Choosing the Perfect Dress…


Before you begin to shop, you may want to get ideas about the style you like by going through some bridal fashion magazines. Attend bridal fashion shows.

Decide first what price range will fit your budget. Second, decide whether you will have a formal, semi-formal, or informal wedding.

Most bridal stores recommend that you order your dress six months before your wedding. When you shop for your dress, choose one trusted person who knows your style to take with you. The more people you bring along, the more opinions you’ll have to sift through. Your trusted person should care enough about you to tell the absolute truth about how a dress looks on you.

Sometimes the custom-made dress is an answer to a prayer. Locate a reputable bridal seamstress or high-quality fabric store; both are available through this Guide.


You will be measured and the dress you choose will be ordered nearest to your size. Be sure to bring the shoes and undergarments you’ll wear on your wedding day.

A bride goes through at least two fittings, an early one and another a few days before the wedding. Don’t be offended by the “size” your fitter ends up assigning you. Since wedding gowns have very narrow seams, there is no room to let it out to a larger size. Therefore the fitter will order the gown that fits your largest measurement best. During your fittings, the gown will be altered to fit your smaller measurements.