Appointments are strongly recommended so we may help you select your perfect dress. Our Bridal consultants prefer to work one on one with our brides and have fitting rooms available to you and your party. However, we will do our best to accommodate walk-in customers when possible. Walk-ins are welcome Appointments are adored!
Your visit will be scheduled for 2 hours.
Bring pictures of favorite dresses that you’ve seen on our website. This will help your consultant understand what kind of look you’re envisioning. And be sure to bring an open mind – you may surprise yourself at what gowns you end up falling in love with. Please wear proper undergarments as a consultant will be in the dressing room with you.
We suggest bringing only 1-3 close friends or family members who know you the best and whose opinions you value. A large group can take the focus off of you. We can generally accommodate up to 5 guests.
In order to offer our customers the most diverse selection possible, The Exquisite Bride operates as a boutique style store which means we feature a wide variety of gowns but typically only stock one size of each dress. When you find the perfect gown we will then special order the dress for you in your desired size and color.
Yes. We do have gowns in our store size 18 to 24. Our samples typically range from size 8 through 20, and we can special order custom sized gowns over size 30 from specific designers.
Yes. This is one of those scrapbook moments. Once you’ve found the perfect dress we do allow you to take photos to capture the moment if you desire. However, we don’t recommend relying totally on photos to help make your gown decision. Non-professional photos can make even the best dress look unflattering. It’s best to decide on the dress while you’re trying it on.
No. Appointments are not required to shop for accessories. However, an appointment is required if you would like to try your wedding gown on while choosing your accessories (strongly recommended).
We recommend ordering your bridal gown at least 6-9 months before your wedding date. Since our gowns are made upon request, special orders can take up to 6 months to arrive and you’ll want to leave plenty of time to allow for alterations. We do however have some designers that can get you a gown sooner if need be.
We recommend ordering bridesmaid's and mother's gowns at least 4 to 6 months before the wedding as they can take up to 12 to 16 weeks to arrive.
Aside from bridal designers needing significant time to deliver your gown, ordering your gown well in advance will give you the peace of mind knowing that a major decision is taken care of. Since your bridal gown helps set the tone of your wedding, finalizing your dress choice will also help make the rest of your planning decisions easier. In addition, designers periodically discontinue dresses, often without much notice, meaning your gown may no longer be available if you wait too long to order.
No, it’s not too late, but every second counts! Many of our gowns are available to be purchased off the rack, and for an additional fee, certain gowns may be able to be “rush ordered.” Your consultant will help determine which options best fit your needs.