Finding the ultimate wedding dress that effortlessly complements your unique body type is not only physically tiring, but also emotionally demanding. The search gets even tougher, when you are a petite bride.

As a petite lady, you might have spent half of your life struggling to find regular clothing that fits perfectly; unfortunately shopping for a bridal gown is no different. Even though there’s an overwhelming amount of inspiration available across a slew of bridal magazines, Instagram and Pinterest boards; it’s not possible to picture a dress on your small frame when the model is over 5.6”.

When you are shopping for your bridal ensemble, it’s important to know which style will flatter your slender body type. You need to pick a gown that effortlessly elongates your figure and doesn’t make it appear wider. This means going for a puffy and enormous ball gown or princess dress will make you look shorter due to excess fabric.

In order to help you narrow down your options, our wedding stylists have prepared a silhouette and shopping guide that will help you pick the dress that flawlessly completes your bridal look.

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for Petite Brides

The thumb rule for shopping for a perfect wedding gown for your smaller frame is to avoid dresses with extra material.  Like every girl, you might have dreamt of sporting a beautiful princess-like gown, but the voluminous dress will engulf your petite frame. The key is to have a minimalistic approach to ensure your small frame doesn’t get overwhelmed. Try to avoid overly opulent dresses with heavy beading work and large bows.

When it comes to bridal dresses, length is not the only thing that matters. It’s crucial to ensure that the proportions on the outfit are in sync with body type. Additionally, it’s easy to get the dress hemmed to your height, but a bodice that is designed for someone who is taller than 5’6”, won’t suit a lady who is 5’1” or under.

Which Silhouettes Work Best for Short Brides?

Selecting the right silhouette is the first step that can play a massive role in giving your petite frame an elongated shape. Here’s a roundup of the most ideal silhouette that will add dramatic element to your bridal look.

Sheath Dresses

Sheath style is for you, if you want to have a bridal look that makes all heads turn around. A graceful body-fitting sheath dress is a great way to flaunt your slender figure without going overboard. Running vertically from the shoulders to hips, this silhouette is designed to create a wonderful yet minimalistic style. Additionally, the sheath dresses are lightweight, and so they are just perfect for any setting – whether you are planning for a beach wedding or a fairytale-type wedding in a mansion.

Trumpet Dresses

Add elements of style and drama to your bridal outfit with trumpet or mermaid dresses.  The extended waistline of this silhouette makes you appear taller, and the flare at your knee balances out your delicate frame. If you want to subtly flaunt your curvy figure, this silhouette is the ultimate choice as they beautifully emphasise your assets. In addition to this, you can give an illusion of having longer legs by opting for a waistline that is higher than your natural waist.

If you are a petite bride and looking for a stunning bridal ensemble, visit Always and Forever. Our wedding dresses specialists will guide you to get a dress that will give a dead drop gorgeous bridal look.