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Everything you need to know before booking your first wedding gown appointment. (With insider tips!)

Your first wedding dress appointment is an exciting and memorable experience as you embark on the journey to find the perfect gown for your special day. Finding the perfect dress can feel pretty overwhelming ngl, and don’t even get me started on narrowing down the many bridal gown studios to a few or just one! However, it's important to come prepared and know what to expect to make the most out of your appointment.

Here is our guide to help you with your journey to finding your dream wedding gown.

What is your favourite shape?

Start with picking a few gown silhouettes (shape of the dress) that appeal to you. Some of the most popular gown silhouettes are:

  • A-line

Lee Petra Grebenau Spring 2021 Wedding Dresses — “La Belle Epoque” Bridal Collection
Lee Petra Grebenau Spring 2021
  • Trumpet / Mermaid

Sophia Tolli Aisha wedding gown mermaid
Sophia Tolli
  • Ball gown

eva lendel 2022 wedding collection
Eva Lendel
  • Column

Elegant Off-the-Shoulder Column Wedding Dress with Draped Cowl Neckline
Martina Liana
  • Jumpsuit

Gala by Galia Lahav wedding pantsuit
Gala by Galia Lahav

Before your appointment, take the time to research different gown styles that resonate with you. Keep in mind that the appointment typically lasts for one hour, allowing you to try on around three to five gowns. Communicate your preferences to the consultant, but also be open to exploring different silhouette options. Their expertise can guide you towards styles that may pleasantly surprise you.

Pro-tip! Appointments are generally limited to 1 hour - this lets you try on about 3 - 5 gowns! Thus, it is essential to be punctual for your appointments as most boutiques are packed with back-to-back appointments!

If you're a plus-size bride, it's essential to research bridal boutiques that cater specifically to your needs. Boutiques such as Blooming Bride are known for their extensive selection of designer and in-house designed gowns for plus-size brides. Prioritize visiting these boutiques during your wedding dress shopping journey.

Now I’ve made my appointment, what to bring?


Wearing the right undergarments is crucial to ensure a smooth and comfortable fitting. Opt for nude-colored undergarments that closely match your skin tone. Choose seamless options to avoid any visible lines under the dress.

nipple stickers & adhesive bra
Pro-tip! Consider using nipple stickers or adhesive bras, as many wedding dresses are padded. Having your own coverage will not only provide hygiene but also give you the desired support.

Studio-provided High Heels

Most bridal studios have sample high heels available for you to try on with the gowns. You don't need to bring your own unless you have a specific pair you want to wear on your wedding day. These sample heels will give you an idea of how the dress will look with the appropriate height.

jimmy choo wedding heels
Jimmy Choo

Keep Your Hair and Makeup Simple

When attending your first wedding dress appointment, it's best to wear light makeup and keep your hair as it normally is. This will help you envision how the dress will look with your everyday appearance. By avoiding drastic changes, you can focus more on the dress itself and how it complements your natural features.

Minimal Accessories

While trying on gowns, be mindful of your accessories. Avoid wearing accessories that may hook or snag the delicate fabric of the dresses. It's advisable to keep your jewelry and accessories to a minimum during the appointment.

Time to shop!

Budget is my everything

Wedding gown prices can vary greatly depending on factors such as the designer, style, and quality. On average, gown rentals can range from $700 to $5000. It's important to have a budget in mind before your appointment to ensure you explore options within your price range.

Appointment Fee

Some bridal studios may charge an appointment fee, typically offset by the gown package if you decide to make a purchase. These fees can range from $50 to $70. It's important to do your research beforehand to understand the pricing policies of different boutiques.

Pro-tip! Consider strategizing your appointments so that you visit the boutiques with appointment fees and decisive pricing last, allowing you to explore other options before making a decision.

Decisive pricing is when a boutique gives you major discount or perks during your visit, playing on your FOMO feels! This is when you decide whether to go ahead and book that gown on the spot to ensure that savings.

Can alter everything or not?

During your appointment, remember that minor modifications to the gown are often allowed as long as they can be easily removed. For example, snap buttons can be added for a convertible look or long sleeves can be attached for a different style. However, it's important to consult with the boutique about their specific guidelines for alterations.

wedding dress convertible
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Pro-tip! If your budget is for one dress only, consider a convertible wedding dress that gives you two looks with a small change! A simpler classic gown for a daytime look, add embellished bolero or cape, tulle sleeves for a more dramatic look.

Sizing alterations can be taken in or let out up to 2 sizes, depending on the design & fabric of the gowns. It is better to choose a slightly bigger gown as it is easier to take in than to add fabric - especially when there are lace appliques or beadwork at the areas that need alteration.

I want to take a photo of myself in the gown, how come cannot?

Due to copyright concerns, it's important to ask for permission before taking photos of the gowns during your appointment. Bridal vendors often fear that their designer or in-house gowns might be copied or replicated without consent. Respect their policies and ensure you follow their guidelines regarding photography.

Book your first wedding gown appointment with Love Wedding Atelier now!

Your first wedding dress appointment is an unforgettable experience filled with anticipation and excitement. As you embark on this journey to find the gown of your dreams, we invite you to book an appointment with Love Wedding Atelier, where exceptional service and a wonderful range of gowns from the mermaid silhouettes to the dramatic ball gowns await you.

love wedding atelier

Love Wedding Atelier is renowned for their exquisite collection of bridal gowns and their dedication to providing a personalized and memorable shopping experience. Their expert consultants will guide you through the process, ensuring that every detail is taken care of to make you feel like a true princess on your special day.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to discover the gown that perfectly captures your style and reflects your unique love story. Book an appointment with Love Wedding Atelier today and let their team help you find the dress that will make you radiate with joy as you walk down the aisle.

Find the gowns of your dreams at Blooming Bride, a size-inclusive bridal boutique located in the heart of the city!

At Blooming Bride, they understand that every body is unique and deserves to be adorned with a gown that accentuates your natural beauty. Their expert team is committed to providing a warm and inclusive environment where you can explore a wide selection of gowns specifically designed to celebrate your curves and make you feel absolutely radiant on your special day.

blooming bride

Don't settle for anything less than perfection. Book an appointment with Blooming Bride today and let their team guide you in finding the gown that embraces your individuality and showcases your personal style. With their exceptional service and dedication to making every bride feel truly special, Blooming Brides is the destination where your wedding gown dreams come true.

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