Shopping online is great for wedding day essentials like favors, invitations, and décor elements. You can even find fabulous options for your bridal shoes and bridesmaids’ dresses, but when it comes to your wedding gown nothing beats the quality and experience you get from purchasing your dress at a bridal boutique. Here, we’ve broken down the perks of buying your wedding dress from a bridal shop.
Checking out your dress choices IRL
Your wedding gown is probably the most important dress of your life and one of the biggest investments you’ll make, so don’t chance that it won’t be perfect. Shopping at a bridal boutique allows you to see and try on dresses in person and get advice from experienced stylists. “It’s a good idea to do some research ahead of time and pick 2 or 3 boutiques that carry the wedding gowns and designer you’re interested in,” says Kaila Babnik, manager at the Galia Lahav Los Angeles flagship boutique. “Choose authorized retailers that offer the gowns you want to try on and has a relationship with the brand.” Authorized boutiques also hold trunk shows where you can preview the designer’s latest collection and even meet the designer in person. And don’t forget that shopping for your wedding dress at a bridal boutique lets you share the experience with your mom, maid of honor, or another trusted member of your bridal squad.
You’ll Get the Royal Treatment
You should expect exceptional customer service at a reputable bridal boutique. “At Galia Lahav flagship boutiques, we want every one of our brides to feel like a queen,” says Babnik. “Our appointment spaces are private and brides get paired individually with an expert stylist.” As a house of couture, Galia Lahav strives to give each bride a unique, luxury experience, which also includes customizations for her gown—something that not many bridal designers offer.
You’ll Work with Experienced Staff
When purchasing your wedding dress at a Galia Lahav boutique, you’re working with a stylist trained to customize and provide the “Galia Lahav” experience. “At our flagship boutiques, you’re paired with a true stylist verses a saleswoman; and our expert seamstresses have been trained with Galia herself or Galia Lahav head designer Sharon Sever,” says Babnik. “We take very specific and detailed measurements, so every stylist has a solid understanding of the construction of the gown and can give realistic ideas of how the fit will be and what can be done to make your dream dress perfect.”