Top Tips for Choosing a Dream Wedding Dress

Spending the day wedding dress shopping with your family and bridesmaids is meant to be one of the most special parts of the wedding planning process, but if you have no idea what suits your shape, you may end up feeling more disappointed than excited. And here’s our top tips for choosing a dream wedding dress to suit your body shape.

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Hourglass shape-Curvaceous hips and bust, typified with a small waistline

Curvaceous hips and bust, typified with a small waistline

  1. Flaunt this shapely figure with a fitted fishtail design
  2. Sweetheart necklines will emphasise your assets in a subtle and elegant way
  3. Sashes, belts and fitted bodices will cinch in the waist or the wedding dress, enhancing your curves

Avoid: Plunging V-neckliness and empire line dresses




Larger bust and tummy but thin legsApple shape-Larger bust and tummy but thin legs


  1. Apple-shaped women can pull of a V-neckline or sweetheart neckline in particular
  2. Show off those pins with a short or tea-length wedding dress
  3. With a larger bust, opt for straps for added support

Avoid: Strapless or one-shoulder dresses




Pear shape– Narrow shoulders, wide hips, thighs and bottom

Narrow shoulders, wide hips, thighs and bottom

  1. A-line dresses are the most flattering for this shape, skimming over large hips and bums
  2. Narrow shoulders lend themselves well to a strapless wedding dress
  3. Sparkly waist detail will draw the eye away from the larger bottom half


Avoid: Fitted, Slinky top-to-toe dresings, Hip Embellishments




Athletic: A slim figure with few curvesA slim figure with few curves

  1. Straight up and down figures can pull off both slimline and fuller styles
  2. Create curves using a structured bodice and full skirt, complete with a waist belt
  3. Give the illusion of a fuller bust with a sweetheart or one-shoulder neckline

Avoid: Short dresses or styles that can swamp your small frame