It’s always fun to browse wedding dresses online, and it’s easy to get carried away and fall totally in love with one.

Buying a wedding dress online, on the other hand, is something that can be a bit hard to get your head around. It’s a huge purchase and you don’t want to stuff it up!

These are the things you need to be mindful of if you’re going to buy one off the net.

1.  Is the seller legit?

Lots of women have ended up in tears with a rag that looks nothing like the pictures, especially when buying from overseas. If it is ridiculously cheap and sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Know your measurements

You’ll need to know your bust, waist and hips to ensure you buy a dress that fits correctly. Some websites will measure the gown as well as the model wearing it in the photos to help  you find the perfect fit.

3. Read product descriptions carefully

Descriptions of the dress will often include information about the types of fabric used, the lining, where it was made and if any of the accessories in the picture (sleeves, veil etc.) are optional. Be sure you understand exactly what you are buying.

4. Get to know different types of fabrics

When you buy online a lot of dresses can look alike, but you’re not going to know how different they will feel. Some fabrics are stretchy, some are stiff.

5. Understand the store’s policies

Are you able to return the dress if you don’t like it/it doesn’t suit you/it doesn’t fit you when you receive it? Is the postage extortionate?

6.  When you buy second-hand

If it’s possible, try on a second-hand gown before you buy it.  There could be marks/stains on it that don’t show up in photos and it may have been altered and isn’t like what you would get off the rack, which can affect how it will fit you.

Photo: Flickr/Billy Metcalf Photography