Questions? We have you covered.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes! We are located in a spectacular second story loft, so we need to know you’re coming in order to buzz you in. The great thing about shopping at an appointment-only boutique is that you and your guests will have the run of the entire loft while you’re here, allowing us to give you our utmost attention and enough time to try on quite a few of our amazing gowns.

What can I expect when I book an appointment?

We love what we do, and we love our brides – so be prepared to receive the full experience! You are welcomed into our private loft boutique where you and your guests are the only customers in the store. Our first appointments run for one and a half hours which gives our brides enough time to try on five to ten gowns, and then revisit their favourites at the end. Your guests will have the easy job of relaxing in our oh-so-chic bridal lounge while you have the fun job of playing dress up with us. We’re sure you’ve heard the rumours by now…and yes, they are true – every bride who finds her dream gown at P&D is celebrated by popping a bottle of champagne!

When should I arrive for my appointment?

Five minutes early or right on time is great! We don’t have a waiting area, so if you come too early, we will be with another bride. As soon as we are ready for you, we will come grab you from the lobby.

How far in advance should I book my appointment?

If you are looking for an evening or weekend appointment, we suggest making your appointment as far out as possible. Our evening and weekend appointments book up 1 to 2 months in advance, so the earlier, the better!

Is there parking at Pearl & Dot?

There is paid street parking {Monday to Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM} along 1st Street SW, as well as a paid parking lot on the north side of the building along 11th Ave.

What is the price range of your gowns?

Our gowns range from $1,600 to $6,000; however, the majority of our gowns run from $2,500 to $3,500.

When should I start dress shopping?

Most of our designers have a lead time of about 4 to 5 months, so we always suggest that brides start dress shopping about 6 to 9 months before the wedding date. This will give you enough time to think about your options as well as leave you time for alterations.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Nude, strapless, and seamless – your three best friends! Nude undergarments, strapless bras, and seamless panties will ensure you see the gowns in all their glory. Shape-wear is also recommended for some of our more fitted gowns.

Who should I bring to my appointment?

Less is more! You have probably heard this again and again, but we really do mean it. We find smaller groups of 3 to 4 are the way to go. We are a smaller boutique, so if you do have a larger party joining you, please let us know so we can make sure to accommodate everyone!

What sizes are our samples?

The majority of our gowns are sampled in a size 8 or 10. However, we do have samples ranging from a size 2 to 24 in store. You will be surprised at how good we are at zipping and clipping to ensure you can tell what each gown will look like in your size.

How do fittings work once I have my gown?

When we place your order, we order the size that is closest to your measurements according to that particular designer’s sizing chart. Alterations are almost always needed to make sure your dress fits you perfectly. We do not offer in-house alterations; however, we can recommend great tailors in the Calgary area. Pearl & Dot is not affiliated with any of these tailors.

What is a trunk show?

Every year we host a handful of trunk shows with our wonderful designers. A trunk show is where a designer sends their entire collection to Pearl & Dot for our brides to try on! We usually only pick up a few pieces from each collection, so this is a great opportunity for brides to see and try on the entire collection. It is also a chance for you to meet the designer of your gown and have access to exclusive trunk show discounts.