It’s a once in a lifetime look, so attention must be paid when selecting a wedding dress. There are tons of different styles, shapes and designs that can make picking just one pretty hard. Do you want to go structured or free flowing? Do you want something dramatic or a little more toned down? Going for a classic or boho vibe? Decisions, decisions! We want you to look unforgettable on your big day, so we’ve complied a guide of sorts to help you navigate the Pinterest-crazed world that is wedding dresses. From A-lines to princess ball gowns, there’s something here for every bride.

Basic Shapes

1. Ball Gown: Totally. Timeless. No one will be able to take their eyes off you in an elegant princess ball gown. (Photos via Artography and Millie Batista Photography)

2. Tea Length: Keep it simple and chic in a mid-length dress. Plus, you can dance all night long without worrying about tripping or getting stepped on. It’s a win-win for everybody. (Photos via ModWedding and David’s Bridal)

3. Mermaid: This dress makes for a gorgeous train, and it helps you flaunt your assets, if you know what we mean. (Photos via Vera Wang and Wedding Indresses)

4. Trumpet: Hug your curves in all the right places on your big day. A trumpet gown will accentuate your figure so you feel both elegant and crazy sexy all at the same time. (Photos via Madame Bridal and David’s Bridal)

5. Modern A-line: A free-flowing A-line has so many possibilities. From various textures to different fabrics, it is a perfect silhouette for any bride. (Photos via Marchesa and Bridal Guide)


1. Halter: A halter neckline is flattering choice for any woman no matter what size or shape. It highlights the waistline and works for women with varying bust sizes too. (Photos via MCV Photo and Bridal Musings)

2. Sweetheart: A classic wedding style, the sweetheart top can bring some lovely detail to your neckline. You can add an extra feminine touch with lace as well. (Photos via The Knot and Mod Wedding)

3. Strapless: This style is probably the most popular among brides, and it’s easy to see why. (Photos via Vera Wang and One Wed)

4. Boat Neck: A boat neckline has an effortless look about it. The best part? You don’t have to pull up your dress all night or mess with straps. (Photos via BHLDN and Halfpenny London)


1. Lace: This isn’t your grandma’s lace doily. Sheer and light lace sleeves are a great way to cover up while still looking sexy. (Photos via Ciara Richardson Photography and Elle)

2. Cap: A cap sleeve adds a sophistication to your dress, not to mention it’s a great opportunity to include some beaded detail in your gown. (Photos via Bonnie Tsang Photograph and The Knot)

3. Quarter Sleeve: It might seem like a conservative way to go, but a nice quarter-length-sleeved gown can actually be quite regal. It’s definitely a throwback worth trying. (Photos via Jenny Packham and Inspired Bride)

What styles are your favorite? Let us know in the comments!