Find the Wedding Dress That Fits Your Personality

What kind of bride are you? Here’s how to turn your personal style into your wedding day look.
by Ayn-Monique Klahre
Diverse models in David's Bridal dresses
photo by Lauren Perlstein

When it comes to your wedding, we’re firm believers that what you wear to get hitched should be a natural extension of your style. (Just a little bit fancier than your everyday clothes, obviously.) Choosing a wedding dress—or even a jumpsuit!—that you feel truly comfortable in is the key to unleashing your inner bride. And remember, there are no rules when it comes to picking out a dress. Whether you’re someone who likes to experiment with the latest trends or a bride who’s more rooted in tradition, there’s a David’s Bridal wedding dress for you. Need some inspiration to get you started? Read on to see which dress personality suits you best.

Your Personality: The Free Spirit

If you’re a free spirit who doesn’t want to be defined by her dress…

…Try a simple but sweet style that projects effortless charm.

Boho chic model in David's Bridal Dress
photo by Lauren Perlstein

A little bohemian, a little bit retro—that’s your jam. As you choose your wedding dress, look for less-structured silhouettes that won’t overwhelm you, like this allover lace empire-waist sheath. (Other great bets for you? An airy A-line or feminine chiffon ruffles.)

Close up beauty shot of model in David's Bridal gown
photo by Lauren Perlstein

For your makeup, you’ll want to go natural but better: Flushed cheeks and rosy lips give you that fresh-face look. Your hair should have an equally undone feel. Think loose waves down over your shoulders with a few tiny flowers framing your face. Top it off with a gorgeous cathedral-length lace-edged veil for a look that’s borrowed from the past but still timeless.

Shop the look: Flower Lace V-Neck Wedding Dress With Empire Waist, $499; Pearl and Crystal T-Strap Sandals, $29.95; and Cathedral Veil With Sequined Lace Appliques, $449.95; all at David’s Bridal.

Your Personality: The Risk-Taker

If you’re a risk-taker when it comes to your wardrobe, and getting dressed is the most fun part of your day….

...Try a dress that’s playful and surprising.

Model in David's Bridal dress
photo by Lauren Perlstein

Does your everyday style have a flair for drama? Do you give even your business casual outfits a personal spin? Then you’ll want to think outside the A-line and really make a statement when it comes to choosing your dress. Look for a gown with a hint of color, an exaggerated silhouette, or high-impact accents like a giant bow (or maybe even two out of the three). Or you could try a daring hemline.

Beauty shot
photo by Lauren Perlstein

Skip the traditional veil, and wear shoulder-grazing earrings that’ll swing and catch the light as you dance. And when it comes to your makeup, it’s all about shimmery highlights and unexpected hues. Because it’s true: Only you could pull that off!

Shop the look: White by Vera Wang Ombre Tulle Wedding Dress, $1,398; Petra Mid-Heel Sandal With Crystal Embellishment, $49.95; and Stone Drop Tassel Earrings in Blush, $14.95; all at David’s Bridal.

Your Personality: The Fashionista 

If you’re a fashion-forward bride who’s ahead of the curve when it comes to trends...

...Try a daring look that’ll have everyone talking.

Model in David's Bridal Jumpsuit
photo by Lauren Perlstein

Whether you work in fashion or just look like you do, you’re not following the trends—you’re setting them. So on your wedding day, you’ll want to choose a totally modern outfit that could just as easily belong on a high-fashion runway. Whether that means skipping the dress altogether (hello, jumpsuit!), trying a crop top or going for a dramatic back-baring gown, you’ll style your bridal look in a way that’s uniquely you.

Beauty shot sleek hair
photo by Lauren Perlstein

Swap the veil for a glittering hair clip to accent your sleek look. To top it all off? A bold cat eye and your signature statement lip.

Shop the look: Strapless Crepe Jumpsuit With 3D Floral Details, $249; Nayomi Single Strap Sandal, $39.50; and Bridal Comb With Scroll Detail, Pearls and Crystal, $29.95; all at David’s Bridal.

Your Personality: The Romantic

If you’re the type who loves tradition and all things girly…

...Try a dress that’ll make you look (and feel) like a princess.

Model in romantic David's Bridal dress
photo by Lauren Perlstein

Calling all romantics: You’ve been dreaming of your wedding day since grade school, right? If you can’t wait to look the part of a traditional bride, embrace the classic fit-and-flare style with loads of ladylike details (we’re talking floral lace, a train and buttons down the back). Other great picks for you?  A gown with a sweetheart neckline (and a corset back) or a long-sleeve dress that’s straight out of a fairy tale.

Beauty shot romantic bride
photo by Lauren Perlstein

When it comes to hair and makeup, choose a look that’s a more elegant version of what you’d wear everyday. Think: A softly smoky eye, dramatic brows, a pretty pink lip and hair swept away from your face in a soft updo. To finish your look, clip on a delicate beaded edge veil.

Shop the look: Oleg Cassini Plus Size Ball Gown Wedding Dress, $1,458;  Layla Lace Peep Toe Pump, $69.95; Metallic Mid-Length Veil With Beaded Edge, $189.95; Cubic Zirconia Solitaire Bracelet, $39.95; and Pear Solitaire Pavé Earrings, $19.95; all at David’s Bridal 

Photo credits: Set Design: Tinsel & Twine; Fashion Styling: Morgan Gibbons; Hair: Sean Gallagher; Makeup: Elisa Flowers

Presented by The Knot and David’s Bridal, this sponsored series features fashion tips and style inspiration to help you plan a wedding that’s truly your own. Visit to make an appointment with an expert stylist and start the search for your dream dress.

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