Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, darlin! We offer our entire studio to each bride and her loved ones during a 60-minute private appt. We do this so our brides feel relaxed and have our undivided attention.
When should I book an appt?
We recommend booking when you are ready to find and purchase your gown. Because we sell our gowns off the rack, you want to be able to purchase your dress the day you find it.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Just your beautiful self! Really, that’s all you basically need. However there are a few things that will help mimic your actual look on the big day. For example…
A pair of nude color underwear
If you think you’ll be wearing any shape wear on your big day, bring it along!
A strapless bra or nipple pasties if you might need/want them for a dress
Who should I bring to my appointment?
This is an important one! We recommend keeping your bride tribe on the intimate side rather than a large party. Although we love a great girl gang, we have found that the more opinions thrown at the bride, the more confused she gets. Bring 3-4 of your most supportive family and friends. Or come alone (we see this a lot - don’t worry, it’s not weird. In fact, sometimes its the best way to shop!)
Have these gowns been worn before?
No, these sample gowns have been tried on but never worn or altered in any way.
Do you do holds?
We do not hold any items. It is first come first serve.
Do you offer in house alts?
Since our studio is dedicated to our brides and private appointments, we do not have an in-house seamstress. However, we can highly recommend a few seamstresses around town. Each bride that purchases with Ila Bridal will receive a preferred vendor list with companies in our industry that we love and trust.
Where did the name come from?
Ila, the owner, was named after a dear family friend. Growing up, she was always told that the woman she was named after was a loving, kind, bright light. As Ila grew up she thought that was what her name meant because all she ever heard was positive things about this magical “Ila”. We want our brides to feel loved when shopping with us. We want women to be treated with kindness and believe they deserve to work with and be surrounded by nothing but bright light while planning one of the most special occasions in their lifetimes… well, everyday really but specifically when shopping for her dream dress!