A little FYI on the Boutique Experience

At Weddings with Joy, we realize that we might be many women's first boutique experience. In order to prepare you for a visit to our shop, we have provided some points below that we hope shed light on what to expect at a boutique, and how that sets us apart from big-box retailers.


We Carry Sample Dresses, not Ready-To-Wear Dresses

“Ready-to-wear” or, interchangeably, “off-the-rack” are terms commonly used to describe factory-made clothing, sold in a finished condition, in standardized sizes. Most people are used to shopping for ready-to-wear clothes in shopping malls or department stores. A dress at Macy’s, for example, will be available in sizes 0-20, and an ample stock is stored in their store to supply sold merchandise.  Online retailers and big-box stores can often offer lower prices because they buy products in high volume. We don't!

The majority of our wedding dresses are “samples,” which means that it’s a select dress in a single size intended to give you an idea of the style. We carry multiple dress styles, or “samples,” so that our brides may have a well-rounded selection to choose from, but we do not carry each sample dress in every size.

We Carry Sample Wedding Dresses in Sizes 0 to 24.

We are proud to carry sample dresses in a variety of sizes ranging from 0 to 24 because we believe that every woman deserves to feel included in the boutique experience.

However, because our dresses are samples, that means that they won't fit your unique body perfectly. But don’t worry, we can order the majority of our wedding dresses in any size. Each wedding dress line will have a specific size chart that we utilize to closely match the given measurements. However, wedding dresses almost always require some alterations to fit just-so.

Carrying More Samples in Different Styles Means More Savings for You!

At Weddings with Joy, we believe in quality over quantity. We're proud to be an independent bridal boutique which provides a couture experience at an affordable price point. We understand that our boutique guests want gorgeous wedding dress options, without the hefty price tag. Our gowns are available between $600 to $3,000, with an average price point between $1,200 to $1,500.

Yes, We Do Have Sample Sales

We have a select number of sample dresses available off-the-rack at a discount, and these are great ready-to-wear options for elopements, budget brides, or for quickly approaching wedding dates.

Our Wedding Dresses are Hand Selected

Wonder how we get our dresses? They are hand selected at bridal markets across the country by lead consultants and the owner of Weddings with Joy. When we're at the bridal market, we go into it with you, and your budget in mind. We love providing our brides, and the Olympia community with stylish, contemporary, and affordable wedding dress styles.

Have any questions about our store? Please comment below or email us at staff@weddingswithjoy.com

7 Tips on How to Prepare for a Bridal Show

Bridal shows are wonderful opportunities for brides to find inspiration from local vendors in their area,  all under one roof. Everyone from cake decorators, wedding venues, caterers, to wedding boutiques will be there bright and early to meet and connect with brides. Below we've shared 7 tips to help prepare you for what you can expect at a bridal show.

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1. Pre-register for the bridal show and buy your tickets in advanced.

Bridal shows are notorious for having long lines, so save yourself some standing time by purchasing your ticket in advanced. Buying early will also help with savings. The South Sound Wedding Show has early discounted tickets for $8  until November 30th, the Tacoma Wedding Expo has a 2 for 1 special, and the Seattle Wedding Show has an online discount ticket for $18

2. Create a separate wedding email.

You're going to meet a lot of vendors at a bridal show and many of them will ask for your information and contact you promptly. Expect to receive hundreds of emails after attending a couple wedding shows. Save yourself some time and create a wedding only email, and organize some categories, such as: vendors, caterers, bridal boutiques, bakers, photographers, and more. 

3. Create a label with your name, address, and phone number.

You're going to meet hundred's of vendors , and they're all going to ask for you name, phone number, and email (including us!) By creating labels, you'll save yourself some time and hand aches! You're going to be so thankful you brought these little stickers along because it'll make meeting people a breeze. 

4. Create a list of vendors you are interested in. 

Do not walk into a wedding show blind! Both the Seattle Wedding Show and the Tacoma Wedding Show have maps available of their vendors and their booth locations. Having a few vendors you're looking forward to and going to them first will help with keeping the show less overwhelming. Also, if you power walk to your favorite vendors whose booth is far away from the entrance, you'll beat that initial rush of people! 

5. Bring a camera, notebook, and pen.

Notes, notes, notes! A bridal show is a jam-packed day so be sure to have a trusty pen and notepad in your purse to jot down important information. Back up your phone and save some space in your camera roll for pictures, and videos. Is a vendor quoting you a special price for a service? Write it down! Will you be trying on wedding dresses? Take pictures! Speaking of wedding dresses...

6. Wear comfy shoes and dress comfortably.

If you plan on trying on wedding dresses, make sure to wear clothes that is easy to get in and out of. An idea of a perfect outfit would be: a strapless bra, spanx shorts, a tunic, leggings, and comfortable tennis shoes. If you're planning on attending on bridal show back-to-back, think about buying some inserts for your shoes to avoid any foot pain! 

7. Bring a trusted friend to bounce ideas off of.

A trusted confidant will make this trip so much easier for you because you'll have someone you trust to bounce ideas off of. The perfect person to bring in this situation would be your maid-of-honor, or you mom. Be wary about the number of people you bring to a bridal show, because it's going to be packed. If you have little ones, arrange for a baby sitter to care for them while you shop stress-free. 

Save the date! Weddings with Joy will be at the following bridal shows in January