4 Things Every Bride Should Consider When Buying a Wedding Gown

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How to Buy a Wedding Gown

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Wedding dress shopping can be stressful. Between the endless selection of styles, shapes, and fabrics—where do you even begin?

David's Bridal Fashion Director Catalina Maddox-Wagers thinks you should start your search the second you get engaged. "My advice to brides as soon as they get engaged: Start shopping," Maddox-Wagers said. "There are some boutiques that take 6 months or more for custom-made gowns, and alterations can take three months on top of that."

Before you hit the bridal salon with your best gal pals, you should also consider things like your wedding venue and party style. Then, take a deep breath and get excited—once you review these tips, you'll be ready to hit the bridal salon floors running.

See all tips for how to buy a wedding gown in the complete slideshow.

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