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What bridal styles do you recommend for a plus size figure?

Trudy:  A-line is typically the most flattering shape for a plus size bride, as it accentuates her most narrow part, the waist. Asymmetrical rouching gives every woman a hour-glass figure. Don’t be afraid of a strapless gown even if you have a fuller bust. there are strapless gowns that will work for you. If you're not comfortable with strapless, we have v-neck, halter, and cap-sleeve options. Sometimes the right undergarments can really make the difference. Don’t be afraid. Our consultants have dressed every figure and we have answers for your questions.

What are some of the newest trends in bridal gowns this year?

Trudy:  The trumpet shape is one of the biggest trends in bridal gowns this season. This shape allows for a more fitted look, but you still have the comfort and mobility of an A-line. Heavily beaded and embroidered belts are another big trend for the upcoming season. You will see very simple gowns paired with stunning belts. This gives a simple dress a little bit of a "pop" without being overdone. Lace still remains a special trend this year, especially soft European laces, specifically from the designer Pronovias. Also be on the lookout for Baby Doll, Grecian, and Renaissance style.

Do I need to have an appointment to try on bridal gowns?

Trudy:  To try-on bridal gowns, we do require an appointment. At trudys, you’ll find our knowledge of the bridal industry invaluable. Our professional consultants will assist you in every aspect of your wedding day attire. With over a thousand gowns to choose from, our consultants are dedicated to finding you the perfect gown and we know our inventory. An appointment will provide you with personal one-on-one service to show you the best we have to offer. Weekend and evening appointments fill up the fastest, so please try and call in advance.

What should I bring to my appointment, and who should I bring with me?

Trudy:  We don’t require you to bring anything to your appointment. Our store is outfitted with bras, slips, and shoes (if needed). However, a few suggestions; bring a couple of pictures of gowns/or styles that have caught your eye. Also, if there are any family heirlooms that you’re wanting to wear, like a veil, jewelry, or headpiece bring them with you to your appointment. The day that you come to try on bridal gowns should be a fun, intimate, and relaxing experience,. So please bring people that will support, you, be honest with you and simply enjoy this experience with you. We reccommend not to bring more than 2 or 3 people, as it can get pretty overwhelming with too much feedback. This day is about YOU and your dress fitting should be focused on you!

Do seasons make a difference in choosing a bridal gown?

Trudy:  For the California bride, seasons don’t determine your gown choice. What does make a difference is your wedding venue. In California we have so many choices of where to get married from beautiful golf courses, to romantic beach resorts, to the most beautiful wineries in the world. Here at trudys we have gowns perfect for every venue.

Do all dresses need to be ordered or can I buy off the rack?

Trudy:  We frequently mark down dresses to be sold off the floor. This selection is always changing and always growing in order to make room for new merchandise that comes in weekly. In addition, many of our gowns can be purchased off the floor even if they’re not on sale. We also have many manufactures that, with an additional fee, offer rush cut services for special orders so we can receive your gown within 2 to 3 months. It doesn’t matter how soon your wedding is, we can take care of you.

What is the price range for the bridal gowns in your salon?

Trudy: The majority of our wedding gowns are priced from $700 to $7,000.
We also have a wide selection of sale gowns with most priced from $299 to $1,799. Let your consultant know your price range to help to determine the best selection of dresses for you. Remember there are exceptional values at every price.

How long does it take to order a bridal gown?

Trudy:  Generally bridal gowns take 4-6 months to come in. Many brides will give themselves 8 months to a year to order their gown. This allows plenty of time for alterations and a smooth worry free experience. The more time you give our order department, the better. This allows us more time to meet your special needs and requests. Trudys full time staff places and monitors every special order for the best possible arrival dates.

Do all dresses need to be altered, and are alterations included in the gown price?

Trudy:  Most dresses will require some alterations and yes, alterations are always an additional charge. Since every bride has different needs when it comes to alterations, we recommend our bride budget between $250 and $400 for most alterations. We have an in-house seamstress, as well as many local seamstresses that will meet you at our salon at your convenience. We recommend our brides begin alterations 6 to 8 weeks in advance of their wedding. However, many of our seamstresses offer express service for a quicker turnaround.

Is it OK to take pictures at my appointment?

Trudy:  We do allow pictures. However we prefer them taken of your favorites at the end of the appointment. This allows you to focus on finding the perfect dress. Once you have your favorites we can then accessorize to help you see what you’ll look like on your wedding day.

Does Trudys have payment options?

Trudy:  All bridal gowns orders require a 50 percent deposit. Gowns bought off the floor and put on lay-away require at least 1/3 down. We accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash. We ask on pick-up's that you pay with either cash or credit card. We do not accept checks for a final pick-up. We also offer a fantastic payment option with our Trudy’s GE credit card. You can easily apply on line at or in-store (no purchase necessary). Once you are approved you’ll have no payments and no interest for 12 months on any purchase in our bridal salon or our special occasion store. We offer many payment options for our brides and understand what a financial undertaking a wedding can be.

Do you carry dresses for bridesmaids, guests, and mothers?

Trudy:  We can outfit everyone in your wedding party. You’ll truly find one of the best selections anywhere and a dedicated staff to help you along the way. Our bridesmaids department can accommodate all of your bridesmaids even your out-of-town girls. Please allow 3 to 4 months for a special orders. Just like our wedding gown selection, we offer styles for every fixture and price point. Remember, when you purchase your wedding gown at Trudys, your bridesmaids, mothers, grandmothers and guests will receive a VIB (Very Important Bride) special savings discount on their dress purchases. The special occasions store is conveniently located right next door to Trudys bridal store.