What to expect at your first Bridal Salon appointment: Q&A with Carly

Earlier this year, Carly (my future sister-in-law) had the opportunity to visit a bridal salon and try on wedding gowns.  You can read  of her adventure by visiting the post  “Trying on Gowns.”   From this experience, she gained some knowledge about what to expect at the first Bridal Salon visit.  We thought it would be fun to share her tips so you can have fun, relax, and enjoy your first visit at the Bridal Boutiques.

Here are some additional tips you may find helpful:

* Establish a budget.  That way you don’t get your heart set on something you cannot afford.

* Sample sizes are usually an 8 or 10.  Don’t worry if you’re larger or smaller.  The consultant will clip the dress or hold it in the back to give a better visual of the fit in your size.

*Bring a bottle of water.  Trying on gowns can be a work out:)

*Wear little to no make up.  This will prevent the dresses from being stained.

*Stay true to your style and personality.

What are some of your experiences?  Do you have any tips for other Brides?  Please share:) 

Also, to help you get familiar with the Six Classic Silhouettes (via Martha Stewart Weddings), please see below:


Ball Gown
Introduced by Queen Victoria, reimagined by Dior in the 1950s, and never long out of fashion, this is the most romantic of all bridal silhouettes. It features a small waist (natural or dropped) and a voluminous skirt with petticoats. Most flattering to women of at least average height with hourglass or full figures, this style’s skirt will overwhelm a petite or particularly buxom bride. Depending on the fabric, the skirt can appear weightless or heavy.


This enduring style’s name comes from the triangle (or “A” shape) between the narrow bodice and outer edges of the wide, ungathered skirt. Suitable for a variety of fabrics, the A-line is versatile: It may or may not have a seam at the waist, which may be higher or lower than the natural waistline; and the close-fitting bodice may be strapless or have any type of neckline.


After the French Revolution, Napoleon’s wife Josephine popularized this neoclassical dress with a very high waist; the sheer materials she chose caused a sensation. The cropped bodice of the Empire style flatters the small-breasted woman but not a more buxom bride; the raised waist creates a long line, ideal for a petite bride. The skirt may be straight, slightly flared, or even as wide as an A-line.

If you are comfortable with showing off your curves, consider the slyly constructed sheath, popularized in the 1950s by Marilyn Monroe. This body-hugging profile is artfully sculpted with darts, tucks, and seams. The effect will differ depending on the weight and drape of the fabric. A great choice for a tall, slim-hipped woman, the sheath is equally becoming to a petite, slender bride. Avoid this style if you have wide hips but narrow shoulders.


A trumpet dress hugs the body at the top and through the hips but jets out into a fuller skirt at the bottom. This style is also referred to as mermaid.


Short dresses have a hem that is above or just slightly below the knee, and they typically aren’t found in any of the other categories.

Thank you for visiting!

2 thoughts on “What to expect at your first Bridal Salon appointment: Q&A with Carly

  1. Hi Ann
    May I please kind seek some advices from you in regards to the fabric of the wedding dress.

    I’m having a hard time choosing the fabric for my “A-line ball gown” wedding dress. The One I tried in the shop is Tulle but my dressmaker ask me to use organze.
    Since I don’t know what’s the result will be?
    Which fabric would be more better? As I’ll need bring to overseas for my wedding ceremony.

    My dress is very simple style, just asymmetrically wrap sweetheart and A-line with ball gown skirt .

    Thanks very much and appreciated.

    • Greetings Elena! Do you have a picture of the gown? Well, most of the time, if you have researched your dressmaker and her experience, I recommend you trust her judgement. Excellent dressmakers can look at gown and see what fabrics work best.

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