The primary purpose of a wedding dress is to make a statement on your special day. Let’s take a closer look at five classic wedding dress styles that are extremely popular in the United Kingdom.

What is a Wedding Dress Silhouette?

As you start looking for your wedding gown, you’ll come across words like design, a-line, form, curves, waist, bust, fit-and-flare, and skirt. These are all related to various wedding gown silhouettes.

Some designs are more flattering and popular for particular body forms (e.g., petite, curvy), but since women have various body types, we intend to give you just a general guideline.

5 Most Popular Wedding Dress Silhouettes

1. A-line Silhouette

Look through our selection of a-line wedding gowns.
French couture designer Christian Dior was the first to adopt the phrase ‘a-line silhouette’. However, it was Dior’s successor, Yves Saint Laurent, who introduced flared gowns from a fitting shoulder line in his 1958 spring show.

2. Tea Length Silhouette

Tea length wedding gowns are ideal for brides who want a retro look. A tea length wedding gown is one that falls straight down to the ground from the knee to around the ankle. The primary aspect of this style is that it seems exquisite while still being extremely feminine. This kind of dress is often composed of organza, chiffon, or satin. It is one of the most popular wedding trends in 2021.

3. Mermaid Silhouette

Mermaid silhouette bridal trend seems to have come back on track in 2021.

This design is distinguished by its fluted hem and fitted bodice. The mermaid dress fits tightly to the body across the torso and hips and has its unique fairytale flare. The mermaid silhouette is also known as the fishtail silhouette. Mermaid wedding dresses are very popular and make great bridal dresses for the summer months when you want to look elegant and sophisticated.
Whether you have a classic hourglass shape, try this on in-store to see if you like how your chest and curves are highlighted.

4. Trumpet Silhouette

The trumpet silhouette is a timeless classic that works well in any setting, whether it’s a church reception, a garden party, or a simple registry office ceremony.

The trumpet shape, like the mermaid silhouette, is body-hugging in all the right places and the trumpet cut flares just below the hip.

5. Sheath or Column Silhouette

A sheath wedding gown skims the body and falls to the floor just below the hips. Sheath dresses, also known as column dresses, are slim-fitting gowns with a straight narrow form.

The sheath silhouette is a chic and contemporary option.

Depending on your preferences, consider adding lace and beading, or keep it minimalist if that is your style.

A luxurious cathedral length veil may be used to add drama to a sheath bridal gown. Remember, no matter what type of shape or size your body is, there is always a perfect wedding dress for you.

At Exclusive Alterations, we focus on helping brides find their dream dress so that they look and feel comfortable and beautiful on their big day.


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Here is all you need to know about the biggest wedding trends of 2021 & 2022.

  1. Corsetry

The lingerie-style bodice will be popular in 2021 & 2022. Corsetry, as opposed to tie-backs, focuses mainly on bodice boning. Consider rib-skimming lines that draw the eye to the waist, as well as experimenting with intricate fabrics such as delicate tulle and abundant embellishment.

Modern technology and developments in shapewear design have made boned bodice comfortable to wear, so you should not be concerned about discomfort if you want to indulge.

2. Ruffles   

With the resurgence of larger wedding ceremonies, now is the ideal time to wear a heavily adorned gown. Ruffles will add an exquisite flair and dimension to your gown, turning it into a fairy-tale piece of art, And it doesn’t get more maximalist than this frilly, brazenly extra detail. A ruffled skirt is both grandiose and fashionable. If you don’t like too much volume, you should consider a simplified silhouette with delicate ruffle details.

3. Floral Motifs

While beautiful and picturesque floral motifs are a classic addition to wedding gowns, voluminous details such as three-dimensional flowers and lace give this long-standing trend a delicate update.

4. Off the Shoulder Sleeves

Alluring and romantic off-the-shoulder wedding gowns are intended to make a stylish yet ageless bridal statement.

Choose a classic silhouette like a slim ball gown or a relaxed fit-and-flare for a graceful feminine flair, then let your delicate off-the-shoulder cap-sleeves create a delicate frame for your shoulders.

Laced off-the-shoulder wedding dresses with long sleeves are a popular option for brides who prefer a retro look. A feminine bridal gown looks extremely delicate when matched up with a seductive skintight silhouette and exposed shoulders.

Add crystal embellishments and lace motifs for a more opulent look.

5. Square Necklines

Square necklines, which were popular in the Renaissance era, have recently made a big comeback. Square necklines are typically matched with sleeveless straps, and they look stunning on gowns made of crisp, structured fabric.

The geometric neckline is an ageless classic that accentuates the collarbones and shoulders. This wedding gown trend suits any wedding style.

6. High Slits

High slits are elegant, feminine, and extremely fashionable. They have become an eye-catching bridal trend for wedding gowns. This fashionable accent is ideal for making a daring, feminine statement on your wedding day.

Wedding gowns with high slits are perfect for open-air ceremonies.

7. Transitional Pieces

The two-in-one wedding gowns are becoming increasingly popular. It is evidenced by the abundance of transitional pieces, such as detachable sleeves, capes, overskirts, toppers, coats in designer collections. 

Transitional pieces are a perfect addition to any wedding dress.

After you have picked the wedding gown of your dreams, the next step is to choose the perfect wedding veil to go with it. If you are having a conventional wedding, a lengthy wedding veil is the ultimate accessory to compliment your bridal look.


Here are the 5 types of lengthy wedding veils that are an integral part of any traditional ceremony.


  1. Waterfall Veil 

A waterfall veil is a classical one-layer veil with waterfall-like edges that drop down like a waterfall.

The edges of a waterfall-shaped veil are fashioned in such a way that they flow and glide in a lovely back-and-forth motion. A strong edge trim, such as the silk or satin binding, helps to draw attention to this aesthetic effect. The waterfall style is a stunning wedding veil design. It is most suited to lengthier veils, since the longer the veil, the more the lateral contouring can be seen.


  1. Chapel Veil

The timeless chapel veil, also known as a congregation veil, exudes romance and grandeur. Being slightly shorter than cathedral wedding veils, they are frequently selected by brides who desire the impression of a trail without actually having one.

If your gown doesn’t have much of a trail or you want to save the trouble of bustle, a chapel-length veil can provide the illusion of a trail without adding more weight. This style is quite trendy among bohemian brides.


  1. Cathedral Veil


A cathedral wedding veil is the longest veil variety that will give an entirely royal image to any lady who decides to wear one on her special day.

A cathedral veil is often adorned with lace around the borders for dimension and density to retain its structure as you are walking down the aisle, adds an amazing fairy-tale flair to your ceremony.


  1. Waltz Veil


A waltz veil is a less traditional wedding veil than a cathedral-length veil since it is slightly shorter in length. This veil style is often referred to as a ballet veil or an ankle-length veil. The names ballerina veil and waltz veil date back refer to times when the newlyweds’ dance was an essential part of the ceremony. Since this veil is lighter, you may wear it from the wedding to the reception without fear of stumbling.


  1. Mantilla Veil

A mantilla bridal veil adds a classic, elegant accent to your dream wedding day ensemble. This Spanish-style oval veil has a thick lace edging and elaborate decorations flowing down the front, that’s generally thrown over the head, surrounding the bride’s face.

A mantilla veil is a one-tiered veil with no gathers. We stitch a clip to the top of the veil so that it can be placed on top of the head. Mantilla veils are also known as Spanish veils.

At Exclusive Alterations, we offer a wide range of wedding veil adjustments, from trimming to adding volume and matching the veil to the style of your dress.