10 Essential Tips For Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

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You’re planning your wedding and you want everything to be perfect — and that includes your dress. There’s lots of different styles and trends to think about, not to mention your own comfort and how good you’ll look in the dress, so how do you choose the best dress for you? Start with these 10 tips which will make picking that perfect dress a whole lot easier:

1. Do some research.

Don’t just walk into a bridal shop with no idea how you want to look or feel. Get online and do some research. Collect a few pictures of the styles you like so you can take them to the shop with you. Then you’ll find it easier to choose.

2. Sit down in the dress.

Comfort is paramount. You’ll pose for a few pictures, do a little dancing and walk up and down the aisle, but you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting down at the wedding as well. Make sure the dress isn’t too tight and that you can sit and move comfortably in it.

3. Don’t choose a dress that’s too long.

People think that the dress should touch the floor, but that’s a mistake. You should be able to walk comfortably without worrying about tripping over because it’s too long at the front. You shouldn’t have to hitch your dress up constantly, either.

4. Consider a dress with natural fabrics.

You’re going to be in your dress for a long time and synthetic fabrics can really heat up. If you do go for a dress with a synthetic lining, wear a small hoop under the dress to let the air circulate and cool you down. Bear in mind, too, the time of year you’re getting married and what the temperature could be on the day.

5. Be open to different styles.

You might like a certain style, but be open to others as well to make choosing your dress easier. Listen to the bridal consultant, who can help you to pick the best style. If there are any areas of your body you don’t like, let them know and they can work with you to find a dress that spares your blushes or discomfort and makes you shine.

6. Bring your lingerie and shoes with you.

When measuring up for a dress, bring the shoes and any lingerie you’ll be wearing on the day. This allows the bridal consultant to measure you up correctly and get the right length and fit for you.

7. Don’t compromise on quality.

Some brides-to-be try to save money by going online, which exposes them to the risk of counterfeits. Don’t be fooled by the price tag. If it sounds too good to be true, it most probably is. Buy your dress from a well-reputed, well-established company and avoid running the risk of losing all your money on a cheap, poorly manufactured and non-refundable dress.

8. Remember the guests’ view.

Of course, you want to look great from the front, but you should also think about what view the guests will have as you walk ahead of them and they watch you make your vows. Choose a dress that looks elegant from the front and the back.

9. Don’t over-alter your dress.

Perhaps you like a dress but want to make a little alteration here or there. It’s okay to make a small alteration or two, but don’t go overboard. Too many changes will ruin the style of the dress. You won’t be too popular with the dressmaker either.

10. Take your time.

Give yourself plenty of time to find the dress instead of looking for one at the last minute off the rack. Don’t just go for the first one you clamp eyes on, either. Have a good look and try a few on before you make your decision.

Looking for a wedding dress is an adventure. Remember not to get so caught up in the excitement that you splash out over your budget. Stay within your budget to avoid disappointment in other aspects of the day. You’re going to look stunning regardless, so get set for a wonderful day.