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The Ultimate Wedding Dress Guide - Before Choosing the Dress!

Before Choosing The Dress

Not to make you nervous, but you are about to purchase the most expensive, stared-at, must-be-perfect piece of clothing you will ever wear. Your dress is the wedding's true centerpiece. 

It's like when you went to your prom and you know you had to outdo your friends (good competition)... remember?! Remember these three things:
(1.) Start shopping as soon as possible, as in 9 to 12 months (or more) before the wedding - it will take the pressure off the process. Place your order according to the time suggested by the manufacturer. (2.) You'll have found it when you look in the mirror and feel absolutely fabulous. (3.)  Consider your accessories carefully - they need to compliment your overall look.

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. 

The 6 Most Popular Wedding Dresses

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Related: Your Perfect Dream Dress, according to your personality

Body Silhouettes  101

Before you choose a wedding dress, first you need to figure out your shape - whether you are round/apple, pear-shaped, full figured, etc.  This will help you to figure out your so that you can make the best selection for your body type.

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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Related: (previous post) Decide How to Shop 

When to start trying on dresses:

10 - 12 months 
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. The picture to the left. 

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