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Wedding Do: Start Dress Shopping

  |   By Nicole Keen

A classic A-line dress by Kenneth Pool.

Once your venue is booked you'll have a better idea what type of party you're throwing. Consider whether your dream dress will work in your dream setting. If you're getting married on a beach, your criteria is going to be significantly different than someone who is renting out a ballroom. Next, decide on a realistic budget before visiting any stores. If you proceed without a set number in your head it will be much easier to fall in love with a gown that is way outside your price range. Another important consideration is what style of gown will flatter your body type. We've made things easier with our guide to dress silhouettes. Check it out here! When your first appointment at the bridal salon rolls around bring some pictures of dresses you like. This will help your sales clerk narrow the field. However, stay open to suggestions—you may end up loving something you never would have expected! Another word to the wise: don't bring an entourage! One or two trusted advisers will be more than enough. Which brings us to our last point, trust your gut! You may get lots of conflicting feedback throughout this process, but ultimately, the deciding factor is how you feel in your dress. You'll know when it's right.

This article was originally published on Jan 14, 2011
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