Choosing Your Gown

Finding the right gown is probably the most crucial thing for any bride to be.  Unfortunately, the search for the perfect gown can be both tricky and frustrating.

To help with your search for the perfect gown we have provided the following information to help:

Below are a description of the most popular styles of gowns.  All are beautiful, but choosing the right one for you and your body shape can accentuate and flatter your best assets and hide any areas you’re more conscious of, no matter what your shape or size. This will not only make you more comfortable, but ensure you also look and feel beautiful.

A-Line – This is a classic, simple, elegant and timeless style.  The A-line follows the shape of a capital A.  It is narrower at the top before widening at the bottom, which helps highlight the waist.

This style is suitable for all fabrics from free-flowing silks to heavier fabrics, can also be complimented with overlays of lace, embroidery and/or sequins.


Empire & Column: The Column dress has a very distinctive style, it is typically a slim fitting dress which features a straight cut with very little additional shaping.  The narrow shape of this dress style means that it does not nip in the waist or have any additional fabric to skirt over the thighs or derriere.

The Empire has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust, giving a high waisted appearance and a gathered skirt which is long and loosely fitting but skims the body, again style means that it does not nip in the waist or have any additional fabric to skirt.

These shape of dress helps to lengthen the body’s appearance. They have a lighter feel, often made from lightweight fabrics such as satin and silks.

These styles are flattering and comfortable and perfect for the bride who wants something soft and romantic.


Princess: The Princess dress has a classic fairy tale look, having a fitted bodice with wider, fuller skirt.  Often embellished with crystals and lace it has many layers as required to puff out the skirt giving it a ball gown appearance. The wider skirt can help to emphasize or give the illusion of a small waist. The skirt can be made from satin, tulle or taffeta in a pleated or gathered look. While many brides will look beautiful in a princess gown, the cut is ideal for slender or pear-shaped figures as the full skirt helps to accentuate the waist and hide the lower body. This style helps create the hourglass look because it emphasizes the waist line.


Fit & Flare: This gown is a very figure hugging cut that highlights a woman’s curves.  Its silhouette contours to the body from the chest to the knee and then flares out to the hem.  This style is very easy to wear, it will give you a feminine, curvaceous silhouette and disguise any lumps and bumps without restricting movement.  It is sophisticated enough for mature brides and also works well for petites as it does not shorten the frame.

Finding Your Perfect Size: All wedding gown manufacturers have their own sizing chart. It is quite common for gown sizes to be at least one or two sizes larger than everyday non-wedding attire.

At Romantica Boutique your measurements will be taken with a vinyl measuring tape (cloth tapes can stretch overtime).  These will be marked on a template which is then used against the Manufacturers measure chart.  Whether it be bust, waist or hips it is advised that the largest measurement is used when ordering your gown.

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