There are numerous stunning wedding dress styles and silhouettes for brides. Each style emphasizes different features of a bride with their unique outline and elegant design. We help our brides understand and find the perfect silhouette that will fit their figure for an eye-catching effect. Below is a guide to wedding dress styles and silhouettes to help you figure out which style best suites your body, wedding, and personal style!


Ball Gown Silhouette

A Ball Gown Silhouette is the most traditional wedding dress style that inspires a fairytale wedding day.  This style emphasizes a small waist (natural or dropped) and a voluminous skirt.  This dress flatters many body types with its’ sloping cut and classic feel. This style is perfect for any bride as long as the fit is impeccable! Poor tailoring can drown out a petite figure. We love this example of our bride Kenzie in a tulle skirt with lace bodice!



A-Line Silhouette

This dress is a classic silhouette fit for an elegant formal wedding.  The A-line gown has a fitted bodice with the bottom flaring out in an A shape. This dress is silhouette is simple and more ideal for a bride seeking something regal yet modern. Our very own Rachael Ellen opted for a Galia Lahav A-line style for her Paris wedding.



Trumpet/Fit & Flare Silhouette

Trumpet or Fit & Flare gowns are similar to the A-line gowns but also combine the lustrous glamour of a mermaid gown.  This dress flatters because of the flared skirt and leaner profile.  Whether a bride is curvy or is completely straight, this dress can accentuate the best part of any shape. Our sculpted bride, Cassidy, rocked this low-back, trumpet style for her Dominican Republic destination wedding.



Sheath Silhouette

Sheath silhouettes have a slim shape that follows the line of the bride’s body.  This style is perfect for the petite figure or bride wanting to show off the curves. This is a simple cut and can draw focus to the bridal details. Gorgeous Caroline looks stunning in an off the shoulder sheath from Jil Sander.



Tea Length

If a bride is looking for a sweeter and unique look, a tea length silhouette is the perfect choice. The dress ends between the ankle and knee making it an excellent choice for brides who wish to show off a little leg.  Showing off her individual style, Rachael’s dress has a fun and flirty feel. Tea Legnth dresses are perfect for pre-wedding occasions as well as your actual wedding day!



We can’t wait to see what all of our gorgeous client’s choose for the coming wedding seasons! We are hoping to see more texture, some two piece bridal sets and halter styles as worn by Megan Markle to her reception.


Written by Lyndsee Anderson for Rachael Ellen Events


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A Guide to Wedding Dress Styles and Silhouettes

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