What to know when picking out a Wedding Dress

September 16, 2019

Have you wondered what to know when picking out a Wedding Dress?

We chatted with Tuscaloosa’s very own, Lady in Lace.


From their website:

Lady In Lace, a bridal boutique located near The University of Alabama, offers bridal gowns, mother of the bride and groom apparel, bridesmaids, robes and gifts for the wedding party,  flower girls and special occasions dresses.

Lady In Lace, a southern tradition for Tuscaloosa brides since 1987, was purchased and renovated in 2012 by Tuscaloosa native Betty Quarles, former Executive Director and costumer of Tuscaloosa Community Dancers, and a former costumer for The Alabama Ballet.  Quarles, widow to the late Ronnie Quarles who was a local radio and television personality and executive, along with her family, are the recipients of a total of four Druid Arts Awards.  Betty Quarles, with many years of experience creating costumes for performances and other events, is a welcomed addition to Lady In Lace. She is joined by longtime Tuscaloosa resident, Pamela Hisey, former development officer for The University of Alabama Museums and community volunteer.  Quarles and Hisey have filled the store with many top designers and intend to strengthen the business’s ability to deliver perfect fitting garments, custom dresses and one of a kind items. Lady In Lace recently expanded into the adjacent storefront, doubling the square footage. With the expansion, the boutique now offers wedding party gifts, expanded jewelry lines and handmade bowties. The business is a true family run enterprise with the Quarles daughters, son-in-laws, sister Alice Smith and Hisey’s husband, John, helping with buying, designing, marketing, and public relations. The boutique is keeping tradition through the presence of Tuscaloosa’s favorite bridal consultant, Rochelle Barton, who has been with Lady In Lace for over 20 years.

Lady In Lace offers the brides of West Alabama a beautiful, full service bridal boutique.





What to know when picking out a Wedding Dress:

  • Start Early! Dresses can take up to 6 months to come in.
  • Size is just a number!  Dress are made and sold all over the world, so they use an international size chart! Most girls have to go two, or even three sizes from their regular size.
  • Who should you bring with you? Sometimes multiple opinions can overwhelm the bride. It’s important to only bring someone whose opinion you truly respect. 
  • Try on a little of everything!  Even if you think you like a certain style, you may find one that suits you better.  Most girls leave with dresses they never even thought of trying on! 
  • Listen to your stylist!  They are there specifically for you. They know which dresses look good on different body types and can help you stay in your price point. 
  • Hidden Costs Add Up! Remember, your wedding gown budget doesn’t just include the dress. Your veil or headpiece, accessories, undergarments and alterations will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the stylist your final shopping price point.     
  • Always book and appointment! This is the best way to insure you get a full two hours of undivided attention from a stylist. 
  • Use your imagination! Salons usually only have one dress in one size. Keep in mind that the dress isn’t your dress. It’s will likely be clipped all over the place and may even have an element that you’re changing all together, and remember your gown will be altered to fit your body.
  • There’s paperwork and signatures!  A wedding dress is a pretty major purchase for most people. As you’re getting measured, you’ll get questions on every detail of your dress from any variation in fabric color to the heel height you plan to wear on your wedding day. You’ll have to sign off on this. 

Photo by JMP Weddings

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