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Finding The Perfect Dress: Bridal Shopping Tips

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Shopping for a wedding dress is undoubtedly one of the most exciting aspects of planning your big day. And with all the options available to modern brides, there is no shortage of amazing gowns and accessories, which means that virtually every woman can have the dress of her dreams. However, as fun and exciting as it may be, shopping for a wedding gown can be a stressful, overwhelming experience. Thankfully, though, with the right tips, brides-to-be can simplify the shopping process, and reduce the frustration of finding the perfect dress. Keep reading to find out how!

Set, and Stick to, Your Budget

We all know wedding gowns can get a little pricey, but most of us forget to factor in the cost of the veil, lingerie, accessories, shoes, alterations and shipping. Be sure to include these items in your dress budget, and don’t waste time trying on dresses that are out of your price range. There are beautiful gowns for every budget, so save your energy for zeroing in on the dresses you can afford.

Get an Early Start

Save yourself the frustration of last-minute shopping, and get a head start on finding the perfect dress as soon as possible. At minimum, begin browsing six months prior to your wedding day; but, if you’re the indecisive or picky type, you probably want to give yourself at least eight to ten months to find the perfect dress. Remember, alterations, shipping and other necessities can take weeks, and sometimes even months, so spare yourself the headache and start now.

Figure Out You Style

WIth all the bridal options available, narrowing down your choices to just one dress can seem like an impossible task. Thankfully, there are several ways brides-to-be can figure out their unique wedding styles. First of all, take into consideration your everyday look. Are you all about chic, clean lines, or do prefer flowing silhouettes with lots of feminine details? Choose a dress based on your everyday preferences, and you’re sure to feel gorgeous, confidant and comfortable. Also, be sure to factor in the season, the venue and time of day you’ll be married. These elements will help you narrow down your choices considerably.

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If you’re the traditional type, a classic white wedding is probably right your alley; but, if your tastes are more eclectic, don’t be afraid to let that shine through in your bridal style. More and more often, nontraditional brides are opting for colorful gowns, funky accessories and other uncommon looks, so go ahead and make your bridal style as unique as can be! And, for brides who want a little pizazz while still maintaining a traditional look, certain embellishments can really take a gown up a notch. At, you’ll find a variety of classic gowns, many of which feature elegant beading, crystals and eye-catching sequins.

Make an Appointment

Before trying on dresses, always call ahead and make an appointment. Appointments are required in some bridal salons, and, even when they’re not mandatory, will ensure that you get at least an hour of the staff’s attention and assistance. When scheduling your appointment, be sure to include the number in your party, and, if you have an idea of what you’re looking for, ask if they have your style in stock.

Trust Your Instincts, but Keep an Open Mind

More than one bride has found her perfect gown by trying a style she wouldn’t normally go for. So, even if you know what you want, don’t be afraid to try dresses with a different neckline, a longer train, more/less embellishments. etc. Also, never judge a dress by the way it looks on the rack; certain fabrics and cuts need to be tried on before they can be fully appreciated. However, when you feel like you’ve found “the one,” trust your instincts, because that’s your dress.

Don’t let dress shopping take the fun out of planning your big day! Use the tips provided here to find the dress of your dreams, and save the stress and frustration for another day. Congratulations on your wedding, and good luck!



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