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The Ultimate Wedding Dress Guide - Before Choosing the Dress!

Wedding Dress 101 - Before Choosing the Dress

Brides, it's finally here, the moment you have been waiting for... Your Wedding Day! Your dress helps tell your wedding story and it will be the biggest fashion statement you will make. 

It's like when you went to your prom and you know you had to outdo your friends (good competition)... remember?! There are so many styles to choose from - strapless mermaids, spaghetti-straps sheaths, long-sleeved illusion dresses, bateau necklines, billowy ball gowns, etc. The list goes on and on. Follow these steps to find 'the one'... have fun along the way. 

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Wedding Silhouettes  

Before you choose a wedding dress, first you need to figure out your shape - whether you are round/apple, pear-shaped, full figured, etc. 

For example, a bride with full-hips or neat hourglass (the first figure), you should consider an A-line, ball gown, flared skirt, or cinched waist styles are very flattering to this body type. 

A broader neckline, such as off the shoulder, Portrait, Bateau or Sabrina can help balance your overall silhouette nicely. Use this chart to see where you fit.

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When to start trying on dresses:

Start trying things on 10 to 12 months before the big day so you can order by sixth to the eight-month deadline which most salons require (See our wedding checklist). 

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: Usually, it's an additional 10 to 15 percent, not including rush alteration fees

Found this helpful? Learn the different necklines on a wedding dress here:
All the Wedding Dress Neckline you Need to Know
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Bateau - Also know as a boat-neck, has a wider opening at the neck. Picture to the left. 

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