Finding that Perfect Wedding Dress

“When I went to look for my Wedding dress, I didn’t even know you had to have an appointment! Luckily there had been a cancellation and I got the world’s most incredible Bridal Consultant ever. After looking at every magazine and Pinterest board possible, I never thought a mermaid cut dress would work for me. My Consultant talked me in to trying it on and as soon as I saw it in the mirror I knew it was the one! I only tried on three dresses that day and six years later I would still choose that exact one. I have never felt more beautiful than I did wearing that dress!”

-Emily Bean, Married 2010 in her Sweetheart Neckline Mermaid Cut Dress

We can all hope to have the same situation happen to us when we try to find a Wedding dress showstopper. Unfortunately, not every Bride will have a Consultant to talk them in to trying something outside of the box. Let’s talk about finding the best cut dress for your body type to narrow down some options. Because let’s face it, this part of your planning may have your head spinning in every direction.

First thing first, find your body type. Are you straight-lined and want to add some curves? Or are you busty and want something flattering… without being too flattering? By figuring out your body type it will help narrow down the choices in dress styles to give you the most suitable options for your day. Check out to figure out what you are based on your measurements or by looking at examples in their body shape guide.

Now, we already know you’re a beautiful woman inside and out, but let’s accentuate your body’s figure and find a dress that will work in your favor all day long. Let’s go over some of the more common dress silhouettes to see what may fit you:

BALLGOWN: The “fairy tale” dress, with a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt. Ideal for most body types but looks great on pears, since it hides the lower body. Not good for petites; the skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame.

A-LINE: Fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase "A." Ideal for all body types.

MODIFIED A-LINE: Fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem, forming an “A” shape. The skirt of a modified A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. Ideal for all body types.

TRUMPET: Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid cut. Ideal for frames with small waists, such as the hourglass, banana, and petites. Not good for pears and apples, as it accentuates stomach and hip area.

MERMAID: Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee. Ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for apples and plus size body types.

SHEATH: Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames, such as petites and bananas. Also good on hourglasses who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for pears; sheaths will accentuate extra inches and can be unflattering.

TEA-LENGTH: Skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee. Ideal for all body types

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Now is the time to dig deep in the internet to find what suits you! Bring your ideas with you every time you go searching for your dress. And might we add another important factor? When you are looking, keep in mind the climate in Costa Rica and the time of year your wedding will be. You may want to opt for the tea-length instead of the mermaid for a cooler choice.

Remember, these are all suggestions. This is YOUR dress for YOUR big day! Find what makes you happy and most of all, confident and beautiful!

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Sylvia Guardia M. Photography

Jonathan Yonkers Photography & Video

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