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A silhouette which is fitter on the top, and flares gradually from the waist, creating an “A” shape.
A skirt whose hemline is shorter in some places, and longer in others.
Asymmetrical NecklineSee One Shoulder Neckline.
A silhouette with a tight fitting top, and a full skirt flaring out from the waist.
A wide neckline, which sits high-up on the chest, and follows the natural curve of the collarbone.
A classic, elegant color, suitable for all formal occasions.
A non-traditional color, perfect for gothic themed weddings, and brides who want something a bit different.
A calming and tranquil color, which is available in numerous shades and tones.
Boat NecklineSee Bateau Neckline.
Eye-catching, non-traditional shades; perfect for the bride who wants to be different.
Brush TrainSee Sweeping (Sweep) Train.
A train which falls from the waist, and extends between 6.5ft and 7.5ft behind the dress.
An increasingly popular choice amongst brides, this color is a shade darker than Ivory.
A train which falls from the waist, and extends between 3.5ft and 4.5ft behind the dress.
A train which falls from the waist, and extends approximately 3ft behind the dress.
Folds of excess fabric are draped around or below the neckline, mimicking the appearance of a scarf or shawl.
Crew NecklineSee High-Neck Neckline.
Duster TrainSee Sweeping (Sweep) Train.
A high fitting waistline, which sits just under the bust.
A dress whose hemline either reaches, or stops just above the floor.
A glistening, metallic color, best suited to ladies with warmer skin tones.
Grand Cathedral TrainSee Royal Train.
A color that symbolizes safety and harmony, and is available in several shades and tones.
Two straps of material extend from the bodice and either tie, or are attached, behind the neck.
High-LowSee Asymmetric Length.
A neckline which sits high on the chest, and follows the natural curve of the neck. It is often highly decorated.
Horseshoe NecklineSee Scoop Neckline.
A popular wedding dress color, ideal for brides with fairer skin tones.
Jewel NecklineSee High-Neck Neckline.
Knee LengthSee Short Length.
A feminine, girly shade, which is becoming increasingly popular amongst brides.
A figure-hugging silhouette, which gradually flares outwards from the knees, creating a shape which resembles a mermaid’s tail.
Mini LengthSee Short Length.
Monarch TrainSee Royal Train.
Straps or sleeves that sit just below the shoulder, usually draped across the upper arm.
A neckline that has just one strap or sleeve, rather than two.
A bright, eye-catching color, best suited to ladies with warmer skin tones.
Light, subtle hues which offer an alternative to the traditional whites and ivories.
A feminine color, which is available in many shades, and symbolizes hope and romance.
Pink (Wedding Dresses)See Light Pink (Wedding Dresses).
Portrait NecklineSee Off the Shoulder Neckline.
A sophisticated yet feminine color, symbolizing mystery and wisdom.
A neckline which sits high across the back of the neck, and exposes a diamondesque shape across the chest.
An eye-catching, sexy color, which symbolizes romance and good luck.
A traditional color for many Asian brides, which symbolizes luck and auspiciousness.
Royal Cathedral TrainSee Royal Train.
A train which falls from the waist, and generally extends between 9ft and 12ft behind the dress, although it can be longer.
Sabrina NecklineSee Bateau Neckline.
A “U” shape, this neckline starts at one shoulder, sweeps down across the chest, and continues back up to the other shoulder.
A train which falls from the waist, and extends between 5ft and 6ft behind the dress.
A straight, figure-hugging silhouette, which emphases the natural shape of your body.
A less formal length, where the hemline falls mid-calf, above the knee, or anywhere in-between.
A shimmering, metallic color, best suited to ladies with cooler skin tones.
A neckline which features two thin straps, which look a bit like spaghetti.
A neckline which has two thick straps, and forms the shape of a square across the chest.
A neckline with no straps, which is usually cut in a straight line across the chest.
The shortest train, it gently “sweeps” or “brushes” against the floor.
A feminine neckline, whose shape closely resembles the top of a heart.
Tea LengthSee Short Length.
U-Neck NecklineSee Scoop Neckline.
A neckline which usually has straps or sleeves, and creates a “V” shape across the chest.
A train which falls from the shoulders or upper-back, often extending beyond the length of the dress.
A timeless color, symbolizing innocence and purity.
The most commonly chosen wedding dress color, made popular by Queen Victoria.
A bright, happy color, which is best suited to ladies with warmer skin tones.