Dress Shopping 101

What you need to know


Appointments are required so that we may give our undivided attention to you during the appointment and to allow you full access to all the gowns and accessories within the salon. We want your time at the salon to be relaxed, memorable and productive. Please see our appointment tab, to see more information about who and what to bring.

Dress Prices:

We carry a variety of price points within our salon; our dresses range in price from $1500 – $4000. Since we are a new salon, all our sample dresses are brand new, therefore we will not be selling any of our dresses off the rack or at a discounted price. This practice will change as our inventory of sample dresses grows over time.

Sample Sizes:

The One Bridal Salon carries a variety of sample sizes ranging from size 8 -18 with most of the dresses in the 10-12 sample size. We appreciate that wedding dress shopping can require a bit of an imagination when the sample size dress does not fit youperfectly. We will use some tricks of the trade to help you visualize how you will look in the dress.

Ordering your dress:

With all the planning that goes into making your wedding day perfect, remember to leave enough time for ordering your dress. Most custom-made wed ding dresses can take anywhere from 4-6 months to arrive after ordering. Rush orders are possible, with some designers, but this may incur an additional charge. After you have decided that the dress is The One we will carefully take your measurements, note the color and any customizations that you may want, review the sizing chart for your designer and order the dress size that is closest to your measurements. Even with this process, most wedding gowns will require additional alterations. Alterations depending on what needs to be done may range in price from $300 – $500 dollars (or sometimes more), so please factor this into your budget, so you are prepared.

Paying for your dress:

Payment in full is required at the time that your dress is ordered. Orders will not be placed until full payment (cash or credit card) is received. All purchases are FINAL; no cancellations or returns.

Trunk Shows:

During the year, we will offer Trunk Shows,  which means we feature the dresses of one of our designers. The designer will send additional dresses to the salon and often there is a discount associated with purchasing a dress from that designer during their trunk show. Check our schedule page to see when future trunk shows may be scheduled and be sure to book your appointment if you are interested.

New Dresses:

Designers tend to offer new dress collections two times per year, spring and fall. We will be adding to our dress collections during the year, so check in with us often.

603 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA  22903
(434) 284-5464