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Wedding Gown Glossary - Ideas & Advice for the Wedding Party by Bargello.com.
Choosing the dress of your dreams is difficult enough, but wait until the salesperson at your local salon hits you
with bridal gown mumbo-jumbo. What the heck is a shantung mermaid with a bateau anyway? Don't despair, bring this
handy glossary of dress terms with you when you go shopping-you'll be able to describe exactly what you want.
There are so many dresses to choose from; knowing the proper
terminology is the key to narrowing down the selection and
choosing what best suits your figure. Good luck!
The silhouette describes the outline of the dress. It's
the most important factor in selecting the style that's
right for your body type. Once you know what shape you would
like your dress to be, the rest is easy.
Your choice of fabric can be determined by many factors:
dress style, body type, season and the formality of your
Contemporary brides can choose from minis, pants and
everything in between. But traditional gowns come in three
basic lengths. Tea length dresses are for more casual
affairs while only floor-length will do at a black-tie
These days many brides are selecting strapless dresses. But
there are also endless variations of necklines that flatter
the face and define the shoulders.
Whether you want to show off your totally buff arms or hide
a figure flaw, pay careful attention to the sleeves on your
Nothing is more dramatic than the sweep of a train when you
walk down the aisle. Designers are creating gowns with
trains that can be detached or converted to bustles when you
head to the reception.
Extended Cathedral/Monarch - extends 12 feet (or more)
from the waist. You'll look like a princess bride.