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Choosing the Best Dress for YOUR Wedding Day. What do you feel most beautiful in? Jeans and t-shirt?. Personal Style. When you meet your designer or bridal consultant. Bring pictures. Wear something typical of you that you feel good in. Wear makeup and try for a good hair day. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Choosing the Best Dress for YOUR Wedding Day

  • Personal StyleWhat do you feel most beautiful in?

    Jeans and t-shirt?

  • When you meet your designer or bridal consultant

    Bring pictures.Wear something typical of you that you feel good in.Wear makeup and try for a good hair day.

  • Wedding Location and its Style

  • Hotel Wedding

    Backyard Wedding

  • Country Wedding

    Photo courtesy of BH Photography

  • Beach Wedding

    Photo courtesy of BH Photography

  • Body ShapeYour wedding day is a day to forget all those perceived body flaws!Pinpoint your favourite areas.Talk to your designer or bridal consultant about how to highlight your best features.Do not blindly choose a strapless gown unless that really does look best on you!

  • The Inverted Triangle

    Do'sVolume at bottomWaist detail to accentuate waist

    Don'tsAccentuate shoulders

  • The Lean Column

    Do'sCreate illusion of curvesEmphasis on shouldersHighlight hips and bottom with embellishments

    Don'tsLong straight lineDropped waist

  • The Rectangle

    Do'sCreate illusion of waistKeep silhouette unclutteredHip and bottom details to create gentle curves

    Don'tsStraight lines from shoulder down

  • The Apple

    Do'sPlay up thin limbs with snug fit, soft fabric to avoid bulkPlay up smallest point rib cageDetail at top and bottom thirdsStraight line or slightly fittedSimple mid-section

    Don'tsSleeves finishing at bust levelHorizontal lines at widest point

  • The Pear

    Do'sBalance top and bottom by emphasizing upper body, broaden shouldersEmphasize waist/ribcage

    Don'tsTrumpet or mermaidEmphasize hipsDropped waist

  • The Neat Hourglass

    Do'sAnything goes, but follow body shape

    Don'tsHide shape

  • The Full Hourglass

    Do'sWear a supportive braWider and lower necklinesEmphasize waist

    Don'tsAdd bulk to bust/hipStraight cut dressHigh neck


  • BudgetGive your designer or bridal consultant your REAL budget (help them help you!)Don't forget to include alterations in your budget.

  • FitUnderstand how bridal salon sizing works.Choose your bridal salon wisely (do they have experienced seamstresses on staff?)Consider getting a gown custom-made if you have particular difficulty with fit.

  • Season/Weather

    You CAN wear a strapless in winter, but there are other factors to consider!

  • Fabric TermsBatiste: A lightweight, soft, transparent fabric.Charmeuse: A lightweight, semi-lustrous soft fabric, that is satin-like to the touch.Chiffon: 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.Crepe: A light, soft, and thin fabric with a crinkled surface.Damask: Similar to brocade with raised designs, but woven in a much lighter weight.Duchesse Satin: A lightweight hybrid of silk and rayon (or polyester) woven into a satin finish.Dupioni: A finish similar to shantung, but with thicker, coarser fibers, and a slight sheen.Faille: A structured, ribbed finish like grosgrain ribbon; usually quite substantial.Gabardine: A tightly-woven, firm and durable finish, with single diagonal lines on the face.Georgette: A sheer, lightweight fabric often made of polyester or silk with a crepe surface.Illusion: A fine, sheer net fabric, generally used on sleeves or necklines.Jersey: Elastic knit fabric; the face has lengthwise ribs and the underside has crosswise ribs.Moire: A heavy silk taffeta with a subtle, wavy design.Organdy: A stiff transparent fabric.Organza: Crisp and sheer like chiffon, with a stiffer texture similar in effect to tulle, but more flowing; popular for skirts, sleeves, backs, and overlays.

  • Peau de Soie: A soft satin-faced, high-quality cloth with a dull luster, fine ribs, and a grainy appearance.Pique: A knit fabric with a waffle-weave appearance, pique has distinct sides. The outside resembles a honeycomb or waffle and the underside is flat and smooth.Polyester: An inexpensive man-made fiber that can be woven into just about anything, including duchesse satinRayon: Similar to silk, but more elastic and affordable.Satin: A heavy, smooth fabric with a high sheen on one side; very common in bridal gowns.Silk: The most sought-after, cherished fiber for wedding dresses (and also the most expensive); there are several types with different textures: raw silk and silk mikado are just two examples.Silk Gazar: A four-ply silk organza.Silk Mikado: A brand of blended silk, usually heavier than 100-percent silk.Silk-faced Satin: A smooth silk satin, with a glossy front and matte back.Shantung: Similar to a raw silk, shantung is characterized by its rubbed texture.Taffeta: Crisp and smooth, with a slight rib.Tulle: Netting made of silk, nylon, or rayon; used primarily for skirts and veils (think tutus).Velvet: A soft, thick fabric with a felted face and plain underside.


  • Ideal Spring/Summer Fabrics:

    Charmeuse, Chiffon/ Georgette, Crepe, Dupioni/ Shantung, Organza, Taffeta, Tulle.

    Ideal Fall/Winter Fabrics:

    Chiffon/ Georgette/Organza/ Tulle (over thicker fabric,) Damask, Duchesse Satin, Moire, Peau de Soie, Velvet

    Do plan for colder weather by including a wrap, stole or other cover-up in your wedding day attire. (No dirty ugly parkas thrown on at the last minute!!)


    Stephanie Davis Designs