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How To Choose Your Wedding Gown: The Best Dress For Your Special Day
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Of all of the decisions that the average bride must make, the wedding gown is one of the most important to her. It must fit her sense of style and identity. It must complement her hair and skin coloring. It must fit her body type and most of all it must make her feel like a fairy tale princess on this, her special day.

Finding such an important garment is not like picking out a new tank top or a pair of sneakers and may take weeks, even months to find just the right one. The bride will try on several size, colors, styles before she finds the right one, then must narrow it down by budget. The right look must also come at the right price, after all. (Keep in mind when budgeting for the dress that there will also be shoes and accessories to consider.)

So, how do you go about choosing the right wedding gown? Consider these factors:

1. Go to an upscale bridal shop for advice. Wear the approximate type of undergarment that you think you will wear under your gown and be prepared for tough questions and some harsh assessments. You will be measured. You may not like the size they hand you, (many wedding gowns run a size or two smaller.) and you may not like being pushed and prodded, but they know what they are doing. The consultant can give you a fairly good idea of what kind of dress will look good on your body type and which ones to avoid.

2. No matter where you shop, shop within the gown type and sizes that you were given. Do not buy a size six dress if you are a size ten and think you will diet down into it before the wedding- it rarely works, especially if you are a stress eater.

3. Never trust a tag. Try on every dress, even if they are the same dress style. Each designer and each manufacturer uses different sizing guidelines.

4. Consider going to an outlet store, but be careful to check for dirt, stains, holes, missing buttons or other defects. Seriously consider if the price is worth having to repair these defects and if it is even possible.

5. If you are not too hung up on the idea of a “new” gown, look at thrift stores and consignment shops. You will be shocked at the lovely selection they have and often at prices that would make you nearly dizzy with delight.

6. Finally, remember that the key to a good looking wedding gown is the right undergarments and foundations. If you have not done so in a while, (if ever) have a bra fitting down at the same time or before your gown fitting. It is estimated that nearly 85% of American women are wearing the wrong size bra. So do yourself and your gown a favor and be sized for proper fit.

Do not buy a gown to please anybody but yourself and your partner. It is your day, so make sure that your wedding gown reflects the real you and nobody else.


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