You do not have to be put off by term “bodice”. It is only the upper segment of the dress which fits around the bust and waist. Bodice does have to be a stiff and structured style if you feel that it is not what you want.
The most appropriate measurements which are taken are for the bodice part of the dress. That is why when you go for your fittings, you have to make sure that you will fee really comfortable and the bodice is well fitted. Bodice is a part of the dress which can own a lot of embellishment. There are lots of styles of bodices and the most common bodice styles for wedding dress are corset bodice, insert bodice, keyhole bodice, crumb catcher bodice, boned bodices, overlay bodice and ruching bodice.