The Mermaid or Trumpet Wedding Dress
This is a fairly common type of dress in which the bottom of the gown flares out in the shape of a trumpet. It is designed to create the illusion of the top half of your body looking curvier and is more suited to hour glass and rectangular shaped women. However this dress is not suited to women with a shorter stature at this can make you seem to lose even more height.
The A-Line or Princess Wedding Dress
A dress that is not only stunning to look at but is also the most sought after. The main components to this dress are its use of a corset style bust with a large and wide skirt which are normally made with different materials (ie. A satin corset paired with a lace skirt). This flattering dress shape balances out top heavy shapes and helps hide some tummy bulge, which means it is suited to most body shapes.
The Empire Wedding Dress
With a typically high waistline seam just underneath the bust and its long flowing skirt, you can see why this dress is not only popular with smaller chested women but also women who are pregnant. As the seam is just under the bust it makes your bust look larger and hides any slight lumps or bumps from the tummy downwards. This style tends to suit more triangular and pear shaped women.
The Sheath/Column Wedding Dress
As you may be able to tell from the name of this dress it runs vertically all the way down from top to bottom with generally no flaring. You have to be happy with your figure to pull this dress off as its body hugging shape means it is more suited to rectangular and slimmer hourglass body shapes. It can also be a great dress for more vertically challenged ladies as it can accentuate your height. With an added pair of heels this dress would look stunning on any shorter lady.
The Ball Gown Wedding Dress
Also known as the fairy-tale dress, this is yet another popular choice among today’s brides to be. It is called the ball gown dress as they are rather extravagant, with the skirt coming right out from the waist and creating a rather “Disney” feel without being too over the top. Again, most body types will suit this dress however it would possibly be just a little too much for shorter ladies.
The Vintage Wedding Dress
These dressed tend to have sleeves rather than straps, ranging from shoulder length to long sleeve. This type of style dress is a rather niche market but does seems to be making a comeback. They tend to be a little more lace based rather than silk; so if you are after something more traditional, simple and cost effective then this may be the type of dress for you.
Alternative Wedding Dresses
If you are the less traditional type of gal and would like a style that is out there and different then you may want to have a look at some alternative dresses. These can come in all shapes and colours to suit your needs and are a great way to show off individuality on your special day. The sky is the limit with this kind of dress as it can be anything you want it to be, however this can be very costly so only choose this kind of dress if you are willing to empty your whole wallet for it.
The Short Wedding Dress
Nearer the summer time this style of dress can be a really good choice. Not only that but they are less hassle to wear and are more comfortable than other types of dress. A popular look for this dress is to have it strapless and with a slightly flowy skirt and looks rather charming. It is more suited to slimmer brides who are more of an hourglass or a pear shape who don’t mind showing off their legs.
The ‘Traveller’ Wedding Dress
I would only suggest getting a dress like this if you are yourself a traveller, either that or you have no card limit and like things to be big bright and bold. These dresses are certainly a sight to behold and are a step up from the previously mentioned Ball Gown. You normally have to pay to get these sort of dress handmade and to exact specifications rather than in any wedding shop as they usually have to spend days sticking all kinds of fake (and even real) jewels on them. Famously the model Jordan (otherwise known as Katie Price) got married in one of these style dresses to the singer Peter Andre.