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Dress Silhouette Feature – The Beloved Ballgown

Are you newly engaged and struggling to understand all the wedding dress terminology? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. We know that wedding planning and dress shopping is one of the most exciting times in your life, but can also be a little overwhelming and stressful.

From the moment you get engaged, there will be what seems like an entirely new language that you have to learn. Everything from save-the-dates, mini-moons, micro-weddings, bustles, and wifelotette are just a few terms to learn.

When it comes to wedding dresses, there are even more terms to learn. To help you navigate the sea of wedding dress lingo, we have created our “Dress Silhouette Feature Series,” which will break down the most common silhouettes and dress lingo.

After reading this feature series, you will be knowledgeable and prepared to embark on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress.

The Beloved Ballgown, What Is It?

The ballgown wedding dress is probably the most traditional silhouette and easily recognizable because of its full skirt. So, what exactly is a ballgown wedding dress? There are many different types of ballgown styles, but they all have in common the grand, full skirt.

Generally speaking, a ballgown bridal gown will have a fitted bodice (there’s one of those wedding lingo’s we mentioned earlier – it is the top) and several layers of tulle and crinoline layers that support the big skirt.

The Ballgown Skirt

Ballgowns can be made in various fabrics, from tulle to lace, satin, silk, organza, and more. The skirts can be plain and simple like Cinderella’s or have layers, ruffles, and other unique designs.

The Bodice on a Ballgown Wedding Dress

The top of the gown, or bodice can be made of simple and plain fabric, have lace, or be embellished with intricate beading or appliques. It can be strapless, have an off-the-shoulder neckline, high-neck, sleeves in many different lengths and so much more. The bodice on modern-day ballgowns have endless design features which we will showcase below.

The Train on a Ballgown Bridal Gown

One of the most dreamy attributes of a ballgown wedding dress is the train. There is just something so romantic about a bride floating down the aisle in a beautiful ballgown with a glamorous train.

And just as there are different fabrics and embellishments for the skirt and bodice, there are also different lengths of trains. Some can be short which is referred to as “chapel length” while others can be more dramatic and long such as “cathedral length.”

We know this all sounds like a lot to absorb but these photos will help it all come together.

Here Are 4 Incredible Examples of Ballgown Wedding Dresses That Can be Yours!

Simple Ballgown Wedding Dress

If you are looking for a classic, sophisticated and traditional ballgown, take a look at this Anne Barge design – Berkeley. A lovely off-the-shoulder neckline that is feminine and demur. The ruched silk satin chiffon bodice creates a romantic look and flowy beautifully with the voluminous ballgown skirt made of Italian Silk Kalika. This classic silk wedding dress is truly a show stopper. And it also has pockets!! View more Anne Barge dresses here!

Bride wearing Berkeley wedding ballgown by Anne Barge

Image Source: – Anne Barge – Berkeley

Ballgown with Ruffled Skirt and Long Lace Sleeves

When it comes to designing and crafting a dramatic wedding dress skirt, no one does it better than Hayley Paige. In her Elysia gown, she paired a stunning lace bodice, with long sleeves that have lace appliques perfectly placed. The bodice is gorgeous on its own but the skirt is the statement maker. Hayley used a lightweight tulle to create a cascading skirt with ruffles that are accented by a thin horsehair edging. And for an extra dramatic effect, she added a keyhole back. The Hayley Paige Elysia gown normally retails for $4,000 but today she can be yours for $800. What a steal! Check it out here.

Beautiful bride wearing Hayley Paige Elysia gown

Image Source: – Hayley Paige Elysia.

Three-Quarter Sleeve Ballgown with Plain Skirt and Chapel Length Train

In this example, style – Allure Bridals 9553, we are showcasing a romantic ballgown that features a sheer lace bodice that has a bateau neckline (Oops there’s one of those wedding terms) with three-quarter length sleeves and a simple skirt. The “bateau neckline” runs straight across along the collarbone stopping at the shoulder. This gown is also an example of a “chapel length” train. Check out more Allure wedding dresses here.

Allure Bridals 9553 gown with three-quarter sleeves and chapel length train

Image Source: Allure Bridals 9553 via

Ballgown with Beaded Bodice

If glitz and glam are your jam, take a look at this stunner. Allison Web’s Thatcher gown is an ivory tulle ballgown with a strapless bodice and crescent neckline. The bodice is fully encrusted with pearls, crystals and moonstones. The beading gently flows onto a full skirt that has whimsical, asymmetrical tiers and chapel train. Retail price approximately $4,500, today Thatcher can be yours for $2,706. Shop today!

Thatcher wedding ballgown by Allison Webb

Image Source: – Allison Webb – Thatcher Gown

A ballgown for your wedding dress is always a great choice. And with so many new and creative designs and details, you will truly feel like a princess on your wedding day. If you want to see more examples of ballgowns with different details click here. If you are not sure if a ballgown is the perfect wedding dress silhouette for you, stay tuned for the next feature in our series – the body-skimming slip wedding dress.