If anyone knows what to think about before choosing a wedding dress, it's Caroline Burstein - Creative Director at Browns Bride, the shop the fashion editors all head first after getting engaged. Fishtail, meringue, strapless or sleek - she's seen them all. So if, like me, you're a bride-to-be having a bit of a meltdown about what to wear on your big day, panic not. Just follow Caroline's top tips below.
1. Always consider your venue and the mood that your dress is to create. For example, a destination wedding will require a lightweight dress and one that is easy to travel with.
2. Always be 'open minded'. Most of our brides end up choosing a dress that they would never have picked themselves!
3. Set a budget and stick to trying dresses that are within your range. So do your homework.
4. Don't try to change too many parts of the dress. You will know when you find 'the one' - just like the man!
5. Think of how your dress will look in photographs in 5 years time. The photographs go on long after the wedding day. A timeless classic never dates.
6. Don’t take too many people with you. We would recommend 2-3 people max. Too many opinions is not helpful and can end in disastrous results.
7. Do check out magazines and designers on the internet. We would say not to visit too many stores as this can only end in confusion. Find your style and stick with it.
8. Make sure you allow enough time to order your gown as many international designers require 6 months to order.
9. Always make sure your chosen style suits your figure and is comfortable. Remember you spend many hours in the dress.
10. Last but by no means least - don't stress! Enjoy wearing the most important dress in your life and enjoy the experience.