questions? We have answers...
Do I need an appointment?
Yes please! We are by appointment only so that we can give each bride a wonderful and focused experience.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Just yourself! If you'd like to bring a strapless bra or your favorite pair of heels, you can, otherwise we have you covered!
How many people can I bring to my appointment?
Our seating area for each bride can comfortably fit about 5 people. Larger groups can snuggle, but our motto is "less is more."
Can I bring food and drink?
Only if you'll share with us! Just kidding... of course! We do provide delicious cookies and water, and if you're bringing some bubbly we have glasses for you to sip from. Just keep in mind that we have small tables for snacks, so a big spread won't fit!
How far in advance should I order my dress?
It takes anywhere from 4-6 months to order a wedding dress and about 2 months for gown alterations. So we like to have at least 8 months to work with. If you're in a time crunch, give us a call and we can talk you through some alternative options.
How long does an appointment last?
We reserve an hour and a half for each bride during all normal appointments. That's more than enough time to try on lots and lots of our gorgeous gowns! Sample sale appointments are the only exception, during which appointments are only one hour.
What is the price range of your gowns?
Our gorgeous bridal gowns range in price from $1500 to $6000. We do our best to have a wide selection to make every bridal budget happy.
What is "bridal size"?
In the bridal world, we order gowns based on our designers' size charts. Bridal gowns tend to run smaller than street size clothing. For example, a bridal size 10 would fit someone who is around a street size 6/8. The sample gowns in our store are usually bridal size 8's, 10's, and 12's.
What's a "Sample Sale"?
This is a special event where we sell select floor model "sample" dresses at super low prices. It's fast-paced, fun, and the perfect opportunity for a bargain hunter to find something special! The gowns have been tried on before so they are not brand new, but they're in great condition and incredibly discounted!
What's a "Trunk Show"?
A trunk show is a magical weekend where we highlight one of our designers, and all their gowns are on sale at the lowest prices of the year. The designer usually sends us 20 or more of their newest gowns to show to our brides! You're still ordering a brand new gown, but just getting it on sale!
Can I cancel my appointment?
Sure! However, because our weekend appointments are in such high demand, we do have a more strict cancellation policy for Saturday and Sunday appointments. All cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. This allows us to help another bride in your allotted time slot. "No shows" or brides canceling without 24 hour notice will be billed a $50 cancellation fee. (But please don't make us have to do that! We'd much rather have you come and try on pretty dresses with us!)
What happens if I'm early or late for my appointment?
In order to preserve each bride's unique experience, we try to keep the boutique as quiet and private as possible. As much as we would love to accommodate our brides early for their appointments (and we're glad you're so excited to see us!), we kindly ask that you plan to arrive right at your appointment time. Brides that are running at tad bit late should simply be mindful that the appointments are an hour and a half. We'll see as much as we can with the time remaining in your appointment when you get here.
Where should I park?
Like many downtown San Diego businesses, The White Flower relies primarily on street parking on the surrounding blocks. There is metered parking on 5th avenue and some non-metered parking on 6th avenue and inside Balboa Park. For more information, please feel free to give us a call.
Have more questions? Contact us!