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Wedding gowns – guide for short, curvy, chubby and skinny brides


The wedding day is a very special day that has to be perfect in every single way. It is a day where two people start living as a married couple. Weddings are stressful to many because there are lots of details. Your wedding gown should not be part of the problem. In order to look your best, you have to pick a wedding gown that is flattering for your shape.

Let's first start with the shape of the dress and move on to the neckline.

The Ball Gown – This is a big dress with a full skirt. It is very formal and elegant for traditional or elaborate weddings. Many brides dream that their dress is a ball gown because it reminds people of fairy tale stories. However, not everyone can look flattering with this type of skirt. Those that are short will be overwhelmed in this huge skirt. You really have to be at least 5'7'' to pull off the look successfully. Furthermore, those that are slightly larger than average or very overweight cannot wear this dress. It will make you look bigger than you actually are. When you have very big breasts, this style should not be attempted because the full skirt will add weight to your whole look. No bride wants to look unflattering on her wedding day. The famous designer Vera Wang is known for her fairy tale / gorgeous ball gown wedding dress designs.

The A line dress – This is almost universally flattering for many different brides and body types. This dress is a very good alternative to the traditional ball gown. It tends to elongate your lower body which will create the illusion of height. Due to this, the A line dress is perfect for a shorter bride. Brides that are overweight or pear shaped can choose this style as well. It is really great for all body shapes. When in doubt, you should choose the A line to make sure you look good on your special day.

The mermaid dress – This dress is figure hugging from the top to about the knees. It flares out at the knees but everywhere else is very figure hugging. This dress is not for everyone. Those that are very skinny, straight up and down, should not wear this. Women that are big, very curvy should not attempt this dress. So who should wear it? Women with very balanced busts, waist and hips can wear this dress with confidence. It will show off that amazing hourglass shape. However, this dress is not the most comfortable for all day wearing especially if it's very figure hugging. You should really consider everything before choosing this beautiful design.


The column dress – This dress is similar to mermaid dress. The column dress is straight up and down. It will elongate the body and highlight curves. If you are very curvy, this dress style is not for you. Those that are short with small curves can wear this dress perfectly.

Now, it's time to talk about the neckline and the upper portion.

Sweetheart neckline – The sweetheart neckline is perfect for a woman that wants to show off her breasts. However, this neckline is not for anyone that's flat chested. This neckline is very suitable for a full busted girl.

Halter – The halter neckline can work with lots of different brides. It can flatter small chest because it can help squeeze together the breasts for a fuller look. Brides that are taller can benefit from the halter neckline because it gives a longer torso look. Taller women need a long dress to make her look elegant. You don't want to wear a shorter dress because it tends to look like you borrowed it from someone much shorter than you. For those that have a short waist, the halter is a great choice as well.

Empire waist – The empire waist is perfect for someone that wants to visually look taller. It creates a higher waist for you to elongate your lower body. The empire waist is especially flattering for a shorter woman. It is actually appropriate for a taller lady as well if her groom is very tall. When empire waist is combined with A line dress, the shorter bride will look much taller and grab more attention.

Long sleeve with lace – The long sleeve with lace is a bit more conservative when compared to some of the other ones. However, this will look really elegant for a taller bride of someone that wants to hide very board shoulders / chubby arms. Furthermore, it is also a very flattering look for a bigger bride.


Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on October 01, 2012:

Thankyou I am buying a wedding gown now, getting married in Dec. thanks for the wonderful advice! voted up and following you! I have a wonderful guy, and I want to take his breath away.Thankyou so much!

chrismarneverfade on October 01, 2012:

this dresses are all beautiful. so magnificent

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on April 06, 2012:

We are renewing our vows in dec on a cruise ship. I am going to wear a white dress as my first wedding was ruined by my mother in law to be.I heard her say my dress was ugly. So I am looking for a chiffon empire waist dress.beautiful dresses her i like the column one was gorgeous, as well as the mermaid dress ,just beautiful! way to go on this hub! :)