Choosing your wedding dress is so exciting! But with so many choices available out there, it can become a little bit overwhelming. Here's a few tips t help you find your way and your style in this fashion maze. So before you hit your favourite bridal boutiques, put you feet up and read on.

Learning the rules

Wedding traditions have it that the later in the day your wedding is held, the more formal your outfit should be. Depending on the time of the day, you may wear anything from a simple tea-length dress to a majestic ball gown.

The place you choose to marry your honeybunch will also influence your outfit. If you're getting hitched on Palm Beach, you might like to keep your frock as simple as possible; but if you're planning on walking down the aisle of St Mary's Cathedral, you can pull out all the stops and show off in a full skirt, chapel train and matching veil.

Formal it up!

Depending on the formality of your wedding, you might like to change the length of your dress. Ballerina or tea-length dressers are perfect for informal daytime celebrations while floor-length gowns are best for formal daytime and evening weddings.

A special fabric or intricate embroidery can add a bit of pizzazz to a simple gown and turn it into the perfect evening garb. Colour can also help you set the tone of the celebrations – the whiter the dress, the more formal the wedding.

Accessories can also help you add that traditional feel to your bridal garb – a train a veil or gloves are sure to smarten up even the simplest gown. Once again you can play with the different lengths to suit your own sense of formality.

Catching the right train

A train has that princess appeal that many brides–to-be find difficult to resist. If you want one, don't worry! There's a train for every bride and every wedding. Depending on the formality of the celebrations, you might like to try a…

• Court train which ends one foot behind the dress.
• Chapel train which ends four feet behind the dress.
• Cathedral train which ends seven and a half feet behind the dress.

And remember that most trains can be buttoned up or removed all together at the reception so that you can make your grand entrance at the church and still shake a leg on the dance floor later.

Second time lucky

If you're tying the knot for the second time, the general rule is that less is more. Try to keep your outfit simple – no princess gown, no train and no veil. You may like to wear a cocktail number or a well-cut suit you can use again afterwards at social events. Even if you choose to go with a more classic bridal gown, try to stay clear of the colour white and opt for a pretty pastel or classy silver or gold option.