You've been waiting patiently for the day when it's your turn to have multiple stylists fussing over you at a glamorous wedding boutique as you sip champagne and try on gorgeous gowns in front of three-way mirrors.

As much fun as shopping for a wedding dress can be, it can also seem like quite a daunting task if you don't have an idea of what you want -- I know from experience!

However, with a little time and patience, I eventually found the perfect wedding gown. Along the way, I devised a formula to help other brides choose their ideal gowns, too. While you're shopping, just remember four key words: fit, flatter, flair and funds. If you stick to these guidelines, the journey to finding your dream gown will be a lot easier.