Today’s wedding dresses play up simplicity and elegance. Gone are the days of looking like a wedding cake topper, all ruffles and beading. This is doubly true for a woman with an hourglass shape. You don’t need extra embellishment to show off your curves. A modern, simple, dress is ideal for you to shine on your wedding day and wear your dress, instead of the other way around.

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New silhouettes these days are rare when it comes to dresses. Modernity depends on fabric and embellishment (or lack thereof). The classic mermaid shape is one that an hourglass woman will look divine in. The dress is fitted throughout the torso in a corset style, is nipped in at the waist and continues downward following the shape of your hips. The hem flares out like mermaid’s tail, hence the name. A Wedding dress or as we call in Germany, Hochzeitskleider, in this shape made of satin or silk with beading at the bottom is the picture of modern. Or try the dress in wrapped chiffon with ruching at the waist to further define it.

The Princess

The A-line dress is one of the most common wedding shapes today. A corseted top flares out at the hips and the dress has the overall shape of an A. This is flattering to you curvy girls if you have a waist to show off. It will also disguise a less than perfectly shaped backside and hips. This gown is usually big, with crinoline underneath to emphasize the A shape. It’s typically made from one piece of duchess satin and is perfect for the bride who is disinterested in embellishments. Anything extra on such a strongly defined shape can look tacky.

Retro Silk

A gown with a silk bodice or skirt cut on the bias will hug the hips of a shapely, but fit, bride, though, some shapewear underneath can smooth out minor imperfections. A train will help to balance out your hips and bust and draw the eye downward to the shape of your fabulous figure. This type of dress was popular in the ’30s and remains a classic for modern brides. A V-neck line with a minimizing undergarment that reduces cleavage will make the look its classiest possible.

What to Avoid

The hourglass shape does not look flattering in just any old dress. If you know what to avoid, you can save yourself a lot of time in the dressing room. Corset tops that go straight across your chest are a no-no. They make a large bust look like a shelf. Instead, opt for a V or sweetheart neck line. Make sure to define that waist and avoid any gowns that obscure it. Empire waist dresses look best on petite girls with small chests; an hourglass shape runs the risk of looking like maternity wear.


Wedding Flowers

From the dress and invites to the cake and favors, every aspect of your wedding day is important. Still, you want to pay special attention to the photographer you hire to shoot your event—after all, your friends and family will treasure these photos for years to come, so it’s crucial that your photographer captures all of the beautiful moments from your big day. Read on for our top tips to make sure your wedding day pics are perfect in every way.

Find Your Style

“Couples should first understand what types of photos they want to have: fine art or esoteric, classic wedding look, photojournalistic or documentary, or some combination of what’s out there,” explains Michael Berman of Michael Scott Berman Photography in Brooklyn, NY, ( Flip through some friends and family members’ albums to get a sense of what you like and what you don’t, and ask around for recommendations.

Go Online

Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few possible photographers, check out their service record. Asking for references can help, but odds are they’re just going to send you to their happiest clients. Instead, check out local bridal message boards and sites to read what other couples have to say about their experience with this pro. You can also do a search through the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the company.

Check Out Their Work

Be sure to flip through a few of their wedding albums from front to back, suggests Pamela Luedeke of Pamela Luedeke Photography in Chicago, IL, ( “That way you can tell if their Web site is just all their best shots or if it’s consistent with the work they put out on a regular basis,” she says.

Bonus tip: If you’re going with a big company, be sure that your contract specifies that you’ll get the photographer of your choice (their name should be on the contract!) on the day.

Choose Someone Familiar With Your Venue

A photographer who has already shot at your locale will make life a lot easier. She/he already knows the best areas to shoot and if there will be any issues with lighting and such. “If the photographer isn’t at least familiar with the place—or has issues shooting there—then look for someone else,” says Bernie Restrepo, owner of Infinity Photography, Inc. in New York City (

Personality Counts

Think about it: This person will be with you throughout most of your big day, and unlike other wedding vendors, you’ll be dealing with him/her for months (or even a year) after the event. A pro you’re comfortable with will make posing for photos less daunting—not only for you, but for your bridal party and guests, too.

Support Staff

“Having an assistant who shoots at a high skill level is very important,” says Luedeke. “He’s a backup in case my flash doesn’t go off at an important moment and can get ‘spy shots’ of candid moments happening while I’m doing the mandatory photos on the bride and groom’s list.”

Bonus tip: If you’re having a large wedding (300+ guests), you’ll want more than one assistant present—and request to see their work as well!


Don’t be shy about telling your photographer exactly what you want. “Show wedding or even fashion photos that you like to give a better idea of what you are looking for,” says Renee Allen of Renee Allen Photography in San Francisco, CA, ( “Also, let the photographer know which shots in their portfolio you liked or didn’t like.”

In addition, notify your photographer if there’s anything out of the ordinary important to capture (your dog is a ring bearer; the cake topper is a family heirloom; the groom is a chef so the food shots are important). A seasoned pro will already know to get things like the first kiss, the cake cut, bouquet toss, toasts, etc.

Backup Plan

You want to take shots in the venue’s lush gardens, but Mother Nature might have other plans. Prevent a panic attack by securing an indoor location that is just as beautiful in advance (think a local museum or historical building). Committed to having those outdoor shots? “Have some big golf umbrellas on hand and do a fashion shoot of you kissing your new hubby in the rain under a big umbrella!” suggests Luedeke.


When it comes to gorgeous photos, nothing beats natural light. If you can’t take outdoor photos, choose a venue or shoot location with plenty of windows. If you’re getting married at night, don’t fret—simply make sure your photographer has the right equipment to light you and your bridal party beautifully (ask about this in advance).

Work the Pose

When posing, use this rule of thumb from Luedeke: While holding your bouquet, your thumb should be at your belly button. Your weight should be on your back foot, which shifts your hips back and away from the camera, making them appear smaller in photos. And stick your neck out slightly more than normal—you’ll be glad you did!


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We adore a daring mini with sky-high heels, but there comes a time when a little length does a girl good (see the runways of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Prada for examples). When tea-length dresses exploded on the runway this season, we were pleased as punch. Shoot for something mid-calf on the big day and you get a chance to bare your soles (red Louboutin soles, that is) and leave a little mystery, too.

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