1. Can I get a catalog of the wedding gowns you carry?
Because our styles and the wedding gowns we have available change so often, we don't publish a printed catalog. However, we do provide pictures of the gowns on our website so you can get a good idea of the styles available at our store. If we don't have a specific gown by one of our designers in the store, many times we can make arrangements to get the gown "on loan" so that it can be tried on. At Bridal Bells Boutique, we like to keep current with what our designers offer so, we regularly get new styles in to keep our gown selection as up-to-date as possible.
2. Should I make an appointment before I come to look at wedding gowns?
Yes, at Bridal Bells Boutique we do not permit self-service when trying on gowns. You will work with a bridal consultant who will focus on your needs. We do accommodate walk-ins but, appointments are always given preference. (With an appointment either a consultant is waiting for you or you will automatically be "next up".) Call 860-828-8462 to book your appointment.
3. What are the prices like at Bridal Bells Boutique?
One word alone describes the wedding gown prices...AMAZING! It's also important to know what you're getting for the price. At Bridal Bells Boutique, we ONLY sell high- quality, well known designer gowns; we do not manufacture "look-alikes". We have a GREAT selection of gowns priced from $300 up to $1,500 and over. We have simple gowns perfect for destination weddings; exquisite, hand-designed gowns perfect for the most formal of wedding ceremonies; and most everything in-between.
4. Should I bring in pictures from magazines or the internet of gowns I like?
Yes, Yes, Yes. BUT, keep in mind that the models used by the bridal designers average 6' tall and wear a size 4! So, it's possible that the gowns may not look the same on you. You will definitely want to see yourself in the gown before you buy it. You should also be aware that many designers sell gowns that are not advertised in the magazines and are not available online. We will select gowns for you to try that will flatter your figure and match your style and budget requirements, even if it was not the exact gown in your picture. So, keep an open mind when you are shopping. There have been countless brides that have come in with a picture of a certain gown that have left purchasing an entirely different gown all because their bridal consultant worked to find the gown that made them FEEL perfect. If we don't have the exact gown you are looking for, we almost always have one that is a near match for much less money.
5. Does Bridal Bells Boutique have an alterations department?
Yes, our seamstresses specialize in wedding gowns and bridesmaids gown alterations with over 20 years of experience, we guarantee you "The Perfect Fit."
6. Who should I bring with me when I come for my wedding gown shopping appointment?
When shopping for a wedding gown all the experts advise not to bring too many people. Your mom and one or two other trusted individuals seem to be the perfect mix. Pick a few people who love you to come and your experience will be a lot more enjoyable and
you will have a better chance of being successful in your quest. Its great to have one or two people who are close to you to give you honest opinions but bringing too many people to “poll the audience” is a recipe for disaster that may make you miss out on your
perfect gown. In the end the only opinion that truly counts when picking a wedding gown is YOURS! You will be the center of attention at your wedding (no one cares how the groom looks). You want a wedding gown that will make you look awesome and feel amazing. You are the only one who will really know when you have found the gown that does this.
7. Should I look for my wedding gown and the bridesmaids’ gown on the same day?
Don't try to do too much in one day. We suggest you not try to shop for bridesmaids and a wedding gown all in the same day. Finding that perfect gown can be harder, more time consuming, and more mentally exhausting than you think. We suggest you focus on
your wedding gown first, check out our entire bridesmaids selection before you leave and plan a separate day for the bridesmaids shopping.
8. Will I actually be able to go through the racks and see for myself ALL the dresses Bridal Bells Boutique has to offer?
Absolutely! Many of our customers have complained that at other bridal stores they are put into a dressing room and the store employee goes to another room to select gowns she thinks the future bride will like. At Bridal Bells Boutique you and your bridal consultant will go through the racks together to review, discuss and choose the wedding gowns you will try on. You will be able to see every gown Bridal Bells Boutique has to
offer. The gowns are all bagged and we do take special care of them.
10. What’s the scoop on bridesmaids at Bridal Bells Boutique? When should I shop? Who should I bring? What if some of my maids live far away?
Almost every Bridal expert today advises future brides to pick the bridesmaids dresses WITHOUT the input of their bridal party. Why, because they feel that it’s your wedding and you have a vision of the look and feel you want for it. Every maid, no matter how good a friend will have her own agenda and for you to think that you will get a group of women to choose the perfect bridesmaids dresses that will fit your vision is an unrealistic expectation. The majority of the bridesmaids’ inventory is samples that must be special
ordered. Majority of dresses take up to 16 weeks (four months) to come in. You want your girls to have them in their hands for alterations at least a month before the wedding so we recommend that bridesmaids be ordered six months before the wedding if possible.
When you are looking at the bridesmaids dresses look at sample styles NOT colors. Every dress can come in between 20 and 30 colors so first find a style you like then ask one of the staffers to show you all the colors that dress comes in.
In this day and age with such a mobile society it is common for some of your maids to live far away. At Bridal Bells Boutique we are used to this and it is not a problem AT ALL. We will just need 3 measurements and we can still fit your out of town maid.
11. Should I get a sitter for kids?
We strongly advise you not bring children to a bridal store. Your wedding gown choice is one of the most important you will make for your wedding. For the rest of your married life you will be looking at pictures of yourself in that special gown. When shopping for that gown you need to be able to focus and concentrate without distractions. A bridal salon is not a fun place for kids and they will get bored very quickly and totally distract you from this important mission. A bridal salon is also NOT a safe place for children due to loose pins and other hazards.