Okay, so you’ve found the one… now it’s time to find the dress. Many people will tell you that the dress is the biggest wedding decision you will make – after choosing your partner of course!

When you first walk into the bridal boutique, your attendant will ask you what sort of style you’re looking for and they will also ask what silhouette you like – and unless you regularly attend galas, you may have no clue what they are talking about or what you want.

Here are the top six wedding dress silhouettes explained so you can let your stylist know what you like and don’t like – or at the very least, you’ll know what to type into the Pinterest search bar!

1. Sheath

Arguably the most versatile of silhouettes, a sheath wedding dress hangs close to the body and falls directly to the floor. This gown is effortless and will take you from ‘I do” to ‘let’s party!’ with ease. You can find sheath dresses with beading, lace, silk and pretty much any other applique you can think of!

2. Column

Similar to the sheath in style, the column dress has a narrower bottom, allowing the dress to graze your hips and fall directly to the floor. Column dresses are usually made from sturdier fabrics such as crepe and create a structured, statuesque look. Perfect for brides who want to avoid being overwhelmed by their dresses.

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3. A-line

If you’re looking for a dress that is flattering on everyone – look no more! The A-line dress provides a happy medium between the simple sheath styles and the more extravagant ball gowns. A-line dresses are tighter around the chest with a skirt that flares out slightly. These dresses are versatile and beautiful and fit in with pretty much any venue.

4. Fit-and-flare

For brides who want to show off a little, and still be able to dance, the fit-and-flare silhouette is for you! The skirt flares out between the hips and knee which provides, giving you a little bit more freedom with your legs than the mermaid style. This silhouette looks fantastic with a sweetheart neckline.

5. Mermaid/Trumpet

Also known as the Beyoncé style of wedding gowns, the mermaid/trumpet style is fitted through the chest, waist and hips before flaring out just below the knee. This silhouette creates a vivacious hourglass figure on anyone who wears it and is often found with ruffles or beading on the skirt for some added drama.

6. Ball Gown

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a princess in a fairy tale, the ball gown is for you. Featuring a fitted bodice or corset with a wide, full skirt. Ball gowns are a favourite among royalty and are often accompanied by long trains.