Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. So that we can give each bride our undivided attention, we are an appointment only shop, and cannot accommodate walk-ins. We require private appointments to try on any of our gowns, including wedding gowns and accessories, bridesmaids, mothers and flower girls.
How long are appointment times?
We allot about one hour for your bridal appointment. Because we are a boutique store, all gowns are out for browsing, and we have found an hour is the perfect amount of time to select your favorites and try them on.
Can I bring a large party to my appointment?
We recommend that you limit your party to three or less during your visit at The Dresser. We are a cozy little boutique with limited seating and we have found that the opinions of a trusted few always make for an easier decision for you. For larger parties, please consider a weekday appointment so we can accommodate your party's needs.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Take some time to look through magazines and websites so you have a general idea of what you prefer in a wedding dress. This will help us get started in the selection process, although your stylist may also have some recommendations that you will love. It is helpful to bring undergarments of similar styles that you will wear on your wedding day, including strapless bras and those magic spanx! Also bring heels of a height that you will wear for your wedding so you can get the complete picture when dress shopping.
What is a trunk show?
The Dresser carries an edited selection of each designer's collection, but trunk shows are a designated time that The Dresser will have an extended selection of a particular designer. The trunk shows only last a couple of days, and appointments fill up quickly, so we recommend you book early if one of your favorite designers will be visiting The Dresser and you want to be able to shop the whole line. Discounts apply on trunk show merchandise during the trunk show dates only.
When should I order my wedding dress?
Dresses can take up to 6 months to produce, since it is being made to order. When you factor in shipping and alterations, it could be an 8 month total process. We suggest deciding on a dress 8–12 months prior to your wedding date, so you have time built in for fittings and accessorizing. There are rush options for weddings under 6 months, but rush fees do apply.
What if my wedding is less than 6 months away?
Don't panic! We have plenty of options for you if your wedding is less than 6 months away. Of course, many of our designers offer rush delivery on their gowns for an additional fee. You can also always purchase one of our in-store gowns and go home with your gown that day. Tell us your story and we'll help you find the perfect wedding gown.
I found my dress at The Dresser! What do I do now?
Congratulations! We are excited that you have fallen in love with your gown here at The Dresser. After your stylist finalizes your order, you and your guests are welcome to take the celebration to one of our local restaurants or wine bars just walking distance from our salon. There you can pop the bubbly and rejoice in the fact that you have completed one of the most important items on your wedding to-do list. We will take care of the rest! We will notify you when your gown arrives and help schedule any future appointments, such as accessory shopping and alterations, as needed.
Do you do alterations at your botique?
We do offer in-house alterations! We are one of the few remaining full-service bridal salons in Orange County. We have all of the bells and whistle at our fingertips to achieve a perfect fit and any last minute changes you may want to make to your gown. We don't have any required alterations packages, which means you only pay for what you need to have done to make your gown fit like a glove. When you come to try on your purchased gown at The Dresser, we can schedule your alterations appointment for approx. 8 weeks prior to your wedding date to start the fitting process.