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Designer Secrets for the Perfect Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress

Every detail of the wedding dress from the lace to the ruching must be perfectly designed to match the vision. Finding the dress that meets the standard of perfection requires consideration for a few fashion secrets and wedding dress basics. Let’s explore some fashion tips from designers to find your dream wedding dress.

Proportions and Perceptions

Fashion is all about creating illusions for the taller, shorter, slimmer or fuller. Wedding dress fashion is no different. Finding the perfect fit is accomplished when you find the silhouette that compliments and contours your shape. The magic of illusions takes your perfect proportions and creates all the right perceptions. Choose a halter to bring attention to your shoulders and balance them with your hips. Add height and create the illusion of an elongated waistline with vertical lines and seaming. Horizontal lines make shapes appear wider, while vertical lines create a narrow illusion. We are just a few wedding dress design secrets away from finding your perfect wedding dress.

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Empire Gown

The empire gown is simple and romantic. The high waistline sewn just below the bustline camouflages the waistline, flattering almost every body type. The fabric flows outward from beneath the bust and skims over the midriff to compliment curves. Pregnant brides frequently choose this silhouette for this reason. Empire wedding dresses usually have a square neckline, which draws attention to the neckline and creates definition that works to the benefit of a smaller bust.

A-Line Wedding Dress

An A-line wedding dress has a fitted bodice that flows outward to the floor. The soft outward flare is elegant. This silhouette compliments almost every body type. It creates an illusion of curves for a narrow frame, and balances a curvy shape.

The Ballgown

If you are thinking ballgown, you are thinking princess. The voluminous skirt is sewn to a fitted bodice to create definition and 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 you want the fairy tale wedding, you might want the ballgown.


The mermaid wedding dress contours the chest and torso down to just below the knee. The hem flares from the bottom in the shape of a mermaid. This dress is not for every bride. It can be constricting, making certain movements challenging. The design daringly hugs every curve of the body. Slender brides with proportionate curves usually choose this silhouette.

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Trumpet Wedding Dress

The trumpet wedding dress is slightly different than the mermaid dress. The flare begins just beneath the hips, creating the shape of the bell of a trumpet. A trumpet wedding dress is less fitted than the mermaid, which makes it slightly more popular.

Sheath Wedding Dress

The sheath wedding dress provides a slender 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 cummerbund at the waist to create definition and the illusion of curves.

Choosing the Neckline

Think about the features you want to hide and those you want to reveal when choosing the neckline. Elongate the neck with a bateau neckline. The wide scoop meets at the shoulders to create the illusion. A high collar has a similar effect; however, busty brides might want to avoid this neckline. Off-the-shoulder is an elegant neckline that brings attention to the shoulders and offsets wider hips. Spaghetti straps flatter slender frames and narrow shoulders. Square necklines draw the eyes upward.

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Choosing the Sleeves

The season and personal preference will choose the design of your sleeves. If it is summer and you want to hide your elbows, you might choose the slimming and elegant look of three-quarter length sleeves. If the season is warm and you love your arms, you might choose a sleeveless dress. Cap shoulders are similar to sleeveless, but have a small piece of fabric on the shoulders that broadens the shoulders and lengthens the arms. A fall wedding with a romantic Romeo and Juliet vibe might call for Juliet sleeves. The slender long sleeves have a puff of fabric at the shoulders. Bell sleeves or peasant sleeves flare downward from the elbows to the wrists with a hint of deconstructed glamour.

Choosing the Fabric

Fabric is an important part of the wedding dress, since it will determine the shape, texture and sheen. Finer fabrics are softer and drape better. Always think about how the fabric makes you feel. Consider the wrinkle factor and play with the fabric in your hand to test it. Decide whether you want a natural fiber, such as silk or if you prefer a synthetic blend of silk and polyester. Natural fibers breathe and feel cooler in warm weather. Synthetics are heavier and work best in cooler weather. Silk has always been a wedding dress favorite for the way it feels and absorbs dye. Satin can look ravishing, but low-end quality can create unwanted illusions. Chiffon or georgette is lightweight, sheer and flowing. Crepe is lightweight and thin with a pebbled texture. Organza is a semi-sheer fabric that maintains shape. Illusion is a sheer fabric that can be used in the sleeves or the bodice to add applique or lace detailing you could not otherwise. Faille is a light ribbed fabric. Velvet is a stiff and heavy material with a thick and plush pile. Lace is romantic and delicate on a spectrum from fine Chantilly to heavy guipure.

The Train of Your Wedding Dress

The train of the wedding dress adds personality and conveys the theme. Chapel trains are popular for elegance and versatility. They extend from the waist and trail three to four feet behind. A cathedral train is long, formal and dramatic with fabric that extends six to eight feet behind. A royal train is the most extravagant, extending twelve feet or more. A Watteau train begins to fall from the shoulder blades. A puddle or sweet train provides a small fishtail at the bottom of the dress.

Crystal Ballroom Lake Mary

Crystal Ballroom Lake Mary

Your perfect wedding dress fashion deserves the perfect runway. Walk the aisle at Crystal Ballroom Lake Mary, in an all-inclusive venue designed just for you. Bring imagination to the designers and choose your colors, linens and décor. Build your vendor team from the talents of Crystal Ballroom vendors and the help of the free concierge service. Plan your dream wedding at Crystal Ballroom and walk the red carpet to a wedding designed from fantasy.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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