What to Expect at a Trunk Show

One of the most exciting parts of wedding planning is shopping for your perfect bridal look, and making an appointment for a trunk show makes it even more fun! Here's your guide to what to expect when wedding dress shopping at a trunk show:


What is a Trunk Show?Photo of Hayley Paige's Decklyn Wedding Dress design inside Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique in Beacon, NY.

Wedding dress designers release new collections every season, or sometimes every year. Bridal boutiques will choose some of the gowns from each collection to carry in their stores, but during a trunk show, the entire new line comes to the boutique for brides to try on. (The wedding gowns literally arrive in big trunks!) This allows brides to try on dresses that wouldn't normally be available in that store. 

Sometimes, the designs are so new that bridal salons haven't received their samples yet, so a bride could be one of the very first to order a particular gown. Other times, designers will offer a "Best Of" trunk show that showcases all of their most loved wedding dress designs.

A representative from the designer will often visit the bridal shop during the trunk show and consult with brides during their appointments. This helps them learn what brides are loving the most in the new collections. On rare occasions, you might meet the designer as well!


Image of a Lillian West wedding dress inside Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique.

Make the Most of Your Trunk Show Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, do some research on wedding dress designers and the new collections that will be on display. Look at their websites and social media accounts to find photos and lookbooks that showcase the trunk show collection. Save photos and screenshots of your favorites so your stylist can pull those first to try on!

For our Fall 2018 trunk shows, Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique will be live-streaming a runway show the evening before each trunk show begins. Tune in to our Instagram account on October 25th, November 1st, and November 8th to watch the trunk show dresses in action and pick out your top choices for your appointment.

On the day of your appointment, bring the people you would want by your side for the moment you find your dress. A few trusted opinions from close friends and relatives will help you feel confident in your decision. But too many opinions can make it hard for you to consider what your own favorites are, so it's often best to invite the whole group to your gown-pickup appointment instead. 

If you find the wedding gown of your dreams, your appointment will be the only opportunity to take advantage of the trunk show's discount, so be prepared to "say yes to the dress" and place your deposit that day. 


Upcoming Trunk Shows at Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique

This fall, we are excited to host three incredible trunk shows in a row:

Justin Alexander SS19: October 26th-28th

The latest Justin Alexander collection stays true to the classic elegance of the line while incorporating on-trend details. From refined high-neck silhouettes in clean ivory fabrics to gowns encrusted with beading and touched with vintage elements, this collection has something for every bride’s style. 

Best of Hayley Paige: November 2nd-4th 

Hayley Paige is known for her feminine and artistic flair in designing wedding dresses, from sculptural ballgowns to alluring mermaids. Her best-loved wedding gowns will all be arriving in our store at once for brides to browse.

Madison James SS19: November 9th-11th

Madison James’ new collection is full of intricate details and flattering silhouettes. Each gown represents a different bride’s sense of style, and many have one-of-a-kind appliqué details or lace overlays. There’s even a jumpsuit to try!

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