Frequently Asked Questions

I found a gown for less at another shop. Will you give me the same price?
Do you charge for alterations?
How soon do I need to order my dress?
Is it safe to use an 800 number or the Internet to buy a wedding gown?
What should I consider when choosing attendants' dresses?
What are some things to consider when a bride goes shopping for her gown?

 

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I found a gown for less at another shop. Will you give me the same price?

Yes, we will match any verified price at any bridal shop in the area, provided the quality and terms are the same.

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Do you charge for alterations?

We do not have any in house alterations so that is an additional charge. Beware of any "free alterations" ... you never know what you'll get!

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How soon do I need to order my dress?

Generally, six months before the wedding date, depending on the manufacturer. Your consultant will help you with this.
 

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Is it safe to use an 800 number or the Internet to buy a wedding gown?

It is smart to buy some things over the phone and the Internet, but not an item that requires measuring, fitting, alterations, and professional pressing.  The Consumers International Research Group ordered 151 items from various Internet sites.  It found that one in ten items never arrived.  Your wedding gown is too important to take a chance!
 

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What should I consider when choosing attendants' dresses?

Etiquette decrees that you select elegant floor-length gowns for your attendants if you are having a formal wedding.  At other times, your bridesmaids can wear a variety of lengths, although the dresses should not be longer than the bride's.  Beyond length recommendations, you are free to choose whatever type dress that appeals to your fashion flair.  Most brides try to choose one that will be the most becoming to their bridesmaids.
 

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What are some things to consider when a bride goes shopping for her gown?

Do not invite friends to accompany you since each will have her own preferences.  It would certainly be appropriate for your mother or a close friend to help in the selection. 

Choose a gown that makes the most of your figure.  Princess or A-line styles are slimming and create the illusion of height.  A full skirt hides heavy legs and hips.  Dropped waist styles flatter most figure types.  A decorative bodice highlights the upper body, while a simpler style minimizes a heavy bust. 

There are many fabrics and shades to choose from.  Find the textures and hues that flatter your complexion.
 

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