One of the very first questions that a bridal gown consultant will ask you is where your wedding will take place. Lace embroidering will not show in dim lighting, and a long train and veil will not do well on a windy, sandy beach. The style of your gown will be heavily influenced by the environment in which it will be worn. This guide will help you narrow down what style gown to choose according to your wedding location.
Keywords: long trains, sparkle, volume, beading, crystals, layers, details.
Fabrics: tulle, organza, satin, taffeta, and silk.
Silhouette: trumpet, ball gown, and mermaid.
Keywords: lace, sashes, light fabric, medium to small trains, less volume, embroidering, illusion necklines.
Fabrics: lace, tulle.
Silhouette: A-line, sheath, and trumpet.
Keywords: no train, light, airy, little detail, sheer, soft, halter top, one shoulder, low back.
Fabrics: lace, organza, satin chiffon.
Silhouette: sheath, subtle mermaid, and column.
Keywords: less formal, knee length.
Remember, this is only a guide. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken. Keira Knightley recently wed at a town hall in the south of France wearing an adorable knee-length Chanel gown–essentially, a tutu with flats. We think she rocked it. Over everything, your dress should make you feel beautiful and should reflect your own style and personality.