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Your wedding dress can be a vintage wedding gown, a beach wedding dress, a designer wedding gown or an affordable off the rack wedding dress bargain. What matters most is that you feel beautiful when you put your wedding gown on.

Whether you're petite or need a plus size wedding dress finding the perfect wedding gown should be a positive experience.

When heading out on your first shopping expedition, bring along a friend whose opinion and honesty you trust. If you bring too many friends and family members, the diverse opinions may overwhelm you. Why not bring along a digital camera to review the dresses away from the shop.

Be sure to try on styles that differ from what you thought you would look good in. You might surprise yourself and find an unexpected gem.

If you will be getting married in a synagogue and your rabbi has a dress code, please keep those requirements in mind.

If you will be purchasing your wedding gown at a department store or bridal salon, find out what alterations will be included and which will not. Before ordering, make sure you understand their return policies. Also, confirm their schedule for alterations and discuss whether you will be picking up your dress or having it delivered.

Be sure to ask for a fabric swatch of the wedding gown design you chose. You can use the fabric swatch to purchase wedding shoes. The fabric of your dress should match the fabric of your shoes. Remember to select comfortable shoes. You don't want to spoil your special day with sore feet.

Your wedding flower arrangments and wedding cake design can also be coordinated with your dress material and color.

Designer Wedding Dress

If you will be having your dress custom made, get references from recent brides, family and friends. Wedding dress designers need six to eight months to design and create a wedding dress, so please keep that time frame in mind.

Affordable Wedding Dress

If you're interested in finding an affordable wedding dress, try shopping at bridal warehouses. Last year's dress designs will be considerably more affordable than this year's. You can also try shopping at bridal outlets, ordering direct from the manufacturer or shopping the internet.

After your wedding, consult with a trusted bridal shop representative or dry cleaner to make sure your dress is properly cleaned and stored.

Jewish Wedding Planner, 2007