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Wedding Fashion 101

The ultimate wedding day style guide: How to fall in love with the perfect dress, pull off the right accessories, and more. 

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10 Wedding Attire Questions, Answered
Consider these points when choosing your wedding dress and accessories.

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Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

How to determine which gown will fit and flatter you best.
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Wedding Dresses If You're Petite

Keep details small and the waist high to flatter your small frame.
Photo: Tara Donne

Wedding Dresses If You're Pear-Shaped

Above-the-waist details will best flatter your figure.
Photo: Tara Donne

Wedding Dresses If You're Plus-Size

Gowns with an Empire silhouette and structured fabrics will look great. Here, 5 picks from our editors.
Photo: Tara Donne
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Claire Pettibone wedding dress
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Mon Cheri Bridals gown

Wedding Dresses, Accessories, and More

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Wedding Dresses and Accessories Buying Guide
Gowns, veils, and more featured in Real Simple Weddings.

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What to Ask Your Wedding Dressmaker
Nineteen questions to ask the person responsible for making your wedding gown.

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Wedding-Gown Shopping Checklist

To build your veil-to-toe look, complete these steps.

  • Make a "look book." Tear out pictures from magazines, compile photos from friends’ weddings, and round up fabric swatches and anything else that may help you communicate your taste to the sales staff or dressmaker. Paste everything into an album or a blank book.
  • Determine your budget. Click on the related link to print out a wedding budget worksheet.

    Related: Wedding-Budget Worksheet

  • Think about the wedding location. If you're getting hitched at city hall, you may want to skip an elaborate, formal gown. Also consider the religious affiliation, if any, of the location and its rules with regard to modesty.

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