Examples of designs for informal wedding dresses include A-line, sheath, ball gown and mermaid. Details such as neckline, fabric, length and waist style vary for all of these dress designs.
An A-line dress is fitted on top and flares out slightly from the waist while ball gown dresses have a wide flare. Sheath dresses are form fitting for the whole length and mermaid style dresses are form fitting until the bottom where they flare out slightly around the calves.
Neckline variations for informal wedding dresses include bateau, halter, off the shoulder, one shoulder and scoop. Square, strapless, sweetheart and V-neck are additional options. Common fabrics used for informal wedding dresses are cotton, chiffon, lace, organza and satin. Additional fabric options are silk, taffeta and tulle. The three most common dress lengths are floor, tea and short.
Some different waist styles are natural, basque, asymmetric, empire and dropped. Trains of various styles can also be added to an informal wedding dress. Some different train styles are cathedral, chapel, court and sweep.
Informal wedding dresses are appropriate for casual wedding environments such as a backyard, park or beach. The length often depends on the setting and time of year. For example, a short dress is well suited to summer and outdoor weddings.