Ditto @ourwildkingdom, this is an international board so the responses will be more generic.
That said, I would advise you to go to a place with a lot of styles and designers to try on some dresses. You don't have to buy right away, but a place like Davids Bridal can be very helpful in gauging what type of wedding dress you want. A lot of brides on this board will tell you that they ended up in dresses complete opposite of what they thought they would like. In general:
- Give your consultant your budget (or even a little under your dress budget). Be sure to include more accessories, undergarments, and alterations in your budget.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed, or like the consultant isn't listening to you, leave.
- Its okay to get ideas from pinterest, but be open to trying on dresses outside of this. Many people are surprised by what they end up with.
- Try to wear a strapless bra/undergarments that would match what you are wearing on your wedding day. Especially important for your fitting!
- Try to remember the elements that you do like to help narrow your future searches. (do you like lace or silk, sweetheart necklines or straight, white or off-white, Train lengths, etc...)
- Don't go with an entire group of people, take one or two people who's taste you trust as advisors that will value your feelings and opinions as well. Leave the entourage at home.
- Don't freak out about sizing, it is not really accurate and a good fit looks better than on your wedding day than a smaller number on the tag.
- Don't feel pressured to pick out a dress at the first shop.
- Finally, you may not have that O.M.G. this is my dress moment, and that is okay. But once you find the dress you are happy to be married in STOP looking at dresses!
But most of all have fun and enjoy!
(Pro tip: If you do go to Davids (or any bridal shows) don't give them your primary email/phone as it seems like they like to sell it to spammers!).