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The 5 Most Popular Wedding Dress Silhouettes for Your Big Day

Finding your wedding dress is arguably one of the most exciting parts of the planning process—and it’s so much more than deciding between sparkle and lace! As you start to prepare for dress shopping, brides will want to consider the type of silhouette they want to wear on their wedding day. Five of the most beloved dress silhouettes to consider are A-line, ballgown, mermaid, sheath, and empire. Read on to learn about each of these unique styles, along with their characteristics and advantages that will make finding your dream dress a breeze!

A-Line Wedding Dresses

A classic A-line wedding dress silhouette featuring a flowing skirt that gradually widens from the waist, creating a timeless and elegant bridal look.

One of the most popular silhouettes for brides-to-be, an A-line wedding dress features a defined waist and full skirt that create a flattering "A" shape. This style looks beautiful on brides of all body types as the bust accentuates the curves while the flowy skirt can forgive in others. This wedding dress silhouette also allows for plenty of movement for brides who want to spend all night on the dance floor!

A magnificent ballgown wedding dress silhouette with a full, voluminous skirt that creates a fairytale-like appearance, perfect for a princess-inspired bridal ensemble.


For the glamorous bride looking to make a bold statement, look no further than the infamous ballgown! Fit for a ballroom reception or a castle-inspired affair, ballgowns are similar to A-lines, except these dresses have significantly more volume added to the skirt. Expect to see lots of layers and plenty of sparkle on these dresses, perfect for brides who want to feel like a princess on their big day!

A captivating mermaid wedding dress silhouette, hugging the body closely until the flare begins around the knees, accentuating curves and providing a glamorous and seductive bridal style.

Mermaid Wedding Dresses

The mermaid silhouette on the other hand, is beautifully fitted to give brides an hourglass shape. This sexy style accentuates the curves around the hips, with a skirt that flares out from the knees down! Add some extra glam to the look by choosing a mermaid gown with intricate beadwork or embroidery, or keep it classic with chic matte mikado or satin fabric.

A sleek sheath wedding dress silhouette, characterized by its form-fitting design that follows the natural contours of the body, creating an understated and sophisticated bridal look.

Sheath Wedding Dresses

Sheath wedding dresses have been trending for the past few years, and we can see why! These gowns hug the body without being fitted too tightly. Sheath dresses are often made with luxurious fabrics such as silk that drape beautifully over the body’s natural curves. Brides wanting a modern wedding aesthetic will love this look when worn at a loft-style or art gallery wedding venue.

An empire wedding dress silhouette, featuring a high waistline just below the bust and a flowing, loose-fitting skirt, offering a romantic and ethereal bridal appearance.

Empire Wedding Dresses

An empire waist dress has a fitted bodice that begins to drape out under the bust line, as opposed to the natural waistline. Think of the dresses you see on Netflix’s hit show, Bridgerton! This silhouette is known to elongate the figure, making it an excellent option for petite brides. The relaxed look is also worn for laid-back destination weddings and wedding-related events like rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and farewell brunches.

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