Perry Bridal Boutique Buying a Wedding Dress FAQ’s

Questions for us? We’re here to help! From making an appointment to altering your gown, learn everything you need to know about shopping for wedding dresses in Des Moines at Perry Bridal in Westmark Plaza, Urbandale!

Do I need to have an appointment to try on wedding dresses?

Walk-ins are welcome, but we prefer that you make an appointment so we can ensure one of our bridal stylists is available to assist you. An appointment will also guarantee you a private fitting room and seating for your guests. To make an appointment, please visit our Appointment page or call us at 515.274.9721.

How long will my appointment last?

Each bridal appointment is 90 minutes long. This allows you enough time to browse through our wedding dresses with your stylist, try on gowns, narrow down your selection and make an educated decision on which dress is “the one.” We never want you to feel rushed, which is why we’ve allocated a full hour and a half for your appointment.

What is the price range of the dresses at your store?

Our wedding dresses range from under $1,000 to approximately $1,700. Your stylist will work closely with you to ensure you are comfortable with the price range of gowns selected.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?

We know that shopping for a wedding gown is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and finding “the one” should be a special, memorable moment, shared with your closest family and friends. Most of our brides have success bringing anywhere from one to six guests to accompany them on their search, but we would love for you to bring whoever’s opinions you value and trust the most—we don’t limit you on your number of guests! We ultimately want you to feel confident and gorgeous when you stand in front of the mirror in one of our gowns, because we think every woman should experience the pure joy of finding her dream dress with the people she loves by her side to forever share in her special moment.

What designers do you carry?

We are proud to carry Stella York and Evelyn Bridal, Sorella Vita and Allure Bridesmaids, and La Femme Mother’s gowns.  We also have JL Johnson Headpieces/Veils and Everything Angelic Jewelry.

Should I wear specific undergarments?

We recommend bringing a strapless bra, which will allow you to better view the intended neckline of a gown. No specific undergarments are required. You may wear whatever makes you feel the most comfortable during your gown trying experience.

Can I buy a wedding dress off the rack?

Yes! This option is always available to our brides. However, if you have a comfortable time frame for ordering, we would love to order a brand new gown just for you!

What size wedding dress samples to you have in store?

We have bridal gown samples ranging from size 10 to size 30 available for you to try on.

Are alterations included in the cost of the dress?

Alterations are an additional charge. Nearly all wedding dresses require a hem, a bustle and additional tailoring through the bust or torso to achieve the perfect fit. Some brides even use alterations to customize sleeves, straps, necklines and other details. Alteration prices will differ from gown to gown. Transformations by Kerri works with us in-house to help you fit your dress perfectly!

I’m not from Des Moines. Can I still make an appointment at Perry Bridal?

Of course! We serve brides from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois and several other areas of the Midwest.

Still have questions? No problem! Feel free to send us an email at