After getting engaged and setting the date, going dress shopping is probably the most exciting part of the wedding-planning process. But where to begin? It’s helpful first to know a little about your wedding — how formal will it be? Where will it be? What time of year? Next, learn about common wedding dress styles and start flipping through magazines and designer websites. Then, go shopping! I know from personal experience that what they say is true — try on lots of different kinds of dresses because you never know what you’ll like until you put it on. I thought I knew what I wanted — spaghetti straps, flowy but not an A-line. I ended up loving a strapless, A-line gown, the third dress I tried on!