The most important part about finding your dream wedding gown is knowing the silhouette. The silhouette is simply the way a garment falls over your body once you have it on. There are four different wedding gown lingo terms that describe the silhouette of wedding gowns, Ball Gown, A-Line, Sheath, and Mermaid/Fishtail. All four styles are completely different and unique in its own way.
The Ball Gown silhouette is the fanciest of all the styles and is the gown that Cinderella wore to the ball. It has a fitted torso with a natural waistline and a full skirt that is very structured. The skirt has little to no movement at all and is usually not the best choice to wear to the reception however brides usually try this style first. This silhouette does work well with taller and tubular (tall and thin) body types because of the fullness it will over power and shrink your stature therefore a more petite bride should opt for something less full.
The A-line silhouette looks exactly how it sounds, this gown usually has an empire or natural waistline. This style starts off fitted and from the waistline down flares out and downward like an A would. This silhouette works well with brides that have a inverted triangle body shape, that is when your shoulders are wider than your hips and you are top heavy.
The next silhouette is the Sheath. This style falls over the body freely like water, it flows effortless and moves with you as you go. This style is very sensual yet classy it gives off a subtle sexiness that is still appropriate for a wedding. Brides that have a triangle or hourglass body type looks absolutely gorgeous in this style as well as the mermaid/fishtail silhouette. The mermaid/fishtail is the last silhouette and this style is form fitting with a sharp flare at the bottom of the dress. The flare usually starts just below the knee and veers out like a fishtail or a mermaids tail to the floor.
Knowing the silhouette of your gown is very important. This will help narrow down your choices quickly and also give your bridal consultant more to go on when trying to locate your dream gown. So remember these terms and descriptions so that you can easily locate gowns online and in magazines to help give you a visual. Also take the images to the boutique with you so that you can also show them to your consultant. The more informed and prepared you are about what you want and don't want the easier the process.