The perfect wedding dress is the centerpiece of any wedding celebration. A wedding dress is much more than just another dress – it is a tangible symbol of your love and your hopes for the future.

== Finding The Right Wedding Dress ==

Finding just the right wedding dress can take quite some time, so it is important to shop around, and to start shopping early.

Wedding dresses are available from a wide variety of sources. There are of course shops, both chain stores and independent retailers, that specialize in special dresses like wedding gowns and prom dresses, and these places can be a great place to start your search for the very best wedding dress.

You can probably also find a good selection of wedding dresses and other formal wear at your local high end or even mid range department store. The better department stores often have bridal departments, and many brides to be have found excellent wedding dresses there.

== Finding You Wedding Dress On The Internet ==

It is even possible to find wedding dresses on the internet. There are a growing number of internet retailers that sell wedding dresses, bridesmaid gowns, and other formal wear.

When ordering a wedding dress online, however, it is important to take proper measurements, and to make sure any alterations needed are included in the purchase price.

== Places To Find Ideas ==

Most brides to be already have a good idea of ​​what they are looking for in a wedding dress as far as style, length and cut. For those in search of ideas, however, there are many places to turn.

There are many bridal magazines on the newsstand that contain beautiful examples of the latest styles of wedding dresses.

In addition, the many wedding planning guides, both in the bookstore and online, can provide wonderful ideas for the perfect wedding dress.

== Allow Plenty Of Time For Fittings And Alterations ==

No matter what type of wedding dress you have your heart set on, be sure to allow plenty of time for fitting and alterations.

This is particularly important when it comes to having a wedding dress custom made, but it is important for off the shelf wedding gowns as well.

Source by Shaunta Pleasant