No matter what your age, do not shop for your gown alone. This is one of the cardinal rules of buying a wedding dress. Although your friends' tastes in bridal gowns may differ from yours, having a second and third opinion really goes a long way toward making the right choice. It will help to have your friends with you while you try on different dresses to get advice and suggestions.
You want to buy a wedding gown that is not only beautiful and elegant, but also one that is comfortable to wear. Do not try fitting into a wedding dress that is too tight just because it happens to be the popular style of the moment.
A helpful tip is to buy a dress that is a good fit for your body shape. Whether you are tall and slender or shorter in height and shapely, try to choose a style that will accentuate your body's best features. This is where your friends can come in handy to give you guidance in picking a style that suits your body shape.
Make your shopping trip for a wedding dress an adventure. With your friends at your side, treat yourself to lunch at a nearby café, take a short break before you continue out again and then try on more gowns. Even if you are an older bride, enjoy yourself, knowing that you will soon find the wedding gown of your dreams.