The pressures of finding your dream gown can create plenty of stress. Let’s face it, this will be the most expensive item of clothing you will ever own. It will set the tone for the entire wedding, and it will be remembered both in memory and photographs for years to come. Don’t fret just yet though, here are a few tips to keep your cool and help you find the perfect fit:

  • Spend time online researching ideas and designs that appeal to you. After a while, you will start to see some commonalities, which will aid in defining your style and make things easier when you head to the shop.
  • Trust the bridal consultant. Well, at least try to keep an open mind and remember that he or she have guided thousands of women to their dream dress, and should have plenty of knowledge and advice. Check online reviews, and seek recommendations from friends to find a bridal store with a good reputation.
  • Wear heels to your appointment, plus a strapless bra. Pick your silhouette and find a gown that flatters your body type most, whilst keeping with the overall theme of the wedding. Avoid bringing an entourage, and stick to one or two people whose opinions you trust. You may have to try on numerous dresses, but stay positive and wait it out until you find the one. Also, ask the assistant if you can take photographs during your appointment.
  • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. It’s best to start searching sooner rather than later, as gowns can take between 4 and 8 months to be ordered by a boutique. Take into account other expenses when considering your dress budget. Alterations can cost extra, and an allowance needs to be made for shoes, underwear, veils, jewellery, and any other accessories.