The traditional salon has a curated selection from different labels (or a single one if you go to a designer’s store, like Carolina Herrera’s New York City boutique). The best shops pair each bride with a dedicated stylist for an hour-long appointment, with no more than two brides in the store at a time. At larger salons, like David’s Bridal or New York City’s Kleinfeld, many gowns are held in the back, so it’s important to share your vision and budget with the sales consultant so she can pull the right styles for you.
Shop online, however never ever send out a check. Wedding apparel services occasionally have a means of disappearing overnight. No matter what the proprietor informs you, never buy as big as a wedding dress without the chargeback protection of a bank card. If they claim they can't take plastic, proceed.
If a full-on lace gown isn’t your thing, you can still choose a dress with lace highlights. You will look just as dream-like to your partner walking down the aisle in a non-lace wedding dress that has a lace neckline, lace panels, or lace embellishments. And, of course, there are always traditional lace veils – which can be worn no matter what material your actual wedding dress is made from.
These are the David’s Bridals of the world. These stores will make, import and sell their own private-label gowns. That means cheaper prices. More recently, these chains are creating custom partnerships with top wedding dress designers like Vera Wang so don’t just assume it is all private labeled. The other perk of these bridal chains is that they have everything you need, from dresses to shoes to accessories and so on.
The Ball Gown silhouette gives life to your visions of a fairytale wedding, with its gorgeous princess-like features. Fitted at the top with a full-bodied skirt, this dress comes with the choice of either a one piece or complimentary top and skirt combination. The Ball Gown stands out for a number of reasons, not least because of the plentiful fabric choices available. For a traditional look which highlights the elegance of the ball gown silhouette, a creamy satin or chiffon gives a stunning appearance. For a dreamy look, add volume to the skirt with a petticoat or by selecting a dress with layers of tulle, taffeta, or organza.