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(815) 385-7330    |    3807 WEST ELM STREET (ROUTE 120)    |    MCHENRY, IL 60050

F.A.Q.'s

Why do I need to make an appointment to try on wedding gowns?
Appointments are required and often are booked weeks in advance. Our bridal fitting rooms are limited and in order to give you the full attention of our professional consultants, appointments are necessary. First appointments last approximately 90 minutes.
Who should I bring to my appointment?
Only invite guests who can help you make a decision. Bring your closest friends or family members whose opinions you value most, maximum of five people. Bringing more often takes the focus off of you the bride. It has also been our experience that it is best to leave toddlers and children at home.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring pictures of dresses you’ve seen on our website, in magazines or that you’ve tried on. Have an open mind and consider different styles. A strapless bra is helpful too!
Be prepared to find & pay for your gown at your first appointment.
It really does happen that brides ‘say yes’ on the first trip out!
What is a special order gown?
Most of the gowns we sell are special-orders. A special-order gown is made specifically for you by the designer, based on your measurements. A 60% deposit is required to order your dress and we accept all major credit cards as well as cash and checks.
When should I expect to receive my gown?
Your special-order gown will arrive anywhere between 6-9 months after you place your order. The dress is delivered to us directly from the designer and we perform a thorough quality control check on your gown. Once we are satisfied the gown is perfect, we’ll contact you to schedule an appointment.
What’s a gown budget?
Your budget for your gown is what you plan to spend on your gown. Remember that alteration costs need to be included in that price. Kathryn’s gown prices range from about $1200 to $4500. Alterations are a separate cost and are determined by what needs to be done to your gown.
I’m a curvy girl, do you have my size?
At Kathryn’s we have brought in our favorite and best selling gowns from all of our designers in sizes 18-28.
When should I order my accessories; veil, belt, headpiece?
Making the decision at the time you order your gown is helpful, they may take 3-4 months to order. If you are not ready to do that then a second accessory appointment will be scheduled.
What should my alteration budget be?
Alterations are a separate charge and are determined by what your gown needs. An approximate amount to budget is from $250 to $450.
May I shop for wedding dresses with my Starbucks in hand?
Kindly leave your Starbucks at home, no food or drink is permitted in the shop.
Gown Preservation
Bring your gown and wedding accessories to Kathryn’s and we will step you through the process of having your gown preserved. The Wedding Gown Preservation Company http://www.gownpreservation.com/ has been preserving gowns for over 100 years!

Turnaround time is approximately 2 months. Please call if you have any questions, 815-385-7330 or send us an email at bridal@kathryns-bridal.com.

Top Tips

  1. Arrive on time
  2. Wear proper undergarments (full coverage panties, strapless bra)
  3. Eat & drink water prior to your appointment – trying on gowns is hard work!
  4. Bring a clip, headband or pony holder to pull your hair back
  5. Know and discuss your budget with your consultant
  6. Do not try on gowns above your budget – we don’t want disappointed brides!
  7. Bring pictures of gowns you are interested in
  8. Plan to order your dress at least 6-9 months prior to your wedding date
  9. Bring along only a few guests who respect and support your final decision

Appointment Types

What's an appointment?
We are so happy you are interested in stopping in!

We offer different types of appointment options, so please make sure you explain the purpose of your visit and how we can help. We work by appointment and weekend availability is our most popular, which is why we suggest planning ahead.
Bridal, First Appointment
You have your mate, you've set a date and selected your location, now you need the perfect dress in your budget! Our bridal dresses range from about $1200 to $4500. This is an hour long appointment. Please indicate how many guests you will bring.
Bridal, Second Appointment
We are so glad you love our dresses as much as we do! Let us know what your favorites were and that it is your 2nd visit. This is a 30 minute appointment to try on your top three styles and make a final decision. If you think you need more time, please send us an email at bridal@kathryns-bridal.com
Trunk Show Appointment
You have been crushing on a certain designer and want to see their whole collection of dresses. This is an hour long appointment and only available during Trunk Show weekends.
Bridal Gown Wait List
We book up pretty fast, and we will let you know as soon as something opens up.
Accessories Appointment
This is a 30 minute appointment to find a veil, hairpiece and/or jewelry to complete your look.
Bridesmaid(s) First Appointment
You and your group are ready to select dresses for the bridal party. This appointment lasts anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.
Bridesmaid(s) Second Appointment
You love our selection and want to finalize the order for the bridal party. This is a 30 minute appointment. If more time is needed, please send us an email at bridal@kathryns-bridal.com.
Mother of the Wedding
This is an hour long personal shopping experience for mothers to find a beautiful gown for your wedding. Gowns are hand selected by our professional consultant based on the needs and preferences of mom. Prices begin at $400.
Invitations
You have your perfect dress and now you need a custom invitation to set the tone for your big day! Our invitation prices begin at less than $2.00 per complete set. This is typically an hour and a half appointment with an etiquette specialist. Please bring any pertinent information you wish to have printed on your invitations.
Tuxedos
You have almost every detail complete and want your man and his groomsmen to look their very best! This is a 30 minute appointment.
Alterations
Alterations are an extra fee and by appointment only. The actual cost of your alterations will be based on the scope of the work and on what needs to be adjusted. Our professional seamstresses are available to meet with you in our shop for bridal gown alterations.

Call us to schedule your first alterations appointment 10 weeks prior to your wedding date. You are required to bring your bridal shoes and the undergarments you plan to wear. Most brides require 2-4 fitting appointments to ensure a perfect look. After the final fitting, we will set up your pick up date the week before your wedding. At this time, you will receive your fully pressed and prepared gown packaged in a bag ready for you. You will not try your gown on at pick up.

