It's really easy to get overwhelmed while shopping for a bridal gown. One of the most overwhelming parts is just learning all the terms for so many different things. So, here is a little glossary of terms you will help you through your gown appointments!
Bustle - A series of invisible hooks, loops, or buttons that keeps the train of a gown off the floor for the reception.
Train - The back of the dress that extends and trails behind the gown.
Crinoline - Rough netting fabric under the skirt to make the skirt fuller and keep the shape.
Applique - A piece of lace that stands alone.
Horsehair - A trim that is stiff and keeps a soft wavy shape in the skirt, or on a veil.
Petticoat - A skirt that you wear under your wedding dress to add extra shape or fullness.
Raw edge - Fabric that has an unfinished edge, also known at 'cut edge.'
Lead time - The time it takes to order a gown.
Illusion - A feature of the gown that is sheer using lace or mesh.
Plunge - A neckline that dips below the chest bone.
Boning - The stiff part of a corset or bodice that gives the gown its frame and structure.
Sheet lace - A fabric that consists of a continuous pattern made from yarn or thread usually made by hand.