FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WE HAVE ANSWERS…

Do I need an appointment? 

Yes please! We are by appointment only so that we can give each bride a wonderful and focused experience.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Just yourself! If you’d like to bring a strapless bra or your favorite pair of heels, you can, otherwise we have you covered!

How many people can I bring to my appointment?

Our seating area for each bride can comfortably fit about 6 people. Larger groups can snuggle, but our motto is “less is more.”

Can I bring food and alcoholic beverages?

Because of Florida law and licensing requirements, we cannot allow champagne and other alcoholic beverages in the boutique.  We also do not allow food or color drinks in our bridal dress boutique.  We do provide water bottles to keep you and your guests refreshed and hydrated.

Can I bring my children to my bridal dress appointment?

We all have children and adore our little ones very much. However, it is so much easier if you leave your children at home so that you can focus on finding the perfect wedding dress for your special day.

When should I start shopping for my wedding dress?

We suggest you start shopping for your wedding dress “no less” than 10 months before your wedding.  Twelve months prior is ideal!  Reason being, if you want a specific color and/or size, a special order will be required and those take 4-6 months.  In addition, you have 2 months of alterations to perfectly fit your wedding dress to your body as most wedding dresses need some type of alterations.  Also, wedding dresses in our boutique are here one day and gone the next since we are an inventory store (more reason to come when you are ready to find the perfect wedding dress). The wedding dress industry is constantly changing every season and styles are discontinued.   If you end up wanting to special order, you will want to get your order in as soon as possible.

How far in advance should I order my wedding dress?

It takes approximately 4-6 months to order a wedding dress and about 2 months for wedding alterations. So we like to have at least 9-12 months prior to your wedding day to work with. If you’re in a time crunch, give us a call and we can talk you through some alternative options.

How long does an appointment last?

We reserve an hour and half for each bride during all normal appointments. That’s more than enough time to try on lots and lots of our wedding dresses!

What is the price range of your wedding dresses?

Our wedding dresses start at $1200.00. We also have a selection of “sale” wedding dresses available in select styles and sizes discounted from 20% to 50% off rack.  We do our best to have a wide selection of wedding dresses to make every bridal budget happy.

What if I just want to setup a “style for fun” appointment to find what style works for me?

We recommend you “style for fun” at a big box store which carries many samples that are not sold off rack and does not require an appointment.  Those stores carry sample dresses to be tried on by brides over and over again.  It’s the prefect way to see what works for you without being stuck to a time slot especially if you are not ready to buy.  Please keep in mind, “style for fun” appointments can be very time consuming, confusing, exhausting and stressful for you and your bridal party.   So don’t let those “style for fun” appointments take away the true joy and excitement that comes with a real wedding dress shopping experience and purchase.

Can I buy my wedding dress same day or special order?

We do have a wide selection of inventory wedding dresses available for immediate purchase. Sizes are usually 10’s, 12’s and 14’s. Most wedding dresses can be taken down 2 sizes.  Your stylist will definitely make a recommendation if it can be done.  You can also special order a wedding dress in a specific color or size if time permits.

What sizes do you carry and what is “bridal size”?

The wedding  dresses in our bridal dress boutique are bridal size 10’s, 12’s, 14’s and 20’s.  In the bridal world, we order wedding dresses based on our designers’ size charts. Wedding dresses tend to run smaller than street size clothing. For example, a bridal size 10 would fit someone who is around a street size 6.

What’s a “Sample Sale”?

This is a special event where we sell select floor inventory wedding dresses at super low prices. It’s fast-paced, fun, and the perfect opportunity for a bargain hunter to find something special! The wedding dresses have been tried on before so they are not brand new, but they’re in great condition and incredibly discounted!

What’s a “Trunk Show”?

A trunk show is a magical weekend where we highlight one of our designers.  The designer usually sends us 20 or more of their newest wedding dresses to show to our brides! The sizes are usually 8’s and 10’s.

Do you have “in-house” alterations?

We only want the best seamstresses handling your wedding dress.  At the time of your purchase, we will provide the names of our 3 highly recommended, locally independent seamstresses who have 15+ years of experience in bridal.  In the bridal dress boutique, we are trained to make size recommendations and precisely measure you for your special order wedding dress.  Once your wedding dress arrives, our seamstresses will perfect your wedding dress to comfortably fit you the way you want.

Can I cancel my appointment?

Sure! However, because our weekend appointments are in such high demand, we do have a more strict cancellation policy for Saturday appointments. All cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. This allows us to help another bride in your allotted time slot. If you do find your wedding dress prior to your appointment with us that day, please text or call us with your cancellation.

