Wedding Dress By Jessica Weltersen Shopping for the perfect wedding dress can be an exhausting and completely confusing experience. There are so many different wedding dress styles and wedding dress shapes; simply looking through one bridal boutique’s selection can already be a dizzying experience on its own. The key to both cost and time-efficient wedding dress shopping is knowing what to look for and where to look. To help you out, we’re providing you with a list of tips that will make your shopping experience a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. Wedding Dress Tips Tip 1: Set a budget and try to stick to it. Unless you have a bank account that could feed an entire country for a year or two, a budget is a must. It’s unavoidable to go over the budget sometimes, but having an idea of how much you’re willing to spend is a great way of stopping yourself from overspending. Tip 2: Shop with someone you trust. It can be your mother, your sister, a close relative or your best friend; whoever you decide to go wedding dress shopping with, make sure you can trust that person to be perfectly honest and supportive at the same time. Having a second, third or even fourth opinion can help you make a better choice when picking out your wedding dress. Tip 3: Find out what wedding dress shape suits you and what you should avoid. Just like wedding dresses, brides too come in different shapes and sizes. What’s perfect for one celebrity bride might not do anything for you. The most important thing you have to know when looking for that perfect wedding gown is knowing what styles and shapes work best for your body type. It’s important to note that there are some universally flattering cuts and styles when it comes to wedding dresses; this includes the all-time favorite, the A-Line wedding dress. The slight flare the skirt helps create the illusion of a perfect hourglass shape regardless of your shape just one simple rule you have to remember when it comes to A-Line shapes: the wider the hips, the wider the skirt base. Another crowd favorite is the ball gown wedding dress. The ball gown has a dramatically full skirt. This is the perfect dress for women who are of medium build or medium height. This dress shape also works well for brides on the tall side. With the ball gown wedding dress, you’re sure to feel like the princess of the ball. For petite women who wish to add some inches to their frame, the empire wedding dress is a perfect way of creating a sleeker and longer silhouette. The focus of the dress is on your upper body, creating a snug fit in the bosom and a loosely flowing skirt that adds to the overall look of elegance the dress conveys. If you have an hourglass figure, then by all means, go for the trumpet or the mermaid wedding dress. You can be sure that this body-hugging sheath will show off all your gorgeous curves without going over the top. The sheath dress is also a great way of hinting at your glorious curves without necessarily exposing every dip and flare. Tip 4: Find a dress that showcases your assets and masks problem areas. This cannot be stressed enough. If you’re feeling self-conscious about your arms, then by all means, go for a long-sleeved gown. If you feel good about your cleavage, then opt to show off some décolletage with a strapless or plunging neckline. Remember, pick the neckline, the skirt style and the hemline that works best with your figure. If you plan on showing off your gams, then choose a wedding dress with a strategically placed slit that flashes your lovely legs as you walk. If it’s an informal event, you can even go for a micromini wedding dress that shows off your perfectly toned thighs. You should feel comfortable and confident when you strut your way down the aisle. The key to feeling confident and comfortable is looking good and loving the choice you’ve made. Tip 5: Choose your dress according to how formal the ceremony will be. You can’t wear a short wedding dress in a formal and traditional wedding. If your wedding is going to be a formal affair, then be sure to pick a dress that is no shorter than floor-length. If it’s ultra-formal, you might even have to consider having a wedding train as part of your attire. If your wedding is set in a conservative setting, or if your priest doesn’t approve of women wearing sleeveless dresses, then investing in wedding over clothes may be the perfect option. Right after the ceremony, you can just easily take off your over-clothes to reveal your sexy and figure-flattering wedding dress. Tip 6: Know where to shop for the perfect wedding gown. There are numerous bridal boutiques and high street stores in every city. Each one of these shops offers a huge selection of wedding dresses. If you have the budget, then going for a designer wedding dress can assure you of your gown’s quality, but if you’re on a tight budget, then you may want to shop for your gown online or retail. Just because a gown is cheap, it doesn’t mean that it’s of bad quality. It just means that an unknown designer or manufacturer mass produced the gowns. A great way to find a fabulous and yet inexpensive dress is by purchasing a secondhand wedding dress. Simply remember to check for damages and sizing to know that you’re getting a good deal. Tip 7: Turn a generic gown into something unique through detailing and accessories! Never underestimate the power of human creativity. You may have purchased a generic-looking $100 wedding dress, but with the right embellishments, decorations and detailing, your dress can look and feel as if it were truly couture. Decorations and embellishments are there to help you completely own your dress. Adding ribbons, bows, beadings, sashes or three-dimensional flowers are great techniques designed to help you add a personal touch to your wedding dress. Accessories, on the other hand, include your choice of wedding shoes, bouquet, jewelry, veil, gloves and even garters. When picking out your accessories, you have to make sure that they match your dress. If you’re wearing a pristine white wedding dress, steer clear from ivory shoes or beige footwear, this will only destroy the uniformity of your attire. Beware of over-accessorizing! If you’re already wearing a heavily detailed dress, you surely won’t need a huge diamond pendant, numerous rings and chandelier earrings to complete your look; in fact, too much jewelry is fashion overkill. If you’re planning a winter wedding, or one that’s set in the Alps, then you’ll do well to remember to buy matching over clothes to keep you warm during the ceremony. Wedding over clothes can range from simple shawls to floor-length fur coats. The key to finding the right wedding over-clothes is knowing what works well with your outfit. Don’t buy over-clothes that completely take the attention away from your lovely wedding dress. Let these helpful tips be your guide to finding the perfect wedding dress. Remember: keep looking until you find the right dress for you. Wedding Dress Styles and Types When choosing a wedding dress, you have many types of wedding dresses to choose from. Choose from the dresses below: Beach Wedding Dress Casual Wedding Dress Princess Wedding Dress Renaissance Wedding Dress Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress Strapless Wedding Dress Vintage Wedding Dress Wedding Gown View our wedding dress gallery Wedding Dress Shops With the Internet age, many brides search online to find their perfect wedding dress. Here are a few online wedding shops that we can suggest to help with your quest to find the perfect wedding dress: Wedding Dress OnlineBridal Online StoreBest Bridal PricesWedding Gowns Online ShopWholesale Wedding Dresses Online Wedding Dress Shows Bridal shows are one of the best ways to see the hottest wedding dresses out there. Click play on a video below to view some magnificent bridal gowns.