Wedding Dress Shopping FAQs
After helping hundreds of brides over the last five years, we find that most brides have very similar questions about the whole wedding dress shopping experience: Do I need an appointment? When should I start looking for a dress? What is the whole process? So we thought we would share answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about wedding dress shopping to help you get an inside view on finding your bridal gown! Here are answers to some Wedding Dress Shopping FAQs:
Do I Need an Appointment?
This is probably one of our most frequently asked questions, and we hear many mixed opinions about booking appointments. What we can share with you is this: You deserve an amazing experience while shopping for your dress! By booking an appointment, you are reserving a time for one-on-one attention for you and your guests to help you find the perfect dress. Shopping for your wedding gown is unlike any other clothes shopping you’ve done! This is the dress you want to feel stunning in while all eyes are on you coming down the aisle. You are going to want the help of a stylist to try on gowns and find the perfect dress. Plus, it’s the stylist’s job to listen to what you are looking for and help you find the best dress for you!
When should I start looking for my wedding dress?
Bride’s Magazine suggests that you start looking for your dress about a year in advance, and we couldn’t agree more. If you have the time to start looking a year ahead, do yourself this favor! The last thing you want is to feel extra stress in your wedding planning because you waited until the last minute to look for your wedding gown. When you order your wedding dress it can typically take up to 6 months to come in. This is because each dress is custom ordered just for you! You also want to allow plenty of time for alterations! Most seamstresses will like to have about three fittings with you in your dress and this part takes time. They need to be able to get your dress to fit you as best as possible, and this involves a lot of intricate work. So, if you have the time, start shopping early so you don’t have to order your dress on a rush cut and pay extra for rushed alteration. Plus, knowing what your dress looks like will help you have a better idea of what to choose for your bridal party!
Who should I bring with me to my appointment?
When deciding who to bring with you to your appointment, you want to think about who will help you with this process and who may make it more difficult. Limit your entourage to two or three others who you trust and love. It helps keep your judgment clear and experience stress free!
What if I already have a dress in mind?
Great! Bring pictures with you to show your stylist what you are drawn toward, BUT please keep an open mind! Most brides fall in love with a dress that is the complete opposite of what they have in mind. Be sure to try on what you think you love along with some things your stylist may choose that you really aren’t loving at first glance. Trust that she wants to help you find the perfect dress (because that’s what we are here for and we love it!) and try on a few things she might pick for you. Keeping an open mind will help make the process of finding the perfect dress so much easier on you!
Do you offer alterations?
While this is available to you if you purchase your gown with us, it is not required in any way to work with our seamstresses. We have a team of experienced seamstresses who work as independent contractors, but are happy to meet with you here in our alteration suite. At your appointment, your seamstress will be able to provide you with a custom price for the work that is needed for your garment. They typically will need 2 to 3 fittings, and if you are a bride, they like to have about 3 months or so to complete the work.
Finally, just a little advice for shopping for your dress: HAVE FUN! Finding your dress should be one of the most fun parts of planning for your special day! At K&B Bridals, we love working with our brides to help them find the perfect dress and have so much fun while doing it! We hope to see you here for an appointment and would love the opportunity to help you find the dress you fall in love with.