Every bride is different, which means every detail of the big day will be different, too, including the dress. Like many other important choices, the choices may seem endless: A-line, mermaid, fit and flare, strapless, one shoulder, halter and so many more. Then comes the fabric choice. It can be overwhelming, but if you’ve decided on something a bit more modest and traditional, you can begin to narrow down the options.

A modest bride is one that’s looking for something a bit more subdued – something not too flashy and doesn’t show too much skin at the ceremony. Short sleeves is a popular cut that covers just the right amount for a more private woman to feel comfortable and beautiful.

Remember, simple can still be incredibly flattering.

If you’re looking for a more modest gown, here are a few shopping tips you might like to know.

1. Pick a small store that you are familiar with. If you’re unfamiliar with stores in your area, call ahead and ask what range of dresses they carry. If you have a particular gown in mind, ask about that, too.

2. When you make an appointment, bring or wear all undergarments you plan to wear on the big day. That way, when you try dresses on, you can have a good feel for what the dress will look like on the big day and whether or not it will feel bulky.

3. Don’t be afraid to talk about alterations. If you fall in love with a dress but it’s just not quite right, it doesn’t hurt to ask about small tweaks.

A modest bride – and any bride – is a beautiful bride. Make sure every detail is exactly what you’re looking for.