Brides.com’s Dress Gallery Presents Seven Steps to Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

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Brides.com’s Dress Gallery presents seven steps to finding the perfect wedding dress.

You’ve heard of the four C’s of engagement ring buying, now learn the seven considerations to finding a perfect wedding dress. With these seven elements addressed, brides will have no trouble finding their dream wedding gowns when it comes time to visit the bridal salon. Below, Brides.com’s Dress Gallery has your seven-step guide to what to look for in a wedding gown.

Silhouette. From airy and flowing to figure-hugging and sleek, deciding on a silhouette is the best way to significantly narrow down your wedding dress search. From ball gown to sheath, this Brides.com section teaches you the distinctions between different dress shapes, as well as which silhouettes best compliments different body types. See something you like? Just double click on the term to roll over to dozens of wedding gown in your silhouette of choice.

Length/Hemline. Do you know the difference between knee length and tea length? After you’ve chosen your wedding dress silhouette, length is the next area of importance. The length of your wedding gown should be influenced by how high a bridal heel you are wearing, whether you are getting married inside or outside, and whether your wedding is formal or informal. Tea-length wedding dresses work great for a destination wedding, while full-length is grand for ballroom nuptials. Whether you want to show off your bridal shoes or sculpted gams, learn the pros and cons of various hemlines and dress lines here.

Neckline. Keep it covered or display that gorgeous décolletage? When deciding on a neckline, Brides.com recommends factoring in your wedding theme as well as the guests in attendance. Having a casual bash at a beach house? Go for the super-hot keyhole neckline! Marrying in the family cathedral in front of all your octogenarian aunts? Go for the jewel neckline. Brides.com helps you make an informed decision by decoding terms like “scoop” and “sweetheart” in this useful section.

Sleeve Length. The sleeve length of the gown is often dictated by weather, season, and venue. Some churches even have guidelines against sleeveless dresses! Still, there is a little wiggle room for personal choice, so don’t hesitate to cruise through this section of sleeve lengths to learn the difference between strapless and sleeveless.

Fabric. Popular fabric changes with the season. Spring calls for chiffon and lace while autumn invites velvet and silk. The runway is also a great place to go for fabric inspiration, since there are always a few “in” fabrics favored by designers in a given season. Even if you can’t afford a Carmela Sutera wedding gown, you can still find a similarly lovely silk charmeuse wedding gown to make you feel model-chic. Find out what’s popular now as you check out Brides.com whole spectrum of swaths.

Color. It’s no secret the most modern way to update a wedding gown is adding color. From colored sashes to lace overlays, hues of green, pink, caramel, and blue are glazing dresses like beautiful watercolors. Whether it’s a pinch or a panel, find the best colored gowns for you right here at Brides.com.

Pieces. Bridal separates or a single gorgeous gown? Tough call. One piece gowns are classic but two pieces offer intriguing options: wear the bridal skirt with a more casual top for the reception, or wear the bridal top under a cardigan on the plane to your honeymoon. The choice is yours when you check out Brides.com’s bridal pieces.

Whatever you decide for each element of your wedding dress design, Brides.com’s Wedding Dress Gallery makes it easy to find the dress of your dreams.

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