finding your gown
We take gown shopping very seriously. We are small and specialty oriented, we know each bride individually as well as her mother or sister by name. We work intimately with each client to fill her unique style and preferences. We look forward to sharing the next few months with you! Our mission at Maddison Row is to offer the best in service, selection and sincerity for every bride. Buying your wedding gown should be the ultimate shopping experience for any woman; we will ensure that it is. Here are a few things to know as you prepare to start shopping!
We operate by appointment only so that every bride has time dedicated specifically to her. You will be ensured a very personal, meaningful and high-service experience. Please coordinate with those whose opinions you value most and schedule your appointment a week or two in advance. We recommend inviting no more than 4 guests. That way, you do not feel overwhelmed and everyone can sit comfortably. We will show you our collection of the most unique and special gowns by the industry's best designers. All gowns are of the highest quality, fit and fabrications; pricing starts at $3,000.
It is a good idea to know your budget range as you may find your gown at your first appointment! Once you find it – go for it! Finding your gown is all about feeling and you will know it when it happens.
It is ideal to order your gown approximately 8 months prior to your wedding date to allow ample time for proper fittings and alterations. To order the gown, a 60% deposit is required but the balance is not due until 7 days after the dress comes in. For all Maddison Row brides, we provide an actual swatch of your gown material which is ordered at the same time as the dress – this can be helpful for planning bridesmaid ensembles, selecting shoes or even designing the cake.
If your gown arrives with more than 8 weeks before the wedding, we will set up an appointment for you to come in and view the gown in the proper size. This is an exciting time because everything becomes even more real! At this time we will finalize ideas on shoes, hair accessories and any undergarments required.
Once you have your shoes selected we will set your first fitting appointment. Our alterations are handled by Kira Elizabeth, a seamstress with 25 years sewing experience. All fittings and appointments will be at Maddison Row.
During the first fitting we will make any adjustments in the bodice. Once the bodice is fitted, we will mark the hem and design the bustle. After this fitting there may be one or two more required to get the perfect fit. There will always be a final fitting within 2 weeks of the wedding date to ensure the perfect fit.
Your gown and all accessories may be picked up 1-3 days before the wedding. Schedule a time in advance so that we have everything steamed and ready for you. If a gown requires any additional preparation we will discuss them in advance of the pick-up date.