No appointment is necessary, but is highly recommended to limit your waiting time; brides are assisted on a walk-in basis. Bridal Designs open six days a week with extended evening hours to accommodate the busy schedules of today's bride. However, if a bride plans on coming on a weekend, she should be prepared to wait one to two hours, which will give you plenty of time to look through all of our gowns. Additionally, on weekends, once a bride gets back to the dressing room, she will have from one to one and a half hours to try on gowns and accessories. This is to give everyone an opportunity to try on gowns. During the week the schedule is more flexible.
If a bride has any questions prior to visiting Bridal Designs, she can visit the store's website, call 817-987-6603 or email us. When a bride calls, she will speak with one of our store's knowledgeable Bridal Consultants. The bride may ask any number of questions that she may have concerning bridal gowns and our store. She can also visit the our website, which contains a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page with answers to many popular questions asked by brides. Our website also has pages dedicated to Bridal gowns, The Bridal Party, Accessories and even Prom Gowns with a complete list of the designers we represent with hotlinks to their respective websites. If a bride's questions are still not answered, or she would like to check the availability of a particular gown, an email address is provided. A professional consultant will respond within 3 business days.
Being family owned and operated, Bridal Designs understands the importance of family. The staff suggests that she bring one to two people with her for support. She should bring only the closest and most important people in her life-- her mother, best friend, sister or even future mother-in-law. It is important that she bring people who will respect her individual style and opinion. And, although the staff loves children, it is suggested that they not be brought in for showings due to the frailty and delicacy of our gowns.
As far as undergarments, the staff suggests bringing a good pair of pantyhose. Bridal Designs provides clean slips and long-line bras to use when trying on gowns.
Lastly, the bride may want to bring some of her favorite pictures from the magazines or internet. If they are torn out of the magazines make sure the magazine, issue and page number for each gown is noted. And if they are from the internet, make sure that the website is listed. This will help our Bridal Consultants find the gowns quickly.
When a bride arrives at Bridal Designs, a Wedding Consultant will friendly greet her and take her name and wedding date and have her fill out our registration form, and explain the floorplan to her. Our wedding consultant will assist the bride during the entire shopping experience. The bride can tell her consultant about gowns she has seen, who her favorite designers are, and show her pictures of your favorite gowns. The bride will then have the opportunity to look through over the most beautiful bridal gowns available. Whether the bride's style is traditional or trendy, or her budget is $200 or $6000, her personal Wedding Consultant will work with her one on one to find the dress of her dreams. The Bridal Consultant will not insist on her own personal preferences in helping the bride with her selection. Nor will she simply tell the bride that she looks beautiful in everything. She will listen to the bride's ideas, make suggestions as to what is flattering for her figure, and help you to get over dresses narrowed down to just one perfect gown.
To make the process easy for the brides, many gowns are displayed on mannequins, making it easy to pick out the ones you like. Additionally, the store carries samples in wide range sizes. If it is the bride's first visit, we suggest choosing many different styles and shapes, so the bride can try on a variety of styles. After you have about several gowns selected, your Wedding Consultant will take you back to the dressing rooms!!
When it is time to go back to the dressing room you and your Wedding Consultant will select 3-4 gowns to get started with. Your Consultant will lead you and your 2 closest friends or family members back to our dressing room. She will discuss your wedding plans and what you envision for your bridal gown. She will then proceed to help you into and out of each gown, listening to your opinions about each and offering insight into what is most flattering for your figure. Once she has seen the first gowns on you, your Wedding Consultant may go and pull other gowns that she feels you may like, or introduce a new style that you haven't tried on yet. This will give you the opportunity to not only try on gowns you have selected, but to try on gowns that you may have not selected.
In try-on area, we had allowed brides to take pictures in the past but unfortunately due to the exclusivity and copyright of some of the current designers we carry, we are not permitted to allow photography anymore. However, at the time of purchase, please feel free to take as many photos as you wish!
When you have found your perfect bridal gown, your Personal Wedding Consultant will then select from a large collection of beautiful tiaras, elegant veiling, jewelry and bridal shoes, to accompany your bridal gown and complete your ensemble. Our shoe department keeps many of the most popular shoes in stock, and you can take them with you the day you purchase!
