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Updated: May 2, 2018

Shopping for a wedding dress can be the hardest thing to begin. Determining where to start the search can be overwhelming. I find fewer and fewer brides who like taking a trip to David's Bridal these days. There are an infinite number of ways to approach this. I recommend two things: First, Just go try stuff. Many brides are surprised at what they end up liking once they see it on. The second thing is to just know who the bride is.

Every bride has different interests and tastes. As such, it is difficult to give general advice regarding the pursuit of the perfect dress. The fact is, there really is no standard or governing rule for what you should look for. However, there are signs to look for which give an indication as to which direction you should begin. There are two sets of what I call “bridal archetypes” that identify a large group of brides. If you can identify yourself somewhere in this list, it could lead you in the right style direction. This list, of course, is not exhaustive. Few women will fit completely into any one category. You likely will be a blend of 2 or 3 of these archetypes. The goal here is to identify which you tend towards and which is most important to you. From there you will have some direction as to what kind of dress to look for. So, what kind of bride are you?

Timeless Bride

The bride who honors tradition, and prefers simple elegance. One who might opt to have the wedding in her childhood home. Traditions may vary, but this woman is likely to keep her dress simple. And is not necessarily influenced by trends. It is best to select certain elements that you hate and that you like. put them in a list and compare it to what is out there.

Romantic Bride

You've been dreaming about your wedding day since you were a little girl, and you fantasized about being a princess and marrying your Prince Charming, you're a hopeless romantic. If you had it your way, you’d get married in a castle. These types of bride most often like a time period, an era or event to base her theme upon.

Natural Bride

This woman loves to reflect the natural world around her with a subtle, soothing beauty. I find that these women tend toward beads, flowers and chiffons; particularly fabrics that flow like water or that blow in the wind. Some desire the most simple sheathe they can find. This type favors the “bohemian” type of fashion.

Chic Bride

You're a trend setter, always one step ahead of the crowd. Style and fashion are a priority to you. You look for styles that are typically "all the rage". These brides I would send over to Firstview.com. They have every designer known to man over there, a perfect place to get ideas.

Theatrical Bride

This is the woman who has always had a certain flair, who likes to make a big entrance, and is comfortable taking center stage. This bride could wear just about anything depending on how she feels in her life at any given point. She is best served having her dress custom made. That way she can add all the elements together into one astounding splash of a dress. Another idea ould be to buy a dress and spruce it up with little details of your own.

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