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Friday 29th May 2015  GMT

10 Ways to Make Sure You’ll Buy the Perfect Wedding Dress 

Since childhood many brides have dreamt about that perfect wedding gown. For some it is a long, flowing designer gown, and others want a strapless number perfect for the beach. No matter what gown you dream about, there are still some ways to make sure you pick the right dress for your perfect wedding day.

Start Your Search Early

The earlier you start your search for your ideal wedding gown, the better off you will be. It is usual for the organised bride to start their search 9 to 12 months before the wedding. This time frame allows you to look at a variety of dresses so you can find the perfect wedding dress. It also provides ample time for alterations or special orders.

Get Pictures and Think

If you already have an idea of your wedding dress in your mind, it may not be the easiest way to get exactly what you want immediately. It is better if you have pictures from magazines or advertisements to do purchase a range of bridal magazines or research on the web. Professional wedding photographers have many examples of their work on display and are a great source of inspiration. If you are having a dress custom made, try to get a sketch of the dress so that the dressmaker knows your vision.

Even after you go and pick out the dress, you may want to take pictures of the dress so that you can find accessories for the wedding and reception. Maybe you have not picked out bridesmaids dresses and you want to find the right style to complement your dress or you want to know if a bouquet style will work with the dress. Having a photograph of your specific dress will help you out immensely at this stage.

Consider Your Shape

Yes, you may want that pretty mermaid dress you saw on the model in the wedding magazine, but the style may make you look “hippy.” Even though you may like a dress, you need to make sure it fits you perfectly. Bring the most honest person you know with you for trying on gowns so you can get a real opinion of what looks good and do not allow the sales assistant to #sell’ you the dress. It is well worth knowing that ‘white’ when photographed can give the illusion of adding bulk so consider carefully dress colours – it is quite the norm to choose alterative coloured wedding dress to white, so consider being different.

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Wedding Trivia: The groom's flower, worn on his lapel, usually matches one of the flowers in his bride's bouquet. This tradition goes back to medieval times when knights wore the colors of their lady in tournaments.

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