Friday, May 13, 2011

Most frequently asked questions when buying…

Being in the bridal business we are asked all the time lots of different questions.  We thought it was a good idea to share with you some of those questions and their corresponding answers.  You may find some answers to questions you wanted to ask but haven’t and you may find answers to questions you didn’t realize  you needed to know.  Read on to see:

When is the best time to start shopping for my bridal gown?23510_1273969063762_1666006794_655436_924626_n

It’s best to give yourself 9-12 months in advance, gowns can take anywhere from 6-8 months to arrive.  You want to make  sure that you give yourself enough time to find that perfect dress and then once its in have enough time to have it altered.

There are so many to choose from, how do I go about finding what I like?

The best way to find what you like is to start your shopping 23510_1273969463772_1666006794_655444_1300870_n before you shop, start searching through magazines and designers websites for styles that you prefer.  Then when you come in for your appointment you will have a better idea of what you are looking for.  You may be surprised that the style you picked isn’t as flattering as you thought, your consultant is also there to help you.  keep in mind she is very knowledgeable about not only our inventory but what looks good on all sorts of body types. 

What is a trunk show?

A trunk show is where the designers sends all or most of their  collection (usually the most recent one) to the store.  Most stores are not able to have every single dress from every single designer in their store, so this gives brides an opportunity to see gowns that might not otherwise be there.

Am I able to purchase everything I will need from your salon?23510_1273973183865_1666006794_655478_5088547_n

Yes, is the answer to this question.  We are a full service salon, you are able to purchase your bridal gown and everything that you would need to wear with it.  We are also able to help you with mothers gowns, bridesmaids and flower girls. 

Our sister store Soiree Prom and Tux is also available to help you with any tuxedo needs you may have. Call with any questions 603-427-6888.

Can I get a swatch of my gown to match colors to?

Yes you are able to get a swatch of your gown, mothers gowns and bridesmaids, However there are a few designers that do not do swatches so keep that in mind as well.  They usually take about 2-3 weeks to arrive after we order them and do not cost you anything, they are a courtesy for your purchase.

Do you provide alteration services?23510_1273972503848_1666006794_655463_3301601_n

Yes we do provide alteration services, but are only able to service gowns that were purchased here for liability purposes.  If need be we do have seamstress referral list that we can send you if you need.

Do you preserve or clean gowns or know of anyone that does?

We do offer a gown preserving service through the salon, they will clean and preserve the gown for you and ship it directly back to the location you specify.  For more details on that please call the store, 603-431-5454.

Is it best that I order my bridesmaids all at the same time?23510_1273972783855_1666006794_655468_8367007_n

We HIGHLY recommend this!  To ensure that your bridesmaids are cut from the same bolt of fabric for dye lot purposes, yes you should order them all at the same time.  You don’t however have to all be present to do so, they are able to call in their measurements over the phone and a consultant on our end will be more than happy to guide them towards an appropriate size according to the designers size chart. 

Does formal wear run the same as street wear?

NO formal wear runs very differently than the street wear you would purchase at a normal department store.  They will run anywhere from 2-3 sizes different.  For example if you are normally a size 8 it is not uncommon to be in a size 12 in formal wear.   We use the designers size charts to help you determine where you should be and every designer has their own chart, so it is also possible that you could wear different sizes in different designers.

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