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A stunning bride is every bride who is happy and smiling on her wedding day. But each bride has a different opinion about how she wants to look like on her big day, and that look is usually planned out to the smallest of details months – if not even years – before the actual wedding. On the day of her wedding, every girl is put together from head to toe like never before, and the wedding dress makes a huge part of that look. It is the centerpiece of every wedding, and one of the most important pieces of clothing in any woman’s life. So, how to pick the perfect one?

Try everything
A lot of brides have a pretty clear idea of what they want to see themselves in. They go to appointments armed with magazine clip-outs, screenshots and drawings, ready to explain what their dream dress looks like. And while it’s great to have an idea of what you want to look like, you don’t want to cling to that, without even considering anything else. When you actually try on what you thought was your dream dress, you might notice that it’s actually not as perfect as it looked on a model. Don’t be exclusive and don’t reject suggestions offered by stylists, because it is literally their job to find you a perfect dress. If they think you will look great in a certain dress – you probably will. That being said, make sure that the one you opt for is the one you want, and not just the one that is popular, or that is currently available in your size.

Think about your body shape
As we said, something that looks good on a model might not look as good on your body. Think about your body shape and what you want to achieve with your dress. Think of the type of dresses you usually wear. Are they skater style? If yes, an A-style gown will probably look great on you. Are they bodycon? Then you should check out mermaid dresses. Tell your stylists what you are looking for and see if they can find it for you. However, keep in mind that stores rarely have plus-size dresses, so if you are looking for something in the plus range, you should check out wedding dresses online to find the perfect one. When thinking about the shape of the dress, make sure you take into consideration all the accessories, like belts that can accentuate your waist, jackets that can give structure to your upper half and veils that might cover an open back.

Stay within your budget
All too often brides fall in love with dresses that are simply far too expensive for them. And yes, you can always chip off your budget here and there and collect the few extra hundred dollars, but are you sure you want to sacrifice other things for the sake of the dress you’re only going to wear once? Yes, the dress is important, but it’s not the most important thing. So, set a clear budget before you even start browsing the dresses, and ask your stylist to stick to that price range. If you are looking for the dress online, turn on a price filter and don’t look at anything above your price range.

Consider the theme
If you are organizing a themed wedding, you need to keep your theme in mind when choosing a dress. Are you having a fairy-tale or medieval-like wedding? If yes, a princess ball gown can be the perfect fit, or perhaps a beautiful flowy dress with an empire waist. However, if your theme is vintage, then you might want to take a look at tea-length dresses that will give you that Audrey Hepburn look. Also, consider the venue. For example, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, a long train is probably not the best choice, just like a strapless, sweetheart neckline dress is not the perfect choice for a traditional, church wedding. And finally, there is no rule that says that your dress needs to be purely white. Go off-white, ivory or just go all out and have a stunning lilac dress or a red tulle underskirt – it’s your wedding, you make the rules!

No matter the style you choose to go with in the end, keep in mind that your dress needs to be comfortable and make sure that you love the way you look – that is all that matters if you want to be a happy bride.

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