With so many bridal silhouettes and styles, it can seem dizzying to find ‘The One’ when shopping for a wedding gown. Local Charleston style experts from Southern Protocol Bridal are sharing their top tips for brides-to-be as they shop for their Big Day. Scroll down and get the scoop on finding the most flattering frock, how to accessorize the look and where to wear these beautiful gowns.
A traditional ball gown silhouette features a fitted bodice with a full skirt. The ball gown is ideal for most body types. The structure of the dress beautifully compliments natural curves or provides the illusion of curves for those with rectangular body frames. As a general rule, this look can be less flattering on petites. Ball gowns can be worn anywhere, but they are perfect for formal affairs. Accessorizing with a sash at the waist is a wonderful way to add extra sparkle or textural detail.
A- Line Gowns
The A-Line gown features a fitted bodice throughout the waist that flows to the floor in the shape of an A. These gowns can have fuller skirts or less-full skirts, depending on the fabric of the gown, and the amount of crinoline under the skirt. These gowns are universally flattering, thus ideal for all body types. The A-Line style gown is suitable for all settings. For the bride who wants to accessorize this look, we recommend adding a sash, veil, lace jacket or sleeves. The possibilities are endless!
Fit & Flare
The Fit and Flare gown is fitted through the body and then flairs at the mid-thigh. This style gown is appropriate for most venues. The Fit and Flare silhouette compliments brides with curves and those who have hourglass figures. These gowns look beautiful when paired with a veil because they add volume for the wedding ceremony. We also suggest the addition of a fitted jacket and sash for brides who want to customize the look.
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Charleston Wedding Guide Preferred Vendors
Gowns: Carol Hannah from Southern Protocol Bridal | Venue: The Gadsden House | Event Design: Sweet Grass Social | Florals: Out of The Garden | Lighting and Sound: Technical Event Company | Catering: Hamby Catering & Tristan Catering
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Images: Marni Rothschild | Beauty: ABP Makeup | Draping: The Social Spool