Glossary edition 5: Necklines

You will never believe just how many different terms could be used to describe a neckline! We've got more than a dozen terms to add to your glossary. Let's dig right in.


Bateau - Straps are at mid-shoulders with the fabric reaching in a gentle dip across the chest and back, like an eye shape if viewed from above.

Halter - Like a halter top or bikini top, it ties around the back of the neck. The front might be plain or with a keyhole opening.

High collar - The chest and base of the neck are covered by fabric. Sometimes a high collar is accented with a keyhole cutout at the chest through which a piece of jewelry shows.

Jewel - A rounded neckline sitting at the base of the throat.

Off-the-shoulder - The shoulders and collarbone are bare, with fabric wrapping around the upper arms.

One-shoulder - The neckline angles up toward the one shoulder that features a strap, with the other shoulder bare.
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Portrait - Off-the-shoulder, with the neckline scooping down into a more rounded cut.

Queen Anne - With shoulders covered and a high back, the front is shaped like the bottom of a heart.

Sabrina - See bateau, but starts two inches higher for a more demure look.

Scoop - A rounded neckline, like the bottom half of a circle.

Strapless - No straps. The neckline can go straight across, or dip down in a curved design.

Square - Your straps come straight down to a vertical line of fabric across your chest, presenting a square shape.

Sweetheart -Rounded fabric over each breast, meeting in a V-neck point in the middle. Its heart shape is the basis for its name.

V-neck - The fabric extends downward in an angled V-shape at the top of the chest or lower to show some cleavage.

Ok that should cover it for necklines. Tune in next week for terms to desribe sleeves, then we'll move onto trains, fabric, lace, and more!

Glossary edition 4: Bodices

We’re back to expand on your wedding dress glossary! Today we're talking about bodices. You’re probably familiar with a few of these terms but we’re confident there’s still a few more we can educate you on.


Asymmetrical - The fabric covers one shoulder, or attaches over one shoulder with a strap, leaving the other shoulder bare.

Corset - Hugs tight against the body with hook, snap or laced back securing. The bodice can be strapless or strapped, criss-cross strapped or braid-strapped.

Empire - Fitted at the chest, then fabric hangs straight down under the bustline. A very romantic look, and one favored by expecting brides and bridesmaids.

Midriff - Reaches just down to below the ribs, baring your stomach.

Princess-line - Lined with two vertical seams that angle over the breastline down to the hem.

Surplice - Fabric is crossed in the front or the back, sometimes twisted for extra effect.

Tank - Just like a tank top, this one is sleeveless with thin or thick straps.

Glossary edition 3: Gown Length

We’ve talked about gown silhouettes and skirt styles so today we’re talking about gown length. Now it’s true, a majority of brides will opt for a traditional floor length but there are 8 other lengths to choose from. 2014 bridal trends reveal that tea-length gowns may be front and center this season. What term below best describes your ideal gown length?

Gown Lengths

Ankle-length - Reaches right to your ankles, hemmed to a flattering point with the shoes you’ll be wearing.

Ballerina - A full skirt that extends to just above the ankles.

Floor length - The skirt reaches just to the floor, the hem extended for a gentle glide obscuring the view of your shoes.

Intermission - Also cocktail length, this one reaches to anywhere between the knees and the ankles, with the most common length being mid-calf.

Hi-low - A dual-level dress, the front of the skirt is Intermission length, then extends gradually lower along the sides down to floor length in the back.

Knee-length - The skirt reaches to or just below the knee.

Miniskirt - The skirt reaches 2-4 inches above the knee.

Street length - The skirt reaches an inch or two below the knee.

Tea-length - Also called a cocktail-length dress, the skirt reaches to mid-shin.


*Dress: L'Fay Collection. Photo:New Yok Bridal Fashion Week covered by WeddingWire. Photo by Robert Mitra.

Glossary edition 2: Skirt Styles

We’re back with the 2nd edition of our glossary special with skirt styles. From the traditional to the modern and onto sexy, here are 13 glossary terms to help you describe your dream wedding dress.

Skirt Styles

Ballgown - Fitted at the bodice and waist, and then the skirt poufs out into a bell shape.

Flared - Fitted at the waist, and then flares out into a tulip shape at the hem.

Flounce - A looser skirt that flares out and has a ruffle at the hem.

Front slit - A slit on a frontal side seam, usually along the leg and not in the middle, that allows for movement.

Pannier - Fabric draping on both hips as an extra layer to accent a more sheath-style dress.

Pencil - Skirt hangs straight down, with no flare at the hem or accent at the waist.

