Wedding Dresses: 4 Wedding Dress Styles That Allow You To Ditch The Gym And Still Feel Confident

If your wedding is fast approaching then you may be wondering which wedding dresses will help you to look your best on this special day if you’re a little out-of-shape. Here is a guide to which styles will help to hide any imperfections in your figure, and what type of bride will benefit from them.

Imagine this scenario.

You have been busy juggling your job, kids, family and planning for your wedding. Your gym membership has expired and the exercise bike sits, gathering dust, in the corner.

No doubt you will be getting some lovely pictures taken at no little expense and all eyes will be on you, so it’s very easy to be aware of any imperfections in your figure. So if you do have an unsightly bulge or two, or are just carrying an extra few pounds and are conscious about this, then which type of dress is going to help you look fantastic and feel confident?

The Style’s The Key

Regardless of your size, body-shape or weight there is a dress out there that will help you to look slender and gorgeous on your big day, which is exactly as it should be! It simply depends on you choosing the correct size for your shape, and so by knowing in advance which will look best on you, you’ll have an easier time finding that special wedding gown and feeling confident about wearing it.

Let’s look at the options:

Ball Gown Wedding Dress

A ball gown wedding dress has a tight or corset top with a very full skirt cascading out beneath it. It is your classic ‘Cinderella’ dress and will make you look like a princess! If you are a pear-shaped woman with bigger bottom or hips then this style will help to make you look defined on top and also disguise these potentially problematic lower areas leaving you looking great.

Sleeved Wedding Dress

Arms can often be a source of worry for brides, especially since many wedding dresses are strapless or sleeveless. This is not the tradition however and doesn’t have to be the case at all; you can certainly wear a long sleeve or short sleeve wedding dress.

Be careful to choose lace or sheer sleeves on your gown to look young and contemporary. There will no longer be any reason to worry about your arms and there isn’t a man alive who doesn’t find lace sexy! Also if they’re good enough for Kate Middleton then they’ll be good enough for you!

A-line Wedding Dress
The A-line dress is very popular for wedding dresses because it is suitable for every woman’s body type. The A-line style looks like an ‘A’ shape, being slimmer on top and wider at the hem on the bottom. This will help your waist look slimmer if that’s an issue. If you are trying on dresses it is almost certain that you will encounter an A-line dress.

Empire Wedding Dress
The classic empire style dress is perfect for anyone who is worried about their tummy. The waist of the dress starts really high up, under your bust, and the skirt of the dress flows down and outwards from the body to the hem. This will hide any issues you might have with the trunk of your body.

Finally the material you choose will make a difference. Choosing silk or other slinky fabrics will give you a figure-hugging dress which may not be suitable, so it may be better to go with a dress made of taffeta, tulle or other fabrics with a bit more body.

So don’t worry if your wedding day is approaching and you’ve got some areas of your body which you don’t want to highlight to all of your guests. Simply consider these styles and then you can rest easy in a dress that will make you look and feel great!

Finding the Best Bridal Accessories to Match Your Perfect Dress

Your big day has finally come – after years of waiting for the perfect man to sweep you off your feet, your wedding and your dream guy have finally arrived. You’ve got the ring on your finger, you’ve even got the dress of your dreams picked out – but what to wear with it?

The accessories are often what make the outfit, and in the case of your wedding gown, the accessories are all the more important. This is a day where all eyes will be on you – where numerous photographs will be taken, where wedding videos will be filmed, where people will talk of what you do and what you wear for years to come. It’s imperative that you find the best bridal accessories to match your perfect dress. But where to begin? Relax – we’ve got you covered.

Let’s start with a sash. This little known accessory often goes underused. People sometimes think it will make their dress too frilly, or that it will take the attention away from the dress itself, but in truth, the sash is a great complement to your gown. It highlights your waist and adds a little bit of sparkle.

Why not show off your amazing curves? Imagine a crystal jeweled sash glittering in the light as you glide down the aisle like the princess you are. A horsehair sash with crystal embellishment, this sash is inspired by vintage estate jewelry, and it can be worn again and again! Wear it on a cocktail dress or with a t-shirt. You can even tie it in your hair as a headband! This sash is available in ivory or ebony, so you can go for a perfect match or choose total contrast.

Another thing you don’t want to go without is a beaded crystal hairpiece. This stunning piece is like jewelry for your hair. A little hint of sparkle in your updo is sure to set you apart from all the other brides out there. Glamorous and slightly vintage, this antique inspired design features clusters of sparkling crystals that resemble a floral corsage. This versatile piece can be worn with any hairstyle, up or down, and looks beautiful with or without a veil.

If a hairpiece isn’t substantial enough for you, consider a thin headband with crystal embellishment. Because this hairpiece surrounds your head instead of just clipping on, there’s less worry of it falling off as you walk down the aisle. A thin, hard headband with a large piece of crystal embellishment, this antique-inspired design is fit for a princess. This headband features a soft, raw-edged tulle underlay that adds a romantic, ethereal look, and is available in ivory. Talk about beautiful!

When it comes to wedding accessories, most women automatically think of the veil – and for good reason: it’s the most popular wedding gown accessory out there! Veils add a hint of romance to your look, and have been popular for years and years. If you’re looking for something ultra romantic, consider a two-tier chapel length veil with a lace appliqué. This beautiful veil features hand-detailed lace appliqués, which adorn the bottom edge of the longer tier. Two layers of raw edged tulle create an ethereal, romantic look that is fit for a queen. Timeless and classic, this is a look you won’t be able to resist.

Another great option, especially for those who favor some extra drama with their dress, is a large black horsehair sash. This oversized sash comes in black and ivory and is 120 inches long, which makes for a beautiful multi-dimensional bow. This sash adds some dramatic detail to your gown; think of everyone gasping as soon as you enter the church. Isn’t that what you’ve always wanted? It’s your Cinderella moment, so you may as well make the most of it!

No princess look is complete without a tiara. Some might consider the request for a tiara a silly, slightly immature bridal accessory, but we say this is your day and you should rock it however you see fit! If you’ve always dreamed of wearing a tiara, your wedding day is the time to do so. Whether you choose one that is encrusted with rhinestones or pearls, you’re sure to stand out from the brides that chose a simple veil as their central bridal accessory.

Another fun option is a pair of long gloves – white satin elbow length gloves instantly amp up any dress, taking it from average bridal gown to out of this world amazing. There’s a sense of old world charm in this look – it’s as though you’re a bride from sixty years ago, walking down the aisle in 1922. If you’re a girl that loves a vintage look, gloves are where it’s at.