Every woman is different; we all have different body shapes, some of us are very slim, while others carry a few too many extra kilos. The good thing is it is possible to buy the perfect wedding dress for your body shape, we all have our own little quirks, and some look great in tight jeans where others look good in trousers. When choosing a bridal gown, you are faced with so many choices and it’s a big choice, probably the BIGGEST choice of clothing you will ever make. Planning your big day has its ups and downs, but if you can do a little bit of *homework* before you hit the bridal boutiques it can make the world of difference.

The first thing to do is make use of all those body guides that are available. If you use those guides – the ones that classify the different body shapes – pear, full, hourglass, apple, tall, petite etc you can determine your shape and look for a wedding dress that will flatter your body. When you are looking for a wedding dress you’ll find that by knowing your body shape alone – it will be a real time saver. You’ll be able to know what type of dress – what fit will suit your body shape the best. This will save you a lot of time (and tears) trying on endless dresses wondering if each one will actually look good on you and will suit your shape or figure.

If you have an hourglass figure a mermaid shaped dress will suit you best, also A-line, sheath or Column dresses look great on tall or very thin women or a ball gown skirt added to a princess cut top. For those with an apple or pear shape – a full figure a classic A-line or princess cut is a great choice it will whittle the waist but flared out around the body creating a sleek silhouette. You could also try dresses such as ball gown or empire waist wedding dresses; they mimic the contours of the princess cut with the trim waist and full skirt. Bridal gowns of this style are designed to help create balanced proportions for your body.

You can also use this same technique for your bridesmaids. Try and look for bridesmaid dresses that can be worn on the day and to other events later. If you and your bridal party all know your body shapes it will save all of you the headache of trying on dresses that just aren’t flattering to their body shape, or trying on dresses that just aren’t right, so you can spend more time finding the dresses that will flatter their body shape and have them looking their very best.