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Helpful Tips

There are so many details to plan for a wedding, but the most important one of all is the dress. Brides of Today in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers useful information on the main types of wedding gown silhouettes and current trends to make the decision a little easier.

Styles for Your Silhouette

You found the perfect guy. You have a beautiful ring on your finger. Now it's time to find the perfect dress. Your wedding gown should complement your personality, style, and shape. Here are some suggestions on how to show off your figure.

A mermaid gown is fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, and then flares out close to the knee. This style is ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves. It is not recommended for apple or plus-size body types.

Modified A-Line
These dresses are fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flare to the hem, forming an "A" shape. The skirt fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. This style looks flattering on all body types.

Ball Gown
This fairy-tale dress featuring a fitted bodice flairs at the waist with a full skirt. It is ideal for most body types, but looks great on pear-shaped bodies, since it hides the lower body. The skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame, so it's not a good fit for petites.

Woman in Mermaid Style Dress

The narrow shape flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. This style looks good on lean frames, hourglass shapes, and petite bodies. Sheath dresses can accentuate extra inches, so they are unflattering for pear-shaped frames.

If You Are Petite
If you have a petite frame, you should look for trumpet, sheath, and modified A-line gowns. Find a style with a waistline above your natural waist to make the lower half of the dress, and you, appear longer. The fabric is up to you, but you can pull off a high sheen.

If You Are Plus-Sized
An empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line is recommended. Make sure the empire seam does not start on the chest and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear.

The dress should play up your shape. If it's too loose, it will add pounds. For those who are still having trouble locating the right dress for your shape, stop by Brides of Today to view our vast selection. We are delighted to assist you in any way.

The Perfect Dress

Trying to find the perfect dress can be daunting for any bride. For curvy women, it can be downright traumatic. We offer some tips on avoiding a bad experience:

1. Find a place that will treat you right. Just because you are a curvy woman does not mean you should be treated rudely by an associate.

2. Keep an open mind. The styles available for curvy women are endless. Find the look you envision for yourself, and let the dress reflect your personality.

3. This is your experience. This day belongs to you. Slipping into that special dress should make you feel happy and leave you ready to say "I Do" with a big smile. Buy the dress that makes you feel absolutely gorgeous!

Spring 2017 Wedding Dress Trends

For spring 2017, we have many new arrivals. The details mainly focus on romance, lace, and floral lace applique. We have tiered skirts, tulle, silk, and organza in numerous styles. Contact us to make an appointment to see all of the 2017 wedding dress trends arriving at Brides of Today. Our staff will help make all of your wedding dreams come true.