Every bride-to-be dreams of finding her perfect wedding dress—whether it be from the moment she gets engaged or well before the proposal. Because this isn’t just any ol’ dress—this is the gown she’ll wear on one of the biggest days of her life, when she says “I do” to spending forever with her soulmate. So for that walk down the aisle, she’ll need to find a one-of-a-kind wedding dress that makes her look and feel her most beautiful self.
While the hunt for your perfect wedding dress is definitely one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning—secret Pinterest boards full of trendy gowns, bridal shop visits with your BFFs, trying on a wedding dress for the very first time—it’s also an incredibly crucial one. To help lead you to the gown of your dreams, we’re breaking down the entire dress shopping process step-by-step. From creating a wedding dress budget to finding the right style for your body type, from bridal salon etiquette to alterations and fittings, consider this your ultimate guide to wedding dress shopping. So cheers to finding that magical gown that will take not only your spouse’s breath away, but everyone else’s too.