There always seems to be a bit of anxiety when it comes to trying on bridal gowns. We hope these tips and suggestions alleviate some of the stress, and make it a fun and memorable experience!
1. Always start by making an appointment. This will ensure we are able to give you the best experience possible. We also take walk-ins, but there may be a wait for assistance. Appointments are for a 1 hour time slot on Saturdays, but can last longer during the weekdays, just ask!
2. Try to limit the amount of people that you take with you. The more people you ask, the more opinions you get. You always want how you feel to be first and foremost, and sometimes too many voices can be overwhelming. If you have several people that you want to be part of your experience, bring them with you when you have decided on the one!
3. Bring pictures with you when you begin shopping. Your consultant will essentially be your eyes and ears. They will be able to show you styles you have chosen, and make additional suggestions for you once they see where you are going with your look, and knowing what you like and don’t like as you try on. Also keep your budget in mind, and let your consultant know. Gowns in store range from $500 to $4,000, with most fitting comfortably between $1200 and $2500.
4. Keep an open mind when shopping. We encourage our brides to be proactive and to look through the gowns, especially since they may see something they didn’t describe that just might be the one. You really never know what you’re going to fall in love with. When your consultant suggests something that is totally opposite of what you described, try it anyway, we know what we’re doing!
5. Keep in mind that bridal runs very small, and most likely you will wear 2-3 sizes larger than you do in regular clothing. Our samples in store range from size 8-16, and a selection of curvy gowns in sizes 18-24. We will make sure as you are trying on you get the full picture of how the gown will fit with clips, and panels if needed.
6. Gowns take anywhere from 8 - 10 months on average to come in, with some designers and custom gowns taking up to 12 months. You also want to allot around 2 months for alterations. Also keep in mind if you are doing bridal formals as these are done up to 2 months in advance of your wedding date, so make sure your gown is in and altered by that date. If you have a close wear date, some companies will offer rush options. There is also the option of purchasing a sample gown that you can leave with that day!
7. We have a vast selection of veils, headpieces, and shoes to help you complete your look.
Now that you have selected your dream gown… what should you expect?
1. Order your gown for the size you are now. We hear all too often “I’m going to lose weight.” Our response is, you never know what will happen in life, even with the best of intentions. It is better to be too big, than too small. You can always take the gown in, letting out is not always possible. .
2. Bridal is made to be altered. They come in with straight lines for a boxy shape, and so once they are on the curves of the body, they need to be nipped and tucked to give the shape shown when they are clipped or as shown in photographs. We will recommend the closest size to your measurements to minimize the amount of tailoring your gown will need. Gowns are also cut at a longer length, so you will most likely need a hem at the very least, and don’t forget about your bustle!
3. The time frames above will give you a good idea of when your gown will arrive once it is ordered. While some gowns do come earlier than anticipated, you never want to count on that. Please feel free to call or email anytime to check the status of your order, we would be happy to check for you.
4. Now it’s time for your girls, mom, and flower girl to start shopping! We are a one stop shop for you and all your needs. Book your next appointment so we can coordinate your entire wedding party!