Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

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Finding the perfect wedding dress can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Brides.com offers tips to find the style that works for you.

Find your wedding day style on brides.com with expert advice from the editors of BRIDES. Since the bridal gown is one of the first wedding details to be selected, brides.com presents gown shopping advice for all the new brides-to-be. “There is definitely a new design out there for every woman,” encourages Bratten. “Whatever her personal style, her figure type, or her budget—she will be able to find her perfect wedding gown.”

Brides.com offers the following tips to find the styles that best flatter different figure types as well as some advice to keep you sane:

First, make sure you're an educated consumer. Visit websites that display collections of wedding dresses such as the brides.com Dressfinder.

Start looking for your wedding dress at least nine months before the big day. The dress will affect other choices, such as bridesmaid dresses, flowers and the headpiece.

Set a budget and stick to it!

Schedule an appointment with the bridal Salon and make the first appointment early in the day.

Bring a few select members of the bridal party.

Wear appropriate undergarments.

Bring shoes with a heel similar to your planned wedding day.

Make sure you understand the salon's policies regarding alterations, exchanges and special orders, too. Remember, the receipt is a contract - once you sign it, you're committed.

Lastly, when you find the right dress, you'll know: You'll grin like the day he

proposed.

Visit brides.com for the latest and best trends in wedding gown fashions, showcasing thousands of styles for every budget.

Brides.com is a leading online resource for wedding planning. The site offers expert advice about everything from wedding dresses and cakes to jewelry and etiquette. BRIDES magazine is the leading Bridal publication in America, published by the Fairchild Bridal Group.

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Beth Goode