Do you require an appointment to try on wedding dresses?

When should I start looking for my wedding dress?

What if I don't have that much time?  Can I get a bridal gown sooner?

What is the price range of bridal gowns at Bridal Accents Couture?

Why do wedding gowns vary so much in price?

What size should I order?

I am concerned that my height might be a problem when trying on wedding gowns.  What should I do?

I'm not comfortable with a strapless dress.  What should I do?

Can I make custom changes to a wedding gown?

What "color" bridal gown should I look for?

I am having a destination wedding - what kind of wedding dress should I look for?

How do I store my wedding dress once it arrives?

Are on-site alterations available?

How much do alterations cost and how long do they take?

How should I store my bridal gown after the wedding?

What is a trunk show?

What are sample gowns?

What should I bring to my appointment?

When should I order my bridesmaids' dresses?

What if my bridesmaids live all over the country?

When should my mother order her dress?

What is typical for the mothers of the bride and groom to wear?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you require an appointment to try on wedding dresses?
Appointments are highly recommended. A salon attendant can help you get into the sample gowns, answer questions, and offer advice.  Above all, selecting a wedding gown should be all about you and the excellent service you deserve!

 

When should I start looking for my wedding dress?
If a gown is truly "couture", it is custom-made just for you.  On average, it takes about 6 months for a bridal gown to be specially created.  You want to allow 1-2 months for alterations, which will ensure the perfect fit.  Therefore, a couture gown should be ordered at least 6-9 months before the wedding.

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What if I don't have that much time?  Can I get a bridal gown sooner?
Usually.  Most designers are able to put your order at the top of their production queue for an additional charge.

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What is the price range of bridal gowns at Bridal Accents Couture?
We carry a wide selection of bridal gowns ranging in price from about $1,000-$8,000. 

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Why do wedding gowns vary so much in price?
Couture bridal gowns entail hundreds of hours of labor by specialized seamstresses all over the world.  Fine quality silks, hand-spun laces, and intricate hand-detailed beading and embroidery all add to the unique value of a couture gown.  Lower price equates to compromised quality with poly-blend fabrics, machine beading, poor construction, and improper fit.  If a gown is in a mid-range price, it may excel in some of these areas, and skimp in others.

 

 

What size should I order?
Once you have selected your wedding gown, your bridal salon will measure you to help you determine the best size to order.  These measurements usually include bust, waist, and hip. Depending on your gown's fit and the designer, more measurements may need to be taken.  Each designer uses a different size chart, and the numbers may be very different than your everyday clothing size.  You will have the opportunity to see how your measurements compare to the designer's size chart, and select your size from it.

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I am concerned that my height might be a problem when trying on wedding gowns.  What should I do?
Tall ladies, do not fear!  Extra length is a common request, and can be done with ease.  Keep in mind that most bridal gowns are designed for 5’9”.  For petite women, there are several options available, depending on the gown you choose.  Often hemming is an easy solution.  This can be done at the hem of the skirt, or at other horizontal seam lines throughout the gown—commonly at the waist.  Another option to consider is a special measurement called “hollow to hem.”  This takes your frame and proportions into account, and will shrink the gown pattern to your size and height.  Often, there is a fee associated with this special measurement, which can also be combined with other custom measurements to ensure a perfectly-designed fit just for you.  When considering length, please keep in mind that shoes play a major role!  The length of your gown will need to be different if you choose 3” heels as opposed to flats.  If you opt to have custom or hollow-to-hem measurements done by the bridal gown designer, select your heel height first before getting measured. 

 

 

I'm not comfortable with a strapless dress.  What should I do?
Ask yourself why you are not comfortable in a strapless gown.  If you are concerned about proper fit and keeping it in place, don’t be.  Most women have never had a gown altered to ft them perfectly.  Once bust cups are placed and detailed alterations are done, your gown will fit you like a glove, and will move gracefully with you.  This is not an off-the-rack prom dress that you have to tug on all night—this is your couture wedding gown, specially made to fit you perfectly.  If you have other concerns, or would still prefer a different neckline, let your bridal consultant know.  Many strapless gowns can have straps easily added, or have the entire neckline changed to suit your desires.  This can sometimes incur a pattern change fee from the designer. 

 

 

Can I make custom changes to a wedding gown?
Most designers are very open to custom changes.  After all, it is YOUR day, and designers want you to feel perfect in the wedding gown that they create for you.  If you’re feeling creative, ask about different fabrics, colored accents, shortening/lengthening the train, changing necklines, adding/removing skirt volume, and adding beading to dazzle up your train.  Note that there are a few designers who are protective of their designs and will not make custom changes for you.  Don’t let this discourage you—you can often make desired changes with an alterations specialist and extra fabric from the designer.

