With This Ring: List of bridal gown styles for the soon-to-wed bride

For the ladies:
The September Standard has released a list of bridal gown styles for every curve, height, frame. In case you’re not sure what type of gown hugs that frame and fits perfectly or accentuates those curves or flatters the height without drawing too much attention to it; this should help.

THE LINGO: Silhouettes

Ball gown : Exuding a timeless air of romance, this dress boasts a very full skirt that springs from a fitted waist and tends to flatter tall,slim brides who want to highlight their curves. The style is also more often than not favoured by women who wish to hide their tummy or backside. Petite brides should avoid this style as they tend to get lost in all the fabric.

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A-line/Princess: Admired for its clean lines and soft yet angular form, this subdued variation of the ball gown features a slightly tapered waist that gives way to a gentle A-shaped skirt. Flattering to most body types actually unlike the first- so ladies, if you’ve got an hourglass figure, you’re full-figured, petite or tall, this style would definitely fit right – it is a popular choice.

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– Empire: The high-waist dress, sought after for its more periodic look, features a straight column or A-line skirt that flaws from just below the bust line. The design enhances a small chest and detracts from a thick or high waist.

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– Slip dress: Designed with spaghetti straps, a low cut neckline( typically a scoop or v-neck) and unembellished fabric, this style is usually chosen by brides who want to make a quiet yet elegant statement. The silhouette is best for tall, slim brides who want to show off delicate curves.

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– Sheath: This straight modern-looking comes in a little at the waist before hitting the floor in one elegant, sleek column. The silhouette flatters both tall and petite brides, whose figures are more on the slender side. For the petite brides, simpler is better, so heavy detailing and embellishment should really be avoided. A low neckline would enhance a small chest.

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Nigerian brides have really upped their game in the type of bridal attire they purchase or have sewn these days. Stunning brides everywhere. take a look at some of the stunning ones I’ve selected for your viewing pleasure.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Did know that Nigerian women are sewing white blouse and long skirts  with gele as their bridal attire on their special day? Non Muslim brides that is. It has to be all white of course or ivory but if you want to be more daring and unconventional then silver and champagne are winners too. This would only make more of a statement if worn on the white wedding day.

 

 

THE LINGO: Veils

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– Blusher: This style falls over the bride’s face,extending below her chin but no farther than her shoulder/waist. After the ceremony, the veil can be flipped back over the headpiece or detached altogether. The blusher is often attached to a longer veil that tails down the back of the bride’s head and gown.

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– Flyaway: Grazing the shoulders, this veil is the perfect accompaniment for a dress with a detailed back that you don’t want covered up. Its multiple layers can be attached to a headpiece or held in place with combs.

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– Elbow: Multiple layers of fabric are usually used to fashion this type of veil, which extends to the bride’s elbows. The length makes thuis veil quite versatile- suitable for any kind of gown actually, formal or informal.

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– Fingertip: Typically made from only a few layers of fabric, this style extends to the bride’s fingertips when her arms are resting at her sides. Flattering on tall brides.

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– Ballerina: Also referred to as ballet-length, this style varies in extent, falling anywhere between the bride’s knees and her ankles. It can be paired with a formal and informal gown.

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– Chapel: Like the chapel train, this wispy veil grazes the floor, extending a bit more than two yards from the headpiece. Its length makes it one of the more formal styles. Fitting on every height.

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– Cathedral: The most dramatic and formal style, this veil, which flows three and a half yards more from a headpiece or crown, is often paired with an equally amazing gown. Because of the vast amount of fabric, the bride who wears this type of veil will require assistance from her attendants. I myself think that this is the most elegant of them all.Plus you don’t get more drama than the cathedral veil *wink wink*

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– Bouffant: This raised, pouf style was the height of fashion in the 1950s. Today’s versions tend to be more streamlined and subdued than that of yesteryear and are no longer worn with a headpiece.

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– Mantilla: Loose in structure and draped over the bride’s head like a scarf, this veil is worn without a headpiece and is typically edged in lace. Quite beautiful actually.

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 DON’T FORGET THE TINY DETAILS

Pretty Decoration: Veils can be decorated with crystals, pearls, beading or lace. Choose a veil with a decoration that enhances your dress, not stealing focus from it. For example, a laced veil can be paired with a lace dress.

The Edging: This is the outside trim of the veil. Some styles are simple, just with a raw edge or piping whereas some others are bordered with lace, beading and other pretty elements to add extra interests.

The Colour: Your veil can match your wedding dress in colour to give you a perfectly balanced look. These days it’s possible to find veils in ivory, champagne, cream and lots of other colours you might require.

Ada Igboanugo

Fashion Enthusiast.

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