Aside the gown, the bride has nothing else to show. It is the main piece of clothing she will need to show the guests on her day. It will be the center of attraction. Much effort is put into the wedding dress more than into anything else in a wedding for the simple fact that the wedding dress cannot go wrong. It must be right.
You begin your preparation for your wedding dress the same day that you decide on the wedding. You do not have any other time. The longer the search for the right dress, the better the choice that you will come up with. Do not be in a hurry to find a fitting dress. Be as thorough as possible.
You have two choices to a gown. You can have a pre-sewn dress you can buy from the shop or you can order for it. Each carries its own advantages. Buying a pre-sewn dress makes the task easy. You don't have to wait for a dressmaker to sew it and you cut down the risk of her not sewing up to your quality or style. You are certain about the output. The disadvantage with a pre-sewn dress is the exact fit issue. It is unlikely you will get the exact measurement. You may have to make one or two alterations to get what you want. If the alteration is not carried out perfectly, it can distort the shape.
Having a dress sewn for you ensures that you will have personal interaction with the dressmaker as to the style you want and petty details that you want her to incorporate into it. The dress will be your exact match because it will be made according to your specifications. There is a downside. There can be a delay. The final product may not be what you like.
So shopping for a wedding gown entails some consideration of the various options and how far or best you can manage with each.