Wondering about the differences in the most common wedding dress silhouettes? My San Diego bridal boutique and I have filmed a video to explain A-line vs ballgown vs mermaid vs fit and flare. Watch to learn what silhouette you might prefer for your wedding, though I encourage you to be open to trying out a few types. That’s because you never know what you truly love until you try it!

Wedding Dress Silhouettes: A-Line Vs Ballgown Vs Mermaid 

Wedding Dress Silhouettes

Essentially, A-line wedding dresses are fitted until the waist then they follow the shape of an “A” as they flow to the ground. Ballgowns are essentially a poufier version of A-lines. Mermaids are fitted until around the legs then they have a large skirt and train. Fit and flare gowns are fitted until the knees and then flare out just a touch!

 

Silhouette Examples

First up is a ballgown (left) compared to an A-line (right). You’ll see that the A-line has a slimmer skirt than the ballgown but is still unfitted from waist to floor.

Bride's hair half up and curled. Asymmetrical floral arrangement with pink and ivory roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, carnations, and greenery with a pink painterly backdrop. Ivory labyrinth caviar ball gown, scalloped sweetheart neckline with spaghetti straps and ivory net side cut out, full cascading caviar and tulle skirt with cashmere lining. Hayley Paige Markle gown from The White Flower. Cavin Elizabeth Photography - film photographer in San Diego.
Ballgown by Hayley Paige
Asymmetrical floral arch with pink and ivory roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, carnations, and greenery with a pink painterly backdrop. Ivory pearl and opal beaded cap sleeve gown, plunging sweetheart neckline with illusion net insert and side cut outs, draped chiffon A-line skirt with slit. Hayley Paige Finley gown from The White Flower. Twigs and Honey large floral updo hair accessory. Cavin Elizabeth Photography - film photographer in San Diego.
A-line by Hayley Paige
 
Here is a mermaid (left) and a fit to flare gown (right). Clearly the mermaid differs from its dramatic skirt while the fit to flare is much more subtle and sleek.

Bride's hair down and curled with small floral hair accessory on the side of her head. Asymmetrical floral arrangement with pink and ivory roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, carnations, and greenery with a pink painterly backdrop. off the shoulder elegance with a sexy mermaid silhouette ending in layers and layers of ruffled ombre blush tulle. Kelly Faetanini Joan gown from The White Flower. Cavin Elizabeth Photography - film photographer in San Diego.
Mermaid by Kelly Faetanini
Asymmetrical floral arch with pink and ivory roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, carnations, and greenery with a pink painterly backdrop. Martina Liana 1235 crepe square neck fit to flare gown from The White Flower. Fine art bridal curled updo. Cavin Elizabeth Photography - film photographer in San Diego.
Fit to flare by Martina Liana
 

Wedding Dresses in San Diego

If you’re shopping for wedding dresses in San Diego, be sure to visit The White Flower. Our gowns are absolutely gorgeous and range from $3000 to $9000. We carry Marchesa Couture and Marchesa Notte, Netta BenShabu, Kelly Faetanini, and more! Book an appointment to shop wedding dresses in San Diego, we can’t wait to meet you!

San Diego Bridal Boutique: The White Flower Bridal Boutique

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