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You'll Love These Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

When all eyes are on the bride, it's natural that she wants to look her loveliest. Not only is she the focus of attention for the ceremony itself, she's also the star of the wedding video and the one who's in almost every picture in the wedding photo album. Brides of every size and shape are beautiful, but they should also feel comfortable and confident on such a special day. Finding an affordable wedding dress can help make that happen. And here are some wedding dress shopping tips you should know, just read on.

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My biggest advice is be willing to try on dresses you vowed you would not wear. I swore up and down that I would not walk down the isle in a lace gown, but I was coaxed into trying one on — and of course it turned out to be perfect!

You should ensure you have a plenty of time. Don't feel rushed or pushed into buying anything. I bought my dress the first day I went out shopping. I liked it, but at the end of the day, felt like I had settled . . . my only wedding regret!

Make sure to try all sorts of styles even if it's not what you have been picturing. You never know what you may fall in love with once it's on. Try to go to trunk shows. You will have a chance to meet the designer, see dresses that may not always be in the store, and get some discounts.

Don't bring too many people! As much as you love your mom, your sisters, your best friends, and your new in-laws, the more opinions you have on dress-buying day, the more stressed out you'll be. I say bring three people at the absolute most.

Take pictures from every angle. I didn't know I had found 'the one' right away but realized it later after many dresses. It ended up being one of the first dresses I had tried on. Take a brutally honest friend with you who will tell you the truth.

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