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    A-Line: A dress with a fitted bodice that gradually flares from the waist. A-line styles look beautiful on all women.

    Alencon Lace: Traditional corded lace designed with or without beading such as sequins or pearls.

    Applique: Usually, a lace cutout or design that may be applied to a dress, veil or shoes. This decorative term refers to attaching one piece of fabric to another for a beautiful effect.

    Back Piece: A headpiece term used to describe any headpiece that attaches to the hair at the back. It is often a bow or cluster of flowers. Hairstyle options include a low chignon or a French twist.

    Ball gown: Traditional wedding gown featuring a fitted bodice and waist, with a full skirt. It's the classic fairytale gown.

    Basque: A fitted bodice ending 2-3 inches below the waist. This style visually elongates the waist and narrows the hips.

    Bateau: A neckline that follows the line of the collarbone with a slight curve.

    Battenberg: Large cut-out lace pattern of delicate floral or geometric designs.

    Beading: Pearls, crystals, sequins, bugle beads and rhinestones that create patterns on a simple background for added sparkle.

    Bell Sleeve: A fitted sleeve that flares at the wrist.

    Blusher Veil: Also called shoulder length, this term describes the tier of veiling that is used to cover the face. It is about 20" to 24" long.

    Brocade: A heavier fabric woven to create a tone-on-tone pattern, often in a floral or ribbon design. A lighter weight alternative to brocade is damask.

    Bun Wrap: A circular headpiece that wraps around a bun, often embellished with beads or lace. The bun wrap allows the bride to wear her hair pulled away from the face, setting off high cheekbones and a long, elegant neckline.

    Bustle: Bustles are a pulling up of fabric at the back of a dress where the bodice meets the skirt. Many trains may be bustled, pulled up, so they are out of the way at the reception.

    Butterfly Headpiece: A headpiece that arcs over the top of the head but does not go all the way to the ears. A half-headband.
    Cap Headpiece: A fabric or lace headpiece that fits close to the head. It may be worn forward or farther back.

    Cap Sleeve: A very short sleeve that barely covers the top of the shoulder.

    Cathedral Train: Extending 102", this formal train is often removable for after the ceremony.

    Caviar Beading: The addition of small beads to fabric for sparkle and shine.

    Chantilly Lace: Lace made of fine net with embroidery of flowers, ribbons, scallops often edged in a very thin cord.

    Chapel Train: Train that extends one and a third yards (about 4 feet) from the waist.

    Chapel Veil: A tier of veiling that is approximately 108" in length (about 1.5 feet from your waist).

    Charmeuse: Lightweight satin. It is very soft against your skin.

    Chiffon: A sheer, flowing fabric that drapes well on the body.

    Corset: A bodice that has no straps or sleeves. Also known as a bustier. Coordinating jackets or wraps available for your type of service.

    Court Train: Extends one yard from the waist.

    Crepe: Thin, lightweight fabric. Crepe is typically made in silk or polyester.

    Crown: A traditional headpiece, the crown usually features pearl and/or crystal detailing.

    Detachable Train: Train that can be removed by a series or snaps or buttons.

    Duchesse Satin: This satin has a soft luster. It may be 100% silk or a polyester blend. It is a heavier fabric, in contrast to a more lightweight satin.

    Embroidery: Elaborate designs stitched into the gown by hand or machine. May be beaded.

    Empire: A bodice with a high waistline directly below the bust. A great look for most body types.

    Fishtail: Highlights a curvy figure, with flair below the knee. Also known as trumpet style.

    Gauntlet Sleeve: Long, fitted sleeves that end in a point over the back of your hand.

    Georgette: Fabric similar to crepe.

    Grand Cathedral Train: Extends approximately 10 feet from waistline.

    Hair Jewels: Rhinestone and crystal hairpins are an elegant option for the bride. Hair jewels can be worn alone or with a detachable veil.

    Halter: A scoop or V-neck that highlights your arms and shoulders and connects at the top of your neck.

    Headband: An excellent option for the bride who wants to wear her hair pulled back or down.

    High collar or Wedding band: Fits close to the neck, often a lace overlay.

    Jewel Neckline: A high, rounded neckline. Can be detailed with beading.

    Mermaid: Highlights a curvy figure, with a flair below the knee. Also known as fishtail or trumpet style.

    Natural Waist: Falls at your natural waistline.

    Off the Shoulder: Open neckline with fabric resting on shoulder.

    Organza: Sheer like chiffon, yet a bit heavier fabric.

    Portrait: A fold of fabric creates a shawl-like collar, framing the face. Usually worn off the shoulder.

    Princess Veil: A tier of veiling that is approximately 60" in length. It is sometimes referred to as a Ballet or Princess length.

    Princess Waist: An A-line gown with vertical seams down the front.

    Queen Anne Neckline: High in the back and sides of neck, with a low, open neckline in the shape of a heart. This style looks great on every bride.

    Satin: Matte or shiny, satin fabrics are widely used in bridal gown design.

    Sheath: A straight gown that is perfect for all occasions and shows your fabulous curves!

    Schiffli Lace: Very lightweight lace on a net background with an all-over embroidered design.

    Scoop Neckline: This popular sleeveless curved front neckline looks great on everyone.

    Shoulder Veil: Tier of veiling that is used to cover the face. It is about 20" to 24" long. Also called Blusher Length.

    Spaghetti Strap: Tiny straps that go over your shoulders or wrap behind your neck and are often detachable. A bare look with some support
    that is always a stylish option for your wedding.

    Spray: These headpieces usually do not have any veiling. They are often loose clusters of flowers and beading. Sometimes called a Side Spray.

    Sweep Train: A train that just brushes the floor.

    Sweetheart Neckline: This neckline forms a heart and is flattering to the bust and shoulders.

    Taffeta: A medium weight fabric with sheen used in bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and prom gowns.

    Tiara: You will feel like a princess in this crown headpiece. Usually it is a half-circle decorated with pearls and beads. Can be worn alone or with a veil.

    Tulle: A semi-sheer net-type fabric often used for skirts and veils. Can be used underneath the skirt to create fullness. Often called Net or Illusion.

    Venise Lace: A lace of varying thickness of thread available in hundreds of patterns. May be cut into motifs or used all-over.

    Watteau Train: A train that attaches at mid-back.

    Wreath: A circular headpiece usually decorated with flowers.

    Cathedral Veil: A long veil that coordinates with Cathedral length gowns.

    Elbow Length Veil: A shorter veil, often in multiple layers, extending to the elbow.

    Fingertip Veil: A veil usually consisting of several layers that extend to the fingertips.

    Mantilla: A dramatic headpiece look created by a piece of tulle or lace draped over a comb.

    Trumpet: Highlights a curvy figure, with a flair below the knee. Also known as fishtail or mermaid style.

    Sources from this website
    Last edited by dolphin; 16-02-2005, 08:51 AM.