Congratulations on your engagement! We’re SO excited to help you find the dress of your dreams, and provide an experience you’ll remember forever. We hope this information helps you prepare for your bridal gown and bridesmaids shopping experiences with us!
Here’s what you need to know about the BRIDAL portion of your appointment: You’ll go first!
Our reorderable dresses range from $1000-$3000 with the average price point around $1500. Most brides find their gown on their first appointment at Dress Gallery, so we encourage you to bring your most important loved ones and be ready for payment.
Please arrive on time. We are often fully booked with appointments, so arriving too early may mean you’ll have to wait and arriving late may mean your appointment is cut short or has to be rescheduled.
All appointments cancelled within 48 hours of original appointment time or missed without notice are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.
No food or drink allowed. This includes your morning coffee or champagne!
Location: We are located at 1005 W. Douglas Avenue. The closest cross-section is Douglas and Seneca. We are located at the western edge of the Delano District. There is one entrance to the store – the westernmost door facing Douglas. There is parking in front of the store on Douglas Avenue. There is also a parking lot behind the building, but you must still enter through the front door.
Who do I bring? We are currently inviting the bride to bring four guests with her to the appointment. We are asking that all guests be over the age of ten unless they are a part of the wedding party and here to get measured.
Can I browse before I come? Browsing digitally is the best way to do it! In our store all of our gowns are bagged in a private, employees-only stock room. Our Pinterest page has our live inventory, and the page is updated daily. See our gowns here: http://www.pinterest.com/DressGalleryICT
What do I wear? Wear full coverage underwear. You have to wear underwear to try on gowns! DG employees handle the gowns and help you get in and out of them. Do you need a strapless bra…? That’s up to you! If so, you can bring your fave or you can borrow one of ours. It’s always a good idea to have your hair and makeup done too – it’s easier to tell what you’ll look like in a bridal gown if you’re a little dolled up.
What will my appointment be like? You’ll be greeted at the front counter, asked to fill out a bridal information sheet, and be taken to your private fitting room. Your consultant will talk to you about your wedding style, must-haves in a dress, and budget. Then your consultant will pull one gown at a time for you based on your descriptions and/or photos. She will help you get dressed – which is why proper undergarments are a good idea! Only DG employees handle the gowns to ensure that our samples remain in good condition.
FYI: Our consultants work off of gratuity – you can tip them at the end of your appointment with the credit/debit card machines or in cash. It’s never expected but always appreciated!
Is it normal to find my dress at my first appointment? Yes! The majority of brides find the perfect dress at their first appointment at DG. For this reason, you should come with the person who will be purchasing your gown and/or be ready to make your purchase. We require 60% payment to order a dress and 30% for payment plan items . Payment plans’ final balances are due within 60 days of purchase. Special order balances are due 60 days after items arrive in the store. We do not accept checks on final payment or if items are leaving the store. All sales are final – no returns, refunds, or exchanges, no exceptions.
Here’s what you need to know about the BRIDESMAIDS portion of your appointment: They’ll go after you!
When you’re done finding your dream dress, you and your group will transition to the bridesmaid department and shop! First thing you’ll likely do is select a color, then start shopping through the selections available to you!
What do my bridesmaids need to wear? Encourage your bridesmaids to wear shapewear if needed and a “real” bra (sports bras are no good for trying on!). In most circumstances, we only have one of each dress. The designers choose the sizes and colors we receive. The sizes range from 8-14. We do offer plus size bridesmaid dresses in stock and we are prepared to help ladies try on dresses that will not fit them and have them look their best.
Do you have the dress in the size and color I need in the store? Maybe, but if we do, we probably only have one dress. The designers send us a run of dresses and we can’t choose colors or sizes. That’s why special orders are usually necessary for bridesmaids.
What do I do with my out-of-town bridesmaids? We handle out-of-town ‘maids all the time. They need to go to a bridal store or tailor and get professionally measured. Then they can submit them on our online form and get sized for the specific dress you have picked out for them. We take payment over the phone, too. Here’s the link to online measurements: https://shopdressgallery.com/bridesmaid-dress-size-form/
How does payment work for bridesmaids? We require 60% payment to order dresses. If you’re splitting the bill with them, let us know and we can accommodate that. Special order balances are due 60 days after items arrive in the store. We accept cash, credit and debit cards, and checks on deposits only. We do not accept checks on final payment or if items are leaving the store. All sales are final – no returns, refunds, or exchanges, no exceptions!
What can I expect to spend? Our designer bridesmaid dresses average from $159-$239. If you need to spend less than that, you will have limited options. Anything with beading, sequins, or lace will be on the higher end of the above price points.
What else do I need to know? Bridesmaids take 3-4 months to arrive. There are rush fees that MUST be paid if the shipping date is within 3 weeks of the wedding. We cannot order anything without payment and measurements from every single bridesmaid! If you’re unsure about a dress and just want to get measured to have sizes on file, we charge $15 per person. The $15 will be applied to the dress’s balance once a dress is decided on.
We offer complimentary gown storage for 60 days after a dress comes in and after that, we charge $25 a month to store.
We don’t employ an in-house seamstress. Any custom work or tailoring will need to be done elsewhere. We recommend Juliana at QuickStitch: (316) 630-0074.
Have any questions or concerns? Email us or call: firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-264-6688 or text 316-351-8565.
P.S. We know this might be obvious, but please be engaged with a wedding date set before you book an appointment. If you are just looking to get initial ideas of what kind of dresses you might like, but not quite ready to purchase–browsing digitally is the best option at this time!