Of all the many details that go into planning a wedding, almost always, the wedding dress is the most important. Brides will look for months on end looking for that perfect white or off-white gown to wear on their wedding day. Here are some tips on how to find that second dress and not second guess yourself.

Determine your budget. Before taking any steps in your wedding planning, determine how much money you want to spend for your big day. Remember to include all clothing you will need, shoes, corsets, rehearsal dinner clothes, and even honeymoon clothes. It’s all part of the wedding celebration and should be included in the budget. A wedding gown and wedding day accessories should cost between 5% and 10% of your budget. Of course, this does not include your wedding band or any real jewelry you may choose to wear.

Select your wedding venue. Before you even begin to look at wedding dresses, make sure you have your wedding venue(s) booked. Many times, a bride will select her wedding dress before anything else for the wedding, and later realizes that her wedding dress no longer goes with her theme. Don’t be this bride.

Look at lots of dresses in magazines. Rip out the photos of dresses you love and save them in a special folder as a wedding dress portfolio. If you find something you really like, note what it is about the dress you like. Is it the ruffle or soft a-line silhouette? Find at least ten different photos of dresses that you like.

Make appointments at least at three different bridal salons. Schedule them on different days, on different weekends. When you show up, make sure to wear underwear you feel comfortable having a bridal consultant see you in. Feel free to bring a silk robe, and the undergarments you think you will be wearing under your dress as well. The more comfortable you feel, the more likely you are to find a dress that suits you. Take your dress portfolio with you to show your bridal consultant. They may offer to bring out a dress for you that is entirely different than what you are interested in. Feel free to try it on, but stick to your bridal instincts. If you don’t feel right in it, it probably is not “the one” for you.

Don’t let the bridal consultant push you into a purchase. Remember, they are there to sell you a gown, and ultimately are sales associates. If you begin to feel uncomfortable, feel as though you are being pushed into a decision, tell them you have another appointment, and have to leave, but will schedule another appointment for another day.

Above all, remember to stay calm, and don’t rush in to making a decision. Choosing a wedding gown is about as complicated as choosing a husband, so don’t rush into it. Take your time, follow your instincts, and you will feel the most beautiful you ever felt as a bride on your wedding day.