A few things you might consider when visiting bridal boutiques

One of the main challenges before the big day is buying the wedding dress. This is quite different shopping experience than going to the store. So, if you don’t pay attention it will be an unpleasant experience.

So, you said YES and the countdown started. If you have this sudden urge to run into every bridal boutique and try on wedding gowns then you are in the right place. We are here to help you organizing this busy period so that your shopping experience will go smoothly as possible. We put together this blog post just for you. We listed a few bridal boutique etiquettes and tips that brides should consider before going to a bridal boutique.


Most women start looking for the wedding dress right after the proposal. This is not a bad thing to do considering that time is essential in this process. But you have to know what you want!. Do not try on every dress that your friends or consultant brings in front of you. You need to make a lot of decisions in this period so do not waste time. Firstly, you have to know whether you want a custom-made or a ready-made wedding dress. To help you out with this decision you can read our post about this topic here. Secondly, you should also know that time is essential for bridal boutiques, as well. They need to prepare your dress for appointments and finish all the modifications that might occur. So, keep in mind that you should not waste the boutiques time and neither yours. This brings us to the second formality you should know about bridal ateliers: appointment.


Bridal boutiques are not shopping malls so storming in without an appointment and trying on dresses off the rack is out of the question. You have to know that bridal boutiques are not retail shops. Bridal shops don’t always accept walk-ins so you should pre-arrange a meeting. This is great from the point of view of the bride because you are going to get all the attention from the bridal boutique as they set aside this time only for you. Before booking the appointment you should know exactly what you want. You need to know your budget, what types of dresses you’re interested in, if you want special accessories etc. Appointments are not for VIPs, it’s the norm in this industry so adapt. You are not going to a shopping spree with your friends, you are going to buy the dress you are getting married in.So, do not bring your whole crew to the appointment. Usually, bridal boutiques accommodate small groups of 3-4 people.


This brings us the last point, be prepared for the appointment. Bridal shops extremely appreciate if you bring with you accessories you would like to wear with the dress. Some bridal boutiques have shoes but these might not fit you or are different from the style you would like to wear. It doesn’t have to be the exact shoe you want to wear but it has to be similar in style. Also, consider bringing with you an undergarment that will help you put on dresses faster and easier. These small things are greatly appreciated by the bridal consultants. Plus, you will save time, too.

One more tip before we finish. When booking the appointment ask if you can take photos and how many persons you are bringing with you the meeting.

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