For most brides-to-be, the choice of a dress is among the first and most important decisions in planning a wedding. With thousands of choices in every price range, finding the perfect wedding dress can be a difficult and time-consuming process.
But by making some decisions before setting foot in a store, the search will be both easier and a whole lot more enjoyable.
First things first
Know your limits and etermine the maximum amount that you can spend on a dress, including all the little extras, such as undergarments, shoes, jewelry, veil, and/or hair ornaments.
Then consider your personal style. If you know that you’re not comfortable in strapless or sleeveless dresses, for example, you can immediately eliminate these options.
Ruling out a few style options before hitting the magazines or stores will help you stay open to all other options.
Firm Yet Flexible
A great strategy is to be open to suggestions about dresses to try on, but reserve the right to choose the look that feels right to you. Consider bringing along a camera and taking photos of yourself in the dresses that could be “contenders”.
Go For A Flattering Fit
Remember, the goal is to find a dress that flatters your body and expresses your personal style -- not to fit into a particular size. For example, white isn't for everyone. A creamier shade or a dress that has decorative accents of a different colour near the neck, shoulders and face may be something to consider.
Also, there’s no rule that a wedding dress has to be floor-length. If you’re planning a daytime or more casual wedding, a tea-length dress (one that falls a few inches above the ankle) or even shorter are suitable choices.
Comfort Is Key
Style and fit may be the two most important factors in choosing a wedding dress, but comfort should be a close third.
For instance, if you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, you may want forego a dress with a long, trailing train that could trip you up on your walk to or down the aisle.
Even if you’re planning an indoor event, having a dress and shoes that are as comfortable as they are beautiful will greatly increase your odds of enjoying your special day to the fullest.