WHO SHOULD I BRING WITH ME WHEN I COME FOR MY WEDDING GOWN SHOPPING APPOINTMENT?
When shopping for a 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: it’s great to have one or two people who are close to you to give you honest opinions but bringing too many people to “poll the audience” can turn out to be a recipe for disaster that may cause you to miss out on your perfect gown. In the end, yours is the only opinion that truly matters.
SHOULD I GET A SITTER FOR THE KIDS?
As much as we love children, we strongly recommend you not bring them to any bridal store. From a child’s perspective, a bridal salon is not a very fun place to be. They’re expected to sit still for an hour or more and can’t touch anything. Additionally, there are safety hazards, like loose pins, needles, or small objects like beads that they can put in their mouths.
It’s also important to get a sitter because the appointment is a time for you to focus on yourself, with no distractions. We know how much your child’s opinion means to you, but a cranky child can be tough to impress. We know, we have small children ourselves! A better way to involve them in the process is to bring them to the final fitting, so they can see the final product and only have to control themselves for 20 minutes or so.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO TRY ON GOWNS?
You may bring a strapless bra to your consultation but it is not necessary. Our gowns are very well constructed and most brides find that their bust is very well supported without a bra, and we do have support garments available. Please wear proper/clean undergarments. You will not be dressing alone and the gowns may not close all the way in the back, so neon pink and green underwear might be a bit distracting to the people you brought with you to help make your decision. 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.
SHOULD I BRING IN PICTURES FROM MAGAZINES OR THE INTERNET OF GOWNS I LIKE?
Absolutely, scanning magazine photos is part of the fun of wedding gown shopping, but be sure to keep an open mind. Many women see themselves in a pictured gown they thought they loved only to say, “Hmm…I thought it would be more exciting.” Then when they try on a gown style they had not even considered before they go crazy over how good it makes them feel.
Also, keep in mind that some of the best designers don’t advertise in magazines or on the internet, so don’t limit yourself only to pictures you found. Your perfect gown might be one you’ve never seen before!
CAN I TAKE PICTURES OF THE GOWNS
Not until you purchase your gown. When contracting with our designers, we sign contracts that we will not allow pictures of the gown until the purchase is complete. We respect the work and ingenuity of all our designers. We also represent private designers who do not advertise their gowns. Cell phone and camera usage are not allowed in the bridal area.
WHAT SIZES ARE YOUR SAMPLES?
Our samples are between size 6 and size 28. If the gown is too small or too big, we can clip you to give you a general idea of what the gown will look like in your size. Please be understanding that since we are a bridal boutique and not a department store, it is impossible for us to stock every size and color.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO TRY ON GOWNS?
We generally allot about 2 hours for each appointment, but let us know if you need certain accommodations.
HOW DO I REMEMBER THE GOWNS THAT I TRIED ON?
We take care of that for you. We will write down the dresses you liked and with what accessories. From this point on, we have you on file so if your consultant is not available the next time you come back, another consultant can just look at your file and know exactly which dresses you previously tried on.