The Dress Checklist
One of the most special days during the wedding planning process is the day you say “Yes!” to the dress. Finding the gown that you will walk down the aisle in is unlike any other purchase you will make. For many, this is a moment they have dreamt about forever. Other brides may be a little more apprehensive about starting and stopping the process.
You should know about before you start that you are going to try on a lot of pretty dresses. So, listen to your gut to find what makes you look and feel your best! Deciding on a dress just as much of an emotional decision as it is a logical decision.
When feeling like you might have found your dress, here are some great questions to ask yourself:
◯ Can I picture myself walking down the aisle in this dress?
◯ Did I try on every style I was interested in trying on?
◯ Am I smiling in this dress?
◯ Am I thinking about another dress when I am in this one?
◯ Is there anything I wanted that this dress is missing?
◯ Can I see my fiance’s jaw-dropping when he/she sees me in this dress?
◯ Does this dress fit my venue and wedding theme?
◯ Do I feel beautiful in this dress?
◯ If I return to this shop at a later date, would I be sad if this dress isn’t here?
Every bride is different. Our most important advice we can give you when shopping for a dress is to make sure you have found a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Your squad and consultant are there to help guide you to your decision. They all will support you in whatever gown you choose. Take a deep breath, and get ready for the first of many unforgettable days leading up to YOUR big day.
The New Normal : New COVID-19 Bridal Shopping Protocols
We are so happy to announce that we are officially reopened!
Because of COVID-19, we will have some new guidelines to keep our customers and staff safe. Please read through them before booking an appointment.
The following guidelines will be upheld by many other bridal shops in the Capital Region.
All shops are by appointment only. No walk-ins will be allowed in the shop for any reason.
Brides will be allowed to bring a maximum 2 guests at appointments.
Everyone must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times.
All gowns and surfaces will be cleaned after every appointment.
Shops will undergo deep cleaning daily.
Brides and their guests must fill out our COVID-19 Survey before their appointments as a way to screen customers and prevent potential exposure. Please complete this the week of your appointment. Fill out the Survey here.
- All patrons coming in from out of state must quarantine for 2 weeks if the state they are coming from is on the list of the restricted states provided by New York State.
The following states and territories meet the criteria for required quarantine:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
*This is based upon a seven day rolling average, of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents.*
We are all so excited to get back to business as usual, but these protocols will be strictly enforced to make sure everyone has a safe bridal shopping experience.
AB At-Home: Virtual Appointments
We are so excited to announce the new way of bridal shopping! We are now offering a modern approach to bridal gown shopping experience that complies with CDC regulations and gives the opportunity for brides-to-be to have the experience to try gowns in the safety of their own home.
We want to assist you in preparing for your big day while feeling safe without sacrificing the quality of your shopping experience! Virtual appointments are perfect to help brides who have already been shopping and have a good idea what they are looking for and new brides to dip their toes into bridal shopping.
How to Schedule:
▷ Fill out the “Request an Appointment” form on our website and select the option “Virtual Appointment”
▷ One of our Bridal Stylist will be in contact with you within 48 to confirm your appointment!
How it works:
▷ You will receive an email from your Bridal Stylist to provide details of the virtual consultation.
▷ She will also ask for photos, inspiration, your wedding details, and any specific dresses from our designer’s web pages that you are interested in.
▷ You will be able to shop all our inventory on our Pinterest (@angelasbridalny).
▷ During the consultation, we will show you more of our inventory and will help you select 5 gowns for you to try on at home.
At Home Try-on
▷ There will be a price list for the gowns you selected. Each gown will have two prices. The first if you wanted to reorder the gown in your size and desired color. (Please note that Special order gowns can take up to nine months and this is subject to change during this pandemic.) The second price will be if you wanted to purchase the sample gown off the rack.
▷ We will include fitting & measuring tools (clips, cups, panels, measuring tape) to help you fit yourself in the gowns.
▷ We will send you tutorials on how to clip the dress and how to measure yourself.
▷ At Home Try-ons will be conducted on weekdays only. All gowns must arrive at our shop by 6pm on Friday.
▷ The fee is $250 for the five gowns that will be in your home for a scheduled three days of your choice. This fee covers the cleaning and prepping, shipping and delivery and return and is nonrefundable. However, you will receive $100 of this back if you purchase one of the gowns during your at home try-on.
▷ We also require a credit card on file for any damages to dresses.
▷ Your card will only be charged additional fees if the gowns are not returned or are damaged in some way.
▷ If you decide you want to purchase the sample sent to your home, the card on file will be charged prior to the return of the other dresses.
▷ Other terms and conditions do apply.
We are so excited to start offering this service to our brides. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!
Bridal Breakdown: Who to Bring to your Bridal Shopping Appointment
So, you have your bridal appointment booked! Yay, so exciting! The representative you spoke with might have asked you how many or who you are bringing to your appointment. Although you might not have thought about this before, the number of guests you bring can really affect your appointment!
Although there is no exact science or number for every bride, you want to make sure you are getting the most out of every appointment you have. You can bring anyone you’d like to your appointment, it can be your Mom, Grandma, Sister, Cousin, Bridesmaids or Maid of Honor. We even have brides bring their fiance or a close work friend!
The main thing is that you want to bring people who will be honest and a cheerleader for you. It is a very special day in your wedding planning process, and understand that many people will want to be there for you and involved. Just remember, picking out your wedding dress, is about you. Your opinion is the most valuable and should hold the most significant influence on your decision. You want to bring guests who value your opinion and support you and help you make the best decisions.
We usually recommend brides bring not many more than four people. Four is a good number because it is enough people to give you good feedback, but not too many where it can become overwhelming. The dynamic can be different with every group of people. Still, in general, larger crowds can create more noise during the appointment. If there are a lot of people who want to go bridal shopping with you, bring the four closest people to you to the initial appointment. Then bring in the rest of the crowd once you have it narrowed down to the dress or two favorites! This way, you can find the dresses you really love while still having your entourage feel included!
Regardless of who you bring, we recommend that you follow your heart. The selection of your wedding dress, like selecting your partner, is an emotional decision and should always be special. At Angela’s Bridal, we will work with you and your squad to make sure saying “Yes!” will be a special moment that you will remember for the rest of your life!