Choosing a wedding dress can be an overwhelming task. Think about it; it’s one of the most important days of your life, everyone you love and care about is going to be looking at you, and you’re going to be saving pictures from this day in beautiful, acid-free paper, how could the thought of choosing what to wear on this important day not be stressful?

Alright now, let’s take deep breath; everything is going to be just fine. All you need to do is keep these things in mind when shopping for your wedding gown:

1.) Know what you like. Even if you don’t know the actual terminology of wedding dresses, or if you haven’t the slightest clue what silhouette you’re going for, being able to describe how you want to look (and feel) on your wedding day is important. Maybe you want to look regal, elegant and sophisticated, or maybe your personality is more cute, quirky and fun. And if you’re not great with words, bring a few pictures of wedding dresses you like from catalogs or magazines. Even if you don’t want the exact dress, it’ll give the consultant an idea of what you’re looking for.

2.) Know the date and venue of your wedding. Knowing when and where you’re getting married is huge in the process of choosing your dress. Will you be getting married in June on a beach in southern France, or will you be getting married in December in your local church. A heavy, royal gown might not mesh with your laid-back beach wedding vibe, and a light, airy dress with exposed shoulders might not be appropriate for your conservative church. Knowing the place and setting will help narrow down the options.


3.). Have a definite budget. As every person who has ever gotten married will undoubtedly tell you, a wedding budget can quickly go out the window if you’re not careful. Plus, if you don’t have a budget, you could end up trying on something you can’t afford, falling in love with it, and then never being able to find anything within your price-range that measures up. Decide on a budget before you enter the store; a number you’d like to stay around and a number you can’t go above no matter what.

4.). Wear the right undergarments. These include nude bra and panties and whatever Spanx or corset you might be considering wearing on your wedding day. It takes a lot of focus to choose a dress, and exposed bra straps and a bright pink thong could definitely be distracting…especially to those you brought along in your entourage.

5.) Trust your consultant. The store consultant has one job: to find you a wedding dress that you will absolutely love. What’s more though, the consultant has done this more than once. They’re going to know what kind of silhouette looks good on your body shape and what style of dress you’re looking for when you’re having trouble describing it. If she comes back with something that doesn’t quite look like something you would choose, try it on, you might surprise yourself.