As I personally am going through the woes and joys of deciding a wedding dress I have decided to toss in my two cents (has that expression increased form inflation to be 50 bucks?) on the matter. I have been asking all the wedding dress dressers at bridal stores about how they help brides choose and how different brides decide.


“The Feeling”

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Apparently, there is a feeling that you get when your bodice slips into the right dress. This feeling was described to me as being able to feel every other part of the wedding come into the feeling of the dress. You can imagine the flowers and the venue and all of the future from that one visual of you in the perfect dress. You even see your fiance before you, admiring your beauty in this very dress.


The Main Styles to Decide On:

Besides just the feeling there is the fully applicable decision that comes from how beautiful you think you look in the dress. When trying on a dress you need to try one of each style and then narrow down the patterns and intimate details after choosing from these main dress aspects.


Sleeves or Sleeveless

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When you go open on your shoulders the dress will accent your face, arms, and shoulder area. I am a more muscular type and prefer either thick sleeves or long ones. Try a dress with no sleeves, spaghetti straps, a dipping V neck, as well as a thick sleeved dress to automatically narrow down your dress.


Ballgown or Flowing Bottom

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After deciding on the sleeves it is time to decide if you want the dress to twirl and poof on the bottom or if you want the dress to flow with you as you move. Ballgown dresses have a gorgeous drama to them and photograph well while a silky flow can accent your natural beauty. Try on both and walk around the shop to see which moves best for you.

Flowers or Lace

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Now that you have the bones of the dress chosen it is time to look into patterns. Do you want wide flowers, shiny pieces woven into the fabric, or a lace pattern that weaves the dress together?


Photographs Well

The final thing to think of is how well the dress photographs. Have someone take pictures of you in the dress and scroll through them before your final decision.


Once you have decided on all of these factors the dress comes down to that personal taste that has guided you all of your life. Do not put too much pressure on yourself and allow yourself the time to choose the dress that you will love for the years to come.