1. Get Inspired
Read magazines, go online, to find the styles that you love and think will best suit your personality.
2. Go Shopping
Bring a good friend or family member. It is not a good idea to bring the entourage. That will can make things confusing and unpleasant. Be open minded. If you are at a reputable dress salon, they often know what type of dress will look great on you.
3. Order Your Dress
Stay away from buying online. You may think you are saving money, but when it comes to alterations, or any problems you want someone locally to go to. We have heard so many horror stories, we highly recommend you buy locally.
Your veil, shoes, jewelry, maybe a belt, all put together the look. Try on different veils to find just the right look.
Be sure to wear the proper undergarments to your fittings. Also bring the shoes you will be wearing that day. These details will ensure a proper fit. You want to look your best so be prepared!
6. What's old, what's new?
Have you decided to stick with tradition and incorporate it into your gown? Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.
Kim Frazer, Owner of The Perfect Settings in Sarasota has been a wedding and event designer for more years than she wants to admit. Kim brings her "Mary Poppins" bag to every wedding she plans. The bag, as the name implies, has everything in it. If Kim isn't planning your wedding, think about your own bag. Include, needle and thread, safety pins (incase your bustle doesn't bustle,) peroxide, band-aids, TUMS, breath mints, scissors, body tape, hair spray, deodorant, bobby pins and if you are a bridezilla, prosaic.