Almost every girl dreams of the day she’ll walk down the aisle. In that dream, it’s usually the dress that stands out most prominently. Though there are many steps involved in planning a wedding, you’ve probably fantasized about the perfect wedding dress a million times. Even if this isn’t your first wedding, it’s still very exciting to go in search of the dress for your special day. It can also be a bit overwhelming. Having a plan in place before you head to the botique will help to minimize the stress and to make shopping for your dress a fun experience for you.
Consider Your Style
What’s your personal style? Is there a certain kind of dress you’ve always seen yourself wearing? Having a general idea of the style of dress you want will help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of choices that exist. For example, think about whether you want short sleeves, sleeveless, spaghetti strap or long sleeve. You’ll also want to consider the length and cut of the dress. You may want a full-length gown or a tea-length dress. Cuts to consider include A-Line, Empire, and Sheath.
If you’re not familiar with these terms, just take a look through the bridal magazines. This is an exercise that’s tons of fun and will give you a much better idea of the kind of gown you’re attracted to. Cut out pictures and bring them with you when you shop.
Know Your Budget
You’ll definitely want to keep the amount of money you have to spend in the forefront of your mind. If you’re not paying for the wedding yourself,, communication with your parents or the person who is paying will be necessary. Knowing what you’re able to spend or are comfortable spending will cut down on any unnecessary stress when you shop. It will also help you to control any attempts from store associates to “upsell” you. There are so many choices out there, it’s more than likely you’ll find the dress that fits both your style and your budget!
Be True To Your Body Type
While you may never have bought a wedding gown before, you are familiar with your own body and what looks good on you. Accentuate your great parts, and be sure to look for styles that will make you feel comfortable. The day you get married is your time to shine. You’ll certainly want to be comfortable with what you’re wearing and know that you look fabulous!
That doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself. I’ve been married twice. I never thought I’d wear a strapless dress in my life, but that’s exactly what I chose for my second wedding dress. It met all of my other requirements and just seemed to call to me, so I thought it was worth trying on. Turns out I loved it because it highlighted my shoulders and slim neck. I was thrilled with my choice, and you’ll be just as happy with yours if you stay true to yourself and follow your instincts.