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Introducing the Tulle Skirt Collection


We are channeling our inner Carrie Bradshaw and have introduced a new Tulle Skirt Collection!

Our collection of 25″ tulle skirts are sized S, M, L and XL and are available in Ivory, Blush, Black and Grey (featured). We have sizes in stock (while available) or can special order. The price is $95! These precious confections are perfect for bridesmaids, engagement shoots, showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and, of course, will make your holiday ensemble festive! Ring us at 860.669.4596 to view the collection or have one shipped to you!

Jewelry: aquinnah

xoxo, TWD

The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame


We are so excited to announce that we have been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame! We have won the Best of Weddings award almost consecutively for the past decade, so this honor is truly special! Thank you to all of the brides who have voted for us in the past!

xoxo, TWD

Best of the Shoreline 2014

We are thrilled to once again be named Best Bridal Shop on the Connecticut Shoreline by the readers of the Shoreline Newspapers! We would like to thank everyone who voted, because it means the world to us! Scroll below to read the article.


The White Dress By The Shore is a luxury bridal boutique that offers chic couture for brides, mothers and bridesmaids in the quaint atmosphere of an antique home. The rustic charm of the store’s hardwood floors, exposed beams and stone fireplaces is the perfect setting for the dazzling collection of elegant white wedding gowns from top bridal designers, exclusively for The White Dress here in Connecticut. Established in 2004, owner Beth Chapman, with over 20 years in the fashion industry, set out to create a bridal shopping experience like no other in the country, let alone the state.

And she has succeeded. The White Dress By the Shore even hosted a Royal Wedding Party in honor of William and Kate’s nuptials this past spring, where customers dressed in their Royal Wedding finery watched the ceremony and all the hoopla on the telly while enjoying a high tea. And, Chapman noted that very weekend after, brides-to-be came in looking for a classic dress like Kate’s and even her sister Pippa’s silk columned white gown, which almost stole the show.

The experienced staff at The White Dress by the shore is passionate about delivering exceptional quality and service to their clients. The boutique has received a number of accolades including The Best of The Knot, The 2011 Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award and The 2011 Editor Choice Award, as well continued five star online ratings from their customers. Attracting clients from around the world, The White Dress by the shore has developed a reputation as a hidden gem on the shoreline. The boutique operates by appointment in order to provide their clients with the highest level of service. Chapman says about her shop, “At The White Dress by the shore brides don’t just purchase their gown, they purchase a memory.” Call 860-669-4596 to schedule an appointment that won’t be forgotten.

xoxo, TWD


Our Unique and Extensive Bridal Alterations Process

As one of the many services that we offer at The White Dress by the shore, we provide in-house alterations for brides. These alterations are à la carte and are offered on a first come, first served basis. When you purchase your gown, you are entered into a queue for the month of your wedding date. Once we meet capacity for that month, we will refer you to our network of outside seamstresses. We have two talented in-house seamstresses who are true artists!

Some may be surprised at the amount of work and level of artistry required to alter a wedding gown. The video below by Vintage Cinema is a glimpse into our unique and extensive process.

xoxo, TWD

{Tis the Season} Wedding Fur Rental


change furs to thisimage by Carla Ten Eyck, styling  by Beth Chapman, beauty by d.d. Nickel

As the weather turns colder, we wanted to remind you that we offer Wedding Fur Rental.  Below are the styles that are available for rent.  They are the perfect way to keep warm on a chilly fall or winter day. And they sure do look lovely in the photos.  Contact us for further rental information!

And be sure to ask us about our fur muffs for rent! 

xoxo, TWD

Ask the Experts: Beth Chapman’s Bridal Gown Shopping Tips

Bridal shopping season is in full swing. No need to stress, though! To make your life a little easier, owner, Beth Chapman, has put together a list of bridal gown shopping tips to assist you:


Selecting a wedding gown is often one of the first steps that a bride takes as she embarks on the journey of her engagement. Finding the perfect gown is an exciting, but often daunting task. Following are tips that will help to make the experience memorable, enjoyable and lead to the gown of your dreams.


Before beginning to shop for your gown, you should have your wedding date and venue secured. Your decision will be much easier to make if you can envision yourself wearing your gown in the setting of your wedding.


In creating your wedding budget, be sure to include a realistic budget for your wedding attire. Your budget should include an allocation for not only the gown, but accessories (bra, veil, jewelry and shoes), alterations and gown cleaning and preservation after the wedding.

It is very important to articulate your budget to the sales associate when shopping for your gown. You do not want to fall in love with something that does not fit your budget.


Prior to beginning to shop, research salons that carry designers that meet your taste level and budget.

