helpful info for your appointment
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, to try on gowns, no, to browse. l’atelier marla will assist you with gown selection and carefully getting you in-and-out of our dresses in a manner that puts as little wear-and-tear on the merchandise as possible (so please, wear all necessary undergarments). Appointments are for 1 hour.
How many dresses do you carry?
We emphasize quality over quantity with a selection of 50 - 60 ever-changing gowns to choose from with styles ranging from ball-gown to sheath. No jam-packed racks to fight with!
What should I bring to my appointment?
Photos of gowns that excite you are always helpful (though an open mind toward gowns you haven't considered will go far, as well)! We advise that you bring shoes and undergarments comparable to what you expect to wear on your wedding day. If you’ve already decided on accessories, we encourage you to bring those too. Oh, and bring your body-positivity!
What should I NOT bring?
Preferably, not a sour attitude. We understand that dress shopping and wedding planning is A LOT of detailed stressful work, but you’re more likely to find your perfect dress in a relaxed state-of-mind than a state-of-bridezilla ;) And leave any self-deprecation at the door!
Whom should I bring to my appointment?
We suggest no more than 3-4 guests who are positive, encouraging, and who always have your back. Keep in mind, however, multiple opinions can get confusingly overwhelming thereby taking the focus off of you and what you want, so please consider your guests wisely. And while kids are fun, bridal shopping with kids is not fun…for kids! We respectfully ask that children under 12 years old forego this portion of the wedding planning festivities.
What sizes do you offer?
We try really hard to offer a wide range of sizes to help suit every bride. Most of our dresses vary from bridal size 6 to 14. Usually dresses can be tailored smaller by up to 3 sizes and can be made bigger by 1 size.
Do you offer champagne and appetizers?
At l'atelier marla, our goal is to offer high-quality gowns for brides seeking their dream wedding dress. Because of this, we do not allow the consumption of food or beverages in our space (consider the disappointment of finding your perfect gown, only for it to be stained with alcohol or chocolate). Luckily, there are many neighborhood businesses that serve food and beverages where you could visit before/after your appointment.
Is it okay if I wear make-up and perfume?
Because we want to keep our gowns looking beautiful not only for you, but for ALL of our brides and consignors, we ask that you please not wear oil-based make up such as foundation, cover-up, mascara, eyeliner and lipstick. Powder-based make-up such as eyeshadow and blush are acceptable. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too is perfume, so let's keep our gowns fragrance free for everyone. We provide make-up/perfume remover towelettes in a pinch.
Are photos allowed?
Of course! We understand it’s important to see, and remember, yourself in gowns hours or days after your appointment. This also provides an opportunity for you to Photoshop make-up on :)
Do you carry bridal accessories?
Yes! We offer a small selection of bridal jewelry, veils, and stylish bridal belts.
Where are you located?
Our address is: 726 Central Avenue NE located at the corner of Central Ave NE & SE 8th Street in Minneapolis 55414.
Where should I park?
There is off-street metered parking for $1.00 an hour on both Central Ave and on SE 8th St. You can download the app on to your smart phone here. On Sundays, you are allowed to park in the lot of the building behind ours located at Hang It Inc on SE 2nd Ave.