So, you’re planning for your white wedding, Naija style? Before walking into any bridal shop, it’s a wise idea to first know the different basic wedding gown styles, silhouettes and the parts of the dress, by the names that designers and bridal shops use to describe them. Being an informed bride will help you save lots of money when shopping for that dream gown, and not be at the mercy of slick-talking bridal shop owners. Read on…
This article is the first of our wedding gowns 101 series, and will show you the different styles of wedding gowns in Nigerian market, and anywhere else in the World.
For most brides-to-be, wedding gown shopping is one of the most exciting things about the whole wedding planning. No wonder over 60% of newly engaged women rush to the bridal markets right after their fiance proposes for marriage. But, that’s the wrong place to start planning a wedding from – first make an overall wedding budget and then out of that, allocate money as the wedding fashion budget. But still you need to do a few more things before shopping for that dream wedding gown.
The Basic Parts of any Wedding Gown
Every wedding gown has seven main parts by which they are described in the bridal industry. And each of these parts comes in different styles.
The average Naija bride knows wedding gowns in terms of 3 parts: the top (above the waist), the waist-line and the bottom area (which is below the waist). However, the bridal designers and shops use special terms to refer to different parts of a wedding gown, and you too should know them so that you won’t look lost when you start shopping for that dream wedding dress.
So, here are the 7 main parts of every wedding gown:
No matter the shape and style of a wedding gown (and no matter where you buy the gown – in Nigeria or elsewhere), every wedding gown has the following basic parts:
1. Sleeves: You can guess that this is the part of the gown that around the arm area. Wedding gown sleeve styles include sleeved and sleeveless, which is commonly worn in Nigerian weddings. Sleeved wedding gowns can either be ‘long sleeve’ or ‘short sleeved’. Another popular wedding dress sleeve styles loved by Nigerian brides is the capped sleeves. 2. Neckline: As the name implies, this refers to the neck area of the wedding dress, and there are different styles for wedding dress necklines – we’ll discuss that in another post. Some popular styles of wedding gown necklines seen in real Nigerian weddings include: strapless neck, spaghetti straps, sweetheart neckline, halter neck, v-neck, off-the-shoulder and scoop neck. See dozens of elegant wedding dress pictures in the image slideshow below – POINT & CLICK NEXT to see them, one after the other.
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3. Bodice: is basically the “body” or corset area of a wedding gown; the part between the neckline and skirt part. Most wedding dresses worn by Nigerian brides have a form-fitting or body-hugging bodice. 4. Waistline: This is the horizontal line (or seam) that separates the bodice from the skirt area of a wedding gown.
5. Skirt: This is the part of the wedding dress that starts right below the waistline and flows downward. Depending on the cut/ silhouette and style of a wedding gown, the skirt area may be long, short, slim or full.
6. Train: The wedding gown train is the elongated back area of the dress that sweeps the floor and follows the bride’s behind when she is walking, making her look like a princess. Bridal trains are named according to how long they are, with the longest ones referred to cathedral train and chapel train.
7. Hemline: The hemline or hem of a wedding gown is simply where the length of the dress stops. If the hem stops on the floor or feet, the gown is said to be a long or floor length wedding dress. Generally, most wedding gowns seen in real Nigerian weddings are long. However, wedding dresses also come in other lengths such as: short, tea (or knee) length.
Other Parts of a Wedding Dress
Embellishment: These are details in the form of decorations sewn onto a bridal gown to add glamour to the gown and make the wedding dress fabric appear rich. Popular embellishments seen in Nigerian wedding gowns include beading/ bead-work, embroidery, sequins, swarovski crystals, ribbons, bows, pearls and gemstones.
Know the Wedding Gown Parts to Shop Right
There you have it for part 1 of our ‘Wedding Gowns 101’ series, designed to help you quickly find your dream wedding dress without losing your sanity. I hope that reading this post, you will be more confident when asking for what dress style you want for your Nigerian white wedding, and you’ll also understand what the bridal shop attendant asks you something like: “what sort of bridal train are you looking for”?
Be sure to read the other articles in this series to get informed on shopping tips to quickly find your dream wedding dress without the stress of trying on dozens.
Now, tell me – what part of a wedding gown do you like the most when you look at any wedding dress picture?