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Finding your dress is easily one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding! It's the part you daydream about as a little girl, the part you guiltily watch on TV shows while nibbling on Girl Scout cookies. But when the dreams turn into a real-life wedding dress search, there are a lot of aspects to consider! That's why we’re here to help! Today we’re reviewing the major components to consider when picking out your wedding gown.

This one might seem like a no brainer, but many brides have a hard time staying in their budget because they dive into the excitement of dress shopping before they get real about what they are able to spend. Determine how much you want to spend BEFORE you go to look at dresses and tell the salesperson immediately -- before trying anything on! Falling in a love with a dress you can’t afford is the ultimate heartbreak!

Dress Code
You’re the bride and you make the rules -- be sure to adhere to them, yourself! It's important to follow the dress code of your wedding; the last thing you want is to look out of place on your own big day! Planning your dress around the venue is an ideal. If you’re having a destination beach wedding, a ball gown & stilettos might look a little inappropriate. And if you're having a formal white tie affair, a breezy boho dress would be a bit of a mismatch. Choose a style of gown that suits your particular wedding.
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Great Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, MA. Beach wedding photography with pink and white bouquet.
Body Shape
Your body shape is a major factor in choosing the right dress. There are plenty of style guides online that explain which styles look best on different body types, so it might be helpful to check those out before you venture into your bridal appointments (HINT -- click here to receive our tips for finding the styles that suit you best). But what YOU love on yourself will always trump others' opinions! Try to do some research to find which styles and designers you like for your body type before booking an appointment. You don’t want to waste any time at stores that don’t carry what you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to call ahead and request certain gowns!

Hidden Costs
Many brides tend to forget the hidden costs involved with wedding dress shopping. Your wedding day ensemble doesn’t end at the white dress! Your shoes and veil will probably tack on a few hundred dollars -- yes, a piece of tulle CAN cost $400! You should also consider the costs of accessories -- from undergarments to jewelry. The last hidden cost would be alterations. There’s no way around this expense; alterations are a necessity if you want your dress to fit correctly! These extra costs could have an impact on which dresses fit into your budget, so be sure to keep them in mind!
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Fit and flare wedding dress and long veil. Wedding photographer capturing bride with her bridesmaids
In the excitement of trying on dresses, many brides forget they will have to walk, sit, and dance in their wedding dresses (shocking, right?!). The style and appearance of your dress are obviously important, but being able to move is also pretty crucial! So make sure you practice sitting and moving while you’re trying on dresses!
Gorgeous delicate wedding dress with beading and pearl details
Gorgeous delicate wedding dress with beading and pearl details. Wedding dress photography.
Bride and groom at wedding reception first dance. Black and white photography.
We've heard so many bride say that finding their dress was the moment that their wedding began to feel real to them … the moment they felt like a true bride. We hope that this post helps as you begin your search for the dress that's right for you -- the one that makes you feel beautiful and confident on your wedding day!
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Make sure your gown is perfect for you AND for your wedding!
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