Evaluate the stores in which you like to shop for your everyday clothes and be sure that you select the correct shopping environment for you. If you are a department store shopper, a larger bridal salon with a large selection of gowns may be the right fit for you. If you prefer to shop in small boutiques, then a smaller, more intimate bridal store would most likely be best for you.

Visit the salon’s website before calling to set an appointment to ensure that the selection and price range meets your needs. It is also helpful to read the bridal blogs to find out what other brides-to-be have to say about the stores that you plan to visit.


Call to schedule an appointment a minimum of one week in advance. By scheduling an appointment, it allows the salon to provide you with their undivided attention and have a sales associate dedicated specifically to you.

Keep in mind that it takes approximately 4-6 months to produce a wedding gown. You should begin shopping for your gown a minimum of 8 months in advance of the wedding to allow enough time for alterations once the gown arrives.


This is a momentous and joyous time in your life, so naturally you want to share it with your family and friends. Be careful, however, of bringing a large group with you to shop for your gown. Too many opinions can be detrimental to making a decision.

If you have bridesmaids or family members who insist on being part of the process, a suggestion might be to shop with 1-2 very close family members or friends who understand and respect your personal style. Once you have finalized your decision, then you can bring back other people to show them the gown that you have decided on.

The key is to remember to take opinions into consideration, but ultimately you know yourself best. Your opinion is truly the only one that matters. It is your day and you are the one wearing the gown.


Bring photographs of styles that interest you and articulate your vision and budget to the sales associate with whom you are working.

Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t like something. Who knows – perhaps there is something that can be done to the gown to make it perfect for you!

Before making the final decision on your gown, be sure that you understand the policies of the salon at which you are purchasing it. Ask about their policies for gown deposit and alterations.


Don’t use your wedding day as the day to make a fashion statement! Your gown should flatter your best physical assets, reflect the formality and overall aesthetic of your venue, and most importantly, reflect your own personal style.  You want to still look like yourself on your wedding day…just an enhanced version!


Trust the sales associate with whom you are working. If they are good at what they do, they will listen to your vision and make suggestions of gowns for you to try on. Even if you do not like the way that a gown looks on the hanger, TRY IT ON!! It could be the gown of your dreams!


Bridal sizing is different from ready-to-wear sizing. In some cases, a bridal gown is 2 sizes larger than what you would wear in your every day clothes. Once you have selected your gown, the bridal salon will take your measurements. Those measurements will be compared to the designer’s size chart and the appropriate size will be selected for you. Keep in mind that a gown can be altered up to two sizes. Even if you are planning on losing weight, it’s best to go with the size that you are measuring at the time of purchase and alter the gown once it arrives. Never order a size based on the size that you plan to be!


Undergarments are called foundations for a reason! The proper undergarments truly make all of the difference in the fit of the gown. After your gown is purchased, take time to select the perfect undergarments. It is best to shop in a location that specializes in foundations so that you are sized correctly.

While selecting your undergarments it is important to take into consideration several factors:

Select a bra or bustier that has a lower back than that of the gown so that the bra cannot be seen.

Ensure that if your bra has lace, texture or boning, they are not visible through the gown.

If your gown is a column silhouette or made of a light weight fabric, ensure that your undergarments provide you with enough support and that there are no noticeable seams or panty lines.


Alterations are truly a process. It will take time to sculpt the gown to fit your body perfectly. When purchasing your gown, you should factor in a minimum of 2 months for alterations.

There a generally a minimum of 3 alterations involved in perfecting the fit of the gown. When purchasing your gown, you should inquire about the salon’s policies on alterations and their fee structure.

It is imperative that you have your shoes and undergarments selected when the alterations process begins. It is impossible to ensure a proper fit without those elements.

If you are planning on losing weight, you should not begin the alterations process until your weight is stable.


Selecting the perfect accessories to complement your gown is almost as important as selecting the gown itself. The accessories can make or break your wedding day look! You should take time in this process and schedule a separate appointment to choose your accessories.

When selecting you wedding day garnish, ask yourself if you want the accessories themselves to be the statement or if you want them to simply complement the gown. Either way, ensure that they reflect your personal style and the overall aesthetic of the wedding.


Although your gown is something you will wear only once, it is a precious garment that holds many memories, and it is should be properly cleaned and protected after the wedding. Research companies that specialize in gown cleaning and preservation – don’t simply rely on your local dry cleaner. Be sure to use a company that provides an anti-sugar treatment while cleaning and uses acid free materials in their preservation box. These processes will allow for maximum longevity of the fabric and ensure that it will not discolor or deteriorate over time.


The most important tip is to HAVE FUN!! How often in life will you be able to try on beautiful gowns and be treated like a princess? Enjoy every minute of it!

The key is to make sure that you are working with a bridal salon that maximizes your bridal shopping experience and allows you to feel comfortable in your buying decision.


xoxo, Beth


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