Many brides have dreamed of their wedding dresses since they were little girls. But when it comes time to make the fashion purchase of your life, there is a lot to consider. So here are the top ten things you should consider before saying yes to the dress.
There are wedding dresses to suit every body shape, including curvy, petite and tall. Know your body type so you can shop for styles that look great. For example, A-line and empire styles look wonderful on most body types, while mermaid-style dresses are best for brides with hourglass figures.
If you can decide on your wedding theme and venue before gown shopping, it will be easier to find the right dress. You probably wouldn't choose the same dress for a formal church wedding as you would for a summery beach wedding.
Sadly not many of us have a Kardashian-sized budget when it comes to the wedding dress. Try to have a figure in mind for your ideal cost and maximum cost. That will stop you from being tempted to buy the most expensive gown in the store.
Weather is a factor that needs to be considered, especially if you are getting married in winter.
You might think you are going to buy a white wedding dress, but they come in many shades, including ivory, cream, off-white and champagne. Gold and peach undertones can be subtly beautiful, or you might want to be untraditional and go for a color like blue, green, or lilac.
There are so many fabrics to choose from and most wedding dresses have more than one type of fabric, with lace, satin, silk and organza being popular ones. Some are lightweight, some wrinkle easily, some are expensive to dry-clean and some flow beautifully.
On the wedding day, all eyes are on you with many duties to perform. So being comfortable is important. If your dress feels too tight or uncomfortable, it is a long time to smile and pretend you are okay.
Fitted dresses can look gorgeous, but if you are planning on dancing the night away, you might like something that is easier to move in. Or you could go for two dresses if you truly are in love with that form-fitting gown adorned with sequins and beads.
It is worth considering any expectations your partner or parents might have when it comes to how conservative, traditional or formal the wedding dress is. Be open and have some discussions if you want to have their input.
You can't know how you will feel until you try on a dress. You want a dress that makes you feel beautiful, elegant, sexy and graceful. How your dress makes you feel is one of the most important factors of them all.
Good luck shopping for your wedding dress and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience.