Before you start the sometimes overwhelming task of picking out the perfect gown, it helps to have a little knowledge to help narrow down the possibilities. Here are the basics to today's wedding gowns.
Ball Gown - fitted bodice and very full, bell-shaped skirt.
A-line - Cut close to the rib cage that flows out along the body into a slightly "A" shape skirt. Sheath - Closely follows the curves of the body.
Trumpet - Cut close to the body and flares at the knee.
Empire Waist - Gathered directly underneath bust, then flows freely.
Bateau - Wide-necked that follows the collarbone.
Strapless - Cut straight across with no straps.
Halter - Straps wrap around the neck.
V-Neck - Straps create a "V" shape in front.
Portrait - Wide, soft scoop between shoulder tips.
Sweetheart - Low-cut, shaped like the top of a heart around the top of the bust.
Scoop/Ballerina - "U" shaped. Square - Cut straight across with straight straps to create a square shape.
Off-the-Shoulder - Straps sit at tops of the arm, directly under the shoulder.
Asymmetric - Different on either side (example: one strap design).
Jewel - Cut like a T-shirt neckline with wide straps.
Embellishments: Crystals, pearls, beads and lace; just to name a few most commonly seen.
Dress shown above is a VWidon gown. Locally this line is carried at Le Jeune Mariee in Worthington, OH.