Every woman has had fantasies about their wedding dress. We sketch it out, watch tv shows,  and make pinterest boards about it. Not to mention the guilty pleasure of looking at the windows of bridal boutiques and deciding which dresses you would wear or toss. It is easy to look at dresses and judge the things you like or dislike. However, picking a dress for yourself means getting specific about what looks best on you and how you want to present yourself at the altar. Whether you are looking for something subtle, modest, dramatic or revealing, there are plenty of waistlines, necklines, and other details that you can look out for to pick the most flattering dress for you. Our wish lists for the perfect dress can be quite long. Here are some things to keep in mind to focus your shopping.

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First things first- do your hair and make up. Of course, you do not have to go all out with your glamour as you would on your wedding day, but it will make you much more comfortable when you are shopping. As you look in the mirror with all those dresses on, it will be easier to visualize what you will look like on your wedding day and you won’t get distracted by your own appearance when you are deciding between dresses. 

Photography by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

The two biggest aspects of your dress that define your silhouette are the neckline and the waistline. The neckline and waistline can accentuate or hide your bust and hips, depending on the cut you choose. A square neckline or a sweetheart neckline work well on anyone, regardless of the size of your chest. Both necklines are comfortable and flattering on all body types. For busty women, an off the shoulder or a straight across strapless dress are flattering. For women with smaller chests, a deep v is both daring and demure. If you have a large bust and everything feels too revealing, there are things you can do to make your outfit more modest. Adding lace to the top of your neckline can add extra coverage. If you aren’t interested in lace, an illusion neckline can be very helpful as it will keep focus on the dress instead of your cleavage. Illusion necklines are also ideal if you have a large shoulder to waist ratio and you are looking to even out your frame.

Photography by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Choosing the right waistline is important because the right waistline can accentuate your legs and hips as well as your waist. For petite frames, dropped waists or a mermaid silhouette is an excellent choice because it prevents the skirt from overwhelming your frame. Airy sheathes and trumpet structure dresses are dresses that won’t consume you in fabric if you are small in stature. You can add embroidery, lace, and beads to heighten your look if the style feels underwhelming. Umpire waistlines can be helpful in elongating your legs. A cummerband waistline is a good choice if you want something slimming. If you are looking to accentuate your hips, look at dresses with basque waistlines. At the end of the day, you are going to look beautiful in any dress. Knowing what you are looking for in terms of a waistline, neckline, and structure will cut down the time you spend and the confusion you feel shopping. Knowing your options ensure you can properly present your figure.

Photography by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

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