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Accommodations due to COVID-19:  *we will be contacting you 24 hours in advance of your appointment to ask you health-related questions that apply to you and your guests. These questions must be answered before joining us for your appointment. Please read further safety protocols in the links below. 

for Bridal Appointments

for Bridesmaids Soirée’s

What is the price range of your gowns?
We have hand-selected a collection of gowns that are priced between $2,000 and $8,500. The average price of our gowns is $2,500-$3,500.

We have two designers with a small selection of gowns priced between $1,000 and $2,000: Jenny Yoo, and Willowby. We also always have a selection of store samples that are discounted and being sold directly off the rack. *Please note that these gowns are generally sampled size 10. View the Sample Sale Collection on our website.

Do I need an appointment to shop in your boutique?
Yes. We are by appointment so that we can provide each of our clients with our undivided attention. The majority of what we sell is a special order, and many items can be customized. Working with a dedicated associate allows you to be educated on all of your options, as well as all of the unique services that the boutique has to offer.

Are you open on Sundays?
We offer private shopping experiences on Sundays by special appointment, click to learn more about our White Carpet Appointments and Bridesmaid Soirees.

How long will my appointment be?
Our appointments are 1.5 hours in length.

Can I schedule bridal and bridesmaid appointments back to back?
We strongly recommend that you make separate appointments. Bridal appointments can be emotional and require making quite a few decisions. If your schedule allows, we recommend that you try to schedule separate appointments so that you can get the most out of each appointment. If your schedule limits you to requiring bridal and bridesmaid appointments on the same day, we do require a credit card to reserve these two back to back time slots on a Saturday. If the appointment is canceled with less than 48 hours notice, your card will be charged $50.

We do offer Bridesmaid Soiree appointments where you and your bridal party can have 2 hours of exclusive access to chic by the shore, our bridesmaid atelier. You and your bridesmaids will enjoy cupcakes and mimosas while experiencing a private shopping appointment. For further details, check out the Bridesmaid Soiree page on our website.

What should I bring with me to the appointment?
If you wear a bra or shoe size that is especially small or large, you may want to bring your own. Otherwise, we have both to offer you during the appointment. You will be working with a dedicated stylist, so feel free to bring any photos of gowns that you admire.

When should I arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive at the time that your appointment is scheduled for. We often have appointments immediately before your appointment and (especially on a Saturday) will not be able to take you early. Furthermore, if you are late, this will cut into your appointment time. We also often have an appointment immediately following yours (especially on a Saturday) and therefore, we may not be able to extend your appointment time due to late arrival.

Due to Covid, we are keeping our front door locked. We ask that you ring us from your car upon arrival so that we can socially distance the parties as they enter the store.  Once each party is situated in their private bridal suite, we will invite the next party in.  We ask you for your patience with this new process.

Is there a limit to the number of guests that I can bring?
Due to the current health crisis, we have limited guests to no more than 2 for bridal appointments. We understand that there are many special people in your life that want to be a part of this momentous decision; however, too many opinions can actually be detrimental. Try to limit your guests to those who understand your personal style and the overall look and feel of your wedding, so that they can assist you in selecting a gown that compliments both.

If you have more than 2 guests that would like to join you for the appointment, we can have them view your appointment from our front porch through our picture window.  These spots are available on a first come, first served basis and we ask that porch guests use the restroom before joining the appointment, as we have to limit the number of guests that enter the boutique. Please note, if a guest is going to be viewing from the porch, they must remain on the porch. We cannot “swap out” guests. 

As we recognize that bridal parties generally have more than 2 attendants, we recommend scheduling a bridesmaid soirée. We are utilizing our outdoor garden space as a place for the bridal party to congregate (and celebrate), as we work with 2 maids at a time in Chic by the shore, our maids atelier.

If you feel that you want to make a big reveal of your decision for your bridal party or your extended family, we offer Gown Reveal Appointments on Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm and  White Carpet Appointments on Sundays.  Right now, we are limiting these reveal appointments to 2 guests, but are happy to coordinate a Facetime or Zoom call with anyone who cannot be here in person.

White Carpet Appointments provide you with 3 hours of exclusive access to the boutique. You are treated to champagne and sweet or savory treats during your visit, and a photographer is present to capture all of the wonderful memories as they unfold. You will leave the appointment with a SWAG bag and a bouquet in the colors of your wedding. For further details, check out the Pricing Details page on our website.  We are currently allowing up to 4 guests for a White Carpet Appointment.

Are photographs allowed?
They are allowed, but we ask that you refrain from taking them until the end of the appointment when we have helped you narrow down your choices to 3 gowns. Taking them throughout the appointment can be distracting and may not be the best use of your time.

We also ask that when viewing the photos to remember that our gowns are samples and may not be in the color or condition that your gown will be upon its arrival. Also, the gown has not been professionally fit to your body and therefore may not be lying exactly right.

Can I bring small children to my appointment?
We adore children, but our boutique is filled with delicate, expensive items and it is not an appropriate environment for them.  Children require a lot of care and attention and we also feel that caring for them takes the attention away from the bride, which in our world, is always the star of the show! We kindly request that you leave small children at home.

What is your cancellation policy?
We require a credit card to reserve your appointment.  Your card will be charged $25 only if you cancel your appointment in less than 24 hours notice or if you don’t show up for your appointment.

Will you discount or haggle on price?
The only time we discount is during a special event or trunk show. For further details, check out the Discounting Policy page on our website.

We do offer a 5% discount on bridesmaid purchases from our bridesmaid designers if you purchase your gown with us.  If you are a #thewhitedressbytheshorebride, you will also receive an additional 5% discount off of your maids purchase during a soiree.

What is a trunk show, and what is the advantage of purchasing your gown at one?
A trunk show is when a designer sends in an extended version of their collection. There is frequently a special offer that is provided during the event as an incentive to buy. Very often, the designer or a company representative is present at the trunk show, which allows you to fully experience the nuances and beauty of the collection.

How far in advance should I purchase all of the items for my wedding?
Following are our recommended lead times for each of our categories:

Bridal Gown 9-12 months in advance of the wedding

Bridesmaids 5 months in advance of the wedding

Accessories 2-3 months in advance of the wedding

Veil 2-3 months in advance of the wedding

Shoes and Undergarments 1 month in advance of your fittings starting (Your bridal alterations should begin 4 months in advance of your wedding)

Do you offer in-house alterations?
As a significant number of our brides rescheduled their weddings from 2020 to 2021, currently our 2021 alterations calendar is booked.  We do have a network of talented and reputable seamstresses both in and out of the state that we can refer our brides to. Your stylist will make a recommendation for you based on your gown and where you live.

If I wanted to ‘make a day’ of my appointment with you, what would you recommend?
We are fortunate that brides travel great distances to visit our boutique. If you wanted to enjoy a meal either before or after your appointment, we highly recommend Chamard Vineyard. It is a delightful vineyard right here in Clinton with delicious wine and french inspired farm to table cuisine.  We are also only a mile from Clinton Marina and there are several beautiful outdoor dining spots right on the water! If shopping with us is just not enough for you, Clinton is also home to The Clinton Crossing Outlets. You can visit some of our faves like Kate Spade, J.Crew, Micheal Kors, and Saks 5th Avenue.