This article is dedicated to those shopping for a wedding gown. It can be a scary purchase and for many young women, it is one of the most expensive purchases they have ever made. Some people feel like they need to stick with chain stores like Alfred Angelo and David’s Bridal (also called’ Big Box’ stores) to play it safe. Those big stores pay for tons and tons of ads annually, so we all know they are there. The primary benefits that these kind of stores offer are that they have hanging stock, and they offer a credit card or financing options for your wedding gown. Their ads make it seem cheap and easy to shop there. The truth is rather different and often frustrating. So here is an article to clear up some hoopla you have wondered about big box shopping vs. bridal boutique shopping.
Here are some of the primary perks of “boutiqing it” with your wedding gown:
PERSONAL SERVICE: This makes a world of difference when shopping for something that resembles a huge white marshmallow shoved into a see-through plastic bag. Smaller bridal boutiques learn their stock and know it by heart. They can easily match up the right girl with the right gown at the right price. Tah-dah! All the stuff about it taking 10-12 shops to find the right gown only happens when you meet with people who don’t care, don’t know their stock, and haven’t the foggiest idea of what cuts will flatter your figure. Personalized service can do all that, plus some!
CUSTOM FIT: Adding on to the previous thought - brides can order custom sizes and heights at Once Upon A Time Weddings. The bridal boutique that special orders is your BFF if you have a figure that doesn’t play nice with standard sizing. This works really well and saves you time AND money. At Once Upon A Time Weddings, almost all of our designers allow us to change the length of the gown. This fee is $50-75 depending on the designer. This means that if you're short, you won't have to pay $350 to hem eight layers of your gown. Plus, you have more time after your gown arrives since these changes were made in the factory.
NEED A GOWN NOW? No problem, all of our styles that are in store are ready to take home TODAY. The truth is that Once Upon A Time Weddings carries stock that helps all of their brides, so whether you need a specialty size and have time to order or your wedding is tomorrow, Once Upon A Time Weddings is the perfect place to shop. We also can work with our designers to have gowns arrive faster than standard delivery times, sometimes at no additional charge.
10. IT’S MORE FUN! Yeah, I said it. ;o) Once Upon A Time Weddings is a more fun place to shop. Have you been at one of those other places on a Saturday afternoon? Oh goodness. I hate shopping like that - getting bumped every 5 seconds, it’s so loud, people are everywhere, you can’t see anything, there is no place for your mom to sit, the high school girl helping you gave you a gown that is too small and now you have your arms plastered over your head while trying to pull the gown off…Now you have to open that door to the 100 people out there to get unstuck. Compare that to a private shopping appointment - even on sale days - where you have an entire bridal lounge to yourself and your friends, with a plush chair for mom, it’s quiet, no one’s bumping you, and you don’t have to beat another bride with a whistle to get your wedding gown.
We hope you’ll come visit us soon. Call 519.245.7997 today to make your specialized appointment. We’re excited about helping you find your dream gown. In fact, so many of our brides purchase on their first visit because they love the experience they have at Once Upon A Time Weddings. Being decisive saves us time and we pass those savings onto you with a $100 off your wedding gown and a book of coupons exclusively for our first time buying brides.
We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you into our Once Upon A Time Weddings family.