How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress


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When it comes to the perfect wedding dress, most brides-to-be know exactly what they want. However, for some of us, choosing the dress that makes us look and feel our most beautiful is a challenge, to say the least. Indeed, with all the choices available, finding the dress that suits your body, tastes and wedding theme can seem like a total nightmare! Thankfully, finding the dress of your dreams doesn’t have to be so difficult. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your choices, keep reading for tips on finding your perfect bridal style.

  1. Consider Your Interests

Your wedding dress should reflect who you are as a woman. So, before you go hunting for the perfect bridal look, consider your interests, hopes, dreams and other factors that make you a one-of-a-kind bride. For example, in your normal wardrobe, do you lean towards chic styles with clean lines, or do you tend to stick to ultra-feminine looks with lots of ruffles, bows and embellishments? Make a list of your favorite styles, and shop accordingly. By choosing a dress that reflects your everyday style and interests, you’ll feel comfortable, confidant and beautiful.

  1. Dress for Your Body

Your wedding dress should enhance your assets and hide your flaws. If you’re proud of your hourglass shape, show off your waistline with a curve-hugging, body-conscious dress; if your cleavage is to die for, rock a plunging neckline; if you’ve put in hours at the gym on your shoulders and arms, stick to a strapless or spaghetti-strapped frock. Likewise, if you want to hide flaws, be sure your dress works for you and not against you.

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  1. Keep an Open Mind

An open mind is essential for finding the perfect bridal look. And, for many women, their perfect dress is absolutely nothing like the one they envisioned. So, when shopping for wedding dresses, mix it up with a few styles and check out online galleries offered by Essense Designs and other companies.

  1. Showcase Your Uniqueness

If your everyday style is a little non-traditional, don’t be afraid to let it reflect in your bridal style. For example, white, flowing dresses may be ideal for some brides, but others like to showcase their individuality by choosing shorter hems, bolder styles and even more colorful looks. While some brides may feel pressured to choose more classic, traditional looks, remember that your wedding day is all about you and your groom, and your dress should make you feel like the most beautiful version of yourself, no matter its color, style or hemline.

  1. Enlist Help

Bridesmaids, the mother of the bride, and even your future mother-in-law can be invaluable assets when it comes to choosing the perfect dress. Be open to feedback, and really listen to their opinions; remember, you asked them along for a reason.

  1. Don’t Forget to Accessorize

When shopping for a wedding dress, remember to consider your accessories. If you find a great dress that maybe needs a little something extra, ask the sales clerk about accessories and embellishments. Sometimes, a sash, a brooch or other bridal accessory is just the thing to take a great dress to the next level.

  1. Trust Your Instincts

While keeping an open mind is crucial, trusting your instincts is just as important. In all likelihood, when you find the perfect dress, you’ll just know.


The perfect dress can help make your wedding one of the most special occasions of your entire life. With the tips provided here, you’re ready to find the dress that makes you look and feel your absolute best. Congratulations on your wedding, and good luck finding that perfect dress!

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Shafonne Myers is a certified wedding and event planner who longed for bridal inspiration that looked like her. She has created a website and magazine that brings bridal inspiration to plus size brides. She does speaking engagements educating the world about plus size brides and self confidence.
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