Even if you're the initial sort of new bride, acquiring the gown is such a meaningful choice that you run a risk of falling into that wallet-skinning category referred to as the Two-Dress New bride. Here are some ideas for choosing the best dress and also preventing that horrible fate.
As you begin wedding dress shopping, there are seemingly endless styles: billowy ball gowns, strapless mermaids, long-sleeved illusion dresses, spaghetti-strap sheaths. The list goes on and on. To find inspiration, browse wedding dresses by cut, see what real brides wore, and view the latest looks from Bridal Fashion Week (which happens every April and October). Start trying things on 10 to 12 months before your big day so you can order by the six- to eight-month deadline most salons require. If you don’t have that much lead time, you may still be able to get a made-to-order gown; some can be produced in as few as four weeks. Just be ready to pay for the convenience: It’s usually an additional 10 to 15 percent, not including rush alteration fees.

Buying a secondhand gown will often save you big bucks. Try Once Wed or a consignment boutique that operates like a traditional salon. Our Story Bridal in New York, for example, sells once-worn dresses by top designers at up to 60 percent off retail. It even has a tailor who can help with basic alterations or special additions, like an illusion sleeve, says cofounder Ana Perez.

As you start your search for the perfect wedding dress, first decide on the silhouette. Ballgown wedding dresses, with their dramatic full skirts and waist-cinching bodices, are one of the most popular styles. If you’re looking for something a little sexier, look for a mermaid wedding dress, which hugs your figure and flares out at the mid-thigh. A-line wedding dresses are universally flattering! With the same waist-cinching effect as a ballgown and a flowy, dance-floor-ready skirt, it’s easy to see why brides love this effortless look. Courthouse brides and brides looking for something a little different often reach for short wedding dresses. We especially love tea-length dresses for their elongating effect and nod to vintage wedding dresses.
While the empire dress fits well on most body types, it is especially suited for those brides with a smaller bust since it draws attention to the neckline and creates definition. Added accents and fabric embellishments, such as capped sleeves or delicate bead work, will help to draw attention to your chest and neckline, and therefore create the illusion of a fuller bust.
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By the time you're ready to start wedding dress shopping, you've probably amassed a pretty nice-sized wish list about your dream gown. But how do you find the best wedding dress for your body type? Most bridal shops will only let you book an hour-long appointment. And, while one hour is plenty of time to try on dresses, if you can narrow down your options before stepping foot in the dressing room, you're in for a much more pleasant, laid-back shopping experience.
One of the most fun things to focus on, are the details on your dress. These fabulous accents will usually depend on the theme. If it is a vintage theme, featuring delicate lace detailing and cap sleeves will be great. Unique elements like a colored sash is perfect for a modern theme. For bohemian theme, a dress with ruffle accents and a flowing skirt can give you a signature relaxed feel. A cocktail style is the perfect time to slip into a figure hugging gown with a deep V-neck.
Do not buy too early unless you must. Wedding apparels can take four to 10 months to come from the maker, but there's no factor to acquire over a year beforehand, unless your picked design is going to be stopped. Offer yourself some time to remain on your choice. As soon as you pick a dress, you'll see a hundred others nearly like it. You'll end up being a walking encyclopedia on that design of gown. If you still have area to select, all the much better.
Whether you are shopping at a full-service bridal salon, warehouse, etc., the salesperson should make you aware of the various types of size choices. You should be measured by an experienced bridal seamstress. Does she know the difference between a body measurement and a garment measurement? If the store chooses the size, be certain they write that on the sales receipt. While most gowns need some alterations, if it is clearly too big or too small, the store should take responsibility for alterations if they select the size for you.

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