Bridal Designs has an extensive collection of new gowns in stock, ready to try on and take home. If we don't have the gown of your dreams, we can special order or custom make it for you.
Once you have completed your fairy tail look, the manager will take your measurements to help you determine which size to order, and you can relax knowing that the cornerstone for your wedding is in place.
Wedding gowns when ordered are considered "special order" merchandise. Gowns are made when the order is placed, therefore it takes anywhere from 4-6 months on average for delivery. A 50% deposit is required at the time of purchase, and the rest is due when your gown arrives. If your wedding is soon rush charges may be available, depending on the designer, factory schedules, and time constraints. There is always a charge for rushing in a gown, which is determined by each designer.
When we fill out your order form, special care is taken to double check accuracy. Each item is read to the bride while she looks over the order form to insure that no mistakes are made, and every base is covered.
Once the order is taken it is placed in our new state of the art computer system, designed exclusively for our store, and is personally tracked by one of our managers. We work closely with the designers to ensure that your gown arrives on time and correct.
Once your gown arrives in our store, it will be hand inspected for flaws and workmanship. If any manufacturer flaws are detected we will work directly with the manufacturer to correct the problem.
Each bride is notified when her merchandise has arrived. Once you have received notice that your gown has arrived you may come and pick it up during WEEKDAYS. When you arrive at Bridal Designs, you will present your receipt at the front desk and we will have your gown and headpiece brought up for you. One of our friendly Bridal Consultant Assistants will escort you to the dressing room to try on "your" gown and veil. She will also get any undergarments you may need to purchase with your gown. As we mentioned before we also have an excellent shoe and jewelry department for you to put the last finishing touches on your perfect bridal look!
Custom fittings are available for Bridal Designs customers only and only by appointment during weekdays.
About eight weeks before your wedding you may need to have alterations done. Alterations are an additional charge. They vary depending on the gown style, type of fabric and alterations needed. We feel that alterations are a vital part of the bridal gown purchase. Quality is key. Therefore all of the independent seamstresses, come only with the highest of recommendations, and many have been on our list for years. Your first step is to schedule an alteration pinning appointment. Bridal Designs offers complementary alteration pinning. It is required by appointment only during the WEEKDAYS. Your alteration pinning appointment is about 20-30 minutes. Your shoes and any undergarment you wear on your wedding day are required for proper fitting.
Bridal Designs offers professional, custom alterations for our customers. The charges for these services are typically 10% to 50% less than the services of independent seamstresses or alteration shops. We are able to keep our costs low on these services because our seamstresses are sub-contracted exclusively through our store. This enables us to offer our brides and her attendants the expertise of exclusive bridal tailors without the exorbitant cost.
Once your bridal gown is decided on, you will now be able to start thinking of other aspects of your wedding. Bridesmaids gowns are worn by your closest friends and loved ones standing in support of your marriage. You will want to find a bridesmaids gown to compliment your gown. We have many bridesmaids gowns in our store to try on. Our bridesmaids gowns are arranged by designer, so that you can see a full spectrum of what styles and colors each designer has to offer. This enables you to search by either style or color - we also have swatch cards for each designer and fabric to share the full spectrum of colors with you. we also have professional consultants, trained to assist you in coordinating your bridal party.
These days bridesmaids seem to be scattered all over the country!! We cater to this fact. You can select your bridesmaids gown and have each bridesmaid be measured wherever they are, and they can either call in, mail, email or fax us their measurements. We have a measurement card for them to use on our Bridal Party page, and an email form on our Contact Us page (upper right corner) called "Authorization" designed to make this process simple and easy for each bridesmaid to send us their measurements and deposit information. We always wait until all deposits are in for the entire bridal party before ordering, since we want for all of the dresses to be cut from the same bolt of fabric - to ensure that the fabric matches. Ordering the same dress from different places at different times can result in obvious variations in the dyelot. As with bridal, a 50% deposit is required on each bridesmaids gown and since you have purchased your gown with Bridal Designs each bridesmaid will receive a generous discount off of the suggested retail price of their gowns also!!
Bridal Designs is also attentive to other important members of a bridal party. The Store has a great selection of mothers gowns, junior bridesmaids gowns and flowergirl dresses. And as with bridesmaids gowns, each bridal party member will receive extra discounts, because the bridal gown was purchased at Bridal Designs.