Finding the wedding gown of your dreams may seem like a daunting task at the beginning of the wedding planning process. There are many ways to prepare yourself for wedding dress shopping in advance to make your shopping experience more relaxed so that you can enjoy the search for your dream dress.

There are a few things each bride should consider before going shopping for a wedding gown for the first time. It’s always a good idea to decide on your wedding theme and your venue in advance so you can try on dresses you love that will complement your theme and venue.

Knowing your body type and which silhouettes look great on your body will help you choose a dress that’s flattering and looks gorgeous on you. For example, a pear-shaped woman looks spectacular in an A-line dress that is fitted at her natural waistline and flows away from the body to the floor.

If you have a strict wedding budget, decide how much you’ll spend on your wedding gown in advance. Once you decide on that budget, stick to it so you don’t have to give up other details of your wedding day.

Bring your camera shopping so you can take your time deciding which dress is best for your big day. Take pictures of each gown that you could see yourself wearing on your wedding day so you can go back and look at the photos again in the near future to help with the final decision.

Try on as many dresses as you need to in order to feel comfortable and pleased with your decision. Some women like to try on countless dresses to make sure they really make the right choice. Others may be lucky enough to find their dream dress on their first day of shopping.

Once you’ve found and purchased the wedding gown of your dreams, STOP shopping. Some brides make the mistake of looking at or even trying on wedding gowns after they’ve already bought their dress. This can lead to the dreaded “buyers’ remorse” because you may find another dress you love, or find your dress much cheaper somewhere else. The problem being, once you’ve purchased your dream wedding dress, it can’t be returned!

No matter what your personal style, there’s a perfect dream wedding dress out there for you! It’s just a matter of finding the one that works for you and makes you feel beautiful. When shopping for your wedding gown, remember this is your day and you deserve to look and feel absolutely stunning!