When you begin shopping for your perfect wedding gown, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the terms and descriptions. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the more common terminology used when discussing wedding attire.
❶ Bateau Neckline: Boat-shaped design formed by a straight line between the shoulders, often dipping in front. May or may not reveal the shoulders and is usually trimmed with lace.
❷ Halter: A top in which the straps wrap around to tie or fasten behind the neck.
❸ Sweetheart Neckline: Open neckline that begins 2 inches inside the shoulder line and shaped like a heart.
❹ Semi-Sweetheart Neckline: Similar to a traditional sweetheart neckline but with a shallower dip in the center.
❺ Queen Anne Neckline: Sculptured design that is high on the sides and back, with an angled open bodice with a sweetheart shape.
❻ A-Line: Typically refers to skirt design characterized by a flared hem and a close fitting waist, often gathered into a train.
❼ Empire Waistline: Shortened waist style created by attaching the skirt to the bodice just below the bustline.
❽ Mermaid: Sheath gown to the knees and then a flare out.
❾Trumpet Skirt: Skirt flared at or below the knee.
❿ Ballgown: Fitted at the waist, and then poufs out into a ballgown bell shape.
Ⓑ Shoulder: 20"
Ⓒ Elbow: 25"
Ⓓ Waist: 54"
Ⓔ Fingertip: 72"
Ⓕ Floor: 108"
Ⓖ Chapel: 126"
Ⓗ Cathedral: 144"