What happens if I’m early or late for my appointment?

In order to preserve each bride’s unique experience, we try to keep the bridal dress boutique as quiet and private as possible. As much as we would love to accommodate our brides early for their appointments (and we’re glad you’re so excited to see us!), we kindly ask that you plan to arrive right at your appointment time. Brides that are running at tad bit late should simply be mindful that the appointments are an hour and a half. We’ll see as much as we can with the time remaining in your appointment when you get here. However, should you be running very late to your appointment (15 minutes or more), we do reserve the right to cancel your appointment and allow walk-ins during your designated time.

“No Show” policy

We always send a courtesy text reminder and/or phone call to confirm your wedding dress appointment for the following day.  Our wedding dress appointments are set up for you and your stylist and we only do one appointment at that time frame while turning away other brides who are requesting that appointment time.  So please be courteous and communicate with us if you no longer need that time slot.  We are a bridal boutique offering private appointments one bride at a time to ensure every bride receives a wonderful personal bridal dress experience.  We are not a volume store squeezing the most brides in our boutique at the same time.  Please communicate with us as we are so excited for your special wedding dress appointment with us.

Where should I park?

The closest area to us is near Toojays.  For more information, please feel free to give us a call.

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept most major credit cards.  Sorry no personal checks.

What’s the best piece of advice for a bride shopping?

Be open minded and don’t be nervous.  It’s your special day so enjoy the moment!  Also, bring those people whose opinions matter the most to you and who know your vision for your special day.  Less is more so know it is perfectly fine to bring just yourself or 1, 2 or 3 special people as it will be less overwhelming and easier for you to make a decision on a wedding dress that “you” truly love.   And it is okay and very common to find your gorgeous wedding dress at your first bridal dress boutique. Most brides do not shop everywhere anymore as their time is precious and it can be exhausting. If you love your wedding dress, love your experience and love your bridal dress boutique, it’s the one!  Don’t second guess it or stress yourself wondering if there’s something else out there.  Commit to it and check it off your list.  You will definitely feel so much weight off your shoulders.  Also, find a bridal dress boutique that has great reviews, is clean and organized and has a great assortment of today’s styles.  Most importantly, it’s your day and your wedding dress! Remember to pick a wedding dress that you love that makes you feel beautiful and confident and you can look back at 20 years from now and know you still love it!

                            10 Wedding Dress Shopping Etiquette Rules You Must Follow from your friends at WeddingWire.com:

1.Choose Your Entourage Wisely

Don’t feel obligated to invite all of your bridesmaids, relatives and friends to the bridal dress appointment — this isn’t your bachelorette party. Limit your group to just two or three people if possible.

2. Arrive on time

Plain and simple: don’t show up late. Being late not only rushes the remainder of your bridal dress appointment, but it’s disrespectful to the salon and the other brides who are waiting.

3. Be honest about your budget

Discuss your wedding dress budget at the start of your appointment and stick to it. You don’t want to fall in love with a wedding dress you can’t afford, a great stylist will be able to pull wedding dresses that make you feel fabulous without breaking the bank.

4. Don’t hijack the bridal dress appointment

Traditional wedding dress shopping etiquette states that pulling random wedding dresses from the racks is a no-no, unless you’re asked to do so (this goes for your entourage, too!). It’s your stylist’s job to suggest whatever they think would work best for you. Just let them do their own thing!

5. Handle the wedding dresses with care

The wedding dresses on the racks may be brand new inventory to be sold off rack, it’s proper wedding dress shopping etiquette to handle them with care.

6. Fess up if you already have a wedding dress

It’s proper wedding dress shopping etiquette to give your stylist the scoop. That way they can tailor the appointment to your needs.

7. Put your phone away

Don’t get distracted by sending texts or browsing social media in the fitting room. Also, be sure to ask about the store’s photography policy and be respectful if they ask you not to take pictures.  Many stores work very hard at selecting exclusive designs that are not going to be in every store.

8. Avoid Drama

There’s bound to be a few conflicting opinions when you’re shopping for your wedding dress (price, style, etc.), but don’t get discouraged. If someone in your entourage doesn’t like a wedding dress you try on, try to keep your emotions under control and be open to their feedback.

9. Don’t be afraid to (politely) voice your opinion

It’s completely fine to speak up if you don’t like a wedding dress, but do it in a gracious way.

10. Know when the bridal dress appointment is over Don’t overstay your welcome at the bridal dress boutique. Your stylist has other appointments lined up, even if they truly would love to spend the whole day helping you. You can always schedule another bridal dress appointment.

Have more questions? Contact us!