six steps to ensure you're choosing the right dress for YOU
Make a list of the key features you like - fabric, length, shape, style etc.
Consider what shapes you've always felt comfortable, beautiful and strong in - and what (if any) physical features you want to draw attention to or away from on the big day.
Do research - using the internet, books and, of course,Brides- and collect pictures of the dresses that you love in order to make a moodboard. Keep this in your bedroom (or on Pinterest and even on your phone). Keep adding to it until you feel ready for the next step.
Start 'contemplating and imagining'. This can be done anywhere and any time - on the bus, watching TV, even supermarket shopping! Simply picture yourself feeling confident and, most of all. happy on your wedding day, and, without effort, start to allow that impression of yourself to form in your head. What are you wearing?
Make a list of words describing what this dress looks and feels like and, only then, head to a dress shop.
If you're still struggling, imagine having a conversation with your eight-year-old self and asking her what dress you want. This works psychologically as there's no eight-year-old on the planet who'd dream of dressing for a boy or her mum, or letting her friends influence it - she'd just excitedly see herself in the dress of HER dreams.