The dressing room experience
When it is time to go back to the dressing room your consultant will lead you and your closest friends or family members back to our dressing room. She will discuss your wedding plans and what you envision for your bridal gown. She will then proceed to help you into and out of each gown, listening to your opinions about each and offering insight into what is most flattering for your figure. Once she has seen the first gowns on you, your Bridal Consultant may go and pull other gowns that she feels you may like, or introduce a new style that you haven't tried on yet. This will give you the opportunity to not only try on gowns you have pulled, but to try on gowns that you may have not selected.
When you have found your perfect bridal gown, your Bridal Consultant will then select a headpiece, jewelry, and elegant veils to accompany your bridal gown and complete your ensemble.
Placing your special order
Once you have completed your fairy tale look, we will take your measurements to determine which size to order, and you can relax knowing that the cornerstone for your wedding is in place.
Wedding gowns when ordered are considered "special order" merchandise. Gowns are made when the order is placed, therefore it takes anywhere from 6-8 months on average for delivery. A 60% deposit is required at the time of purchase, and the rest is due when your gown arrives. If your wedding date is close, rush charges may be available, depending on the designer, factory schedules, and time constraints. There is always a charge for rushing in a gown, which is determined by each designer.
When we fill out your order form, special care is taken to double check accuracy. Each item is read to the bride while she looks over the order form to insure that no mistakes are made, and every base is covered.
Once the order is taken it is placed in computer system. You will receive a call when your dress comes in.
Having your gown altered
About 12 weeks before your wedding you may need to have alterations done. Alterations are an additional charge. They vary depending on the gown style, type of fabric and alterations needed. We feel that alterations are a vital part of the bridal gown purchase. Quality is key. Experience has shown that free alterations often result in poor workmanship. Therefore all of the independent seamstresses we refer to our brides, come only with the highest of recommendations, and many have been working with us for years.
I have my bridal gown purchased, what next?
Once your bridal gown is selected, you will now be able to start thinking of other aspects of your wedding. Bridesmaid gowns are worn by your closest friends and loved ones standing in support of your marriage. You will want to find a bridesmaids gown to compliment your gown. We have gorgeous bridesmaid gowns in our store to try on.
These days bridesmaids seem to be scattered all over the country! We cater to this fact. You can select your bridesmaid gown and have each bridesmaid be measured wherever they are, and they can mail or e-mail us their measurements. We have an email form designed to make this process simple and easy for each bridesmaid to send us their measurements and deposit information. The order form can be downloaded from the page "Bridesmaids".We always wait until all forms and payments are in for the entire bridal party before ordering, since we want for all of the dresses to be cut from the same bolt of fabric - to ensure that the fabric matches. Ordering the same dress from different places at different times can result in obvious variations in the dye lot. Full payment is required on each bridesmaid gown.