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In anticipation of the rapidly approaching It’s All About the Dress Experience 2012, this month’s tip is three tips in one, especially for brides-to-be.

One of the most crucial aspects of the wedding-planning process is of course the selection of the perfect gown. The centerpiece of the event, the bride’s gown should capture the essence of the celebration and reflect the personal style of the wearer. Finding that piece de resistance may sound like a daunting task, but with a good support system, professional guidance and a few rules of thumb, the process can be made much easier–even fun!

Here are three keys to wedding dress shopping success:

1)     For more personalized attention, be sure to visit bridal salons during the week or on Sunday, instead of Saturday. Saturdays are typically their most hectic days.

2)     When creating your bridal gown budget, include the costs of all the ensemble components, such as:

  • Alterations
  • Veil
  • Headpiece
  • Lingerie
  • Wedding jewelry
  • Shoes

3)     Ask for a written price schedule for alterations at the time you purchase your gown, since this service is not always included in the cost of your wedding gown. Keep in mind that your dress should fit you like a glove, so alterations will almost always be necessary.

Happy shopping, and hope to see you Feb. 5!