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Wedding Style Glossary

This neckline goes across the chest and rests below the shoulders to showcase a woman's collarbone and shoulders.While this style is flattering to medium- or full-chested women, an off-the-shoulder neckline will look good on almost all figures. This neckilne is ideal for full chested and pear-shaped women and not so flattering on women with fuller arms and broad shoulders.
This neckline is very similar to the off the shoulder neckline but it is made with more fabric. The Portrait neckline has a wide, soft scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other. This neckline is ideal for women with fuller arms and well defined collarbones.
This neckline is actually shaped like the top half of a heart. The curved neckline of the sweetheart design has two curves over the bustline which drop and meet at a point in the middle of the bust area.The sweet heart neckline helps to provide modest coverage for the bust, while still drawing attention to the figure. This neckline is ideal for full chested women.
This neckline is basically follows the curve of the collarbone, and extends almost to the tip of the shoulders. This neckline is ideal for women with narrow necks,and thin faces, because it makes them appear wider. its is also flattering for women with small breasts.
This neckline has straps that wrap around the back of the neck. It is an ideal for women with broad shoulders.
This neckline dips down to a point in the front (and sometimes in the back as well) in a V-shape. This neckline is ideal for women who have a medium chest and want to accentuate cleavage.
As the name indicates, this neckline is strapless. This neckline is usually a straight or shaped line that sweeps across the chest.The strapless neckline is a popular choice with busty brides, and it looks wonderful when paired with either a sweetheart or straight-across square bodice.
This neckline is a collar made of folded fabric, that is draped loosely around the neck.
A slash neckline is basically one where the material used for the front and back is joined at the shoulders. The line of the dress is cut straight across, rather than having a hole for the neck cut in.
As the name idicates the neckline is cut straight across the front resembling that of a square. This necline is flattering on full chested women.
The scoop neckline is a U-shaped neckline that is usually cut low and continues its rounded feature at the back of the dress. This neckline is great on most figure types.
This is a wide neckline that sweeps across collarbone to the edge of the shoulders. This neckline is ideal for women with a smaller chest.
This neckline is high and rounded at the base of the throat. The jewel style de-emphasizes the chest area and is ideal for women with a smaller chest.
This neckline is nearly strapless, except for the presence of thin, delicate straps.
The full length hemline is the most popular lengths for traditional wedding dresses. This hemline, reaches either all the way to the floor or ends about an inch above the floor so the tips of your shoes will be showing as you walk.
The ankle length hemline is exactly as it sounds, its cut at the ankles. This hemline is perfect for brides who want to maintain a traditional look but still be able to move around a lot easier than in a full length skirt. It is also ideal for those who want to show off an elaborate pair of shoes, or maybe those who are overwhelmed with fears of tripping over their hem, this hemline is perfect for you.
The ballerina hemline is exactly how it sounds,(picture a ballerina in a tutu) this a full skirt that sits about 2 inches above the ankles.
Tea length hemlines fall to about halway between the knee and mid-calf. This hemline is hemmed to end at the shin.
The handkerchief is made up of panels that end in points or cut to create points resulting in a jagged line with the longest points usually ending at mid-calf.
The street hemline is just shorter than the tea length hemline and falls just below the knee. This hemline can be seen on more casual wedding dresses.
The shortest hemline of all falls above the knee or higher.
This hem falls anywhere between the knee and the ankle.
This hemline is a variation of the Intermission, the Hi-Lo features an Intermission hem on the front, and a floor length, or longer hem in the back.
The Knee-Length skirt ends just below the knee.
The A-line silhouette is a flared out skirt from the waist down to your feet, creating an "A" shape. The design consist of vertical seams running from the waist or shoulders down to the bottom of the skirt. This skirt is flattering to most body types.
The ball gown is the fullest skirt choice available. It has a fitted bodice and a very full, bell-shaped skirt. This Skirt is a great choice for medium to taller brides and for those that wish to hide large hips.
The Mermaid is a figure hugging skirt around the hips, that follows the curve of the leg and narrows at the knee, the skirt follows the line of the leg until it reaches the middle of the calf, where it flares out to the ground. This silhouette is ideal for a women who want to accentuate their curves.
