Ok, you just got engaged…well first, congratulations!!!

Second, good luck with the planning process because you’ve got your work cut out for you. But not to worry because it’s not ALL stressful… some of it will be a blast. Today we’re going to talk about one of the super fun aspects to wedding planning… shopping! More specifically, dress shopping!

So the way I understand it, some girls plan their wedding from the time they’re five until they walk down the aisle, others have never even thought about it, and some of us fall somewhere in the middle. Me? I’ve thought about it to some degree: I know I want it out of the country. I know I want awesome music all night long. And I know it will probably be really colorful. But beyond that I don’t know much, including which of the wedding dress styles is most flattering to my body type.

In fact, until recently I really only knew one or two of the types of wedding dresses and wedding dress styles.

Well, now I’ve schooled myself on all the styles and wedding dress silhouettes, so today I’m going to share what I’ve learned with you lovely ladies. Here’s my list of the wedding dress silhouettes that tend to look fabulous on five different body types…

Best Types of Wedding Dresses for Every Body Shape


Body Type: Curvy in all the right places. Bust and booty.

Dress Styles: A-line, sheath, ball gown, dropped waistline, mermaid.

Best Necklines: One shoulder, strapless, scoop necklines.


Body Type: Smaller shoulders and hips.

Dress Styles: Empire or ball gown dresses.

Neck & Shoulders: Strapless or sweetheart necklines.


Body Type: Hips are larger than the bust, and waist gradually slopes out to the hips.

Dress Styles: Empire, A-line, ball gown.

Neck & Shoulders: Strapless, halter, circular necklines.


Body Type: Just a tiny bit of curve at the hips, mostly straight torso, shoulders that align with hips.

Dress Styles: Sheath, empire, mermaid, A-line, ball gown.

Neck & Shoulders: Portrait or strapless neckline.

Inverted Triangle:

Body Type: Athletic and strong, wider shoulders and bust with tighter torso and hips.

Dress Styles: Sheath, empire, ball gown, A-line.

Neck & Shoulders: Halter, strapless, one shoulder necklines.

What Matters Most? Feeling Like a Queen.

So this is in no way the end all be all solution for every woman out there. Your gorgeous body is one of a kind and might not fit in perfectly with any of the styles I listed here. What matters most is always going to be how you feel walking down the aisle with all eyes on you. There might be types of wedding dresses out there that look stunning on you, even if they’re listed here under a body type that doesn’t quite fit. Also check out this alternative wedding dress in a San Francisco City Hall wedding I shot.

But I hope this cuts through some of the overwhelm and gives you a decent place to start. So get out there, invite your girlfriends to join you and start trying on all types of wedding dresses!!!

For inspiration, here are some beauties that I’ve had the honor of capturing…

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