Select a fabric that won’t wrinkle, tear or stain, as these issues are last minute hair-pulling hassles. Don't select silk, as it meets all of these criteria and is expensive. Instead, focus on durable, inexpensive materials woven from blended fibers of other fabrics, such as satin.
Avoid extreme designs and severe color or pattern contrasts. You don’t want the dress to clash so much in style, color or design that it distracts everyone from your dress or the decor.
If you want your her stand out, don’t give up on traditional designs. You can accent a traditional dress with an accessory -- glossy ribbon belt, colorful flower hair clip or sparkling tiara -- that makes the dress stand out in a positive way.