Congratulations! Your marriage is a turning point in your life journey. We can sense your excitement as well as your anxiety to make sure your wedding plans go off like the dream you’ve always imagined. We can also sense your excitement and anxiety about your look for the day. Your wedding gown defines you – your style, your preferences, and your personality. Make sure you give it a good thought with help from the right bridal dress professionals.

Belo Fashion has helped hundreds of brides find their wedding dress. We are happy to help you with yours. Here are a few terminologies to get familiar with and guidelines on how to shop for your perfect wedding dress.

Wedding Dress Terminologies

Before you rush off to shop, keep the location and time of your wedding in mind to narrow down your search. Are you planning a daytime destination wedding or candlelight celebrations in a cathedral? Do you plan to a have an informal dance after the celebration or just a night of merrymaking with lots of food and drinks? Your location defines your wedding dress. Skip flared ball gowns in the morning. Avoid mini dresses in the church. Tone down bling embellishments and dump high heeled shoes for flats if it’s on the beach. Wear a comfortable fabric if you wish to dance or consider a second outfit for the dance night. Stick to linen, silk, lace or organdy in the summer. Rich velvet or brocade look beautiful in the winters.

1. Classic Ball Gown: If you have a traditional family celebration in mind, you can’t go wrong with a classic Cinderella-style ball gown. The bodice is fitted with long, flared, full skirt. You can choose long sleeves in the winter or go sleeveless. Ball gowns narrow down large thighs and highlight a small waist effectively.

2. Elegant Empire: If you’d like to bring the style of another era into the present, consider vintage with a contemporary touch. Empire gowns have a high waistline and flows into a slightly flared skirt that falls to the floor. It has a vintage touch, flatters a small bustline and complements those looking for understated glamour.

3. Magnificent Mermaid: If you have curves to die for, a figure-hugging mermaid style with layered ruffles at the bottom is flattering.

4. Stunning Sheath: For simple elegance, a slimming sheath that traces the line of the body in a straight cut is flattering for petite brides. The minimalist style with long lines can elongate the body, creating a dreamy silhouette.

5. Princess Style: To create a fairy tale moment, you need a princess gown with feminine details and perhaps a sparkling belt to enhance the cut. You can choose soft lace patterns, ribboned waist belt or blend silk with bling.

Necklines: The necklines make a big difference, whatever style you choose. You can ask for a halter, high neckline, bateau (straight across from one end of the shoulder to the other), off the shoulder, jewelled, portrait (like bateau but wider), a deep U cut or square neck (goes best with empire gowns). You also have the heart-shaped neckline called ‘sweetheart,’ strapless gowns and deep V-necks.

Length: Choose between floor length, ballet (hem touches ankles), intermission (hem extends below the knees but ends at the ankles) and street length (hem extends just below the knee).

Find Your Perfect Bridal Dress at Belo Fashion

If you need help understanding what the occasion demands or styles that best suit you, check out Belo Fashion. Our bridal dress collection offers you hundreds of varieties to choose from. Book your appointment to find the perfect wedding dress for you.