Q: Do I have to make an appointment to shop at Margaret Ellen Bridal?
Appointments are required so that we can fully prepare for your special time and ensure that you have the best experience possible. Appointments at Margaret Ellen Bridal are private, meaning that you will be the only bride in the boutique during your appointment time.
Q: Will I be the only bride in the boutique during my appointment?
YES! Margaret Ellen Bridal was built on the principle that every girl deserves the best wedding dress shopping experience. As the owner, I believe that offering exclusive appointments is one of the first steps in creating a memorable time. You and your guests will have the boutique to yourselves while being pampered with champagne and sweet treats. All eyes are on the bride during this exciting time.
Q: How many people can I bring to my appointment? Who should I bring with me?
We suggest bringing the people whose opinions matter the most to you and those you could not say “yes to the dress” without. Our seating area comfortably seats 5, but we can accommodate parties of up to 7.
Q: ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED WITH US DURING THE APPOINTMENT?
We love children and as a mother I understand that children take a lot of attention and extra care. Our store is set up with glass displays and many racks full of delicate dresses. What sets Margaret Ellen Bridal apart from others is the experience provided to the bride. To allow the bride our full attention, we kindly ask that you not bring small children.
Q: How long will my appointment be?
Appointments last two hours ensuring plenty of stress-free time to find the perfect one. We do ask that you are on time for your scheduled appointment. If you come early and we are with another bride, please take advantage of the waiting area between our boutique and 30A Smiles.
Q: What should I bring with me for my appointment?
Come in with confidence and an open-mind!
If you have your wedding day shoes, bring them! If not, it is okay! You can bring any undergarments that you may plan to wear on your wedding day, including shapewear. However, these items are not necessary.
Q: How many months in advance should I shop for my dress?
We suggest shopping for your dress 9-12 months in advance of your wedding day. Since we special order your wedding dress, it will take 4-6 months to come in. Once the dress arrives, you want to give 2-4 months for alterations.
Q: Help! I am in a time pinch. My wedding is sooner than the normal 4-6 months. Can I not shop at Margaret Ellen Bridal?
Absolutely! We have done it once and we will do it again! Brides have the option of rush ordering dresses which do incur an extra charge. We also can work with you on buying one of our sample gowns if you are in a rush.
Q: What size are your samples?
Our samples range from sizes 10-26. Keep in mind that we are a special order store. We measure you and order your gown in your size presenting you with a dress that is specially made for your body.
Q: I want a specific style number/name from one of your designers but you do not have it. Can you get it in for me to try?
We sure can! This is the beauty of having wonderful relationships with our designers. If you see a dress that you would like to try let us know and we can put in a request to have it in store for your appointment.
Q: What is the price range of your dresses?
Our dresses range from $1,400-$5,000 with most ranging between $1,600-$3,000.
Q: What is a trunk show? Why should I book my appointment during a trunk show?
Trunk shows are limited time only sales events. During the trunk show dates, brides are able to try on gown styles from the featured designer which are not in the permanent collection of the store. Many designers offer incentives to brides if they buy their gown during the trunk show dates, making it a great time to find your dress.
Q: Does MEB offer in house alterations?
Margaret Ellen Bridal only recommends seamstresses for alterations. We do work very closely with Kathleen Cooper with Southern Simplicity Gulf Coast who has years of experience.
Q: Where exactly are you located?
We are located in the luxe shopping center of 30Avenue in Inlet Beach, Florida which is on the east end of 30A across from Rosemary Beach. We are 5 miles from Panama City Beach and 30 miles from Destin. Once in 30Avenue, we are on the second floor above 30A Olive Oil Company. We are handicap accessible. Please find the elevator in the breezeway between Otium and Shimmering Seas.