Princess / Ball Gown

It all started with Dior (didn’t most beautiful things?).

If fairytale is in your wedding planning vocabulary then the ball gown cut (or often known as princess wedding dress) is for you.

Dramatic gowns with full skirts and trains have long been a classic long for brides. Ball gowns can be strapless, have an illusion neckline, have (thin) spaghetti straps, or halter style.

Frequently Asked Questions

Characterised by a fitted bodice (sometimes a corset), the ball gown silhouette has a wide and billowing full skirt yet retains a natural waist. The full skirt is often achieved using layers of tulle.

Busty brides tend to try on ball gown dresses as it can create balanced proportion with its full skirt.

ball gown (left) vs a line (right)

Both have side seams that run vertically from the shoulder to the hem. The main difference is that the bodice is fitted at the waist in ball gown dresses with a full skirt where as an a-line does not have a full skirt.

Jackie O, Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, and the Duchess of Cambridge have all worn ball gown wedding dresses.

In all honesty, there is no way of knowing until you try a dress on and look in the mirror. There are all sorts of online advice on what wedding dress style suits what type of body shape. Ignore these! The best wedding dress is the one that makes you feel confident and comfortable.

Bridal sizing is very different to normal clothing sizes. That is, wedding dresses tend to run smaller than your regular size.

We use the US standard sizing system and most wedding gowns can be ordered in size 0 through 16. Our in-store sample  ranges from size 8 12.

We do not usually have plus size sample gowns in-store.

Yes, an appointment is required for a fitting at our Sydney bridal showroom.

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