The fishtail skirt is very similar to mermaid skirt. However, instead of flaring out to the floor from around the knee, it stays slender around the legs. An additional piece of material 'the fishtail' is attached to the back of the skirt, This excess material comes out from a single point, normally just above the knee and is attached to the dress. The fishtail then flows outwards along to the heel of each foot, thus creating a small train of about a foot in length.
A pencil skirt differs from the A-line by being cut straight down rather than at a slightly outward angle.
The sheath closely follows the curve of the body.It may be crisp and structured or slinky and sexy. A sheath dress has a straight skirt with no waist. This silhouette is ideal for women with a tall, well proportioned, thin figure.
This silhouette has a low waistline that is generally V or U-shaped, beginning several inches below the waist. This shape is ideal for tall women who are looking to create an hourglass appearance with the low waistline.
This silhouette has a high waistline that stems from the bust and falls to a slender skirt. An A-line skirt is the popular choice to pair with this style. This silhouette is ideal for women with small bust and slim figures.
The puddle, or sweep, train is a bit short in length, it extends no more than 1.5 ft, and falls very close to where the skirt of the dress touches the floor.This train length will give little to worry about and will rarely get in the way.
The court train is very similar to the Puddle or sweep train, the only difference is that the court train is extended from the waist of the dress.
The Chapel or standard train is a mid-length train that extends 3.5 to 4.5 ft from the waist.
A Cathederal, or long, train is very formal it can fall anywhere from 6.5 to 7.5 ft from the waist and can extend backwards to as far as you like.
A Watteau train attaches to the gown at the shoulders and falls loosely to the hem of the dress.
A Panel train is a separate simple panel of fabric about a foot wide that acts as a train. It can be court or chapel length and is often detachable to add versatility.
A Monarch train is also known as royal, this version extends twelve feet or more from the waist.
A corsetted bodice has a form-fitting, strapless, or spaghetti-strap bodice with boning and lace-up or snap closures.
The empire bodice ends just below the bust.
A Halter has a sleeveless bodice with a high wrap neck.
A midriff bodice fits snugly around the mid-cage. This bodice is ideal for accentuating a tiny waist.
An asymmetrical bodice has one exposed shoulder
The princess-line has two vertical seams that travel from bust to hem, giving the illusion of extra height.
The surplice bodice is created by the cross-wrapping of fabric in either the front or back.
A short, sleeveless top with wide armholes
This bodice is nearly strapless, except for the presence of thin, delicate straps.
The name says it all, the t-shirt sleeves look like those on a T-shirt. This sleeve is a good option for women who want to cover their upper arms but don't want to go all the way by wearing long sleeves.
The cap sleeves are shorter than the T-shirt sleeve, its more rounded, and therefore, a little more baring. This sleeve is ideal for women with fairly slender or well-toned upper arms.
These sleeves cover the upper part of the arms while leaving the tops of the shoulders and decolletage exposed. Off-the-shoulder sleeves are flattering to most women,big and small-busted alike. And the sleeves cover enough of the upper arm to make almost anyone comfortable.
The three-quater sleeves end midway between the elbow and the wrist.
Spaghetti straps are skinny, barely-there straps that are attached to the bodice.
This is a short sleeve that criss-crosses over the bicep of the arm and is also known as the tulip sleeve.
A long sleeve with a short puff at the shoulder that's fitted on the lower part of the arm.
A lightweight, semi-lustrous soft fabric, that is satin-like to the touch.
Delicate, sheer, and transparent made from silk or rayon, with a soft finish; often layered because of its transparency, making it popular for overskirts, sheer sleeves, and wraps.
A light, soft, and thin fabric with a crinkled surface.
A finish similar to shantung, but with thicker, coarser fibers, and a slight sheen.
Crisp and sheer like chiffon, with a stiffer texture similar in effect to tulle, but more flowing; popular for skirts, sleeves, backs, and overlays.
A heavy, smooth fabric with a high sheen on one side; very common in bridal gowns
Similar to a raw silk, shantung is characterized by its slubbed texture.
Crisp and smooth, with a slight rib.
Netting made of silk, nylon, or rayon; used primarily for skirts and veils (think ballerina tutus).