Selecting the perfect gown to walk down the aisle in is a special experience and we are honored that you have considered sharing this special event with us. Finding the perfect dress for your wedding should be a stress free occasion and we want to help make selecting your gown as easy as possible. Below are the answers to some of the questions we hear daily from brides.
What is the starting price of your bridal gowns?
Our shop works each season to bring in a variety of different gowns offered at diverse price ranges. We can accommodate budgets from $2,000 and up on gowns for reorder.
Why do you require appointments?
Working off appointments allows our shop to provide an unparalleled shopping experience for every bride. When a bride schedules an appointment, an experienced bridal consultant will be assigned to the bride in order to adequately provide her the attention she deserves. Scheduling an appointment will ensure that you are given the attention you deserve when shopping for your dress and that you can try on the moment you enter the salon.
So you never accept walk-in traffic?
If we are not in the midst of servicing a bride that has set up an appointment, we would love nothing more than to help you slip on the dress of your dreams! So, make sure to come in and ask if you can look around or give us a call and see if we have some free time later in the day.
When should I order my wedding gown?
We suggest ordering your wedding gown eight to nine months prior to your wedding date. However, we are happy to work with brides who have a much shorter time frame.
Why do I have to order my gown so early?
When a bride selects a gown from White Dresses, we partner with the designer of the gown selected to help create a gown tailored for the bride. The designers sold at White Dresses are different than any that you will find elsewhere and usually work with small production teams that are supervised by the designer themselves or their production manager. In order to field requests from both White Dresses and other retailers that sell their gowns, designers usually request around 14-16 weeks to complete production on a gown. In addition to the time that it takes a designer to complete your gown, you will need alterations. In order to accommodate all of our brides, our experienced and reputable alterations specialists prefer to have two to four months to alter your dress.
What if my wedding is only a few months away? Can you help me find a dress?
Yes. White Dresses can work with brides who need a gown in a shorter time frame than normal production and delivery schedules. There are several solutions for brides who are in need of a gown fast, including sample sales and rush orders. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that we can help you find your perfect white dress.
Why do all bridal stores ask about budget?
White Dresses does not group gowns based on price point. Thus, you might find gowns hanging together that are in totally different price ranges. We want to save you the frustration of selecting a gown that you have advised us is outside of your budget. We are more than happy to let you try on any dress in our shop, but we want to let you know when you are selecting gowns that are outside of the budget you have set for yourself. Allowing your bridal consultant to know your budget provides them with the ability to show you gowns that match your wishes in both silhouettes and budget.
Who should I bring with me to my appointment?
This really depends on the bride and whose opinions she values when selecting her perfect gown. No matter who you decide to bring, make sure the person is ready to support you and make sure you are happy with the gown you select.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
Most of the gowns carried at White Dresses are created with enhancing fit structure and skirt shaping slips sewn right in. Thus, our gowns work best when the bride is not layered with a corset. A bridal consultant will be helping you into all the dresses you try on. Therefore, you might want to think about wearing full coverage underwear. You will also need to wear a strapless bra that you feel comfortable in.
What is a trunk show?
A trunk show is when the designer sends multiple collections to a shop to gives brides in the area a chance to view more options. Trunk shows typically last only a couple of days and oftentimes give a bride purchase perks (such as a discount or a chance to meet the designer). Make sure to check out our Events page to see what Trunk Shows are on the schedule!
What is a sample sale?
A sample sale is an event where a shop allows certain boutique samples to be sold directly off of our floor to brides. These gowns are offered at a discount and provides brides a chance to get a gently used dress for a great bargain! Most samples in our shop are sized between a size 6 and size 12. If you are within or close to those sizes, we would love to help you look at available samples.
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