POSH FAQ – Posh Bridal Shop Lancaster, PA


Frequently Asked Questions

Questions?  We all have them.  It’s not every day that you purchase a wedding dress, so take a look at some of the more frequent questions we get asked, then feel free to ask some more!  At Posh, its all about you!


Do I need an appointment?


We do suggest that all brides call (717) 291-9894 or CLICK HERE for an appointment, so that we can give each bride our undivided attention. We do welcome walk-ins, but there is a chance you may have to wait for our full attention. Unlike other bridal shops, our salon is focused on giving you on-on-one attention.

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Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?


  • Bring your magazine clippings or other photos of gowns that appeal to you.
  • Bring your iPad or laptop and show us your Pinterest page! That gives us a starting point.
  • It is helpful if you wear a strapless bra (and possibly a “spanx”) in order to have an accurate view of how your gown will look.
  • Later, you’ll want to bring a pair of shoes with heels of a height that you plan to wear on your wedding day.
  • Please, for your modesty and ours, wear appropriate undergarments.

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How long are appointments?


We schedule 1½ hours for every bridal appointment. At Posh, finding your gown is a fun experience. We don’t want you to feel rushed.  So while we're talking about it...


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How many people should I bring along?

1 OR 2

We recommend bringing one or two trusted friends along to share the experience. We can accommodate up to 10 people . But if you are going to bring a large group, please let us know in advance. Please be aware, in most cases, the more people you bring, the harder it becomes to make a decision. It sounds self-serving, but it’s not: The “Money” person should always come along… even if you don’t plan on purchasing that day. We’re not rushing you. But falling in love with a dress that the “Money” person hates is a heartache you want to avoid.

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Fashion Terms

What is Haute Couture?

Haute Couture literally means “high fashion”, and began in the days of Louis XIV of France in the 18th century. Today, Haute Couture has evolved to the Chambre Syndicale De La Couture; a regulating commission that establishes strict standards of what constitutes Haute Couture. There are only 100 members of the “syndicale” and only a dozen true grand couturiers in France — names like Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, and Gaultier. Haute Couture gowns from these houses might start at £50,000.

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What is Bridal Couture?

Bridal couture is a descendant of the grand traditions of Haute Coutre. But the designation of Couture Bridal is more confusing since there is no government sponsored entity to define and uphold standards. Couture Bridal involves limited production, made-to-order gowns actually created by named, living designers using the highest quality silks and laces. Often hand finished with quality details, laces and trims.

Posh is pleased to offer you true bridal couture gowns from Janell Berté.

  • Each gown is designed by Janell Berté. The original garments are draped and patterned by hand.
  • An individual pattern is created for your order. Because of this critical step, we are able to adjust the features of a gown to your request.
  • Using the finest Italian woven silks, the fabric for your gown is spread and inspected, and only then, cut by hand, one gown at a time, using old-world methods.
  • Our laces are French. Many are created on looms more than a century old, and then embellished in the style of Lesage.
  • Our crystals are Swarovski® painstakingly sewn by hand to your gown.
  • Select embroideries are custom designed by Janell Berté then stitched by hand in India, by fairly paid artisans.
  • In select designs we use real freshwater pearls, hand sewn to your garment and never glued.
  • Skilled artisans, many with more than 20 years bridal experience stitch your gown and attend to the dozens of details.
Because of these and many more factors, each Janell Berté gown is a true bridal couture gown — an individual work of art — ready to adorn you on your most important day.

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My gown feels… funny. Is that normal?


Yes, it is going to feel a bit funny. Today’s woman rarely wears a dress, let alone a full, fitted gown. Keep this in mind when you tell your consultant what you like or dislike about a gown.

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Are alterations necessary?


Your measurements when you order your gown will be different that when your gown is fitted. That is just a fact of life. Alterations are necessary to ensure a perfect fit. Special Note: If you are going to have an evening wedding, try to arrange your final fitting in the late afternoon or evening. Gravity will affect your posture and height during the day — and making the final adjustments at approximately the same time of day will help.

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When should I order my gown?


Just kidding. It depends on what gown you want to purchase. Some gowns can take up to 4-5 months to order from other designers, some gowns can be shipped within a few weeks without rush charges. We also have an in-house designer who can make a gown in a rush, and all of our sample gowns are for sale. Because of this time variation, the sooner you order your gown, the more choices you will have without rush charges.

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Am I allowed to take pictures?


(but at the end)

When you find your perfect gown, please do take photos for your memory book. HOWEVER, some of our exclusive designers do not allow photos prior to purchase.  So to accommodate their wishes (and to make it easy)… we prefer you photograph your FAVORITE gown at the end of the process.

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How can I pay for my gown?


  • Posh accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, personal checks, and cash.
  • A 50% deposit is required when you place your order.
  • The balance is due prior to alterations.

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