Important questions to ask yourself before you run out and purchase the perfect wedding gown.

1. If you are getting married at a church or synagogue are there dress restrictions such as no low-cut necklines, sleeveless or backless gowns? You may be able to get around these with a little matching jacket during the ceremony.

2. What is the style of your wedding? Formal or informal.

3. What time of year will you be getting married? For a summer wedding a lighter weight sleeveless gown would be just fine but maybe not for a December wedding. There are different weights of satin material. A lot depends on where you are getting married as well.

4. Will you be kneeling during your ceremony or walking down stairs. These are important factors that many don’t consider and choose a form fitting gowns that make these tasks difficult.

Answering these questions will help you make a wiser choice when it comes to choosing a wedding gown.

Gown Styles

Here is some bridal gown words that you will want to know before hitting the bridal stores.

A-line: a fitted bodice that flares out to the hem creating an A shape.

Ballroom: This is the classic Cinderella type gown, full skirt, off –the- shoulder and a natural waistline. This type of gown is great for the full-figured bride.

Basque waist– the waistline begins below the waist, forming a U or V shape: slenderizing: a good choice for brides with wide hips.

Empire: Cropped bodice, high waist, slightly flared skirt: not a good choice for large busted brides, along with clingy fabrics and heavily decorated bodices.

Miniskirt– The hem is above the knee

Princess: Slim fitting bodice with emphasis on the waist.

Sheath: No waist: fabric continues down the body from the shoulders to the ankles for a close-fitting look.

I’m sure there are others that I did not include here or variations of these.