 

 

What "color" bridal gown should I look for?
Most couture designers work with a range of fabrics and colors, with hues such as diamond white, pearl, soft white, ivory, rose, oyster, and pale gold.  When trying on wedding gowns, be sure to try on a variety of shades to find the most complimentary for your skin tone and hair color.  Remember that even though a sample gown may be in one color, you can usually order it in a different shade that suits you.

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I am having a destination wedding - what kind of wedding dress should I look for?
Often, the most popular destination wedding dresses have slimmer silhouettes, for the simple fact that they are easier to travel with.  Laces and chiffons are light and can look romantic in a breeze or on a beach.  Shoes can also be an important factor when deciding on style and length of destination gowns.  Stiletto heels can get stuck in sand, grass, or pebbles.  If you will be on uneven ground, make sure you have a stable heel to stand on.

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How do I store my wedding dress once it arrives?
Your wedding dress should come in a zippered dress bag for storage.  If storing it for several months before the wedding, you should keep the bag partly unzipped to allow the dress to "breathe" and stay fresh.  Keep the gown away from heat and sunlight.  It is best to keep it stored hanging on a bust form, or lying flat and smooth.

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Are on-site alterations available?
Bridal Accents Couture does not do alterations. However, Kim's Tailoring (located in the same building), specializes in wedding gowns, and does beautiful work!  You are of course free to use any alterations specialist you wish.

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How much do alterations cost, and how long do they take?
Costs will vary depending on the complexity of the gown, what part of the gown needs to be altered, what type of bustle you want, and any custom work you would like done (for example, adding straps).  Commonly alterations can range from $100 to $600.  We recommend you ask your seamstress for a quote before she begins work on your gown.  This will help to manage expectations, and set a guideline for comparison.  Ideally, you should schedule your first appointment for alterations about 2 months before your wedding.

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How should I store my bridal gown after the wedding?
We use a gown preservation company that can clean, press, and seal your gown and veil in a beautiful, acid-free viewing box that will protect against oxidation (yellowing), mold, mildew, and insect damage.  This system will preserve your wedding gown in heirloom quality.

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What is a trunk show?
A trunk show is an event that features bridal gowns from one designer’s collection.  While our salon may carry a limited number of gowns from that designer, a trunk show allows for a larger showcase of that designer’s collection.  Often, an additional 20 or more gowns are specially flown in for the event.  This allows you to truly get a feel for a designer’s entire collection, and choose from gowns that you would otherwise not get to see.  Additionally, the featured designer often sends a representative from their company to help you select the perfect wedding dress.  As she is an expert in her gowns, she can answer complex questions about customization, fit, and custom measurements.  The gowns and the representative are there to help you find the dress of your dreams

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What are sample gowns?
Couture shops operate by having you try on sample gowns in the salon.  These samples are often sizes 8-12, and are tried on during bridal appointments.  While most brides order a new couture gown made specifically for them, some of our sample gowns are for sale “off the rack” at a significant savings off the retail price.  This is extremely beneficial if you have a short time frame to purchase your gown or have set a lower budget for your gown.

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What should I bring to my appointment?
Many brides prefer to bring a strapless bra to help complete the look while trying on gowns.  If you do not have one to bring, we will happily provide one for you.  Another item that is useful is your bridal album complete with gown photos and designs that appeal to you.  Bring a friend or relative!  We recommend a maximum of 2 or 3 people, as too many opinions are often overwhelming, and can take the focus away from you.

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When should I order my bridesmaids' dresses?
You want to allow about three months for your bridesmaid dresses to arrive.  Additionally, your bridesmaids will appreciate a month to get their final alterations.  This is a total of 4-6 months to minimize any stress for you or your bridal party.  As with your bridal gown, this process can be rushed.  Keep in mind that rush charges from bridesmaid designers can vary depending on the dress and timeframe you are working with.

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What if my bridesmaids live all over the country?
It is best to order all of your bridesmaids' dresses together from one store.  That will ensure that all the dresses are cut from the same fabric dye lot and will be identical in color.  Your bridesmaids will each need to go to a bridal salon to be measured.  Bust, waist, and hip measurements are needed as well as height if extra length might be necessary.  They will then be shown a size chart from the manufacturer and can pick their desired size to order.

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When should my mother order her dress?
Most mother’s dresses in our salon are ordered via the same process as bridesmaids, so your mother should be looking to find her gown at least 4-6 months ahead of time.  We do work with some select designers who can do a faster ship date in about 2 weeks for no additional charge.

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What is typical for the mothers of the bride and groom to wear?
In general, a mother should choose her dress after the bridesmaids’ dresses are chosen.  She should then work within that color palate to find a dress that will mesh with the color scheme and compliment her personal coloring.  After the mother of the bride has chosen her dress, it is appropriate for her to contact the mother of the groom to discuss style (length and formality) and color so that the photos will be cohesive.

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