What to Expect in Your Bridal Dress Appointment

When you walk into a bridal salon to start shopping for your wedding dress, the first thing you will do is fill out a form. This is so the staff can get to know you better and help you find the perfect dress. Next, you will be given a tour of the store and shown the different types of dresses they have to offer. 

Once you have found a few dresses you like, it is time to try them on! The staff will help you with each dress and ensure it fits well. They will also suggest what type of veil or accessories would look best with each dress. After you have tried on a few dresses, it is time to make a decision! The staff will help you narrow your choices and find the perfect dress for your big day.

When You Arrive for the Appointment

After you’ve had a chance to chat, your consultant will help you select a few gowns to try on based on your preferences. Once you’ve found the one, your consultant will work with you to select the perfect veil, headpiece, jewellery, and shoes to complete your look. 

Don’t forget to bring your wedding party or a trusted friend or family member whose opinion you value! Seeing your gown with all the bells and whistles is the best way to get an idea of how you’ll look and feel on your wedding day.

Get Your Mood Board Ready

To prepare for your appointment, we recommend starting a Pinterest board of gowns that you like and that are similar to what you would like to wear on your wedding day. It is also helpful to wear shoes similar to what you would wear on your wedding day to get a better idea of how the dress will look. 

Many gowns have a structure in the bodice, so you may not need a bra, but feel free to dress in a way that makes you feel the most comfortable. To take it a step further, we recommend you style your hair and put on a little makeup to feel your absolute best.

Bring Your Bridal Squad

We suggest limiting the number of guests you bring to your dress appointment to two people. More people often means more opinions, making it harder to decide about your dress. 

Choose friends or family members who are honest, understand your wedding vision, and have your best interests at heart. You’ll have plenty of other chances to include those who weren’t at your appointment and make memories with them later in the wedding planning process.


A bridal dress appointment is a significant event. It is when you will finally get to see your wedding dress in person and decide if it is the right one for you. You should keep a few things in mind when going to your appointment, such as what kind of style you are looking for, what budget you have, and what time frame you are working with. Once you have all that figured out, you can relax and enjoy the experience.

Wilkins Bridal is a bridal company based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our gowns are designed in a wide range of styles from traditional to contemporary with exquisite fabrics including luxurious satins, flowing chiffons and sensational silks, complemented by elegant detail such as intricate embroidery or sparkling beading using genuine Swarovski crystals. Choose an A-line bridal dress that complements your style and theme, completed with the perfectly-worn shoes! Browse our full selection of wedding gowns now!

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