Even if you're the initial sort of new bride, acquiring the gown is such a meaningful choice that you run a risk of falling into that wallet-skinning category referred to as the Two-Dress New bride. Here are some ideas for choosing the best dress and also preventing that horrible fate.
Equally as important as silhouette is the style of your dress. Do you love the ornate detail of a lace wedding dress? Or is a simple white wedding dress more your style? Our assortment of unique wedding dresses has something for everyone. Beaded gowns let you show off your glamorous side, while tulle lends a whimsical touch. Boho wedding dresses with lightweight fabrics, special details, and effortless silhouettes are some of our most popular styles.
At the end of the day, this cheat sheet of wedding dress terms is going to help you walk into an appointment with the ultimate level of confidence. You’re going to have a much better experience asking to try on the A-line gown with chapel train and Bobbin lace, than pointing to a sea of white dresses and asking to “try that white gown in the corner”.
There’s no other tradition as synonymous with marriage as the white wedding gown. And for some brides, the process started years ago. Are you the bride who started looking for your wedding dress before you were even engaged? You’re not alone. Most brides have thought about walking down the aisle in their wedding dress for years, probably envisioning the entire process of trying on dozens of dresses and falling in love with “the one”.

Everyone from Lovely Bride to Monique Lhuillier hosts twice-annual sales in major cities (typically in early summer and early winter). Sign up for newsletters from sites like Racked and 260 Sample Sale to get alerts. You could save up to 90 percent off retail, but expect only sample sizes, final sales, and a no-frills experience (e.g., no dressing rooms or sales staff). Bring a few friends to grab from the racks, and arrive first thing or during the last hour, when merchandise is restocked. You can also ask your local salon if you can buy a floor sample at the end of the season to get a 50 percent discount on average, says Gabriella Risatti of Gabriella New York.


Mermaid dresses are dresses that mimic the shape of a mermaid. They are typically very fitted on top and then widen out at the knees. Fishtail dresses are the same shape but often have a trailing train. This type of dress is a good idea if you have a small bust and small waist. They can also make petite women look taller by focusing the eye on their overall line.
Everyone from Lovely Bride to Monique Lhuillier hosts twice-annual sales in major cities (typically in early summer and early winter). Sign up for newsletters from sites like Racked and 260 Sample Sale to get alerts. You could save up to 90 percent off retail, but expect only sample sizes, final sales, and a no-frills experience (e.g., no dressing rooms or sales staff). Bring a few friends to grab from the racks, and arrive first thing or during the last hour, when merchandise is restocked. You can also ask your local salon if you can buy a floor sample at the end of the season to get a 50 percent discount on average, says Gabriella Risatti of Gabriella New York.
If you are having trouble deciding whether you want a fitted gown or a large extravagant one, overskirt dresses are the choice for you. An overskirt dress is fitted in the chest area and a little bit of the waist, becoming a bit larger at the bottom with a semi-puffy skirt. These gowns are popular for indoor wedding events in a church, marriage chapel, or any indoor venue. They are not recommended for outside weddings. This particular dress option is unique since it shows off a woman’s hourglass figure while she is walking down the aisle.
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