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Bridal Gown Terms

Bridal Gown Terms

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.

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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.

Halter: A top in which the straps wrap around to tie or fasten behind the neck.

Sweetheart Neckline: Open neckline that begins 2 inches inside the shoulder line and shaped like a heart.

Semi-Sweetheart Neckline: Similar to a traditional sweetheart neckline but with a shallower dip in the center.

Queen Anne Neckline: Sculptured design that is high on the sides and back, with an angled open bodice with a sweetheart shape.

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A-Line: Typically refers to skirt design characterized by a flared hem and a close fitting waist, often gathered into a train.

Empire Waistline: Shortened waist style created by attaching the skirt to the bodice just below the bustline.

Mermaid: Sheath gown to the knees and then a flare out.

Trumpet Skirt: Skirt flared at or below the knee.

Ballgown: Fitted at the waist, and then poufs out into a ballgown bell shape.

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Shoulder: 20"

Elbow: 25"

Waist: 54"

Fingertip: 72"

Floor: 108"

Chapel: 126"

Cathedral: 144"

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