Between the dress, the shoes, the bouquet and deciding on the right hairstyle, a bride's checklist can become incredibly long very quickly. With the pressure to look your best on one of the most momentous occasions of your life, shopping for the perfect white dress and shoes can be overwhelming, and keeping up with a beauty regimen often adds to wedding-related stress. However, planning your big day doesn't have to be so taxing -- simply prioritize your tasks, and the rest will seem like a breeze.
Before you say "yes" to the dress, there are a few big items that need to be crossed of your wedding to-do list. First, decide what time of year your wedding will take place, then sign off on a venue. The season and location will determine the style of your dress: formal, semiformal or informal. After that's been decided, you can start looking for a dress. It takes at least four months for a gown to be made and shipped to your front door, so don't wait until the last minute to go shopping. Start hunting several months in advance to prevent shelling out extra cash for rush fees. You'll find the extra time makes shopping a much more fun, relaxed experience.
Also, don't feel pressured to buy all your accessories the same day you buy your dress. Have fun and take your time. Schedule a separate appointment with a boutique to try on veils, tiaras, jewelry and any other add-ons that'll make your dress special and unique. Shop for shoes that match the style and formality of your gown, and be sure to choose a comfortable pair! You'll be on your feet for several hours on your wedding day, and you want shoes that won't leave your pedicured feet with cuts and blisters by the end of the night. No matter which accessories you choose, remember to bring them to your first dress fitting -- the alterations specialist will need them in order to ensure your dress is perfectly tailored for your big day.
Choosing flowers can be a difficult task for brides -- since there are so many to choose from, how will you know which stems are right for you? Try to simplify the process by selecting blooms that make an impression on you. Meet with a florist about six months in advance of your nuptials, and discuss which flowers will be in season when your wedding takes place. Be flexible, and if your budget is tight, it's OK to think past traditional red roses and white lilies. Carry a bouquet of carefully crafted paper flowers, or attach several collected brooches and create a bouquet unlike any other on the market!