Wedding Dress Fashion For 2006.Crystals and gemstones make this year's wedding gowns sparkle

Today's bride looks best when she's expressing herself and showing off her own unique style. Whether you've imagined your wedding gown for as long as you can remember or you only know the size and color, there's something out there for your special day.

Today's modern bride loves the look of the couture runway, but not the price tag. According to Wedding Channel.com editor Marilyn Oliveira, "Making your dress stand out is all about the details, not the cost. Find a dress that you love and that accentuates your figure."

If you're not sure what type of gown would look best on you, consult a bridal gown professional. Choose a professional who offers a wide variety of styles, fabrics, sizes and prices, so that you will have lots of options. Odds are they can select quite a few dresses that are flattering to your figure. Bridal Web sites are also a useful resource for information. WeddingChannel.com, for example, features more than 35,000 bridal fashion images to inspire brides.

Strapless dresses continue to be a timeless choice for many brides. This look provides an air of elegance and prestige that is flattering on most figures. This style can also be accessorized in many ways and is available in a multitude of fabrics to fit your specific taste.

Bridal designers are delivering fresh new takes on wedding fashion that look fabulous now and forever. Here are a few tips to make your gown dazzle:

• Brides are glamming up their wedding dresses with metallic thread embroidery and trails of tiny buttons.

• Bows, feathers, lace, ruffles, and tiers of fabric are ultrafeminine and sexy.

• Strategically placed rhinestones, pearls and beads create spectacular designs to make you look and feel glamorous.

• Luxurious as satin yet light as a cloud, taffeta rustles up high drama without getting heavy.