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The Anatomy of a Wedding Gown

Gown Silhouettes A-line: Narrow at the bodice, with vertical seams that flow right down to a slightly flared-out skirt.

Ball Gown: A fitted bodice that comes in at the waist and then flares out to a full, floor-length skirt with lots of volume.

Trumpet Silhouette: A style of gown that features a gradually-flared skirt and a close-fitting bodice that skims the lines of the body, through the hips.

Sheath: A close, form-fitting dress from bodice all the way down to the skirt. May have a slit at the legs for easier walking.

{Wedding Gown, Jacket & Veil: Stone Manor Bridal}

Neckline Bateau: Straps are at mid-shoulders with the fabric reaching in a gentle dip across the chest and back, like an eye shape if viewed from above.

Halter: Ties around the back of the neck.

Sweetheart: Rounded fabric over each breast, meeting in a V-neck point in the middle. Its heart shape is the basis for its name.

V-Neck: The fabric extends downward in an angled V-shape at the top of the chest or lower to show some cleavage.

Gown Lengths Floor length: The skirt reaches just to the floor, the hem extended for a gentle glide obscuring the view of your shoes.

Knee-length: The skirt reaches to or just below the knee.

Tea-length: Also called a cocktail-length dress, the skirt reaches mid-shin.

{Wedding Gown & Veil: Bucci's Bridal}

Sleeves Cap: A short extension to a sleeveless look offering a 'pouf' of fabric over the shoulder, gathering under or against the very top of the arm.

Illusion: Sheer netting-type material that forms a see-through sleeve, yet offers 'the illusion' of coverage.

Three-quarter: Extending from the shoulder to mid-forearm.

Trains Cathedral: Attached at the waist and extends dramatically behind the gown.

Chapel: Attached at the waist and extends 3 to 4 feet behind the gown.

Sweep: A few inches beyond the gown.

{Wedding Gown & Veil: White Dress Bridal Boutique, Location: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Flowers: Belle Fiori LTD}

Veils Ballet: Falls to a length between the knee and the ankle.

Blusher: A singl