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How Do You Begin Searching for Bridal Gowns?

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Before you start trying on wedding gowns, it helps to consider some factors ahead of time that can help narrow your search.

What style of wedding do you want? The gown that's appropriate for a formal wedding (floor-length, intricate detailing) is very different than one that's right for a beach wedding (floaty fabric, minimal detail). Plan to limit your selections to gowns that are appropriate for your wedding style.

What time of year will you marry? Lighter fabrics, like silk, tulle, organza, or charmeuse, and tea-length skirts are fine for spring, but winter weddings call for heavy fabrics and longer lengths. Consider the season so you can limit your choices to what’s suitable.

What's your price range? Off-the-rack dresses on sale can be had for less than $200, while designer gowns can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Have a range in mind before you start your search.

What’s your personal fashion sense? If you're a laid-back girl who favors a tailored look, you're probably not going to feel comfortable in ruffles and sequins galore. While there's no better place to go fancy than your wedding, keep your regular clothing style in mind so you don't make a major mistake.

What takes your breath away? Once you’ve narrowed your style down, print out pictures of the gowns that catch your breath and fit the criteria you’ve figured out. Bring them along with you to the salons and start trying on dresses.

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