how to choose the perfect wedding dress ...

Contributing Blogger: Monique Curryer

It's your day and you want to shine like the star that you are! Although you've already won him over, you still want his jaw to hit the floor as you make your merry way down that aisle. Before you say your "I Do's," it's imperative to find the dress that will totally wow him and make him weak in the knees, while making you feel your absolute best! Below are five steps for what to look for when shopping for your wedding dress.

Personal Statement. Make sure that you stay true to yourself. After all, it's your uniqueness that captured his heart in the first place. Make sure to go after a dress that brings out your personality and truly lets your special traits shine through.

Comfort. Wear something that's going to be comfortable up until the last dance. Nobody wants to worry about indulging in that second piece of cake that took you so long to pick out! So make sure that you have some wiggle room both for the dance floor and the food stations!

Color. It's 2016. In this day and age, there is no need to opt for a traditional, white wedding gown. Many different shades are the new go-to colors for a wedding dress. Especially for a destination wedding!

Body Shape. You want to flatter your God-given figure and show off what your Momma gave ya. It's important to find a dress that will make you feel and look your best into the wee hours. Now's the time to highlight your waist with an A-shaped dress, or accent those beautiful shoulders with spaghetti straps. 

Budget. You may want an expensive looking dress, but, not be able to afford the real thing. That's okay! There are plenty of dresses that look as though they were hemmed just for you by a professional designer. Be smart and only buy a dress that you can afford. When all is said and done, do you really want to set off into that sunset with your new husband- in debt?