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Definitely try everything on! I had it set in my mind what I wanted and I ended up with something different. All the places I went to had great sales ladies who pulled things I never would've picked out but once I put them on I could see how they showed off my figure. It was really fun!


I went shopping alone to some stores, with my best friend to others, and then my mom to other ones. In the end I took my mom and best friend to see the final dress choices separately and they both picked the same dress! That made me feel good that both my mom and friend could agree, especially when they have such opposite tastes.


Personally (& speaking from experience), if your budget doesn't allow for the real high-end designers I would avoid those stores. You don't want to risk falling in love with something and then never be able to find another dress that you love that is in your price range. I started looking at dresses that were at the top of my price range and fell in love but I couldn't stop feeling guilty about spending so much on the dress. In the end I found a maggie sottero dress that I loved that was way under my budget price! It was hard to get the more expensive dresses out of my mind though.

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use the phrase "I like it a lot, but I don't know if it's THE ONE. I'm going to have to sleep on it."
great advice


Definitely try everything on! I had it set in my mind what I wanted and I ended up with something different.

To further the great advice above - the sales people fit dresses for a living, even if you think you'll hate a dress, put it on - in my experience the ladies were great in the bridal salons.

Other tips:

1. Do your hair - feel like a bride, do yourself up in a quick updo, it makes putting on fancy dresses that much better, and give you a better sense of how you'll look on the big day.

2. Wear full bottom underpants (pref in nude) the ladies at these salons get right in the changeroom with you, be prepared.

3. Wear a strapless bra, and/or be ready to take off you bra and just try them on, this is not a time to be shy... you are a woman on a mission!

4. If you already have shoes bring them with you (I happened to find my shoes before my dress)

5. Don't bring a harem of women with you, bring your mom and a girlfriend or two... too many opinions is not always a great thing.

Have a blast!!!! This is part of the whole wedding experience... and take pics when you can!!

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