• Watch the budget! Look only at dresses in your price range. Yes, Princess Kate looked fantastic in her dress, but you probably can't afford one like it and will only be disappointed if you try on a $25,000 dress first.

• When looking at dresses, you may feel pressured to make a decision too fast, either because of family/sales clerk pressure or a sale price. Take your time. If you would rather take a picture of the dress and think it over, explain this to the store. Most are fine with you thinking it over. They want you happy!