Hayden Olivia, nestled in a historic building in the heart of uptown Charlotte, is where brides are finding “the one” in a handpicked selection of unique gowns, veils, hair pieces and “must have” bridal accessories. Established in 2008, Hayden Olivia has received numerous awards and was named one of the top 5 bridal boutiques in the south.
Shopping for your wedding gown is a once in a lifetime experience and a very special occasion. We live for moments you can’t put into words, the moment you are united with a gown that embodies your personal style and celebrates your love story.
You're not just looking for an Instagram-able gown... you want the feel of wearing a family heirloom for your future children...but the actual gown to embody your personal style.
PEOPLE WILL STARE. MAKE IT WORTH THEIR WHILE.
- HARRY WINSTON
It's more than finding your gown, its the experience, your stylist and your loved ones that help create the memory that you'll cherish for a lifetime.
Once your gown is complete and arrives to the boutique, you will be invited to book a First Look Appointment. This is the appointment where brides have the opportunity to try on their gown for the first time and put their entire wedding day look together for the first time. This is also a great time to consider additional accessories and possibly choose other wedding wardrobe dresses, robes and celebratory accessories.
When you find your gown, your favorite people won’t want to miss that moment! Finding the one and then inviting people to a second appointment is anti-climactic and looses the authentic nature of the first. Plan to bring the decision makers who will help you feel confident in saying yes! If someone can’t join you, we can facetime them. There is nothing like matching a bride with the gown that embodies her personal style and checks all of the boxes for what she envisioned wearing on her wedding day!
This is the gold standard. Let's be honest, anything less than two hours would feel rushed. We reserve a confirmed time, dressing room and match you with a bridal stylist who will guide you through y0ur gown shopping experience. Please see our FAQS for additional details to help as you prepare to try on gowns for those you love and whose opinions matter the most.
Your gown shopping experience at Hayden Olivia begins before you ever walk off the elevator into suite 200. Fill out our fancy appointment request form or speak live to a consultant so we can provide you with the absolute best experience when you arrive. This process will allow the Hayden Olivia team to confirm date, time and further details for your appointment. It will also help us learn about your personal style. We can't wait to hear from you!
Our curated selection of bridal gowns range in price from $3500 to $10,000 with most gowns falling between $4000 and $7000. Our Designer Gallery details price range. *Please note our website features a sampling of gowns and does not include all
gowns available in the boutique.
We kindly ask for a scheduled appointment to ensure the availability of a dressing room and personal styling consultant. It is important to us that every bride feels special, taken care of and never rushed. The only way to accomplish this with every single bride we get to work with is to require an appointment ahead of time.
Once engaged, gown shopping for “the dress” immediately is best. An ideal time to begin is 9-12 months ahead of your wedding. In light of supply chain/Covid delays, we welcome up to 14 months prior if your timeline allows. Allowing plenty of time and brining
those who's opinions matter most ensures the process is calm,
stress-free and most importantly, fun.
We suggest you wear Nude-coloured undergarments for your appointment. A strapless bra is often useful (even if you bring it along in your handbag!). Opting for minimal makeup and no spray tan makes taking the dresses on and off much easier and we thank you! This allows for us to keep our gowns in like-new condition!
Most brides find too many opinions can be confusing and make the process more overwhelming than it needs to be. We believe it's best to keep the focus on you and only you. We suggest bringing up to three of those you love, who understand your personal style and whose opinions matter the most. The rest of the bridal party and friends can be surprised on your big day!
We care about your experience, one that is stress-free and comfortable. This means having a broad range of sample sizes. Sizes range from 8-22 with the majority of our dresses sizes 10-14. However with 13+ years of experience, we have several super-clever ways to show the true fit of each dress even if our sample or designer's sample doesn’t quite fit.
Hayden Olivia has curated a collection of contemporary hair accessories, jewelry, belts, boleros and veils to complete your wedding day look. Our Designer Gallery details price range. *Please note our website features a sampling and does not include all accessories available in the boutique.
We are sensitive to this very popular topic. Every bride wants to look their best therefore this means brides’ sizes and shapes can change. We maintain a close relationship with our preferred seamstresses who can help advise. Should you choose to size down based on your diet and exercise, brides sign off on the size that they choose for their gown order.
At the conclusion of choosing your perfect gown the next step is finalizing all details, completing your gown purchase paperwork and processing your gown purchase deposit. A 50% non-refundable deposit enables us to order your gown with the designer. The balance of the dress is due 30 days prior to arrival when your gown is near completion and ready to ship from the designer to Hayden Olivia Bridal.
Once your gown arrives you will be contacted to book a First Look/Styling Appointment at the boutique. This is when you will try on your gown for the first time. We can help with alternation suggestions/questions and consult when choosing and ordering final accessories to complete your wedding day look. This is also when you will take your gown with you or arrange a collection date closer to your first fitting appointment.
For over a decade, Mai’s Alterations was housed within Hayden Olivia. We are excited to announce Mai now has a beautiful studio on Central Ave just 10 min from the boutique. Her team holds over 30 years experience in designing, pattern making, constructing and altering fine apparel and couture gowns. Mai will advise on number of fittings required however its best to plan for two fittings.
Once you’ve collected your dress from Hayden Olivia and taken it to the seamstress for your alternations, your dress can be left in the safe hands of the seamstress until you’re ready for your final fitting. Your dress will be steamed, pressed and hung carefully in a breathable heavy duty gown bag for travel to your wedding day destination.
AS SEEN IN
Ginnie and Austen's wedding at Quail Hollow
This wedding captured by Demi Mabry and designed by Katrina Hutchins Events channeled the colors and patterns of a traditional southern soiree.
Ginnie's wedding day look was the epitome of classic bridal style. Her Anne Barge Couture gown featured an exquisite square neckline, full ballgown skirt and gorgeous bustle for dancing the night away.
Photographer: @demimabry, Event Design: @katrinahutchinsevents,
Floral Design: @thebloom_room @lmdohner, Hair + Makeup: @beprettycharlotte, See additional pictures and vendors here.