We hope this list of frequently asked questions helps answer all your concerns. However, we recommend reading this article on wedding dress shopping tips. It’s quite informative (and so true!): thebridalbird.com
WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE?
Prices range from $800 to $5500, with the majority between $1700 and $3000.
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
Yes. We are open by appointment only. Appointments are available from 10:00 am to 6:00. We are closed Wednesdays. We recommend making an appointment at least two weeks in advance, especially for weekends. We are not available for appointments on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, and Independence Day.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Appointments can be made by clicking here.
CAN I CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?
No! Just kidding. But we do have a strict cancellation policy. All cancellations and rescheduling must be made no later than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. “No shows,” and clients canceling without 24 hours notice will be charged a $50.00 cancellation fee. Please see your “Appointment Confirmation” email from Schedulista to cancel your appointment, or call us at 323-921-5008.
HOW LONG WILL MY APPOINTMENT LAST?
Your appointment is scheduled for one hour. Please be on time. If you arrive late, that time will be deducted from your scheduled hour. For example, if your appointment is scheduled for 12:00 pm, but you arrive at 12:15, you will only have 45 minutes to shop.
WHO CAN COME TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Fitting Room #1 can comfortably seat four guests in addition to the bride. However, we recommend limiting your party to three persons or fewer during your visit. We are a small, intimate boutique, and we believe trying on dresses should be stress-free and fun. We have found the opinions of a trusted few always make for a more enjoyable shopping experience. While booking an appointment in Fitting Room #1 you will be asked to notify us if you plan on bring more than 4 guests.
Fitting Room #2 is limited to 2 guest in addition to the bride. No exceptions.
CAN I BRING CHAMPAGNE/BOOZE?
Yes! We encourage it! BYOB!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I ORDER MY DRESS?
Each designer has their own production schedule, but the typical timeframe for delivery is between 16 and 18 weeks. In addition, please plan between 8 and 12 weeks for alterations especially during the spring wedding season. Most of our designers can honor a rush order, for a fee. Just ask us for more information if you’re on a deadline.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MADE-TO-ORDER, MADE-TO-MEASURE, AND OFF THE RACK?
Made-to-order means the making of the gown begins once you place your order. It is important to note that made-to-order gowns are ordered to the closest numerical dress size or S/M/L/XL sizing (dependent on designer), based on measurements taken at Bride Boutique, which means some tailoring is to be expected for the perfect fit.
Made-to-Measure means the gown is made to your exact measurements. None of our designers at the this time offer full made-to-measure services, but most do offer limited special sizing such as split sizing, extending cups, petite and tall options, etc.
Off-the rack means that the gown is available in store for you to take home with you. The only off-the-rack dresses we currently have available are sample sale pieces. You can see, and read all about our available sample sale dresses here.
WHAT SIZES DO YOU CARRY?
Currently most of our samples are size 6-10. We have skilled bridal consultants to help pin and clip samples to give you the best idea of how the proper size should fit. Most designers offer sizes 0-14, but many can accommodate sizes 16 and up.
DO YOU OFFER ALTERATIONS?
Sadly we no longer offer in-house alteration services, but we do have some great recommendations!
DO YOU CARRY BRIDESMAID, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE, OR FLOWER GIRL DRESSES?
We do not carry these types of dresses at this time.
DO YOU CARRY THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF EACH DESIGNER?
We try to carry as many pieces as possible from each of our designers, but many designers have very large collections that would be impossible to carry completely. We choose our sample selections according to the styles, fabrics, and colors that we feel best represent the designer and most appeal to our brides. Keep an eye out for your favorite designer trunk shows though, this is typically your chance to see the entire current collection.
WHAT IS A TRUNK SHOW?
A trunk show is a limited-time event where additional styles not normally part of our curated collection are available in store from a particular designer. Some trunk shows feature the design’s full collection, sometimes it is their favorite pieces. In most cases, there is special promotions during the show. Trunk shows are by appointment only, so be sure to book early.