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Future Queen must go British for bridal gown.

SO THE date's set, the venue's booked and the invitations are being drawn up from a politically-correct list of volunteers and homeless people.

But there's little doubt which bit of the wedding planning will be at the forefront of the soon-to-be Mrs Wills Windsor's mind. The dress.

'Kate Middleton has just got to go British,' wedding planner Sarah Haywood insisted. 'The world's watching and it's our chance to show off what we can do.' As if picking the most important outfit of your whole damn life wasn't hard enough as it is.

Choosing a wedding dress is about as straightforward a process as mowing your lawn with blunt nail trimmers.

It looks like it should be easy - but, believe me, it's far from it.

The deceptive part comes because, when you skim through your first wedding magazine (the first of what will ultimately be enough to create a life-size papier mache model of the White House), you feel spoilt for choice.

These glossies contain scores of dresses in every style and permutation known to woman - the sheer quantity of which lulls you into a false sense of security. Yet, the glut is part of the problem.

By the time you've traipsed round your sev-enteenth bridal shop and tried on more outfits than a trainee supermodel, your head is ready to explode.

So you plump for the one you think you liked the best... and discover it costs pounds 10,000. GMTV Clare Nasir's weight been treated some as a opportunity launch a as a fitness guru.

She's being and unfit healthy Deciding that remortgaging your house might not be an option, you decide to 'compromise' and look for a dress that's EXACTLY like the pounds 10,000 one, but cheaper. eight. There's way to get that particular B - and it So who her motives? But of course there's no such thing.

So, now everything looks cheap.

And the pounds 10,000 dress you'd only stumbled on for want of anything better now becomes the dress you absolutely have to have otherwise the whole day is destined to be a TOTAL disaster.

dramatic loss has by cynical to career DVD from overweight to toned, a fabulous-size only one from A to Then somebody sensible grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you until you see sense. At which point you calm down, take deep breaths isn't easy.

about and start again, hoping that the next one you stumble across happens to cost significantly less.

Of course, the cost isn't the issue for Kate Middleton. She's unlikely to have to slip in a few extra shifts at work to ensure she doesn't have to compromise on her shoes.

But she'll be a rare creature if she chooses her dress - and a British one at that, please - without any complications.

All I can say is good luck to her. She'll need it.

Jane Costello is the Liverpool-based author of best-selling novels including Bridesmaids and The Nearly Weds. Her latest book, My Single Friend, is published by Pocket .

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2010
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