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Tips For Picking Out A Wedding Dress

Updated on February 17, 2009

The Dress of Your Dreams

It's the day you've been dreaming about since you were a little girl, perhaps you even consider it the most important of your life. Yor wedding day. Family, flowers, food, all of these are wonderful parts of your wedding day. But the most exciting part for any girl (besides marrying your Prince Charming) is picking out the wedding dress of your dreams. But there is so much to consider, and sometimes it seems you'll go completely bonkers before you can ever decide on just one dress! Take a deep breath, drink some tea, and let me guide you through some tips that will hopefully lead you to the perfect wedding dress.

Match the Dress to the Occasion

Now this might sound silly, I mean it's a wedding, right? Well, yes and no. Each wedding sets its own tone and has its own theme. Perhaps you are having sunset wedding right on the surf. Or maybe you are having a good old fashion country hoe-down with ribs and beer. Or perhaps you are having a classic cathedral and sit down dinner wedding. Whichever occasion suits your mood you are going to want a dress that matches both in form and function.

if you are having a beach wedding a slip dress with a knee length hem is simply perfect. For a country wedding the overiding factor is function. Does the dress keep you cool enough? Does it drag on the ground (possibly getting dirty)? How will it look with BBQ sauce on it? These questions are quite legitimate; I know one bride whose tulle dress hem will always be brown, even after cleaning. For a classic church wedding the full skirted dress is a classic. Feel free to play things up a little though, and stick to the features you like most in a dress.

Pick a Cut That Flatters You

Not every woman looks like the models in the bridal magazines (thank goodness) so we have to take our figures into account when we choose our dresses. One of the most popular cuts today is the strapless dress, often with a full, A-line skirt. While this cut can look quite classic, trust my personal experience when I warn that busty gals should avoid this cut. That's because the top can push you up, or cut into your chest, making the dreaded armpit rolls appear. Under no circumstances does this mean you are fat! It simply means that you've got some nice curves, which, trust me, your future husband will love.

If you are busty one of the best cuts is a halter. The halter will support your girls and draw attention up your lovely neck. I also find halter top dresses very visually stimulating, as they often have beading or embroidery on the strap. Spaghetti strap dresses will also provide some of this neccessary support as well, and many dresses that are shown as strapless actually come with removable straps! Make sure and check this out when you go the the bridal boutique to hunt for your dress.

Thigh and behind issues can also cause anxiety, but don't worry, you've got it under control! Many of the most popular dresses today have full, A-line skirts which hide any extra "junk" in the trunk. These gowns look elegant and classical, and can range from full on princess tulle attack, to a more subtle and conservative flair.

Finally we come to the dreaded tummy troubles, which seem insurmountable, but really aren't. One of my favorite styles is the corset dress, which laces up the back just like the old fashioned under garment. Just like the corsets of old these also help push the tummy in, and the bust out. And they are also adjustable, so if you have a glass of wine before the wedding you'll still fit into your dress. Interesting visual details on the bodice of the dress can also help. My dress had chiffon that was ruched diagonally, and this really helped to create a waist where in truth I am very rectangular.

At the end of the day you want to pick the dress that you not only love, but that loves you back by making you look like a million bucks.

Shop Around

Do yourself a favor and don't buy a dress the first time you go out. Try on a million dresses, and then sleep on it. Go back, with another woman (I took my mother), and try on that special one to see if you still feel the same. Most employees at bridal shops work on commission, so they can border on car salesman-ish at times. Visit more than one shop and try on dresses wherever you go. This is a special dress that you will only wear one time, so it's a very big decision that you cannot let anyone pressure you into.


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great tips and advice. All too often you will see a wedding dress that is either too formal or not formal enough for that particular wedding.

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      Sell Wedding Dress 8 years ago

      I would also recommend that if you know the name and designer of the dress you want to check online and see if you can buy it a wedding dress classified site for a fraction of the price.

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      cheap wedding gown 8 years ago

      nice design! I love all wedding gowns and hope I can have my own wedding shop one day!