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A-Lines vs. Ballgowns: Which Should You Choose?

If you’re a bride who loves drama and you’re eager to make a style statement, then you might have your eye on ballgown and A-line wedding dresses! The fitted bodices, glamorous details and voluminous skirts make these silhouettes a bride-favorite, and they’ve been around for decades! Learn the differences between the two styles and then decide whether you’re an A-line lover or a ballgown bride:

a-line dress

A-Line

A-line wedding dresses are often confused with their frenemy, the ballgown, because both exude volume. The A-line is fitted at the hips, gradually flaring out from the waistline to the train. It shows a more natural shape that resembles a capital “A.” This style works very well with a variety of necklines, fabrics and trains! A-line gowns are slightly easier to move around in because of the more relaxed skirt. You can pair this gown with heels or comfortable footwear as the long skirt will most likely cover your feet. A-line gowns are appropriate for any wedding venue and theme; our brides choose this style for simple backyard barbecues, grand skyscraper ceremonies and everything in between because it’s such a versatile silhouette

Some of our favorite A-line gowns:

Essense of Australia: #D2748

  1. Essense of Australia: #D2748  

Bring the romance to your wedding day in this full A-line wedding dress with floral details from Essense of Australia. The gown’s sheer bodice features a slim V-neckline with a fabric band and romantic, floral lace detailing. From the bodice, the botanical-inspired lace continues down the skirt in a unique mix of flowers, leaves and vines. The gown’s V-back is highlighted with lace appliques that cascade down the tulle skirt and train.

Stella York: #7023

2. Stella York: #7023

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 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.

Martina Liana: #1097

3. Martina Liana: #1097

Brides in search of a statement-making piece, look no further than this beaded A-line wedding dress with all-over sparkle from Martina Liana. Layers of richly-beaded lace and sequin create the most ornate bodice, which radiates shimmer and sparkle. Long, lace sleeves extend from the bodice, finishing in a lace cuff—adding a classic element to this glamorous style. The lace from the bodice extends slightly onto the tulle skirt before extending into a full A-line silhouette, complete with beaded floral lace appliques. 

ballgown

Ballgown

Ballgown wedding dresses are the quintessential princess dress for any bride that pictures her big day like a real-life fairytale. Large, full skirts are accompanied by fitted corset-esque bodices. Ballgowns are a top choice among brides-to-be as they flatter a variety of body types. Slender and pear-shaped shoppers tend to pick this silhouette based on the style’s ability to highlight the waist and veils the lower half of your body. Choose this style if you’re planning a glamorous ballroom wedding reception or traditional church ceremony. Keep in mind that with such a full gown, you may need some extra assistance when using the restroom or taking the stairs.

Our best-loved ballgowns:

Essense of Australia: #D2953

  1. Essense of Australia: #D2953

The romantic ballgown of your dreams, this fairytale-come-true is ready to make its grand entrance on your princess-inspired wedding day. The distinct sweetheart neckline features an organic lace finishing, while heavier laces are layered over the bodice for a rich effect. Lace falls gently over the bodice and onto the full tulle skirt and through the slight train, complete with a glitter tulle layer and horsehair finish for structure and shine. The lace off-the-shoulder straps add to the effortless, totally romantic feeling for a touch of bridal magic.

Stella York: #6988

2. Stella York: #6988

Modern minimalism turns up the volume on this fun, flirty and feminine stunner from Miss 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! 

Martina Liana: #1105

3. Martina Liana: #1105

Martina Liana brings the magic with this fun and lively ballgown style. The voluminous layered skirt offers glamour with an overall lightness and airy touch—creating frothy movement with every turn. The sheer bodice is covered in flourishing laces, and features slight ruching at the waistline to define the shape. The low V-back feature is modern and bold, complete with floating lace details along the back of the bodice—continuing throughout the tiers of the full skirt, adding to the whimsy of this fresh wedding dress style. A wide horsehair hemline finishes the skirt rather than a train, maintaining volume and lightness.

Ready to find your dream  A-line or ballgown wedding dress? Find a store near you!