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How to plan for a wedding dress shopping

Think about your day, and what kind of wedding dress is most appropriate – a beach wedding vs. formal ballroom reception, winter vs. summer, outdoor ceremony vs. restaurant dinner … Different styles of wedding mean different styles of dress.

Think about your body shape and personal style – consider all your choices, the style and shape of the wedding dress, necklines, length, waistlines, trains, sleeves and so on…

Do some couch-side research – spend a few days/weeks looking at magazines and wedding blogs before venturing to the shops. Clip the styles you like, create a scrapbook and a clear picture will start to emerge.

Be realistic – you may trim and buff up for the wedding day, but you’re not going to grow 6 inches or lose 2 stone (well it’s unlikely) – think about what suits you, not what looks fab on someone else.

Set a budget – Agree an amount with your husband-to-be and stick to it. (Also remember to budget for shoes, accessories, bridesmaids etc).