Peplum - A very short ruffled skirt layer over a pencil skirt, originally a 1940s style of fun skirt with a bit of flair and movement for dancing. The ruffled layer may be horizontal in shape or extended down in a back V-shape.

Pleated - Varying numbers of pleats running vertically most often along the front of the skirt, but may also extend fully around the skirt. Multiple pleats is called ‘accordion style’ and two larger pleats is called ‘box style.’

Side slit - A slit at the side of the leg, allowing for movement.

Straight - The skirt extends straight down, with no flare at the hem. A longer version of the pencil skirt, this skirt might reach to the floor.

Tiered - The skirt is comprised of several overlapping layers of different lengths, usually three layers, but may be more depending on style.

Wrap - The skirt overlaps and wraps at the waist, a more informal style ideal for destination weddings and bridesmaid dresses.

Glossary edition 1: Gown Silhouettes

Surplice, flounce, empire, bateau , castillion, alencon, and more. Wedding dress terms can be overwhelming. We’ve compiled a lengthy list of terms to help you understand gown silhouettes, fabrics, neck lines, lengths, bodices and trains but we’ll deliver these glossaries to you in “bite-size” increments over the next several weeks. If there is a term your interested in learning more about, send it our way here and we’d be happy to add it to the glossary.

We won’t claim this list will be all encompassing but we’re confident it will be 90% (+/-) comprehensive.

The first “bite-size” section we have for you today is gown silhouettes. Let’s dig right in.

Gown Silhouettes

A-line/Princess - Narrow at the bodice, with vertical seams that flow right down to a slightly flared-out skirt.

Asymmetrical - The bottom of the skirt, as well as perhaps several layers of fabric comprising the skirt, is cut on a diagonal angle.

Ballgown - A fitted bodice that comes in at the waist and then flares out to a full, floor-length skirt with lots of volume for a more formal and traditional bridal look.

Column - A fitted bodice to a narrow, tailored look over the waist and hips, and straight to the floor. No flares, no poofs, and not as fitted as a sheath. You can do floor-length, or shorten it to calf-length for a less formal wedding.

Empire - A Victorian-style of gown, this one features a fitted bodice with a skirt that starts right at the base of the chest and hangs down in a straight, slim line to the floor.

Mermaid - Form-fitting from the chest to a tiny waist, over the hips and then down to the knees, where fabric flares out in dramatic fashion like a mermaid’s tail.

Sheath - A close, form-fitting dress from bodice all the way down to the skirt. May have a slit at the legs for easier walking.

Test your new knoweledge! What silhouette does each of these gowns represent?


Ok that's all we have for silhouettes.But we suspect that was plenty right? Next time we'll have skirt styles for you. Don't forget to message or comment below if you have questions or would like us to explain a specific term!

2014 Bridal Trends

As the husband-wife team behind L’Fay Bridal, each year we attend New York International Bridal Week and each year is nothing short of extraordinary.

There were juxtapositions, chic silhouettes, breathtaking fabrics, and touches of drama abound. While "oohing" and "ahhing" over the spring 2014 bridal-market runway shows, we took note of nine emerging trends for the coming year.

As the husband-wife team behind L’Fay Bridal, each year we attend New York International Bridal Week and each year is nothing short of extraordinary.

There were juxtapositions, chic silhouettes, breathtaking fabrics, and touches of drama abound. While "oohing" and "ahhing" over the spring 2014 bridal-market runway shows, we took note of nine emerging trends for the coming year.

- If you thought the Peplum look was just a fad think again. The slimming silhouette is flattering for all body types. Peplum dresses have taken on more flowing and whimsical structures including exaggerated layers, and structured ruffles falling from the waist to the hips, and the use of multiple fabrics including tulle.

Lace – Lace will never grow old. The timeless elegance of lace will remain a constant but in 2014 expect to see the lace more in sleeves and necklines for a sweet twist.

Short/T-length hemlines - If you want to ditch the traditional long gown and show more leg, you will have no trouble finding a short, above the knee or ankle length hemline dress. Not convinced short is best for the “I Do’s”? Consider a short gown for the reception or send-off dress.

Color - Think pink. Think Ombre. And well, even think black. Color is far from off limits in 2014. If you are a bold bride, don’t be afraid to explore the new bridal rainbow.

Gold/embellishments – We have to conclude The Great Gatsby influences this trend. Expect gowns embroidered in gold, with beaded cap sleeves and pearl and crystal embellishment. The more “bling” the better.

Interesting necklines - Strapless is a thing of the past. These days it seems that lace illusion necklines, halters, and even some turtlenecks are making a play for the top spot. A bit more modest but the sheer fabrics and laces keep that little bit of sexy some brides desire.

