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A-line vs. Ballgown Wedding Dresses. Which is best for you?

A-line vs. Ballgown Wedding Dresses. Which is best for you?

Congratulations on your engagement! We are so excited you are in the market for your wedding dress! Are you a bride who loves drama and looking to make a style statement, then you may have your heart set on an A-line or a Ballgown silhouette! The fitted bodice with fuller skirt is often a bride favorite and are similar in a few ways. Let’s look at the difference between the A-line silhouette and the ballgown silhouette, and decide which style is right for you!

A-line Wedding Dresses

A-line wedding dresses and ballgown wedding dresses are often confused with one another because both have fitted bodices and fuller skirts. An a-line gown is fitted in the hips and gradually flares out from the waist to the train. This silhouette shows more of the bride’s natural shape and resembles an “A” shape, hence the name! A-line dresses can be found with almost every neckline, fabric, and design detail as it is  very versatile. These gowns are comfortable and easy to move around in and can be worn for casual weddings and formal weddings, alike. The a-line silhouette is perfect for petite brides and plus size brides, and is often described as the most flattering wedding dress silhouette of all!

Essense of Australia, Eldridge

This strapless A-line wedding dress with cotton lace from Essense of Australia is perfect for our boho brides! The gown’s sweetheart neckline is designed in a rich, matte cotton lace that plays up the organic feel. From the lace waistband, an A-line skirt extends easily to the ground, while highlighted with a mix of cotton lace and French lace to create a unique, linear design. The back of this strapless A-line wedding dress with cotton lace zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons. This gown is also available at MaeMe in plus size.


Justin Alexander, Julia

Movement is limitless in this flowy A-line gown by Justin Alexander, featuring delicate and feminine beaded spaghetti straps. Hand beaded appliqués s adorn the illusion bodice that then leads to a clean silk chiffon skirt with a slit. If you prefer more coverage, this beautiful airy gown is also available with the bodice lined or without the skirt slit for a more conservative look.


Stella York, Sicily

A delicately fashion-forward statement, this gown feels casual and looks formal—perfect for the modern minimalist. The unique bodice of stretch crepe is effortlessly elegant, as the off-shoulder neckline is both clean and striking yet easy-to-wear. Complemented by the soft a-line skirt of multiple French tulle layers, with a soft train to finish the look—this gown will have you floating down the aisle with ease as you make your simple and elegant wedding debut.

Ballgown Wedding Dresses

Ballgown wedding dresses are usually thought of as a princess dress for the bride who wants a fairytale wedding! The large, full skirt paired with a fitted corset-type bodice is the quintessential ballgown wedding dress. Ballgowns are often a top choice because, like the a-line silhouette, is is a very body flattering style. The ballgown highlights a bride’s waist, while minimizing the hip, which is extremely slenderizing for a pear-shaped bride. This style is perfect for a glamorous wedding in a ballgown or a traditional formal church wedding. Keep in mind that moving around is slightly limiting in this oversized skirt and may be difficult to climb stairs or sitting in a small space.

Stella York, Serendipity

Modern minimalism turns up the volume on this fun, flirty and feminine ballgown by Stella York. A very modern statement, a curved V-neckline and thin straps complement the wide waistband of the matte Mikado bodice, flattering the shape. The silhouette then falls into a larger-than-life ballgown skirt of tiered tulle—each layer crafted with a special horsehair banding to maintain structure and weightlessness, so each piece comes to life with movement at your every turn! The wide waistband reaches into a slightly square back, and adjoins with a zip enclosure topped with fabric-covered buttons.

Justin Alexander Signature, James

Feel like royalty in this off the shoulder allover lace ball gown designed by Justin Alexander. The delicate lace layered with a heavier, textured lace and then accented by soft embroidery details add to the richness and luxe of this stunning ballgown wedding dress. The extended cathedral length train finished with intricate hem lace adds even more wow factor to this statement wedding dress.

Justin Alexander, Jacey

A striking ballgown for a modern princess bride. This incredible dress designed by Justin Alexander features a cuffed neckline and optional cutout illusion V in the middle of the bodice. The box pleats on the skirt’s structured fabric offer a dramatic, yet simplistic look for your wedding day. Our dress in boutique does not have the cutout in the bodice; however, it can be ordered with this design element for the more fashion forward bride.

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