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Once the first day's shopping is planned, the Bride should put some time aside to read all of the various Weddingsday articles that explain the different components of a Wedding dress (they can be found under the It’s All About the Dress article). Once this has been done, along with her shopping companion, the Bride should then spend a few hours scouring magazines and the internet for different styles of dresses. The idea is to see which ones appeal and which ones don’t, and to create a shortlist of things to look at - fans of scrap-booking could find that this hobby comes in useful at this stage!


The first visit to a dress shop should consist of trying on as many different dress profiles as possible (check out the Profiles article if you want to know more about them) - it should only take a matter of moments for the Bride to determine which profiles suit and which ones don't. That said, if it is a struggle, the Bride should try on a couple of dresses in each profile to try and make the decision. If after trying on multiple gowns in different profiles, a decision still can't be made, then it is time to be objective - out of the choices:

  • Which profile screams ‘Bride’ the most?
  • What profile is most practical for the Wedding
  • Which profile best sums up how you visualise yourself on the day?
  • What does the shopping pal and/or the shop assistant(s) think?

Bear in mind that if a decision is made to plump for one profile, but all day is spent thinking about another, then the answer should be pretty clear.


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