Be firm about price
Tell the retailer what your price range is. Retailers know that brides often buy the first gown they try on, so they may start off by showing you a more expensive gown and then follow up with gowns within your price range. That’s just good business, but if you really want to stay within your price range, skip that more expensive gown so you’re not tempted.
Strapless gowns still are popular (and have been for the past few years) but some figure types need help.
Check out the possibility of having halter straps that you can attach to the gown at the reception so that the bodice will stay in place when you’re dancing and moving energetically.
Spring for a top-notch strapless bra and see that the fit is snug. Some small-busted women use a pageant adhesive. This gives a secure feeling throughout the day and evening.
Women with large breasts have their own built-in support, but if you are looking for security, check the bodice construction to see if it has stitched-in boning.
Plan ahead to have your look as close as possible to the look you’re going to have on your wedding day. If you plan to have your hair in an upsweep, pull it up before you go shopping. Wear approximately the same makeup colours so you can compare white and ivory gowns. And wear shoes with the correct heel height so you can determine the length of the gown.
Most of all, enjoy the experience.
Try on lots of styles, but bear in mind that the retailer will probably have far more insight into what works for your body type than you do!