Wedding dress shopping is an exciting time for any woman planning her wedding but it can also be a little overwhelming when you find yourself in a store filled with beautiful wedding dresses. Understanding what to expect before you start shopping can make the process of selecting your ideal gown more enjoyable.
Wedding dresses come in a variety of styles including the ball gown, the mermaid dress, and the sheath. Ball gowns closely resemble the dresses worn by Cinderella with a fitted bodice and very flared skirt. Mermaid dresses, also known as trumpet dresses, are highly fitted all the way down the entire length of the dress until the bottom 1/3 of the dress which slightly flares out. Sheath dresses are body hugging designs but do not have any flared areas anywhere on the length of the gown.
Dresses of all styles can range from $150 in discount bridal stores to more than $30,000 for extremely high-end, one of a kind gowns. The most important factor that determines the cost of a dress is the reputation and popularity of the designer. If you want to join people like Jenna Bush and Kate Bosworth in walking down the aisle in a custom gown designed by Oscar de la Renta, it will cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Regardless of the bride’s budget or personal body style, the perfect dress is out there.