The Ceremonial Formal Wedding Dress
Formal wedding dresses can also include the traditional and classic wedding dresses. Dresses are not too playful but exude elegance and strong femininity. They could look a bit prim and reserved but still compliments the bride.
As usual, the A-line cut is a staple style in wedding dresses but the empire, column and mermaid cut can also look very sophisticated. The empire cut where the dress starts to flow just below the bust. It can be paired with square necklines to hide a bustier chest or a wide set strap in V-shape to add definition for a smaller bust size. Brides with lean figure can also opt for a column style of wedding dress. It is narrow from the neckline down to the hem that hugs the body and accentuates curves.
Heavier fabrics can be used in this style to maintain the contour of the dress or silky fabrics to flow throughout the body as a simple slip dress. A mermaid cut is still fitted down the waist and contours the hips then flares out in the middle of the legs to the hem. Same with the column, the mermaid is more appropriate to be worn by brides with slender figures.
The sleeves can be as simple as short sleeves or can be made shorter such as the capped sleeves that hug just the top of the shoulders. Long fitted sleeves also look formal. Any neckline will do as long as it pairs with the overall style of the dress and not too showy of the chest area.
The train of the dress can be as short as a 3-ft court train to as long as a cathedral train extending up to 7 feet from the waist. The color of the dress is usually white or wedding white like ecru or ivory. But in modern times, it can still look formal with other basic colors like red and blue. The important thing in a formal wedding dress is to be reserved and ceremonial.