Choosing a wedding dress can be an overwhelming experience. We interviewed professionals in the field to see what they had to say, and here are a few of their tips.

1) Set a budget for your wedding dress.

Tell the salesperson before they starts bringing out gowns how much you can spend, that way you won’t choose a dress that exceeds your budget.
Read Martha Stewart’s WEDDINGS, How to Set a Budget for Your Wedding Dress

2) Narrow down your focus for selecting the right dress for the time of year of your wedding.

Are you having a spring day wedding, a summer beach wedding or fall wedding in the country? Just deciding upon the season for your wedding will help you narrow down your dress choices.
Read Brides.com article How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Season for You.

3) Select the right fabric.

Most fabrics are suitable year-round, but some, like linen and organdy, are more appropriate for warm weather, while velvet and brocade are best left for winter.
Read Martha Stewart’s WEDDINGS, The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Fabrics

4) Shop early.

Begin shopping six to nine months before your wedding. Why should you shop early? When it comes to finding the right wedding dress, timing is essential.
Read TheKnot.com’s article about Your Complete Wedding Dress Shopping Timeline

5) Keep an Open Mindvirginia beach wedding gown store

Bridal consultants may urge you to try on a dress that doesn’t seem like your style. Just remember, some dresses don’t look like much on the hanger but look great on.
Read Dessy.com’s article about Why You Should Keep An Open Mind When Shopping For A Wedding Dress

6) Get It in Writing

Before putting down a deposit, go over the contract with your consultant. Find out when the gown will be ready, the cost for alterations, if it can be shipped out of state (or country), and most importantly, what the cancellation policy is, and what recourse you have if the dress is damaged or comes without the requested modifications. Finally, double-check that the manufacturer’s name, style number, size, and color are correct.
Read TheKnot’s article about Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Dress Contract