From knowing how to pick a wedding venue and carrying a wedding venue checklist to picking out the dress, planning a wedding can be a very challenging experience that can make your head spin. To help you be sure that you get the wedding dress that you have always dreamed of, we have compiled another of our famous checklists: What to look for, what to consider, and how to make sure that you get what you want.

If there is anything that you should never leave for the last minute, it would be the wedding dress. The gown is the star of the show (apart from the bride herself, of course) and it should be chosen with the utmost care and planning. All kinds of things can happen with wedding dress shopping, so make sure that you get an early start on it. There’s nothing wrong with the dress being the first thing you spend “wedding” money on.

Speaking of money, you want to make sure that you set aside a budget that is for the dress itself. Make sure that you allow yourself enough to go above what you would typically think you would spend on a dress, because the dress you love may be a bit more than you originally bargained for. Remember that apart from knowing how to pick a wedding venue, picking your wedding dress is top on your list of wedding priorities.

It happens. Sometimes we may envision the perfect dress, but when it comes down to it, we’re stumped on what we really want. A great way to find good ideas is to browse wedding magazines to find different wedding dress styles. There will undoubtedly be one that appeals to you.

Another way to look at wedding dress ideas is to browse on Pinterest. Pinterest has great ideas for styles and you will be sure to find wedding dress styles that you may have never even thought of before.

From Allure Bridals to Bridal Gallery, there are several bridal shops spread throughout the U.S. In your area, you may find some incredible bridal boutiques with top quality dresses that are both stylish and unique. Before setting out to shop, research the best shops in your area with the best reviews. If other brides have been pleased with the shop, chances are, you will be too.

Before you set out to shop, determine what is absolutely necessary in your wedding dress. Do you want a long trail? Then that is exactly what you should get. Do you want it to have a corset style on the top or would you prefer long Victorian sleeves? Make a wish-list of what it must-have and another list of what you would like, but that you can live without.

Some brides hurry to find the cliché wedding dress, but some of the most beautiful brides are the ones who know what their style is and they own it. If you have a very unique style, go ahead and let it out in your wedding dress. No one should judge you and chances are that you will look incredibly beautiful and incredibly you.

The top wedding dress designers are daring and make some gorgeous dresses. Some ideas for you to check out could be Marchesa or Isabelle Armstrong, as well as Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier. While designer brands may be a bit pricier, when it comes to their beauty, they are worth every penny.

Every bride knows who will tell her the truth. We all have those friends who don’t hold back with what they think. If you have close friends and family members that you want by your side to choose the wedding dress that will look amazing on you, invite them along. You want to be confident in your choice.

You may have found the perfect dress, but what you don’t know is that the shop where it’s at likes to make an extra buck on things such as the fitting service or accessories that HAVE to go with the dress. Before setting your mind on a dress, make sure to find out what the overall cost will be.

Rarely ever will you be able to walk into a store and pick out a dress and try it on at the same moment. To make sure that you can spend as much time as possible browsing dresses, make appointments with the bridal shops that you have chosen to visit. It will save you time and hassle.

While it may seem comfortable to go out in flats or sandals, you want to at least put your heels in your bag. If you can and already have them, bring the heels you will be using for the wedding, so that you can be sure you get the perfect fit and cut that will combine effortlessly.

It’s going to be a beautiful day, but it will also be a long day. As beautiful as some dresses can be, they can also be extremely uncomfortable. The good news is that top designers have been designing some incredibly gorgeous dresses yet with more functionality. That means you can have that fairytale wedding dress yet be able to do the Macarena in it, if you want to.

Are you getting married in New York in early February and you picked out a wedding dress that will show your bare shoulders? That’s an example of how you should take weather into account when choosing your dress. There are plenty of accessories such as light coats or faux fur that you can add to complete the look and also stay warm while you are at it. If it’s going to be warm, try to avoid dresses with thick slips or layers.

While it may seem like you should try on as many dresses as possible, it will be very hard to make a decision and may even make you choose one in a hurry just because you want to get it over with. Take your time on the styles you like and pick the one that’s perfect.

While spending money on the most gorgeous dress imaginable, you don’t want to think there could be an alternative, but things happen. To ensure that you don’t get stuck without a wedding dress for your wedding, make sure that you have an affordable alternative that you also like—just in case.

We don’t want anything to happen to your dress on your wedding day, but to be sure that you can fix anything should the need arise, bring a kit that has everything that you could possibly need for the big day.

Last but not least, don’t stress so much about it. Shopping for your dress should be an exciting experience and if you have a good idea of what you want, it should be easy. Bring along your wedding venue checklist and wedding dress list and have fun! Take your time and enjoy looking for the dress that will make you look amazing on the day that you say ‘I do.’

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