F.A.Q.'s

Why do I need to make an appointment to try on wedding gowns?
Appointments are required and often are booked weeks in advance. Our bridal fitting rooms are limited and in order to give you the full attention of our professional consultants, appointments are necessary. First appointments last approximately 90 minutes.
Who should I bring to my appointment?
Only invite guests who can help you make a decision. Bring your closest friends or family members whose opinions you value most, maximum of five people. Bringing more often takes the focus off of you the bride. It has also been our experience that it is best to leave toddlers and children at home.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring pictures of dresses you’ve seen on our website, in magazines or that you’ve tried on. Have an open mind and consider different styles. A strapless bra is helpful too!
Be prepared to find & pay for your gown at your first appointment.
It really does happen that brides ‘say yes’ on the first trip out!
What is a special order gown?
Most of the gowns we sell are special-orders. A special-order gown is made specifically for you by the designer, based on your measurements. A 60% deposit is required to order your dress and we accept all major credit cards as well as cash and checks.
When should I expect to receive my gown?
Your special-order gown will arrive anywhere between 6-9 months after you place your order. The dress is delivered to us directly from the designer and we perform a thorough quality control check on your gown. Once we are satisfied the gown is perfect, we’ll contact you to schedule an appointment.
What’s a gown budget?
Your budget for your gown is what you plan to spend on your gown. Remember that alteration costs need to be included in that price. Kathryn’s gown prices range from about $1200 to $4500. Alterations are a separate cost and are determined by what needs to be done to your gown.
I’m a curvy girl, do you have my size?
At Kathryn’s we have brought in our favorite and best selling gowns from all of our designers in sizes 18-28.
When should I order my accessories; veil, belt, headpiece?
Making the decision at the time you order your gown is helpful, they may take 3-4 months to order. If you are not ready to do that then a second accessory appointment will be scheduled.
What should my alteration budget be?
Alterations are a separate charge and are determined by what your gown needs. An approximate amount to budget is from $250 to $450.
May I shop for wedding dresses with my Starbucks in hand?
Kindly leave your Starbucks at home, no food or drink is permitted in the shop.
Gown Preservation
Bring your gown and wedding accessories to Kathryn’s and we will step you through the process of having your gown preserved. The Wedding Gown Preservation Company http://www.gownpreservation.com/ has been preserving gowns for over 100 years!

Turnaround time is approximately 2 months. Please call if you have any questions, 815-385-7330 or send us an email at bridal@kathryns-bridal.com.

Top Tips

  1. Arrive on time
  2. Wear proper undergarments (full coverage panties, strapless bra)
  3. Eat & drink water prior to your appointment – trying on gowns is hard work!
  4. Bring a clip, headband or pony holder to pull your hair back
  5. Know and discuss your budget with your consultant
  6. Do not try on gowns above your budget – we don’t want disappointed brides!
  7. Bring pictures of gowns you are interested in
  8. Plan to order your dress at least 6-9 months prior to your wedding date
  9. Bring along only a few guests who respect and support your final decision

Appointment Types

What's an appointment?
We are so happy you are interested in stopping in!

We offer different types of appointment options, so please make sure you explain the purpose of your visit and how we can help. We work by appointment and weekend availability is our most popular, which is why we suggest planning ahead.
Bridal, First Appointment
You have your mate, you've set a date and selected your location, now you need the perfect dress in your budget! Our bridal dresses range from about $1200 to $4500. This is an hour long appointment. Please indicate how many guests you will bring.
Bridal, Second Appointment
We are so glad you love our dresses as much as we do! Let us know what your favorites were and that it is your 2nd visit. This is a 30 minute appointment to try on your top three styles and make a final decision. If you think you need more time, please send us an email at bridal@kathryns-bridal.com
Trunk Show Appointment
You have been crushing on a certain designer and want to see their whole collection of dresses. This is an hour long appointment and only available during Trunk Show weekends.
Bridal Gown Wait List
We book up pretty fast, and we will let you know as soon as something opens up.
Accessories Appointment
This is a 30 minute appointment to find a veil, hairpiece and/or jewelry to complete your look.
Bridesmaid(s) First Appointment
You and your group are ready to select dresses for the bridal party. This appointment lasts anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.
Bridesmaid(s) Second Appointment
You love our selection and want to finalize the order for the bridal party. This is a 30 minute appointment. If more time is needed, please send us an email at bridal@kathryns-bridal.com.
Mother of the Wedding
This is an hour long personal shopping experience for mothers to find a beautiful gown for your wedding. Gowns are hand selected by our professional consultant based on the needs and preferences of mom. Prices begin at $400.
Invitations
You have your perfect dress and now you need a custom invitation to set the tone for your big day! Our invitation prices begin at less than $2.00 per complete set. This is typically an hour and a half appointment with an etiquette specialist. Please bring any pertinent information you wish to have printed on your invitations.
Tuxedos
You have almost every detail complete and want your man and his groomsmen to look their very best! This is a 30 minute appointment.
Alterations
Alterations are an extra fee and by appointment only. The actual cost of your alterations will be based on the scope of the work and on what needs to be adjusted. Our professional seamstresses are available to meet with you in our shop for bridal gown alterations.

Call us to schedule your first alterations appointment 10 weeks prior to your wedding date. You are required to bring your bridal shoes and the undergarments you plan to wear. Most brides require 2-4 fitting appointments to ensure a perfect look. After the final fitting, we will set up your pick up date the week before your wedding. At this time, you will receive your fully pressed and prepared gown packaged in a bag ready for you. You will not try your gown on at pick up.
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