Q: What should a bride look for in a bridal retailer?
A: Brides should look for a reputable bridal store that offers a large selection of gowns, complete services such as alterations, and one-stop shopping – for veils, shoes and accessories. They may also want to ask friends for recommendations.
Q: What are the advantages of buying in a bridal store over having a gown made or buying online?
A: Knowledgeable staff and bridal consultants to guide you and answer all your questions. It is important to purchase from a salon that has great customer service and quality control.
Q: What information should a bride be prepared to share with a consultant when shopping for a gown?
A: She should share the location, theme and vision for the wedding, as well as her gown budget and color and fabric preferences. Bring photos of gowns you like from magazines, Web sites, etc.
Q: When is the best time to go shopping for a bridal gown?
A: Around six to nine months ahead of the wedding is considered ideal. If alterations are required, it is usually recommended to leave at least six weeks before the wedding for these. Shopping during the week is usually preferred, since weekends are often very busy.
Q: What gown fabrics are most likely to reveal undergarment seams or lines?
A: Bias-cut silk charmeuse.
Q: What are the rules for picking shoes to go with a gown?
A: The most important factor is comfort!