Most future customers have questions...and we have the answers. Here's the answers to a few of our most asked questions, but if you don't find the answers you need here, please don't hesitate to call us.
Do I need an appointment?
We want all of our brides to have the best experience possible, so appointments are highly recommended on weekdays and necessary on Saturdays. You are welcome to stop by and browse, but to try on gowns you will need a consultant. Each consultant can only help one client at a time and an appointment will guarantee that you can try on dresses.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Start gathering pictures of gowns that catch your eye. This will help your consultant get a better feel for the look you are trying to accomplish. Decide on your budget for your gown. A beautiful wedding gown can be purchased for any price, but it is a good idea to know what you are comfortable spending before going into the appointment. Gowns at Bridal & Formal Boutique range from $800 - $5,000 with most gowns falling into the $1,500 - $2,500 range.
What should I wear and/or bring for my appointment?
For a bridal gown appointment, we recommend proper undergarments (a bra if you will be wearing one), spanks (our best friend!) and heels if you have a certain shoe height in mind. That way you can see how the dress will fit and properly lay. It is a good idea to wear your hair in a similar style to what you envision wearing for your wedding day. This will help you to get a more accurate picture of the "whole look." We do ask that you wear a minimal amount of makeup/perfume as we try our best to keep our sample gowns as pristine as possible.
Do you have accessories?
We have a great collection of beautiful accessories - veils, belts, shoes, gorgeous headpieces, jewelry and much more.
What sizes are your sample gowns?
Our samples currently range in size from bridal size 4 (street size 0 or 2) to bridal size 28 (street size 22 or 24). Keep in mind that these sample sizes can be tried on by most brides, regardless of size. We are pros at helping you see the true fit!
When should I order my gown?
Most special order gowns require 6 months to arrive. You will also need to allow ample time for alterations (the tailor to whom we refer prefers to have 6-8 weeks to alter your gown). Therefore, we recommend ordering your gown at least 8 - 9 months before your wedding. If you plan to take bridal portraits, these are typically 2 months before your wedding - so the gown should be ordered 8 - 9 months before your portraits. If you do not have the luxury of time, we will consult with you about various rush options (rush fees apply) based on different designers.
How can I find information about my gown order?
You are welcome to call us at any time to check on the status of your gown order. Keep in mind that we are not typically updated as to the status of your order until it has shipped out to us from the designer, so we may not have many updates for you. In other words, if you have not heard from us: "no news is good news!" However, we welcome any phone calls, e-mails, or visits at any time.
Will I definitely need alterations?
Designers do their best to make the gowns with the best fit possible, but they are unable to anticipate your unique shape. It is rare that a bridal gown will not need any alterations. Most gowns need at least a hem and to have the bustle sewn in. Alterations should be expected on any gown. Based on your measurements, we will consult with you to order the size that will need the least amount of alterations.
How long is my appointment?
Each appointment is an hour and a half, which allows you to try on several gowns with different accessories to find your dream dress!