How far in advance of my wedding should I shop for my wedding gown?
We recommend shopping for your wedding dress soon after you choose your wedding date and venue. Most gowns take between four to six months to arrive from the date you order the dress, so to give yourself a stress-free experience and to avoid rush fees, it’s great to start shopping between nine months and a year before your wedding. If you have less than six months before your big day, we still have lots of options that can be ready in time for your wedding. We also have gowns that can be purchased off the rack.
Do you have options in my budget?
When you come in for your appointment at Kathleen’s, your bridal stylist will help you choose gowns in a price range that you’re comfortable with. We never push you to spend more than you want, and we treat every bride with the same personal service.
Who should I bring with me to my appointment?
We believe that every bride wants and deserves a wonderful wedding dress shopping experience. We recommend bringing 1-3 family members or friends whose opinions you value most.
What should I bring with me to my appointment?
Feel free to bring pictures of gowns that inspire you. Source them from magazines, Pinterest, vision boards…anything you’d like! If you don’t already have a vision of what you like, no worries – we’ll help you figure out what you love! Strapless bras usually work best when trying on dresses, but no problem if you don’t have one.
What size are your gowns?
We don’t believe in “one size fits all.” The gowns at Kathleen’s are in a wide variety of sizes. We strongly believe that every bride should feel comfortable and have many beautiful options to try on when she’s shopping for her wedding dress. Sample gowns (i.e. what you try on in-store) will rarely be a perfect fit, but thankfully our bridal stylists are experts at giving you a great idea of how the gown will fit when it’s made in your own size.
Will I need alterations?
The alterations that are needed will vary from bride to bride and from gown to gown, and alterations costs are not included in the price of your wedding gown. Our in-house alterations specialists will work with you in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding to make sure you are completely happy with the fit of your dress.