Before you start shopping, determine how much you're willing to spend on your wedding dress. Remember to factor in the cost of alterations, accessories, and undergarments.
Start shopping 8-12 months before your wedding. Dresses can take several months to arrive, and you'll need time for fittings and alterations.
Familiarize yourself with different styles, fabrics, and silhouettes. Knowing some wedding dress lingo will help you communicate your preferences.
Bring along a few trusted individuals who know your style, will be supportive, and help you make a decision.
Wear nude, seamless underwear and a strapless bra. These undergarments won't distract from the dress.
Be open to trying different styles. You may be surprised to find that a style you didn't consider initially looks stunning on you.
Bridal sizes run smaller than regular sizes. Don't worry about the number on the tag; focus on how the dress looks and feels.
Check the quality of the fabric and craftsmanship. Look for any loose threads, uneven seams, or poorly attached beads.
Choose a dress that suits your wedding venue and theme. A beach wedding dress might be different from a ballroom gown.2.
When you find the perfect wedding dress, a sense of certainty envelops you. It's an instinctual feeling, a 'knowing' that this is the dress in which you'll say 'I do.