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A Guest List for Gown Shopping?


Shopping for your dress is a once in a lifetime experience! And, finding your perfect Wedding Gown can be exciting, emotional & exhausting!  To actually have a successful appointment, the bride needs to be decisive, have an open mind and want feedback from those in attendance.  Inviting too many differing opinions can often lead to tears and confusion. So, rather than inviting everyone to your appointment, the most important question for brides is actually “Who can really help me say yes?”


According to Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, “Your shopping partners should support you and have a very clear understanding about your goal and what your bridal style and budget are. They need to respect the fact that this is your wedding gown and be there to offer advice only when asked.”

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“Most brides prefer only a small trusted group of confidants such as Mom and sister(s) to assist with actually finding their gown. In our experience, the most successful shopping  takes place when fewer than 3 guests attend,” shares Kathryn Trocki, owner of Kathryn’s Bridal, McHenry. “After purchasing, the bride may schedule  an entirely separate appointment with her entourage to reveal her choice. This follow-up visit usually includes finalizing accessories and a veil.”


Before you make your initial Bridal Salon appointment, consider including people who will provide valuable fashion feedback and enhance your shopping experience. Remember that the purpose of your appointment is to find your dream dress! The only opinion that really matters is yours, so plan your guest list carefully.

Kathryn’s Bridal

3807 West Elm Street,  McHenry, IL 60050


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