How-To Choose a Wedding Dress

From the moment you became engaged, the first thing on your mind was probably your wedding dress and bridal gown shopping. For me the excitement was overwhelming, and I could not wait to rush to a fancy boutique and slip on designer gowns. I really did not know what style gown I wanted until I began trying them on. You will quickly learn which silhouette looks best on your body and what fabrics and details you admire. Other than style, budget is important when picking a dress. Decide on your dress budget and stick with it!

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Bridal gown shopping: create a budget for your wedding dress.

Most commonly, 10 percent of the wedding budget is used for attire. This includes the wedding dress and accessories and the groom’s ensemble. So if your budget for the entire wedding is $10,000 you should probably steer clear of $5,000 gowns! Once you have your budget down, tell your shop stylist at the bridal boutique the price range and style you are interested in. She will help you as you figure out how to choose a wedding dress by bringing you several options in your area of interest. This is where the dress up fun begins!

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How to choose a wedding dress: learn what feels good for you through trial and error.

Some girls fall head over heels when they slip on their first dress. Others, however, go through a number of gowns before picking the perfect one. And don’t worry; it is ok to feel a little indecisive after trying on tons of dresses. As you try different shapes and styles take pictures and remember which fabrics and colors worked best on you.

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Bridal gown shopping: choose your dress, and commit to your decision.

Once you have picked your perfect gown, stop looking! I really cannot stress this enough because I drove myself crazy after buying my dress. I continued to browse other styles online for weeks. Your wedding gown will most likely need alterations and could take several weeks to arrive if ordered. In addition, most bridal retailers (the Wedding Shoppe included) do not accept returns; therefore once you decide to purchase a dress that dress is 100% yours. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind amazing shopping experience! Why wait? You can start right now!>>

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