On the flip side, I'm not saying that you shouldn’t have some idea of what you are looking for because you definitely should. You know what you like and what you don't like on your body, but wedding dresses are different something might surprise you! Maybe you wear loose dresses all the time but it's that mermaid-silhouetted wedding gown that accentuates your curves in all the right places. Or maybe you are constantly wearing form-fitting gowns and a loose and fun tulle ball gown is what you need to dance the night away on your wedding day.

My advice: think about the details! Let's be honest: it's the details that make the gown that something extra special that wins our hearts over and brings tears to our shopping posse's eyes. Figure out if you want lace, bling, tulle, satin, sleeves or none of the above and go from there. Details come together in mesmerizing and beautiful ways on different styles of dresses, on different body types and by different designers. Start with the details you want and don't want and then let the rest surprise you. After all, you are keeping your mind open so it can be blown right?

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