Shopping Tips

Prepairing for your appointment

Your Bridal Gallery appointment will be a comprehensive, consultative experience that will leave you knowing what gown will best meet your lifelong dream. Arrive with an open mind. The perfect dress often ends up being something you may not have previously considered. We'll show you why the right dress truly is the right dress based on your vision, venue, body type and budget. It's a unique shopping experience probably unlike any other you will ever encounter.

As The Bridal Gallery initial consultation is the kind of event which can not be truly duplicated a second time, we strongly recommend you bring your Mother or important support person to share this experience with you first hand.

What to Bring With You

If you have been doing some magazine or on-line style research, please bring photos or magazine clippings of gowns you like. Like the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words", a few photos can quickly communicate your vision to your consultant. Don't worry about the pictures being of gown lines we carry, we have all looks represented in our huge inventory and many advertised gowns were originally inspired by gowns we carry. Appropriate undergarments are also recommended including a strapless bra as you will likely require a consultant's assistance into the dresses.

When to Visit

Weekdays are the ideal time to shop if you prefer a relaxed environment with fewer customers in the store. During the week our consultants can devote more time assisting you in finding everything you need to outfit your entire wedding party in one extended visit.

Weekends are typically very busy and often booked up weeks in advance. Saturdays are busy and bustling at The Bridal Gallery and can be a fun time to shop if you love interacting and sharing the excitement of wedding attire shopping with other brides. It's a busy, high-energy environment that can be inspiring and a lot of fun! In order to accommodate the extremely high demand for Saturday appointments, consultations are limited to 1 ½ hours.

What to Expect When You Arrive

Upon arrival, we'll ask you to have a seat and tell us about your wedding by way of a short questionnaire if you have not already completed one on-line. We'll ask you to share basic information about your vision for the day, party members, venue, and color schemes so we can help you select a dress that will truly set the tone for your wedding.

Once you've given us some basic information, you will be assigned a consultant who will take you on a short tour of our immense salon. She'll briefly introduce our bridesmaids, men's wear, and in house, custom fitting departments. Your consultant will also explain our "total package incentive programs". With the introduction out of the way, we can start the process of finding the perfect gown for you and everything else you need to create a customized picture perfect wedding look.

If you have brought clippings from magazines or the internet we will start with those looks first then if needed suggest options that will be most flattering based on your body type skin tones, venue etc. We'll go through a thorough process of elimination which will end with one, truly amazing "perfect for you" gown. Our gown line is comprised of styles from the industry's leading designers. Dresses are selected exclusively for our store based on their superior fit, amazing styling, quality of construction and incredible value. If you have shopped elsewhere prior to your Bridal Gallery appointment you'll probably notice the difference in fit and fabrication of a Bridal Gallery gown, compared to others you may have tried on. You may notice the gowns amazingly feel like they were custom made for you, at a fraction of the cost of custom made. We also have an incredible collection of bridal shoes, headpieces, and accessories, so you'll be perfectly coordinated from head to toe.

THE BRIDAL GALLERY is the must visit and most trusted store in greater Vancouver for many important reasons which include:

  • Huge selection of gowns from the world's leading bridal lines
  • A service reputation and standard unmatched in the industry
  • Reliable on time gown delivery, due to our first ship relationship with our suppliers
  • Competent, expert, in house alteration service
  • Total party one stop outfitting, including quality suits and tuxedos
  • Longstanding reputation: While other bridal stores regularly emerge and quietly disappear in the city, The Bridal Gallery has thrived for over 25 years.

 

Ordering

Most bridal gowns are handmade and the arrival of your gown may take anywhere from 3 to 4 months depending on the designer. Gowns can be discontinued without notice or sold from stock, so once you find the perfect dress do not delay ordering it. We ideally recommend ordering your gown 6-8 months before your wedding. This lead time also allows for some recourse with the designer in the event of a problem. Your gown will be inspected upon arrival for colour, size and fabric flaws. Orders left to the last minute may result in a situation where there is little that can be done if something does happen to go wrong. Last minute orders can also result in substantial rush charges from the designer. When ordering, a 50% deposit is required in the form of cash, check or credit card (excluding American Express). The remaining 50% balance is due 14 days after the gown's arrival. The Bridal Gallery will store your gown for up to 90 days after arrival if you plan to have us alter the gown.

Measurements

Once you have found the perfect dress and made the decision to place an order, a trained consultant will take careful measurements to ensure the best or closest fitting size is ordered. While a size is recommended by our staff, the size choice is always the bride's decision. Many custom sizing options are available from the designer for an extra charge, including adding extra length for tall brides, petite lengths for shorter brides, hollow to hem and more. However, no matter the complexity of measurements, custom fittings are required in most cases for a hem, bustle, nip and tuck.

We looking forward to seeing you and remember… "You Will Be Beautiful"