A Wedding Dress Dictionary: The Terms You Need to Know Before You Shop!

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

When you travel to a new country, it helps to know a little of the local language. The same is true when you enter the world of bridal salons. At Malmrose Bridal, we are fluent in wedding fashion, so we’re always happy to serve as your guide. Here are a few need-to-know phrases that will make your search for your dream dress so much simpler!


The Structure of a Wedding Dress

Bodice: The portion of the dress that hugs the bride’s torso. This describes everything above the waist except for the sleeves.

Bustle: The bustle gathers up a long skirt after the wedding ceremony, making it easy to dance the night away at the reception.

Details: Beautiful decorations that give your gown its own unique style.

Embellishment: Glamorous details like beading, embroidery, sequins, gems, and more.

Neckline: The cut of a gown at or below the neck, which frames the bride’s face and flatters her figure.

Hemline: The length of your gown, which ranges from traditional floor-length designs to chic, shorter options.

Silhouette: The overall shape of the gown.

Train: The long back part of a skirt that trails majestically behind the bride.

Waistline: Where the wedding gown’s skirt meets the bodice. The waistline brings shape and balance to a dress.


Common Silhouettes

A-Line: A flattering silhouette that is fitted on top with a skirt that flares out in a triangular “A” shape.

Ball Gown: Think Cinderella! This beautiful silhouette is fitted in the bodice and features a wide, bell-shaped skirt.

Fit-N-Flare: A lovely silhouette that flares out at or below the hips and is perfect for dancing.

Mermaid: Want to show off your curves? This gorgeous silhouette tightly hugs the figure, then become fuller beneath the knee like a mermaid’s tail.

Sheath: Light, airy, and romantic, the sheath silhouette lightly skims the body and falls straight to the floor.


Common Wedding Gown Details

Corset: A boned, tightly-fitting garment that accentuates a bride’s figure.

Draping: The artful arrangement of voluminous, flowing fabric.

Embroidery: Decoration that is made with patterns of thread.

Pleating: A distinctive pattern created from the folds of the dress’s fabric.

Tiered Skirt: A skirt made up of layered fabric of different lengths.


Ready to Try On Your Perfect Dress?

Now that you know the lingo, it is time to start your search for the dress of your dreams. When you visit Malmrose Bridal, your personal consultant will help you choose from a beautiful selection of over 300 gowns. Book your bridal appointment today!

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