Ball Gown vs A-Line Dress – What’s the Difference?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 Wedding IDEAS, INSPIRATION AND INSIDER TIPS

Ball Gown vs. A-line Wedding Dresses

Most wedding dresses have their unique silhouettes. However, some are very similar like ball gown and A-line silhouettes. So what are the differences? What are the similarities? Which one fits your body type?

The ball gown and A-line silhouette have been around for decades. They are the 2 most popular styles among brides for years. Even though these two styles are very similar, the ball gowns and A-line gowns are surprisingly different. Knowing the difference between these two silhouettes will help you in your search for the perfect wedding dress.

What is an A-line Wedding Dress?

An A-line wedding dress is characterized by the silhouette of the skirt. An A-line skirt is fitted at the hips and gradually flares out from the natural waistline of the bodice towards the hem. Giving the shape of the capital letter A. The A-line skirt is the most versatile silhouette therefore you can pair many different types of necklines and fabrics. Not only can it be paired with different types of necklines, many different fabrics can be used to construct the skirt. An A-line dress can feature any length of train.

Some examples of popular Moonlight Bridal A-line wedding gowns include Style H1333 (a strapless sweetheart wedding dress with a full A-line skirt), Style H1311 (a metallic corded lace applique A-line with pleats), Style J6508 (a beaded ¾ length sleeves net/tulle full A-line wedding gown), and Style J6433 (a chiffon/satin flowy A-line wedding dress).

What is a Ball Gown Wedding Dress?

When you are thinking of a ball gown think of royalty or your favorite Disney princess like Cinderella’s gown when she went to the ball. Fairytale volume is what a ball gown wedding dress is like. Ball gowns usually have fuller skirts. There is not many options when it comes to the bodice of a ball gown. It looks best with a fitted bodice, whether plain or beaded. The skirt of this silhouette starts at the natural waist. Ball gown wedding dresses can also feature a train of any length.

Some examples of popular Moonlight Bridal ball gown wedding gowns include Style H1338 (a traditional ball gown with re-embroidered lace appliques and beaded detailing along the neckline), Style H1321 (an Alencon lace ball gown with chapel train), Style J6506 (an organza ball gown with ruffles), and Style J6503 (a satin ball gown with box pleats)

What is the difference and who looks good in what?

Now that you’re a more familiar with the differences between ball gowns and A-line wedding dresses, here are some things to keep in mind to make your dress shopping experience a little more simplified:

Venue/Formality. A-line wedding dresses are perfect for every type of ceremonies, from a simple backyard wedding to a grand church wedding. Ball gowns are appropriate for the grand or traditional church wedding ceremonies.

Mobility. The beauty of the ball gowns and A-line wedding dresses is you can wear any type of shoes you want with the dresses. Because the skirt is fuller, your wedding shoes will likely not show therefore you can wear the most comfortable shoes to dance the night away. The downside of these two silhouettes is the inconvenience when going to the restroom. You will probably need your bridal party to help you every time.

Body type. Flattering on almost every body type, ball gowns and A-line dresses are the two most popular wedding dress silhouettes among many brides. The ball gowns fits every body type but is best for slender or pear-shaped brides. The fuller silhouette accentuates the waist and hides the lower body. Keep in mind, for brides who are fuller on top, the full skirt may make you look larger overall. For petite brides be sure to be careful not to go too big on the flare of your ball gown. The added volume of the skirt will make you look shorter. While an A-line wedding dress is flattering on most body types. It creates an illusion of height and curves for slender and petite brides. This silhouette can also slim down rounded figures and hide larger lower body of any brides who are blessed with curves.

Next Steps

After reading this blog, we hope to have cleared up any confusion you may have between the two silhouettes, ball gown and A-line. To keep your options open, try on both styles to decide which one fits you and your style best.

To get an even better visual and understanding of the differences in the silhouettes, browse our very own collection of ball gown wedding dresses and A-line wedding dresses. Happy shopping!
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