Congratulations on your engagement! Before you set out to find your perfect wedding gown be prepared for your appointment.
- Have your wedding date set (or at least the month/year of your wedding).
- Don’t shop too far in advance unless you are ready to buy. The ideal time to shop for your wedding dress is 9 to 12 months before your wedding or bridal photos. Shopping to far out can sometimes lead to disappointment only because wedding dresses do get discontinued once or twice a year depending on the designer. You may fall in love with the perfect gown only to discover that it has been discontinued when you are ready to purchase.
- Know where you are getting married or at least have it narrowed down to the type of place. It can make a big difference sometimes if you are getting married in a church, backyard or beach on the type of gown you decide upon.
- Know what your Wedding Dress Budget is going to be. This is so important to know when you are ready to schedule your appointment. Budgets come in all sizes! If you don’t know realistically what you or your family is comfortable spending on your dress, accessories and alterations, you are setting yourself up for a possible huge disappointment. When you show up for your appointment, be honest about your spending budget!
When shopping for your wedding gown, an entourage consisting of your mom and one or two other trusted individuals seem to be the perfect mix. It’s best to keep your numbers low. Too many opinions can turn out to be a recipe for disaster that may cause you to miss out on your perfect gown.
As much as we love children, we don’t allow them at appointments. Your appointment is a time for you to focus on yourself, with no distractions from children. This is also a courtesy to other brides trying to focus on the perfect wedding gown. If you want to involve them, let us know in advance that you would like to bring them to your final fitting so they can see how beautiful you will look on your wedding day!
Please wear proper undergarments for your appointment. You may bring a strapless bra to your consultation but it is not necessary. We also don’t recommend you wear shoes while trying on bridal gowns because the gowns are not hemmed to your height and it may become a tripping hazard.
Absolutely! Photos are part of the fun of wedding gown shopping, but be sure to keep an open mind. Many brides see themselves in a pictured gown they thought they loved, only to find out after trying it on that it doesn’t compliment them at all.
The best thing to do is to be open to your consultant’s suggestions. At least 90% of the times a bride will try on a gown style they would never had considered only to find out that it is “The One!
Not until you purchase your gown. Some of our gowns are from small, very exclusive designers that don’t even post pictures of their dresses on the internet, so we have to respect their wishes.
Our samples are between size 8 and size 18. Don’t expect to try on a gown that is a perfect fit. If the gown is too small or too big, we are professionals in being able to clip you into a gown to give you an excellent idea of what the gown will look like in your size.
We generally allow about 1 to 1 1/2 hours for each appointment. However, we can lengthen or shorten appointments at our discretion.
No! We have our own Seamstress and do Alterations here.