What designers do you carry?
Bridal designers include Allure Couture, Maggie Sottero, Stella York, Casablanca, David Tutera, and Blush by Hayley Paige.
What should I bring with me during my appointment?
Any pictures of dresses that have caught your eye will help your stylist get an idea of what you like. If you are considering wearing heels for your wedding, a shoe of the same height might be helpful with measuring. Other than that, just bring 2-3 trusted advisors and be ready to have fun!
What sizes bridal gowns does your bridal shop offer?
Our sample gowns range from size 6 to size 26, with the majority of dresses in sizes 10-16.
How do the fittings and alterations work at the bridal salon?
Once your dress arrives, we can schedule a first fitting with our in-house seamstress. The first fitting usually takes about one hour, and we discuss what modifications need to be made to the gown in order to make it fit you perfectly. At the end of the fitting, our seamstress provides a quote for the work as discussed. Six to eight weeks later, you will come back in to try on your gown after the work has been completed. If any tweaks need to be made, you may have a third fitting, but usually two fittings is sufficient.
What bridal trends are you seeing for 2018?
Ball gowns are coming back and lace is still very important to our hill country brides. Long sleeves are trending and sparkly belts or sashes are still a great way to add a little bling to a more understated look.
What is the most valuable bit of advice you would give a bride-to-be?
Don't make yourself crazy by asking too many people for their opinion OR by assuming you have to see EVERY dress in the world before making a decision. Find something that makes you feel great and go for it! And...have fun! After all, a wedding is really just a big party in disguise :)
What's been your most rewarding experience with a bride-to-be during a one-on-one consultation?
It's always special to help a bride design a way for her dress to commemorate a lost loved one. Our brides and their families get SO creative when it comes to sewing inscriptions or pinning mementos from family members inside their gowns. Personally, I feel most proud when I am
able to help a bride who doesn't like to be the center of attention, or a bride who might have struggled with body image issues in the past. When she looks in the mirror and says, "I love it." my heart just soars!
How far in advance should I start looking for a dress prior to my wedding date?
Most gowns take 3-4 months to arrive once the order is placed. Of course, delays can happen, so we recommend ordering your gown at least 6 months before your wedding. That being said, many of our designers carry stock and offer accelerated shipping for a small upcharge. We also sell off-the-rack, so don't let a quick wear date deter you from coming to New Braunfels for a visit! We would love to help!