Serena Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian. Serena Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian. Serena Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian. (Photo: Alexisohanian / Instagram)

Serena Williams' bridal designer offers 10 tips for choosing the perfect wedding gown

Galia Lahav's dresses may seem like something out of a dream, but her practical advice is very down-to-Earth.

Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day, which is why choosing a gown is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. For most, color is a given. Beyond that, there are a lot of options. Strapless or sleeves? Ball gown or fitted sheath? Simple or elaborate?

The choices are numerous. So we turned to one of the world's leading bridal gown experts, Israeli designer Galia Lahav, for help.

Lahav creates haute couture bridal and evening gowns out of her studio in Tel Aviv, Israel, where 100 people work to create some of the most stunning wedding dresses. She sells them all over the world, in more than 40 stores in Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. Stars including Vanessa Hudgens, Nicole Scherzinger, Meghan Trainor, Taraji P. Henson and Kristin Cavallari are just a few of the celebrities who’ve worn her gowns on the red carpet.

By the looks of her creations, famed fashion designer Galia Lahav has a knack for eye-popping gowns. By the looks of her creations, famed fashion designer Galia Lahav has a knack for eye-popping gowns. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

For tennis star Serena Williams' recent fairy tale wedding in New Orleans, Lahav designed the dresses for the entire bridal party.

In the list below, Lahav shares her thoughts with From The Grapevine readers about what you should consider before buying your wedding gown.

1. Is this your dress? Is this how you envisioned yourself? Do not be persuaded by others, because you have always known how you would look on your big day.

Brides know best about what they want for their special day.Brides know best about what they want for their special day. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

2. Take a look in the mirror. Does what you see make you smile? Is this part of the cherished memory that will follow you forever?

The image of you in your wedding dress will stick with you throughout your life.The image of you in your wedding dress will stick with you throughout your life. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

3. The quality of fabrics and materials used is very important.

These models wearing Lahav's creations look ready for just about any activity.These models wearing Lahav's creations look ready for just about any activity. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

4. How does the dress fit, and how does it make you feel?

A model shows off one of the dresses from the ready-to-wear collection.A model shows off one of the dresses from the ready-to-wear collection. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

5. Do you look hot in your dress?

Lahav's fans around the world love the way her dresses make them feel.Lahav's fans around the world love the way her dresses make them feel. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

6. Can you wear this dress throughout the entire wedding? Can you move around, dance, sit, breathe and hug your groom?

Two gowns from Lahav's Two gowns from Lahav's "Ready to Wear" collection show that long dress trains can be versatile. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

7. Where do you purchase your dress? Are you getting the service you deserve? After all, it is your wedding!

A model struts down the catwalk at a Galia Lahav fashion show last month in New York.A model struts down the catwalk at a Galia Lahav fashion show last month in New York. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

8. Make sure you are wearing the right shoes while choosing your dress. High heels can do wonders, but if your shoes are not comfortable, it may spoil the fun.

Be careful of the little things. Keep in mind there may be stairs to climb on your wedding day.Be careful of the little things. Keep in mind there may be stairs to climb on your wedding day. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

9. The budget: Will you invest a little more if your dream is more costly?

Galia's dresses are extravagant and intricate and not for the faint of heart.Galia's dresses are extravagant and intricate and not for the faint of heart. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

10. Are you wowed by this dress? Does it move you? This is one of the most emotional purchases you will make, so make sure the emotion is there. That's what it's all about!

With showstoppers like this dress, it's no wonder that many celebrities are big fans.With showstoppers like this dress, it's no wonder that many celebrities are big fans. (Photo: Courtesy Galia Lahav)

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