Minimalist – Quite opposite the “Great Gatsby” look, sleek modern looks with very little beading or embellishment, are abundant. Without embellishments the gown becomes all about rich fabrics and clean lines proving "less is more" works.

Open backs – Extremely low or crisscross backs are pushing bridal boundaries. Elegant and sexy these gowns have a lot to offer despite being made of less.

2014 is full of fancy and fun. No matter the bride there is a PERFECT dress for you. Be sure you do your research before shopping, find a bridal store you trust, and schedule an appointment to get quality one-on-one attention.

The Dress You've Dreamed Of: 11 Tips for finding the one

Congratulations! You’re engaged. You’ve found the life partner you have always imagined and now you’re ready to find the dress you’ve always dreamed of. We’ve put together our top 11 tips for you to have the most pleasant and successful shopping experience and ultimately find the dress you’ve always dreamed of.

1.       Research where to shop.

There are many bridal shops and designers out there but the experience and quality you receive at a small bridal boutique like L’Fay versus a large chain will certainly vary. Don’t be afraid to travel to shop at the best location. Remember you have to trust your consultant and the shop just like any other wedding day vendor.

2.       Book an appointment.

Booking an appointment will ensure that you get the time and attention necessary to find “the gown.” Most bridal salons need as many as six to nine months to order your gown and get you properly fitted for it, so give yourself adequate time too.

3.       Know your budget.

Yes your wedding dress is a once-in-a-lifetime item and you want to feel like royalty but don’t allow yourself to get caught up in that hype and over spend. Generally speaking, a wedding dress should be no more than 10-15% of your overall budget. And don’t forget to leave room for alterations, accessories, shoes, and a veil! It all adds up and you don’t want guilt or regret to shadow the delight and excitement of the purchase.

4.       Choose your entourage carefully.

Most bridal salons prefer that you bring as few people as possible to your gown fitting to maximize space, avoid conflict, and keep the focus on you. There is also a lot to be said about how supportive those you bring with are. Remember like your wedding day, when dress shopping it is all about you, so don’t feel like you have to invite anyone that is not supportive.

5.       Wear (or bring) appropriate undergarments.

If you have a particular bra or body shaper you want to wear, make sure to bring it with you to your appointment (if you’ve already purchased it) – otherwise, just wear your everyday neutral undies. Keep in mind that you’ll need the undergarments you plan to wear on the wedding day by your first fitting.

6.       Wear (or bring) appropriate shoes.

This one is totally optional. Shoe shopping usually comes after you find your gown – but if you know you’re going to wear heels, it doesn’t hurt to bring some to get a more accurate idea of how you look in each dress you try on. A few added inches can make a significant difference. And, like your wedding day undergarments you will definitely need to bring the shoes to your first fitting

7.       Bring photos.

Just like you bring photos to your hairdresser, bring a few photos of gowns you’ve admired in magazines or on Pinterest and share them with your consultant. But don’t allow yourself to be confined by these photos, such that you won’t try on a dress that doesn’t look exactly like one of those photos.

8.       Be open-minded.

Going back to #1, you should’ve selected a shop where you trust the expertise of the professionals. Trust your consultant to take your photo ideas, the way you describe your dream gown, and your personality to select dresses for you to try. If you don’t trust your consultant consider rescheduling or opting for another shop.

9.       Take photos.

Make sure one of the guests you bring with can work a camera, and take lots of photos! Even if you don’t find “the one,” your first time gown shopping is a day you want to remember and those photos will help to remind you of what you did and didn’t like on to streamline the rest of your search.

10.   Focus on you.

Remember that you will be wearing the wedding gown, and that it will be your wedding day. You’re entourage will have opinions and you will wonder if Aunt Barb or your fiancé will like your choice but the bottom-line is that you have to LOVE it.

11.   Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

Nothing is worse than putting so much pressure on yourself that the shopping experience becomes a letdown. You may not have the “ah ha” moment filled with smiles and tears and it may take a few trips. Have fun with the process, enjoy shopping, and let it be the kickoff of a great wedding planning experience.

L'Fay Brides

We absolutely LOVE seeing L’Fay Brides on their wedding day in their dream gown, saying their I Do’s to their dream spouse. There’s an added bonus when we see a L’Fay Bride on their wedding day, in their dream gown, saying their I Do’s to their dream spouse in the dreamy Turks and Caicos!
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Peplum Wedding Gown

The peplum trend is alive and has yet to show signs of defeat. If you are inspired by the glamorous Charlize Theron's Oscars look this Olia Zavozina gown Brit may be just what you have been dreaming of!

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