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From the best wedding dress styles available to the latest designer trends to finding the best gowns for your body type, we're talking about the ins and out of wedding dress shopping with bridal boutique owners from across the country. They're sharing their top insider secrets, hottest local intel, and everything else you'll need to have a blast finding your wedding dress (Think mani-pedi with your mom, brunch with your bridesmaids, and cocktails with your besties!).
Twenty years ago, Alison Fischer bought her prom dress at the Plumed Serpent; now, as owner, she stocks the spacious salon with a curated selection of wedding gowns. Here, Fischer gives us some of her top wedding dress shopping tips.
Brides: Describe your customer.
Alison Fischer: Our brides want a dress that's classic with a modern twist—for example, a gown in a traditional strapless silhouette that's done in a more updated fabric, like Swiss dot or eyelet lace.
Brides: How do you decide what gowns to buy for the salon?
AF: If a dress excites me and makes me think, "That is so cool—I have nothing in the store like it." We also order traditional gowns, but I can only look at so many strapless gowns in one day.
Brides: What's a common misconception about wedding dresses?
AF: That every dress is a cupcake ball gown. People often say, "Oh, these are all too poufy." But we also carry designers like Elizabeth Fillmore, who is known for her sleek silhouettes.
As for where to go in Wesport, Connecticut while you're wedding dress shopping, here are Fischer's suggestions:
Brunch: The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club
"It's right on the river and serves amazing farm-to-table food."
Honeymoon Essentials: Soleil Toile "We send brides here for lingerie and swimsuits."