired with a flared skirt, your figure will be highlighted to perfection.

(Pronovias on TheKnot.com)

Waist-whittling belts and sashes are always a good idea.  Adding interest to an edgy or frilly a-line frock with a cinching accessory will complete your perfect appearance.

(Hayley Paige on TheKnot.com)

For the sophisticated bride with a love for a whole lot of vintage lace, try a hip-hugging sheath silhouette with a bold neckline.

(Pronovias on TheKnot.com)

P.S. A deep sweetheart neckline creates the illusion of tasteful cleavage.

(David Tutera for Mon Cheri on TheKnot.com)

 For hourglass brides:

A mermaid or trumpet silhouette will celebrate your hourglass figure and hug your curves in all the right places.

If your style calls for an even fuller skirt, make sure you choose a bodice with a waistline that cinches at your smallest point. For some, this may be an empire waistline, and others may prefer cinching at their natural waist.

 (Hayley Paige on TheKnot.com)

We’re falling hard for this flattering a-line gown. It hides your hips with the fullness of the skirt, and creates terribly elegant collar bones with an off-the-shoulder neckline (a huge upcoming trend for Spring 2015)!

(Le Spose di Gio on Brides.com)

For brides with larger busts:

The key to finding a gown that compliments your larger bust is to balance out your chest with the shape of your skirt. We think this one-shoulder gown with a full skirt is to die for! The neckline will shrink the appearance of your chest and provide extra support throughout your big day.

(Pronovias on Brides.com)

A sheer neckline with lovely fabric will disguise your bust and add interest to your wedding gown.

(Pronovias on TheKnot.com)

No matter the neckline, diagonal or criss-cross ruching of the bodice will accentuate your curves in all the right ways.

(Sophia Tolli on TheKnot.com)

For added support and comfort, try an elegant high square neckline. We’re oo-ing and awe-ing at this gown’s understated beauty.

(Elie Saab on TheKnot.com)

Prioritizing your wants and wishes for your wedding day is key. This rule of thumb is our mantra throughout the entire wedding planning process, and we believe it is equally applicable to your dress-shopping endeavors. So, decide what qualities and characteristics of your gown matter most to you (and keep our field guide to finding the dress that fits you best in your back pocket), and start making appointments at your local bridal salons. Remember, your journey to the altar should be a fun and memorable one, enjoy it! Happy shopping!

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