Every bride has a dream dress in mind when she begins to decide exactly what she will wear for her wedding. With ideas gathered from childhood imaginings of princesses to perusing wedding magazines, she knows whether it will be short or long, full-skirted or slim. Style, color and ceremonial tradition all play a role in the decision about which wedding dress to buy.

Most modern wedding dresses come in varying shades of white, from pure white to ivory, ecru and eggshell. This tradition started with Queen Victoria in 1840, when she married Albert of Sax-Coburg. Before then, wedding dresses were made in any color except black, which was reserved for mourning. The tone should be chosen to compliment the bride’s skin tone and hair color. White has come to symbolize innocence and purity.

Even though the bride-to-be may have great ideas about what she wants her bridal gown to look like, it make take weeks or months to find the perfect one. She must take into account the theme of the wedding, the time of year and her budget. Those three things narrow down her choices and then she can become choosy about details and decorations.

Formal weddings require floor-length gowns decorated with beads or lace. Brides usually wear a full veil as well. Casual brides may prefer knee or calf length dresses with less decoration, or even a smart bridal suit. While ivory remains a popular color for a formal wedding gown, ice blue, pink and peach tones are becoming more popular as well.

Brides can expect to pay an average of $700 retail for a wedding gown. Designer wedding gowns, such as those offered by Maggie Sottero, Marisa, Pronovias, Mon Cheri, Davinci, Eden Bridals and Miaela can go for premium prices of $2,000 or more. High-priced designers used by celebrities and other famous people can cost much more than that. Be sure to stick with a set budget when it comes to buying the right wedding dress for you. Even cheap gown styles can be beautiful.

Buying a bridal gown is much more fun with your mother, sister or best friend. They know what styles suit you best and will give you honest advice about how you will look from all angles. It may be tempting to bring your entire bridal party with you, plus sisters, aunts and grandmothers, but too many opinions can spoil the process. Everyone has a different idea about what looks best on you and what is appropriate for your wedding gown so they may confuse the issue more.

Be sure the wedding dress is comfortable and doesn’t restrict your movement at all. Getting into and out of a long gown takes time, so leave a few hours free for any shopping expeditions you take while looking for just the right dress. Once you have finally decided on the best gown for you, arrange to have it altered for maximum comfort and fit. This can take months to complete, so the more time given the better. After that, you just have to wait for your special day to come so you can wow your guests and husband-to-be with the most glorious wedding gown ever.


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