You’re getting married. Congratulations! Planning a wedding can be an exciting and stressful time, especially for the bride. Beyond the venue, decorations, catering, and all of the details that make a wedding truly special, you also need to choose the all-important wedding dress. One of the things that many new brides are concerned about when they are trying to decide which dress they will like the best is choosing the shape that will be most flattering to their body type. There are numerous silhouettes that a bride can choose from, including mermaid, trumpet, ball gown, A-line, and many others. So to help you find the shape that’s perfect for you, there are a few tips that you can follow.

Understand Your Body Type
Knowing your proportions is key to finding the silhouette that will complement you. In Huffington Post, Val Stefani gives a few insights on how to understand what certain silhouettes will look like on different body types in the article “How to Pick a Dress That Will Complement Your Body Type.” For instance, if you are on the short side, choosing a voluminous dress, such as a ball gown, will make you look even shorter. Also, if your hips and bottom are significantly larger than your top, an a-line or trumpet dress will minimize your hips and make your torso appear longer.

Keep and Open Mind
Stefani also suggests that you understand that wedding dresses are a little different than regular dresses. The cut and materials hang differently than anything you’ve ever worn, so you should keep and open mind about different styles. You never know what you’re going to like for sure until you try it on.

Look at the Magazines
While you won’t look the same in a dress as the model will, magazines sometimes offer tips on what will look best on certain body types. For instance, and article in Brides gives the rundown on several common body types, such as busty, full-figured, straight, petite, and hourglass figures, along with the types of shapes that will make your body look the best that it can be. It also shows pictures of the various silhouettes. For instance, if you have a very slim and straight body type, you can play up your slender legs with a slit, and you can create the illusion of curves with voluminous fabric in strategic places.

Whatever your shape is, you’re sure to find a one that will play up your best assets and minimize the rest. But whatever you choose, make sure that it fits you correctly and you feel great in it.