Walking down the aisle looking like a fairy princess is a dream every girl dreams from her childhood days. To make that dream come true in your life, you got to pay attention to, among other things, the kind of dress you wear.
Choosing a wedding dress can be a tricky business, so you got to start a long way before time if you want to avoid giving yourself nervous jitters as the big day approaches. Special orders at a reputable tailor's can take anywhere between four to six months. Plus you got to allow some time for additions and alterations. So it's a good idea to start about seven or eight months prior to the occasion.
It often happens that you can't quite communicate your preference. A particular cut or shape or frill took your fancy, but for the life of yourself, you can't bring it exactly to mind. So whenever you look at a photograph or an advertisement that you like, preserve a sample for later reference.
The style of the dress will depend very much on the kind of occasion. For lavish and formal gatherings, nothing less than a floor-length dress, along with gloves, train and veil will do. Ivory, cream, peach, white or champagne are good colors for this type of thing. Smaller, semi-formal occasions will admit softer pastel colors, a shorter length, smaller veil and no gloves or train. Second or subsequent weddings are normally low-profile affairs, and sometimes the bride will prefer a short dress or even a two-piece suit.
Looks are important, but so is comfort. With a well-chosen dress, you can have it both ways. Don't irrationally stick to a particular style even if it doesn't suit you. You should have someone with you who can give an honest and experienced opinion about what fits you and what doesn't. A dress that's too small in the waist or too loose around the shoulders will embarrass you on the big day, and most likely not even look good. Order something that fits and flatters your body shape, be it princess or sheath, ball gown or empire waist.
Get realistic – you have a budget to meet. Wedding dresses can cost as little as $100 (for a simple off-the-rack product), and as much as $10,000 for the really classy designer stuff. Before you're led beyond your means by the lure of what you can't afford, fix your budget and promise to stick to it. Try on some of the designer items, just to get an idea about quality. Based on that experience, buy something that's within your means.
Allow for mistakes and for the fact that you may lose or gain some weight during the six-to-nine-month gap between ordering the dress and the day itself. Allocate some budget for alterations. Also, make a detailed list of all the accessories the dressmakers promised you, and tell them that if you don't have the finished item ready by the specified date, then the deal's off. This way, you get to avoid nervous tension at the eleventh hour.