As/Is·Posted on Apr 18, 201517 Wedding Dress Diagrams That Will Simplify Your ShoppingBuying the dress just got easier.by Alison CaporimoBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed 1. Consider factors like budget and location, among others. seriesandtv.com If you're dying for a ball gown dress, you might want to reconsider a beach wedding. Plan out your priorities so you don't get overwhelmed while shopping. 2. Make a budget checklist. visual.ly And don't forget to allow some room for expenses like alterations and a hair and makeup trial (they can sneak up on you). 3. Work backwards from your wedding date to create a timeline. laurenconrad.com If you're buying from a bridal salon, give yourself eight months or so to find and order your dress. laurenconrad.com And you'll definitely want to do a final dress fitting between two weeks and a month from the big day in case there are any final alterations. 4. Know the wedding dress basics. simplybridal.com For your dream dress, think about: neckline, silhouette, train, and fabric. 5. Choose a silhouette. jlmcouture.com You can always add to it with personalized details. 6. Decode neckline styles. camillegarciabridal.wordpress.com And think about what kind of neckline makes you feel most confident; you don't want to feel self-conscious about a strapless dress while doing your Naomi Campbell walk down the aisle. 7. Get familiar with fabrics. fashionismo.com.br Think about the season of your ceremony (do you want a lighter or a heavier fabric?) and your preferred texture to narrow down some options. 8. Get the right fit. myonlineweddinghelp.com One smart bit of info? You may need fewer alterations with a corset dress because you can adjust the fit yourself. 9. And know how to properly measure yourself. weddingdressboutique.com.au Getting the right measurements can make a huge difference if you'r shopping online or buying vintage. 10. Think about color. poshbridallounge.com Stark white can look very striking on a darker skin tone, while ivory can add warmth to fairer skin. 11. Decide on a train. jillandrewsgowns.com It can be 10 feet long or not at all. 12. Pick your sleeves. forherandforhim.com Perhaps a romantic juliet sleeve? Or maybe a modern illusion will do the trick? 13. Or maybe you want a specific type of bodice? weddinglds.com An embellished bodice is sometimes preferred by bustier brides. Try a few on and see if you like the effect. 14. Figure out what you should wear underneath it. herroom.com Because you'd hate to splurge on a beautiful bra that creeps out of the sides of your dress. 15. Pick out the perfect veil. brides.com Would you rather a simple blusher for a city hall wedding? Or do you want to go all out with a cathedral veil? Some brides forgo the veil altogether. 16. Think about veil fabric. veilsbyroxanne.com Would you rather go shimmery or matte? 17. And consider a headpiece. simplybridal.com Totally optional, but worth a thought.