(Metro Editorial Services) — For most women about to tie the knot, the selection of a dress is one of the first and most important decisions about planning a wedding. Since there are thousands of options in a wide price range, finding the perfect dress can be a long and difficult process. But if you make some decisions before entering the store, the search will be easy and much more enjoyable.
First things first
Start by knowing your limits. To avoid disappointment, determine your maximum budget to invest in a dress, and don’t forget to include additional elements such as lingerie, shoes, jewelry, veil and/or hair ornaments. Then, take inventory of your personal style. If you know you don’t feel comfortable with low-cut or sleeveless dresses, for example, you can immediately eliminate those options. The key is to eliminate some style options before looking at magazines or visiting stores, and then be open to other possibilities.
Firm but flexible
Although you will get tons of opinions—from the mothers, sisters, friends or the store staff—regarding your selection of a wedding dress, ultimately the decision is the bride’s only. A good strategy is to be open to suggestions regarding the dresses you will try on, but to reserve the right to select the one you like the most. With so many potential options, you might consider using a camera to take pictures wearing the dresses that could become “rivals”.
A dress that will flatter your figure
Remember: Your goal is to find a dress that flatters your body and expresses your personal style, not to fit into a particular size. If you find your appearance in a white dress to be ghostly, don’t hesitate to select a creamier color, or a dress with decorative details of different color near the neck, shoulders and face. Also, there is no rule that dictates that a wedding dress should be floor length. If you have in mind a day wedding or an informal wedding, you might consider a cocktail dress (which falls a few inches above the ankles) or even shorter.
Comfort is vital
The style and fit should be the two most important factors when choosing a wedding dress, but comfort should not be ignored. Ask yourself if you will feel comfortable in a particular dress, according to the site where your wedding will take place. For example, if you have always dreamed with an outdoor wedding, you won’t want to use a long-tailed dress that could get tangled when walking to or from the altar. Even if you are planning a party indoors, having a dress and shoes as comfortable as they are beautiful will greatly increase the likelihood of enjoying your special day to the max.