How to find the perfect match – dress and hairstyle – for your wedding day.

Wedding Gown Style #15454 from Christina Wu

Ball Gown

STYLE: A traditional, fairy-tale dress with a fitted bodice and full skirt. Think Cinderella!


This enchanting gown also offers several style options for curly brides, especially those with long, textured tresses, according to Christo.

“The ball gown is more dramatic, so you can create more drama with your curls,” Christo says. “You can go with big hair because the gown is full on the bottom. If the dress is over the shoulders and you’re showing the back a bit, leave the hair down, and you can even add extensions. If you choose a high neckline, put some of the hair up and create big, glamorous curls.”

Or, opt for a modern French twist, allowing some curls to peek out from the back and around the face.

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Teri Evans
Like Regina posted. It's not Victorian or Renaissance. Dresses with the waist just below the bust are called Regency or Empire since they were fashionable from the French Revolution through the early 1820s. Victorian is the big hoop skirt like in Civil War pictures--Not Sense and Sensibility. I might be too picky but making a mistake like that so early in the piece makes me want to discredit the rest of what you are saying.

Could anyone tell me the designer of the wedding dress in the first picture of this article- the empire waist, "Renaissance style dress"? And info on the headpiece would be wonderful too. That is my perfect dress!

Okay, the section on empire dresses cracks me up. It's a Renaissance Victorian dress, like from Sense and Sensibility? Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility was set in the Regency era... which came before the Victorian era (which actually didn't have as much in the way of empire waists), and after the Renaissance. Just so you know.