1000 dresses and the ultimate hunt: tips on finding the perfect wedding dress

Let’s allow our imagination to wander for a minute. Picture in your mind’s eye a large stadium. The stadium is divided up into aisles and lining each aisle are racks of bridal gowns. You walk up and down the aisles in awe. So many pretty dresses, such variety!

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But after ten minutes of walking through the stadium you start to feel anxious and fidgety. All you need is one perfect dress, yet there are thousands to choose from. How do you make the distinction between the ones that will be suitable and the ones that won’t? Press ‘escape’ on that daydream and return to the present. In your hunt for the perfect dress you will come across a huge selection of potential dresses.

You’ll be able to dismiss some of these dresses easily, but what about the rest? In this article we’ll walk you through that imaginary stadium, and hold your hand as you walk through the aisles. With our handy little 4 question guide, you’ll be able to determine the very best dress for you – and settle for nothing less. Here they are:

How does it feel?

When considering a dress, it’s important to think about how the dress feels to touch, how it feels on, and how it makes you feel when you wear it. If the fabric is soft and silky, it’s a good start. If it feels comfortable on and doesn’t itch, that’s also important. But most important is how it makes you feel when you have it on. If it makes you feel attractive, royal, dignified or just plain sexy, it may very well be the dress for you.

How does it work with your figure?

A good dress should highlight all your best assets. If the dress fits you nicely but does nothing to highlight your natural curves or give you more of a waist, it may not be the most suitable dress for you. Look for a dress that flatters your figure, and you’ll feel beautiful and at ease the entire night long.

Is it calling out your name?

Here’s an important one. Sometimes we come across an item of clothing, and for some unknown reason, we feel an attachment to it. Your wedding dress should be the most seductive item of clothing you’ve ever come into contact with. It should tease you, draw you in, and circle you with its temptation. That’s how in love with it you should be.

Will you be upset to leave it behind?

You can probably recognize this situation. You decide not to buy the dress/couch/apartment, and as you walk slowly away from it you feel a physical reaction. If you are feeling this kind of emotional torment by saying no to a certain dress, that reaction should be enough of a reason to reconsider. It may not be in your budget, it may not be perfect, but if you are besotted over it and it makes you feel like a million dollars, it’s a strong indication the dress is supposed to come home with you.

Next time you’re faced with the equivalent of the stadium scenario, tuck these 4 questions safely under your arm and let them help you get through your dress dilemmas. And remember: if it’s right, you’ll probably know. And if it’s wrong, you’ll probably know, too.

So use your intuition, bring along some good, old fashioned patience, and don’t settle for anything less than the best. Your dress will thank you, and, by the end of the night, you’ll be thanking it, too.

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