When should I begin shopping for a bridal gown?
It’s never too soon! However, we do recommend that you secure your wedding date and your venue before you begin to try on gowns. Knowing your wedding date is very important to our stylists – all of our designers have different production schedules and we don’t want you to incur rush fees if you don’t need to. We typically recommend ordering your gown no later than 8 months before the wedding – this allows plenty of time for the gown to arrive, as well as 2-3 months for alterations. Of course you can always begin shopping as soon as you are ready!
How soon should I book an appointment?
We tend to book up about two weeks in advance – especially for our most popular appointment times (Saturdays, and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings). We can book an appointment as far in advance as you like to secure your time.
How should I prepare for the appointment?
Our stylists are very experienced and will guide you through the appointment, however, it does help us a bit to see some images of gowns that you like, or that inspire you. Feel free to bring in magazine photos, your Pinterest page, or any other online photos of gowns you may like. This allows us to see what styles you gravitate towards, and we can get a sense of your personal style and interest. Inspiration photos of the wedding in general, and the venue, also help us paint the picture of your perfect wedding vision.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable undergarments that make you feel confident and beautiful. Almost all of our gowns are constructed with the appropriate support needed for their optimal fit. You don’t have to wear a bra or corset with the gowns on your wedding day, so you don’t need one during the fitting. Please note that a stylist will be getting you dressed in the fitting room, so if you aren’t comfortable being braless during the appointment, please wear a properly fitting strapless bra. Spanx or other support garments are again, not necessary, but if you would prefer to wear them on your wedding day, please bring them to try on the gowns. Please note that we do not provide undergarments or bras/corsets for appointments.
Who should I bring with me?
We highly recommend that you only bring your closest advisors. Our boutique is small and intimate, and for that reason we ask that you limit your guest list to three or four people. The people you bring should be those whose opinions you value and trust. Not only does it eliminate a lot of confusion or feeling of being overwhelmed with opinions, but it adds to the element of surprise! If one of your trusted advisors can’t come to the boutique with you, you are welcome to Skype or FaceTime with them towards the end of the appointment.
Children are welcome, but we do ask that they must be supervised at all times, and not disrupt any other customers.
Can I take photos?
Yes! However, please remember that cellphone photos are not always the best representation of the bride or the gown she is in. In order to keep the appointment within the timeframe allotted, we do ask that you only take photos of the few favorite gowns – there is usually enough time at the end to re-try the favorites and snap photos. We do ask that you please refrain from taking videos.
I found my gown! Now what?
Congratulations! Once you have selected your bridal gown, your stylist will take whatever measurements your specific designer requires. You will then pay for your gown – ask your stylist about our optional payment plan – and the gown will be ordered from the designer. If you haven’t purchased accessories, you can make an appointment at a later date to shop for a veil, jewelry, and other bridal accessories. Then all you need to do is wait for your gown to arrive!
Do you offer alterations?