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Wedding Dress Shopping

wedding dressesShopping for and purchasing a wedding dress is one of the most involved parts of wedding planning. The process can be exciting or harrowing, depending on how you approach it. Here are some tips to make your gown-buying experience fabulous:
– Be aware of fashion trends, but decide what features *you* like. Initially, try on several styles and settle on your preferred style, neckline, train length, waist line, detailing, and any other features you find important. Also, be aware that a wedding gown — like any piece of clothing — may have a different look from in front of a mirror than from across the room. Have someone take pictures of your favorite styles, then scrutinize them later. You may be surprised that the style you fell in love with doesn’t look so special in a photo. Or, a dress you weren’t sure about emphasizes your best features.
– Whether you are buying through a bridal shop or online, order the gown well in advance of your wedding — at least five to six months before the big day. This allows time to receive your dress and have alterations completed.
– For a perfect fit, plan on alterations. Ask around to find local seamstresses that specialize in wedding dress alterations. If you buy your dress through a local shop, they can likely help with scheduling fittings or finding someone to do alterations. Schedule at least two — maybe three — fittings. When it comes to fit, don’t settle for less than you really want. You will be wearing the gown for several hours and be immortalized in photos.

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