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Anatomy Of A Couture Wedding Gown


After working with brides, I realized that there are a lot of wedding-gown- terminology. I want to be able to communicate with the brides as well as other wedding vendors, so I decided to look up the essential vocabulary you should know about a couture wedding gown. To understand the anatomy of a wedding dress, I put together a guide that explains the essentials to what you should know:



Fun fact: veils tend to represent a tradition that dates back to Ancient rome! This is typically a material that is worn on a bride’s hair, and more specially in her hair. Veils can come in various materials, lengths, and styles. I’ve noticed that some of the Beautini brides wear either a cathedral veil or fingertip veil in addition to a blusher.

 Cathedral: a very long, formal veil that extends two feet or more on the floor.

Fingertip: a veil that reaches to the bride’s fingertips.

Blusher: a sheer, short veil worn over the face, which is lifted up during the ceremony.



Think: shape of the overall gown.  With the brides that I’ve worked with and the wedding gown trends that I have noticed, popular silhouettes that brides pick for their gowns tend to be the a-line, ballgown, and trumpet.

A-line: fitted at the bodice and flowers out to the ground, with an unbroken line.

Ballgown: fitted at the bodice and has a waistline that leads to a full skirt.

Trumpet: fits closely to the body until the mid hop and then widens gradually to the hem.



I was a little surprised about this one, but it’s very true: the neckline defines the feeling and the tone of the dress. There are various necklines and it is all about finding the neckline that makes you feel and look your best; be sure to try on gowns that have different necklines. The most popular neckline that I have noticed while working with brides is the strapless sweetheart!

Strapless sweetheart: the neckline is shaped like the top half of a heart.



While sleeves on wedding gowns are not as favored, they deserve to be mentioned! Sleeves, however, tend to be forgotten because strapless gowns have become more and more popular.



Refers to the area of the gown above the waist. This is often used by designers to add dramatic design elements (e.g. beading).



The most important part of a gown! The waistline of a dress is the focal point. Different body types will look dramatically better in certain waistlines. An empire waistline or high waist, for example, will add length to a petite figure. I know that the empire and princess waistlines have been really popular choice for some of the Beautini brides.

Empire: has a raised waistline that sits just below the best, from which the rest of the dress flows down the hem.

Princess: a-line silhouette with vertical seams down the front.



The style of the skirt and length of the train will set the tone for the formality of the gown. Trains can vary in length from very short, sweep train, to very long, cathedral train. I’ve seen a range of styles and lengths with the brides that I have worked with, and the style of the skirt and length of the train depends more on the bride’s personal preferences.

Sweep: also called brush, is the shortest train and usually, the back hem is only a few inches lower than the front hem.

Cathedral: is the longest train, and generally 2.5 yards or 7.5 feet from the waistline.

Bustling: the process of fastening or hooking the train up so the bride can move freely. Usually occurs after the ceremony takes place.



It dictates the look and the weight of the dress. There are various materials used to create a luxurious look and feel, but the type of fabric can also add to the price tag. When looking at the fabric of the gown make sure to consider your personal style, venue, and time of year of the wedding. If you’re not sure what fabric your gown should be, don’t be afraid to consult an expert from a bridal salon. It never hurts to ask for a professional for help!


I feel so knowledgeable, don’t you?!

Xo B.Lo

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