Wedding Gown Fun!

If you haven’t picked a wedding gown yet and want some idea of what you should be looking for, here’s an opportunity to piece together your own wedding dress from your favorite style of sleeves, neckline, silhouette (skirt) and gloves.

Head to and have a blast trying all the different options until it all comes together in the perfect gown. There’s a mannequin just waiting to model your choices for you. First, pick your hair color and complexion from the palettes provided. Then head for the four categories.

The first category features several necklines: asymmetric, bateau, halter top, jewel, off-the-shoulder, portrait, Queen Anne, scoop, square, strapless, sweetheart and v-neck. The picture at the right is an example of the Queen Anne neckline. If you’re curious about the bateau and jewel necklines, they’re there for you to “try on.”

Silhouette, or skirt, styles include a-line, ballgown, dropped, empire, mermaid and sheath. At the left is an empire-style wedding dress. I had never heard of a “dropped” style before. Of course, all the elements of the gown are presented to you in white, but you can choose from an expansive palette to change the background accent color, so you can see how your dress will look with the color scheme of your wedding.

Next, you choose a sleeve from bell, cap, fitted, leg o’mutton, pedal and puffed, unless you want a sleeveless style, like a halter top or strapless. Personally, I was curious about the leg o’mutton, which turns out to be a much more elegant sleeve style than the name implies. I’ve included a photo of leg o’mutton style sleeves at the right. Those of you planning a fairy-tale wedding or a vintage wedding just may prefer this sleeve, which appears to work with several necklines and silhouette styles. As you’ll discover, this Web site can be hours of useful fun!

When you’ve created your perfect gown, you can print it out, hand it to the salesperson and say “This is what I’m looking for.” Interestingly, the site doesn’t offer shoe choices (sandal, pump, etc.) to see how they go with each gown. Not a problem. Just head to the number one wedding favor Web site,, for a fabulous selection of bride’s shoes in every style imaginable. Put a pair together with your fabulous design, and you’re ready to walk down the aisle!