FAQFAQ about the Most Beautiful Wedding Gowns
When should I begin dress shopping?
It is best to start looking for gowns 6 to 9 months prior to your wedding date. The majority of our brides begin shopping 1 year ahead. That allows you enough time to narrow down your selection and order the gown of your dreams. Don’t let the time bracket worry you because even if you do not have that much time there are a few different ways that Bellissima Bridal Designs can accommodate you. All our gowns are ready to sell off the rack.
Do I need an appointment to try on wedding gowns?
Brides are welcome at any time!!
Your time is valuable, and appointments are recommended but not required. With an appointment we ensure you receive the attention and care you deserve during your visit.
Walk-in brides are assisted on a coming basis. If all our bridal consultants are busy, you probably will need to wait some time for any assistant.
How long does it take to order a gown?
It can take anywhere from 5 to 6 months to produce a special order wedding gown. Yet, Bellissima Bridal Designs can accommodate you with any gown in the store, and sometimes designers will fill rush orders at an extra fee.
Can I complete my entire bridal look (gown, headpiece, veil, shoes, and jewelry) in one appointment?
Our professional bridal consultants at Bellissima Bridal Designs can help you to complete your entire look in one appointment. When you are trying on gowns, you would have the opportunity to try different accessories that better match your dress.
Do I have to pay for my gown in full at the time of purchase?
Bellissima Bridal Designs requires at least 50% deposit of total purchase to order a special order gown. Your remaining balance is due by the time the dress arrives in the store. If you’re shipping your gown out of state, the balance must be paid in full before we ship the dress. The purchase of any gown that is in a reduce price must be paid in full. These gowns on sale are final sale and must be taken home the same day and brought back for alterations. If the wedding is soon, you can leave the gown for alterations the same day. Your bridal consultant will help you.
Changes are included in the price of my gown?
The price of the gown does not include any changes like specialty cut or any modification you want to add to the gown. Your bridal consultant will let you know when if an extra charge would apply to the oversize orders. Other charges like shipping, rush fees, alterations or any other extra services are not included.
If alterations are not included, how much they can cost?
Alterations charge depends of the style of the gown, fabric, details, and work needed to fit your gown accurate to your body.
Can my mother or mother-in-law find a dress at Bellissima Bridal Designs?
We have an exclusive selection of evening wear gowns to choose from. We can take a special order in different colors for some gowns. We sell most of these gowns from the rack and the variety, colors and styles are constantly changed.
Do you carry bridesmaid and flower girl dresses?
We do not carry bridesmaids dresses, but Flower Girls dresses we do. We have a nice selection of flower girl dresses for your little princess. You pick the colors of the dress, and any other detail like flowers, sash, or embroidery. The bridal consultant will show you all the possibilities and also will help you to find the best styles, colors and accessories that match better with your wedding. Some considerations to have in mind when you thinking in your parties gowns is the time of your wedding (day or night event), natural environment or favorable colors depends of the fashion trend or season.
How long does it take to order these gowns?
Bridesmaid dresses takes 2 1/2 to 4 months to arrive to the store. Flower girl dresses can arrive within 2 weeks and others can take up to 2 months.
Does you carry “SWEET SIXTEEN” or QUINCEAÑERA dresses?
We don’t carry a special collection of Sweet sixteen or Quinceañera dresses; however, many girls want a white, ivory or champagne gown with the same fabrics, beadings and glamour than bridal gowns have. Any of our gowns can make you looks as a real princess for your special day. Some designer’s allow a special order cutting the train for an extra charge. Some designers also offer different colors with the bridal gowns like brush or little pink. Accent colors can also be done, your bridal consultant will help you create your fresh princess look.
When should I order my headpiece and veil?
Veils and headpiece order can take between one to two months if we do not have them in stock. Some special veils with lace or beading on it can take until 3 months to order. We do not recommended waiting for your fitting to order the veil and headpieces. If you bought your dress with us, you can try on the sample while trying on headpieces as long as we did not sell the sample and we still have your dress in the store.
Do you sell shoes and jewelry?
Bellissima Bridal Designs sells a large selection of shoes and accessories such as necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. You do not need appointment to see shoes, or accessories. If our team is busy, you probably will need to wait to deserve you the best attention.
Am I allowed to take pictures of gowns while I try them on?
Bellissima Bridal Designs does not allow you to take pictures unless you purchase the gown. After you purchase the gown, you can take as many pictures as you like!
Can I get a swatch of the color of my gown after I order it?
A swatch will be provided to you when your actual dress comes in or at your first fitting. It is best to get a swatch from your actual dress because dye lots vary and we want the swatch to match perfectly.
What is a trunk show is it like a fashion show?
Many brides think that a trunk show is a fashion show but it is actually just a period of time that the designer or a representative will be in our store with their new gowns for you to see and try on.
There is a little bit of history behind the name “Trunk Show.” In the old days, the designers went from town to town with trunks full of their new designs. Back then customers had to dig through the trunk to find the best merchandise. Today, at a Trunk Show the designers bring their complete collection and personalized service. Bellissima Bridal Designs hosts trunk shows from our most exclusive designers during the year. Look for our exclusive designers in our events schedule.
What should I bring to my Bridal Fitting?
At your fittings, you need to bring your shoes and undergarments that you will be wearing on your wedding day. Bellissima Bridal Designs has a great selection of shoes, undergarments and accessories for you to choose from, before your first fitting appointment. It is necessary for your fitter to do the hemline and fit the bodice of your gown with the actual undergarments and shoes you will be wearing on your wedding day.
When should I schedule my First Bridal Fitting?
We will call you as soon as we receive your gown from the designer. At that time you can schedule a fitting appointment with us. Generally, fittings are done one to two months prior to your wedding. You usually need 2 or 3 fittings, to perfect the gown, after which it will be pressed and packed and ready for you to take home.
Do you make alterations for bridal gowns or evening gowns bought outside of your store?
Yes, we do. However, the gown has not to be altered before. Our seamstress team will tell you if the work can be done or not. Alteration charge has to be paid in full before we start working in the gown.
Can I bring my bridal gown to you after the wedding for cleaning and preservation?
We offer dry cleaning and preservation service for bridal gowns at a discounted rate for our customers. Simply bring your gown back to our salon along with any accessories you would like to have included.
Meet the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams
Not only have our satisfied brides recognized us as the friendliest bridal salon on Miracle Mile, we’ve also helped them find the wedding dress of their dreams. Make an appointment today, and let us help you be the most beautiful bride on your special day!