An Elegant & Modern Bridal Consignment Boutique
The Dress, an upscale bridal consignment boutique, was created from our belief that every bride should be able to find the gown of her dreams without having to sacrifice style and elegance because of budget.
I am often asked how my idea of opening a bridal consignment boutique started.
It all began when I was shopping for my own wedding gown. I started by looking online but was hesitant to buy a gown without being able to first try it on and actually see it up-close. So, I visited some bridal salons and found what I thought was "the one", and ordered it that day. When the gown finally arrived, and I tried it on, I realized I had changed my mind. Bridal stores usually have an "All Sales Final" policy, so I was a little stuck. I quickly found out that the local women's consignment stores did not accept wedding gowns. I had limited options for selling the gown. I also needed to shop for another gown and was hoping to be able to find a "deal". I thought, "There needs to be a bridal store that is more like a year-round sample sale store, giving brides the opportunity to purchase their gown off-the-rack at a discount, or to be able to consign their wedding gown and recoup some of their investment". So the plans for this boutique began to take shape.
After ten years, I am still having so much fun! Helping a bride find her dream gown for her wedding is a truly special opportunity. I am blessed to have worked with so many brides during such an important time in their lives!
Owner - Julia Taylor
WHAT IS YOUR PRICE RANGE? $500-1500. The average gown price we sell is around $900. A select few gowns are lower than $500 & a select few are higher than $1500.
DO YOU ONLY SELL CONSIGNED GOWNS? No. Our main sales floor consists of discontinued designer sample gowns as well as once-worn gowns, & are priced at 30-50% off retail. We have recently branched out and now offer a selection of brand new designer gowns that are sold off-the-rack! Currently, the new, off-the-rack gowns, fit sizes 0-4 and 14-20. Prices on the new gowns range from $650-1250.
DO YOU REQUIRE APPOINTMENTS?
Only on Saturdays
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO START SHOPPING?
Since we sell off-the-rack, you can take the dress home with you the same day you try it on! Most traditional bridal stores recommend shopping up to 1 year in advance, since it takes so much time for the gown to be ordered, delivered, and altered. Whether it is one year or one month before your big day, just be sure to give yourself enough time to find a gown without feeling pressured.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
Bring good undergarments. We personally help you in and out of gowns. So, please wear underwear. Please. If you are going to wear heels on your wedding day, bring shoes that will be similar in height.
WHO SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
We recommend not bringing more than 4 people. Everyone has an opinion and sometimes too many opinions, while well-intended, can get too overwhelming for the bride.
ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED?
While we absolutely love children, please understand that bridal stores are not fun for kids. We do not have a "kid's room" or games to keep them occupied. Please, if possible, make other arrangements for your little ones so that YOU can be the focus during your shopping experience with us.
DO YOU HOLD DRESSES?
DO YOU ALLOW PHOTOGRAPHS?
We do, however... cell phone photos never look as good as in person. You may take photos, but PLEASE do not make your final decision based on the cell phone pictures.
DO YOU HAVE IN-HOUSE ALTERATIONS?
No, but if you purchase your dress from us, we will provide you with fabulous seamstress referrals.
Mon & Tue: Closed
Wed - Fri: 11:30-6:00
Saturday: 11:00-4:00 by appointment
Give us a call at 864.289.9434