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It’s Saturday morning and you’ve decided you’re ready to hit the wedding boutiques. But before you grab your bag, credit card, mother, mother-in-law-to-be, bridesmaids and sisters you better read our tips. With the cost of wedding dresses averaging around $700- $1000 you might want to make sure you have all the necessary information before you even considering fessing up! SheSaid have come up with 6 can’t-do-without tips. With them in your hot little hands you will conquer successfully that dreaded gown shopping.

In the picture:

We think a clever bride should have snaps on hand when they decide to go wedding dress shopping. If you’ve got the snaps, you won’t forget what you want. This is especially important when it comes to gowns. Once you start hitting those wedding shops you’ll find that it is all too much to look through racks and racks of dresses. There are far too many. With your evidence at hand, you won’t get confused and start going down the wrong road. You won’t have to rely on the taste of the sales assistant. There is nothing more attractive than a girl who knows what she wants, so turn up with your magazine tear-outs and your snaps. Do whatever it takes.

Know your style:

Personal style is what sets you apart from the rest. The style of your wedding has got to go with the style of dress you choose. For eg, an elaborate ball gown is definitely not going to suit a backyard bbq wedding-not that you want that, but you get the picture. Although it is you day and it’s your show, so if you want to walk down a grassy knoll with five sheep and a shepherdess, then that’s your business.

Keep an open-mind

One of the best tips all been there done that brides have said to us is that you should try on at least one dress that isn’t anything you perceive as being ‘you’. It’s amazing how many brides walk into bridal boutiques thinking they want to wear something simple and straight and walk out looking like Cinderella. So, remember the dress you finally decide on may not have been anything you ever imagined yourself wearing and that’s all fine too.

If wearing white know what’s right!

Sounds really silly but there are many shades of white and wedding dresses come in just about every shade. It’s is good to know which shade will flatter your colouring, rather than ending up with a colour that makes you look like death warmed up! We asked 5 bridal specialists what the best whites are to wear if you don’t know? They confirmed that the most flattering whites are diamond white and silk white. However if you don’t like the look of yourself in any kind of white, you can go for a colour. Go for pale hues such as rum pink, champagne or pale blue. Lastly, remember the samples you try on in the store are probably a bit dirty so they are not going to be the exact colour your actual dress will be. Important tip, ask for a swatch of fabric that your dress will be made out of. Hold this up to your face. This will allow you to see if it suits you or not. No one wants to look like Frankenstein’s bride.

Impulse buying…no no no

Never impulse purchase when shopping for a bridal gown. This type of buy is not like purchasing a denim skirt at Witchery you can always return it and get a credit until you find something else. SheSaid did a bit of market research and rang a few bridal boutiques. After a bit of a ring around, no one wants a used gown. If they do take it back, you will definitely not get 50 percent off the total cost of the dress. Oops! On that note, you better be pretty certain that he’s Mr Right too.

Venue Check

If you are getting married in a church be sure to check if there is a dress code. For example, some churches still don’t like you to expose your shoulders. A shawl, wrap or jacket, which can be removed, will certainly solve the problem-unless of course you’re mad keen for a nude wedding.