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Ramona Koonings Bruid
13 January 2023

Your first appointment at Koonings

Finally, the moment has arrived: you are getting married and you get to look for the wedding dress of your dreams. Buying a wedding dress is a bit different from getting a new pair of jeans. We understand that you have a lot to deal with and that you have a lot of questions before that first appointment. In this blog, we are going to explain as much as we can!

Timing is everything!

Surely one of the most frequently asked questions is, "How long in advance should I start picking out my wedding dress?" As we wrote earlier, picking out a wedding dress is a bit different from going out to buy a new pair of jeans. When you succeed for your wedding dress, you don't walk out of the shop with it right away. A lot has to be done before and after your "Yes to the dress" to make your dress perfect for the big day. 
We therefore recommend making your first appointment 9 to 12 months before your wedding. It could be that your wedding dress has a delivery time of 6 to 7 months. This varies per brand. After that, your wedding dress will have to be made to measure. This is done in our own workshop and can also take up to 3 months. Of course, we want you to experience this special period without stress. So make your first appointment on time and we will make sure you can shine in a beautiful, perfectly fitting wedding dress. Have you made an appointment but can't make it for whatever reason? Cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance so that we can adjust our planning accordingly.

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The first appointment

When you visit our wedding palace for your first appointment, you will be welcomed by our hostesses in the main hall where you and your entourage can take a seat. Your personal stylist will introduce herself and take you to a spacious dressing room where your entourage can take a seat on the sofa. This is the time to discuss your wishes and budget with the stylist. Perhaps you have already made a mood board or have photos of some wedding dresses you like. This helps our stylists enormously in finding the wedding dresses that suit you. Our stylists know the collection and the shop like the back of their hand. They know exactly where to find the right wedding dresses and are happy to take you into the shop to look for the dresses you want to try on together. Nice to know: an average appointment lasts 2 hours and most brides make their choice after trying on 3 to 8 different wedding dresses. You may try on as many wedding dresses as you want, but remember that trying on many wedding dresses does not always make the choice easier. What if you can't make your choice right away that first time? Then, of course, you are always welcome to make another appointment later. In that case, the stylist can make a note of which wedding dresses you tried on and which one you might be unsure about so that her colleague can help you as much as possible next time.

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Your entourage

Of course, your appointment is not complete without the people who are important to you. You want to share this special moment and some support in choosing your wedding dress is very nice. On average, a bride takes about 4 people with her as her entourage. If you want to bring more people, that is of course no problem at all! Everyone is welcome with us. In our experience, however, a large entourage does not always make your choice easier. After all, many people mean many opinions. When making your appointment, you can indicate how many people you will bring along. We appreciate this so that we can take this into account when planning the fitting rooms.

Don't forget...

...to enjoy. Because for your first appointment, you don't need to bring anything else but your entourage. We take care of the shoes, undergarments and any other accessories. We have everything to complete your bridal look. If you already have some accessories you would like to wear on your wedding day, it is of course nice if you bring them along. Think of your mother's veil or that beautiful hair ornament you can borrow from a friend. Our stylists also appreciate it if you can show them some photos of dresses you like. So in preparation for your first appointment, you can start collecting them. Let the fun begin! You can see an indication of the dresses in our collection on this page.

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The ultimate V.I.P. experience

We provide the ultimate bridal experience for every bride but if you want to make the experience even more special now, treat yourself to our V.I.P. package. Especially if you bring a large entourage, our V.I.P. lounge offers plenty of space. The V.I.P. lounge is a separate, luxurious room. Your fitting appointment will be between the most beautiful and exclusive dresses and you will show off the wedding dresses you are trying on on a real catwalk. Meanwhile, you and your entourage enjoy the most delicious snacks and champagne. You can book this upgrade via our appointments page. Would you like to know more about our V.I.P. package? Then take a look at this page.

Are you ready to make your first fitting appointment yet?

We welcome you and hope to give you an experience you will never forget.

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