Anatomy of a Wedding Gown

This post is for all of you ladies who are on the search for your perfect wedding gown. You know that your dress is waiting for you out there, but before you step out your door, we, at Anne Noelle Bridal, would like to help you find out what you are looking for. Piecing together your dream wedding gown, requires you to know your dress. Begin your journey by knowing the bits and pieces that make up the iconic wedding gown.


  1. Neckline—the neckline is the part of the wedding gown that frames your face. The styles for the neckline vary from—the bateau is a style that is designed to show-off your collarbones, it runs across your elbows and dips right below your collar bone. This style is also known as boat or Sabrina.
  2. Bodice—this is the upper section of the wedding gown from the shoulders to the waist. Some bodices are plain and simple, while others can go grand with crystals and other embellishments. The design is really up to your taste. If you want to make a lasting impression, do spend some time at that bodice.
  3. Fabric—“Style, cut, texture, drapery, and season are all important factors in determining the best fabric for a wedding gown.”(the knot, Anatomy of a Wedding Dress)
  4. Silhouette—this is the basic shape of a wedding gown, the most popular styles all-over the globe are the ball gown, trumpet, mermaid, empire and a-line cuts. Get an idea of how to pick the perfect silhouette for you here.
  5. Train—for more added effect to your wedding gown, think of your train. This is the part of the wedding gown skirt that extends and trails along the ground as you finally walk down that aisle. Wedding gowns that have long trains fall under more formal wedding gowns while those with short trains are informal. Formal or informal, a bride must have her train!
  6. Veil—of course, literally the crowning glory, as it sits on top of your head, is the veil. “This custom originated in Rome, when a bride would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself from evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness.” (CNN, 11 Wedding Superstitions &Traditions Explained) Learn how tips on how to pick your veil here.