Gowns, gowns gowns...they are everywhere. So many and so beautiful.
But will every one look great on you?
The answer is a definite "NO WAY!" Unless you are a model, you will need to determine what looks the best. Most likely you already have an idea of what would be your ideal wedding gown. That image is burning in your head. You have looked through bridal magazines, pulled out the pages and then your search begins.
I suggest starting out at a small bridal shop where you determine the right style for your shape. In a small shop, you don't get as overwhelmed by the selections. Since most bridal shops work by appointment and usually give you an hour or an hour and a half, time does fly by and you want to make the best out of your appointment.
The style considerations for your gown are: silhouette, material, weight, "bling," waistline, shape and on it goes. Do you want a neckline which is strapeless, sweetheart, square, scoop, v-neck, high neck, halter...just to name a few? For the silhouette there are A-line, tea length, ball gown, mermaid styles for starters. Then you move onto the waistline and straps and sleeves.
Gowns are coming into the stores in white, off white, ivory and even blush. No longer is the white wedding gown the only way to go.
Lastly, the train. The lengths vary and are referred to as sweeping, chapel, cathedral and so on.
If you put all these pieces of the puzzle together, you can surely limit your choices.
And since you have already figured in your price point from RULE #1, you won't have to try on hundreds of dresses.
Don't forget you still have the train to choose!