Tears in the eyes. Goosebumps on the skin. That feeling. No, I'm not talking about the man of your dreams. I'm talking about the dress of your dreams. "They" say you just know when you put it on... it happens to a lot of girls, but some girls never get it. You try on millions of dresses when looking for the perfect wedding dress and apparently you're just supposed to know. I say if you don't get the "feeling" then just pick the dress you LOVE. If you look in the mirror and say, "I like this one" then that dress is NOT the one. When you look in the mirror and say "I love this one" then that's the dress for you.
Finding the perfect wedding dress can either be the most easy going stress free day of your life or the most stressful horrific day of your life.
Tip #1... bring no more than 3 people with you. You do not want insights from 90 different people and you want to be able to hear your own thoughts. You want to pick the dress that you love, not the one everyone in your family loves. Don't get me wrong, you want you mother to love it and you want everyone to think you look beautiful, but having a lot of people with you to help you decide is only going to be more stressful than helpful.
Tip #2... have a budget and expect to go over that budget. Obviously, if you can't afford something then you can't afford something, but don't go into a dress shop set on a specific budget because if you find the dress you love, you sometimes need to go over budget. Do whatever makes you the happiest.
Tip #3... pick a dress that suits your body shape. Before you go to a bridal shop, look in magazine, google dress styles, designers etc. Know what you're looking for because this will help the consultant. But do NOT necessarily have you mind set on one designer or one style because you never know, that dress or designer may not look good on you particularly.
Most of all... have fun! Do not let this day or any day while planning your wedding stress you out. It's supposed to be special and important, but it's not the end of the world if things don't go your way.