5 Mistakes Brides Make When Dress Shopping

We understand that wedding planning can be stressful, but finding your wedding gown shouldn't be! So to be sure that your dress shopping experience is as seamless as a perfectly tailored gown, we listed 5 common mistakes to avoid when searching for your wedding gown: Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Bringing EVERYONE to Your Appointment. SSpacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssPACE Yes, you want to bring your whole bridal party and all your family members to your appointment to help you find the most important dress you'll ever wear. However, having 10 different opinions can actually bring you farther away from finding "the one."  Most brides find it helpful to have only those whose opinions really matter to them in the appointment, which tend to be their mom, sister, or their best friend. Bring that person whose opinion you value, and can tell you like it is! If you do choose to bring your entourage, be sure to remember that YOU are the one wearing that gown, and YOU have to absolutely LOVE it. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Trying on too many dresses. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Despite what we see on TV or know about finding the right dress, most brides actually try on between 5-12 gowns before they find the one. And with the right consultant working with you, the perfect dress might be the first few you actually try on! The most common mistakes made by a bride is finding the perfect gown she loves, but is not ready to the end the shopping experience and make the commitment. This becomes dangerous because the bride becomes overwhelmed with the endless options and forgets what she originally set out to find. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss When you are first starting, it is a good idea to try on different dresses to figure out the silhouette you love most on your figure. The bride might have an idea of what she likes, but preferences might change once you put on a few different styles. But once you narrow it down and know that you would never wear a ball gown or a fit and flare style, or whatever it might be on your wedding day, then start trying on dresses that you would want to wear on your big day. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Keep your style, comfort level, and venue in mind when finding the gown.  At The Bustle, we like to keep the process simple and fun for the bride, so we do a brief interview at the beginning of the appointment to get to know you, the wedding, and how you want to look on your wedding day! MAKE AN APPOINTMENT Spacessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Wanting the Wrong Size. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Try not to fixate on the size of the wedding gown, but on how your measurements are compared to the designer's size chart. Keep in mind that wedding gown sizes typical run 1 to 2 sizes smaller than our normal street clothing. And planning on losing weight before you wedding day? No worries. Any dress can be taken in up to 2-4 sizes down without affecting the look of the dress, and most dresses can be let out one full size, so you are allowed to fluctuate in weight before you start alterations. Don't wait until the last minute to find your gown because you were planning to lose weight first! (See our Dress Timeline blog post).Go with your consultant's recommended size, which tend to be the size that currently fits your body. And if the dress doesn't fit when it comes in, don't freak out! There's always something we can do, such as ordering more fabric from the designer, or adding a corset back. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Trying on Dresses that are Over Budget. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Make sure you are absolutely sure of your budget for your wedding gown before hitting the stores. This can help prevent disappointment and heartbreak, such as loving a dress you tried on, but can't afford. The Bustle is mindful and respectful of the bride's budget before pulling dresses for her. And yes, if you see a gorgeous gown on a mannequin that you JUST have to try on, we are happy to pull it for you, but we also keep you informed about the price before getting you in the dress :) Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Buying a Dress You Don't Love. Spacessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss This is the biggest mistake any bride should avoid! Don't settle for a dress because someone influenced you to purchase it instead of listening to your heart. This is one of the reasons why it is important to choose the people you invite to your appointment wisely.   If you are caught between two dresses, really ask yourself these few question: "Which dress would I miss more if I couldn't have one or the other?" "Which one do I feel most beautiful in?" "Do I feel like a bride in this dress?" "In 20 years, which dress would I be happy to see in my photographs?" If you find yourself thinking about that one dress or coming back to it in the appointment, that one is probably your wedding gown! Spacessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss If you have any questions on how to have a stress-free, fun bridal experience, give us a call! And if you are ready to start searching for your wedding gown, call or book online for your personalized appointment at The Bustle!

Dress Timeline

So you've just said yes! Congratulations on your engagement! Now it's time to dive into wedding planning. Shopping for a gown is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding. The entire process of gown shopping is about 8 months, so it's never too early to begin the search for the perfect dress. :) We've broken down the timeline so you're prepared to find THE ONE!

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Almost all gowns are made to order, so it takes 4-6 months for the dress to come in. If your wedding date falls within that 4-6 month time frame, don't worry! We'll walk you through all your options to see if any rush fees apply. There are different rush fees that will help speed up the production on your dress. The Bustle offers various rush options depending on the designer and the gown you fall in love with.

Remember, alterations are always needed to achieve the perfect fit. Gown sizing is determined by your current measurements. We always recommended to go with the largest measurement because wedding gowns are made to be taken in, or let out if needed. Alterations will begin 6-8 weeks before your wedding.

Let The Bustle help you find your dream dress! Our team of bridal consultants will be there to guide you through the entire process up to the day you say "I do!" Call 858-523-9254 or visit us online at www.thebustledelmar.com to schedule your private appointment. We can't wait to meet you xo

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March is Bustle Bride Month

Welcome back and thank you for keeping in touch with us. We are celebrating our Bustle Brides this month because you are what makes us special. You are why we exist. That is why we go out of our way to make you as happy as possible while you here with us. We love helping brides find the gown of your dreams and we are so very happy to have been there to witness the day you fell in love once again, with the gown of your dreams.  We hope that your experience with us has become a memorable part of your big day. If you are newly engaged, congratulations. When you are ready to start shopping for your gown, don't hesitate to call us at 858-523-9254 or click HERE to make your appointment.


If you want to hear what our Bustle Brides have to say about their experience with us there are several places to visit.

Click HERE for WeddingWire reviews.

