The Classic Ball Gown & You

The Ball Gown is the perfect wedding dress to achieve a princess, fairy tale look on your wedding day. For the ultimate in bridal romance, with just a hint of drama, ball gown wedding dresses are perfect for the bride looking to make a lasting impression on her wedding day. If you ever played princess dress up as a little girl, the ball gown wedding dress doesn’t need an explanation. Inspired by classic romance, ball gown wedding dresses feature full, voluminous skirts draped in soft tulle or sophisticated satin. A gown like this will make you feel like you’re in a fairytale, floating down the aisle.

Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day, and our collection of ball gowns is sure to spark your own bridal fairytale. We have compiled a list of our latest ball gown wedding dresses for your inspiration to find your dream ball gown from our latest ‘Eternity Collection’ now in store. Don’t forget all of our ball gowns can be customised to suit your needs, just ask us how!


1. A classic is forever!

A classic soft white tulle Ball Gown with a sweetheart neckline will never go out of style! Add the drama of our ‘Verona’ ball gown, with sparking lace with pearl and beaded detailing and you have the perfect gown 

2. Add in some sparkle tulle for more dimension

Of course you’ve got to add in some shimmer tulle for added sparkle! Our ‘Marilyn’ gown shimmers in golden detailing with a classic bustier bodice

3. Classic with a touch of personality!

A classic Ball Gown skirt with a deeper V neckline is a stunning combination and also good for a bigger bust. The 3-D lace detailing on our ‘Vesna’ gown is full of romance and delight

4. Classic with long sleeves 

A classic Ball Gown in luxurious satin which gives that traditional look, with a deeper V neckline, this is a combination that is extra! Ask for our ‘Rosabella’ gown

5. Cap Sleeves

Are you looking  for a Ball Gown but want to add a little something extra, or are you are worried about your arms. Adding cap sleeves has you covered and you still look like a princess! Ask for our ‘Vicki’ gown with an extra long train

6. Make a fashion statement with a split 

This fashion forward gown is in hot demand now, with a thigh high split and stylised double fold over strapless neckline, ask for ‘Reina


What body type is best for Ball Gown wedding dress?

If you’re considering a Ball Gown wedding dress, this silhouette is best for mid-height or taller brides who have a bit of a bust. They are definitely a dream gown for the traditional bride who is planning a fairy tale wedding. Due to the Ball Gown silhouette’s volume, the skirt adds much horizontal width as opposed to vertical height. 


What body types should generally avoid Ball Gown wedding dresses? 

Keep in mind the skirt of the Ball Gown dress is extremely voluminous to keep the shape, so it can be extra heavy. There are no hard and fast rules, here at Belle et Blanc we can customise any of our gowns to suit your body shape and tastes. Sometimes, petite ladies have avoided the Ball Gown silhouette as the skirt can overwhelm the bride and make her look a bit shorter. If you are a petite bride looking for a flattering silhouette, a ball gown can be customised to take out the additional volume in the skirt, which gives a more flattering and elongated look.


What necklines can be paired with a Ball Gown 

All necklines can be paired with a Ball Gown wedding dress. Depending on your body type, you can choose a sweetheart, plunging, scoop neckline, or more! 

For example, a sweetheart neckline ball gown shows off a bride’s collarbone and lengthens the neck, which is why it’s such a popular neckline choice for brides. 

An off-the-shoulder ball gown wedding dress is well-suited for petite brides or more athletic body types. Strapless ball gown wedding dresses are also great for brides with narrow shoulders and toned arms. 


What wedding themes work best with a ball gown 

Ball gown wedding dresses are usually used for grander and larger wedding ceremonies, due to the large volume of the skirt. Ball gown wedding dresses have not been traditionally paired with a beach wedding. However many of our brides have taken some dramatic photographs on our beautiful beaches including St. Kilda beach, or future afar on the Mornington Peninsula and Bellarine Peninsula – and the ball gown has made a wow statement! Take a look at our Real Brides Blog to see some of our recent beach side weddings.

If you wish to wear a ball gown for a spring or summer wedding, choose a dress with lighter and breathable skirt material. On the other hand, brides with autumn or winter weddings will find that a ball gown skirt has a great amount of coverage. Sleeves can also provide more warmth and elegance to this wedding dress. 

For vintage weddings, off-white satin ball gowns and tulle ball gowns with full skirts can bring together the theme of your wedding. For formal and black-tie wedding ceremonies, ball gowns with long trains are perfect for that extra and added drama.


How do I know which ball gown is for me?

Ball Gown wedding dresses are beautiful and make the ultimate statement, it is a gown you will look back and love forever. But how do you choose the right Ball Gown, simply make a booking with one of our expert bridal consultants and we can guide you in finding the right gown for you. All of our gowns can be customised to suit all of your needs and we make the perfect fairytale princess ball gown – just for you!


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