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What to bring to a bridal appointment?

Updated: Jan 28, 2022

You have an appointment at a bridal store to try on dresses, what should you bring? The answer may surprise you.

As a bridal store owner, I have seen brides bring entire suitcases full of goodies. I always admire those who are so prepared that they bring everything in their wardrobe from 5 different types of undergarments to a change of clothes and extra shoes. Is all of this really necessary? My answer is no! While it is nice to prepare for the wedding apocalypse of the century this really is overkill.

All we ask (and we wish we didn't have to) is that you wear underwear. That is it. A skin tone color is ideal because otherwise we will be able to see them through some of the dresses (though we would still take neon colored underwear over none at all). It is rare if you don't need our help getting into and out of the dresses so we will see all. Lets not make it weird by not wearing underwear.

You also don't need those fancy bras or shapewear. You don't need a bra at all in fact! I always recommend that brides try on the dresses without bras for a number of reasons. Some of the dresses already have cups and boning in them to help with support and shape. If they don't, then we want to see what kind of alterations might be needed so that we can make sure your alterations won't break your budget. Sometimes it is as simple as adding cups to the dress.

As for shoes, only bring them if you have a pair you plan to wear at the wedding. Typically you will find shoes after you get the dress but sometimes you find the dreamiest pumps and can't pass them up. Then we have the fun task of matching the dress to the shoes. You don't need shoes for your appointment. You won't need them until you are ready to go for alterations. At that point, the seamstress will alter the dress to the shoes. We can generally tell just by looking at the dress whether or not it will need alterations depending on whether you plan to wear heels or flats so there is no need to bring them.

Now for what not to bring. DON'T bring your entire bridal party. Please stick to one or two people, three at the most. The more people you bring, the more opinions you will hear and the less likely you are to make a decision you will be happy with in the end. I recommend just bringing your mom or a best friend or even come by yourself. Going by yourself can be a great way to learn what styles look great on you without worrying about what other people think.

Think you are ready to set an appointment? Visit to setup your bridal fitting.

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