Expert Advice From Mohammad Al Haj: Bridal Boutique Etiquette

Expert Advice: Bridal Boutique Etiquette

It’s always an exciting time when you first get engaged, and naturally, your thoughts often turn to the way you’re going to look on your wedding day; hair and make up both perfect, glowing with beauty as you make your way down the aisle in your dream gown. However, the process of finding your wedding dress can often be marred by disappointment and worry, and so many brides-to-be often find that shopping for their wedding dress is not the happy, joyful occasion that they had previously dreamed of. Thankfully, our BCME expert panel member and founder of Contessa Bridal, Mohammad Al Haj, is here to help those of you who are beginning your mission to find The One. Below, we learn how to approach wedding dress shopping and how to make the process easier for both you and the boutiques that you will visit along the way. Enjoy!

Expert Advice From Mohammad Al Haj: Bridal Boutique Etiquette


Most women start looking for the wedding dress right after the proposal. This is not a bad thing to do considering that having enough time is essential in this process. However, you also have to have some idea about what you want. Do not try on every dress that your friends or the consultant brings in front of you. You need to make a lot of decisions in this period so do not waste time. Firstly, you have to know whether you want a custom-made or a ready-made wedding dress. Secondly, you should also know that time is essential for bridal boutiques, as well. They need to prepare your dress for appointments and finish all the modifications that might occur. So, keep in mind that you should not waste the boutique’s time, or yours. This brings us to the second formality you should know about bridal ateliers; the appointment.

Expert Advice From Mohammad Al Haj: Bridal Boutique Etiquette

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Bridal boutiques are not like shopping malls, so walking in without an appointment and trying on dresses off the rack is usually not possible. Bridal shops don’t always accept walk-ins so you should pre-arrange a meeting. This is great from the point of view of the bride because you are going to get all the attention from the bridal boutique as they set aside this time only for you. Before booking the appointment you should know exactly what you want. You need to know your budget, what types of dresses interest you, if you want special accessories, etc. Do not bring your whole crew to the appointment. Usually, bridal boutiques accommodate small groups of three or four people.   

Expert Advice From Mohammad Al Haj: Bridal Boutique Etiquette

Above: Founder of Contessa Bridal Boutique and Bride Club ME expert panel member Mohammad Al Haj.


Bridal shops always appreciate if you bring with you any accessories that you would like to wear with the dress. Some bridal boutiques have shoes but these might not fit you or may differ from the style you would like to wear on your big day. It doesn’t have to be the exact shoe you want to wear but it has to be similar in style. Also, consider bringing underwear that will help you put on dresses faster and with less difficulty. These small things are greatly appreciated by the bridal consultants, plus, you will save time, too. When booking the appointment, ask if you can take photos and how many people you are allowed to bring with you, just to be on the safe side.

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