The Bustle Bridal Boutique has won the COUPLES CHOICE AWARD for 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017!!


Click HERE for TheKnot reviews.

The Bustle Bridal Boutique has won The Knot "Best of Weddings" award for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,

and we are now a HALL OF FAME member!

For this month’s Bustle Blog, the focus is on our Bustle Brides. Alison and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of working with you to find your wedding gown. You let us into your life with intimate details of your love story. You’ve smiled, cried, laughed, and celebrated finding the gown you will wear on the most important day of your life. And we were there to share that moment with you. As I scroll through the countless photos that our Bustle Brides have sent us of your wedding day, I can’t help but feel the same emotion as you did that day. I can see the smile on both of your faces, the happiness flowing out of you. I can see that your fiance’ appreciates the effort you made to look perfect. It makes us happy knowing that we were there to help you start your new life, and we hope your experience with us becomes part of that new story.  Our customers are more than customers, you are family to us. You are Bustle Brides!! Congratulations once again, we hope your wedding was a major success and we hope your new story will be filled with wonderful memories that last a lifetime.

Jason and Alison Pasiut,

The Bustle Bridal Boutique


Stella York Trunk Show

Stella York Trunk Show. We are super exited for our Stella York trunk show. We have the gowns here and let me tell you, they are perfect. We would love to have you come for a private appointment to try one of these beauties. Make an appointment HERE for your chance to find the one. There isn't much time ok, we only have these gowns from this Friday, February 3 to Sunday February 5. There are appointment times available but don't wait. Give us a call to schedule or click on the either link. We can't wait to meet you!!!




2017 is Looking Great!!


Its 2017, a new year, a chance for new beginnings and a fresh perspective. Well, The Bustle is all about trying new things, and this year we are going big. We are introducing Muse by Berta and will host a Berta trunk show April 13 - 16. Take a sneak peak here HERE. Make you appointment for the trunk show HERE. We are super exited to bring you these fabulous gowns. The Bustle is also introducing Flower Girl gowns into our exclusive inventory, and they are SO cute.  Bring your flower girls along to your appointment to add to the memories of your wedding.

The Bustle would also like to introduce our new Special Occasion Boutique. We carry several exclusive designers, including Watters & Watters, Sorella Vita and our very own Ava Julia gowns, named after our daughter Ava. Our Special Occasion Boutique is exclusive for Bustle Brides. We want it this way for you because you deserve it. We have designed the space to accommodate you and your maids so that you all can relax, sip champagne, and try on special occasion gowns in a fun atmosphere that is just for you. You will have a stylist assigned to help you all find the perfect look. This boutique offers a one-of-a-kind, private experience for you, our Bustle Bride. Make an appointment HERE to book your private Special Occasion Boutique experience. The Bustle is optimistic about 2017. We love what we do and we can't wait to meet you and help you become part of our family of happy Bustle Brides. Cheers to a great 2017.


White Friday Sample Sale


It is that time of the year again.... The Bustle will be holding their annual White Friday Sample Sale on November 25th! We are already booking appointmenst and are very excited to help brides find their dream dresses! With  60 plus sample dresses for sale we know we will be  able to help every bride find the right gown!
  • Gowns priced at $399, $599, and $799 + up | Discounted styles 30%-70% off retail value
  • Choose any 5 gowns to try on at a time!
  • Cash or Credit only
  • Open from 10-6pm
Everything you need to know: Our One-Day Sample Sale will be a little bit different than our regular appointments, and that’s the beauty of the sale.  This sale will also require you to make a bridal appointment as usual, but will work on a first-come, first-served basis in our upstairs boutique. The sample bridal gowns will be exceptionally discounted, so you have the chance to find something that’s within (or below) your budget so that you can pocket the extra cash! Many of the sample gowns available are high-end designer gowns that are heavily marked down and are the last existing gown of that style so you know you won’t find your friend wearing the same dress. Image result for anne barge sheath Anne Barge Image result for stella york mermaid 6143Image result for stella york mermaid 6143 Stella York And more!!!! Call us at 858-523-9254, or book your appointment online. Each sample appointment will be booked for 1 hour!  

Our Bride, Elizabeth!

How dreamy would it be to get married in a castle?! Well that's exactly what our bride Elizabeth did for her wedding. She lived the ultimate fairy tale and had a destination wedding in Scotland! Here are a few pics from the lovely bride. She wore a fitted lace gown with a stunning train to make her grand entrance down the aisle! ELIZABETH castlepic2

Whose Your “I Do” Crew

They are finally here! The Bustle is proud to say, we now officially carry bridesmaid dresses! For years we have been dedicated to our beautiful bustle brides & now we feel it's time to start extending that hand to your lovely ladies. Upstairs, alongside our other bridal boutiques, is the brand new Bridesmaid Boutique! We carry a large assortment on Watters and Sorella Vita dresses. With multiple dressing rooms, the bridesmaid boutique is the perfect way for brides to grab the girls and see what dresses your bride-tribe will wear on your big day! Check out it out, below are just a few pictures of the many styles we carry by each designer. We have already started booking bridesmaid appointments, don't miss out on the fun, book your appointment today! To schedule an appointment click HERE!



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Our Bride, Aly!

Cheers to Aly, another beautiful Bustle Bride who got married at Estancia La Jolla! We received photos from the wonderful Garrett Richardson Photography, and we're swooning over the details from Aly's outdoor wedding. Aly was such a sweet gal, and we're so happy for the newly weds! Congratulations again! aly2 aly   Gown: The Bustle Bridal Boutique | Venue:  Estancia La Jolla | Photographer: Garrett Richardson Photography | Event Designer: Ever After Events |