Bridal Appointment 101 - Helpful Advice for the perfect Bridal Appointment
You have scheduled your initial bridal appointment - YAY!!
It is such an exciting time and we can't wait to help you find your dream wedding dress. We are here to be your wedding styling expert, BFF and trusted advisor so that you feel confident that finding your dream dress is right inside our amazing boutique. Let's get started with some great advice from our team.
We are a group friendly salon
Bring your family and friends that you want to be a part of your journey to your perfect dress. Our bridal suites can seat 7 - 10 guests comfortably. But it is also perfectly fine if you want this process to include just your mom or trusted friend.
Wedding dress inspiration is EVERYTHING to our stylists
Prior to your appointment, you will receive an email to ask that you complete a bridal appointment survey so that we can get to know you and your special day. Sending us a link to your pinterest or sending along pictures of what you envision will help us be prepared to dazzle you with all the amazing options we will have for you.
Trade those nerves for excitement
Many brides are so nervous to start their journey towards finding their dream dress. We will welcome you with a glass of champagne or a mimosa and help you feel comfortable that finding your perfect dress is a breeze.
Undergarments are not optional
Yes, this is the best advice you will receive. When trying on our growns, your bridal stylist will be in the fitting room with you to assist with getting in and out of the dresses. So that you feel comfortable, please wear undergarments that you envision wearing on your wedding day. Sticky boobs are perfect for this process along with a nice pair of natural waisted Spanx. Please don't come commando;)
What if our gowns are not the right size?
When trying on our dresses, you will discover that they come in all shapes and sizes. We will use our magical skills to make you feel like the dresses you are trying on are your perfect size. Once you say YES to your Dress, we then take your measurements and assist with selecting the size that will give you the best fit. Our samples gowns range in size from 8 to 28.
Think about your wedding dress budget before your appointment
We know that there are so many components of your wedding and they likely all have a budget assigned to them. Your stylist will inquire what your desired pricepoint is and then guide you along your journey to your perfect dress with that pricepoint in mind. Your stylist will also provide information regarding the features, fabrics and attributes of our dresses that make them worth every penny. Your wedding day look will live on for a lifetime in your wedding pictures so your dress may be worth a little more of your budget than you may initially consider. Also, have a conversation with your loved ones that may be contributing to your wedding dress budget - many brides are surprised when they realize that grandma or mom has no budget in mind:)
Bring on the Paparazzi
Your bridal appointment will provide so many sharable moments so feel free to have a loved one take pictures of your journey and your favorite dresses. Certainly no pics of you in a dress should be shared on social - but that iconic I Said Yes pic will bust the internet for sure. We are a photo-friendly salon so sharing is caring!!
We provide the Champs - that's all you will need
We will greet you and your entourage with a glass of champagne, mimosa or water for this special occasion. But for the protection of our beautiful gowns, we do request no outside food or drinks. Rolling up with a cheese tray is not how we roll. And coffee around white dresses is not cool either. Cheers to finding your dress - with our champagne!
I Said Yes - Now what??
After you find your dress, our stylist will guide you through the next steps. We are with you every step of the way until you say I Do!! Your stylist will take measurements, assist in selecting the best size to order, review your order of your beautiful dress and explain our payment options. We do require a minimum 50% deposit to move forward with ordering your dress. Payment plans are always available too - just ask your stylist. We will then order your dress from the designer which can take up to 6 - 9 months. Once your dress arrives, we inspect it to ensure it arrived just as you envisioned and then we send you the most exciting text ever to let you know that She is HERE!! You will then schedule a very special appointment to come Meet Your Dress and slip her on for the very first time. At this appointment we will make sure you have all the answers regarding alterations and so on. Before you know it, you will be walking down the aisle to the love of your life in the dress of your dreams.
Am I shopping too early or too late?
Let's admit it - most of us started looking for our perfect dress well before the bling was on our finger. Pinterest - We Heart You! Regardless of when your big day is, it is never too early to find your dress. Repeat - it is never too early to find your dress. Once you find The One - Say Yes - and move down your checklist to other planning elements. Your dress will set the tone for your entire wedding so finding your dress is the key to so many other components of your day. On the flip side, if you are late to the game or just have a super quick engagement, our team can work magic and assist with finding the perfect dress that will cater to almost any timeline. However, if you can avoid the last minute scramble to find a dress, this is highly recommended.
Can I stay in your salon all day?
T & C is truly a bridal heaven - our salon was designed with our brides and their entourage in mind. So we understand why so many of our brides don't want to leave. We have reserved a bridal suite for you and your guests for 90 minutes. This will be ample time to find your dress, handle the order and take your Yes picture in front of our custom designed YES Wall! Remember - you will come back again to Say HELLO to your beautiful gown once she arrives. We love our T & C Brides and look forward to also assisting with our bridesmaids, mothers, flower girls and tuxedos. You will see us so much we will be like family.
Alterations - Referral vs On Staff
Our goal is to order a dress that will provide the best fit possible but all wedding dresses will need some level of alterations for that perfect wedding day fit. We have developed amazing relationships with some of the most talented bridal seamstresses in the area. We deliberately do not have a seamstress on staff for a variety of reasons. All seamstresses have their strenghts and we want to partner you with the seamstress that has the highest level of skills for your particular dress. We also want to have you work with a seamstress that is conveniently located for you. You can select the seamstress that is closest to your home or work. For our brides that can't get enough of our beautiful store, we do have one seamstress partner that will meet you at our store for your fittins. In addition, by having 5 seamstress partners, there is likely always going to be a seamstress that has availability to work with you regardless of your timeline. And finally, bridal seamstress work is an art and often is not cheap. But we want you to get the most value for your money which means working directly with a seamstress and not encountering marked up fees for on staff alterations so that the store can make money on their work. We are with you every step of the way and that includes an amazing fitting experience as well.
Let's Talk T & C Bride Perks!
Now that you are a T & C Bride and found your perfect dress, you are part of our family. And this means special treatment that provides benefits that will take you all the way to your walk down the aisle. Our amazing bridesmaids program provides stress-free coordination, and special pricing just for your ladies. And for those special guys, we can help them look dapper on the big day with our tuxedo and suit packages with a great deal for our T & C Gents. And don't forget the moms and flower girls too - our stylists will make them feel like the royalty they are and save them money too. And we literally have you covered from the Dress to the Driver with our partnership with Best Transportation that is the leading award winning chauffeured transportation provider in our region. Saving $100 on your wedding transportation is the icing on the cake.
We can't wait to meet you and are honored that you have chosen to shop at Town & Country Bridal for your dream dress!