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Find Your Perfect Wedding Dress

Face it, your wedding dress is almost as important as the wedding itself. After you've tied the knot, your dress will live on not only in your closet, but also in the dozens and dozens of pictures your wedding photographer will take on your big day. You'll want to look your absolute best. Consider the following tips when choosing your perfect wedding gown:

Location, Location, Location

After you've nailed down a venue for your wedding, planning for your dress should commence soon after. The location and ambiance should be an important factor in deciding the style of wedding dress you choose. If you're planning to tie the knot on one of California's many beaches, a less-formal dress would be more appropriate (and comfortable) than a multi-layered gown typically worn at indoor ceremonies.

Pace Yourself

Finding the perfect wedding dress will take some time, so don't rush the process. Many dress retailers have strict return policies, if they allow returns at all, so you'll need to be absolutely certain the gown you buy is "the one." In the months leading up to your date, set aside a day each week to try on a wedding dress or two. If you try them on all at once, you'll be overwhelmed and won't have time to make the right decision. Don't go alone when you're dress hunting, but also don't bring a gaggle of friends to help you decide. If possible, bring your mother or a close friend who will give you her honest opinion, while leaving the ultimate decision to you.

The Right Style

Do you prefer a traditional gown that can be passed down as an heirloom piece, or a super-trendy gown that's made just for you? A slinky sheath or a princess-style ball gown? Some may choose a couture wedding dress, while others prefer to do a vintage gown. With the myriad of styles, fabrics and colors to choose from, it can be overwhelming, but you should choose the wedding dress that best suits your personal style and comfort level. Remember, it's your big day and no one else's, so choose the dress that makes you feel best.

Get a Good Fit

When you're trying on gowns, be sure to wear the undergarments and shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day to ensure an exact fit. Most wedding dress manufacturers have their own size charts, so what may be a size 4 from one designer is actually size 6 in another. Once you've ordered and received your dress, you may need alterations. You should keep adjustments to a minimum, bearing in mind that while it may be easy to take in a dress, it's nearly impossible to let one out.

Keep these pointers in mind, and let your wedding dress be a perfect expression of you on your wedding day!