FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM OUR A&BÉ BRIDES
Here’s some of our most common questions, but if you still have any lingering questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Q. ARE APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED?
Our goal at a&bé bridal shop is to help you find your wedding dress! For that reason, if you want to try on dresses, we do require an appointment. This way we can ensure that there will be a dedicated stylist working one-on-one with you for your full 90 minute appointment!
If you’re feeling nervous or overwhelmed and just want to browse or ask questions feel free to call us or stop by and say hello on Thursdays. This is a time when you can browse, get to know us and preview the dresses. But, keep in mind that if you would like to try on dresses, we do require you to work with an a&bé stylist and will need an appointment.
Q. HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOULD I BRING AND HOW LONG SHOULD I PLAN ON BEING THERE?
Only bring the key people that you cannot make this decision without. For some, this may mean shopping alone and for others it may be a couple of loved ones. This is your time. You want friends who will be honest, but you also want friends that first and foremost will be supportive. We have limited seating so if you bring more than the number of guests that the room allows, they will need to stand. And, the more people you shop with, the fewer number of people for whom the dress will be a surprise! As for timing, we'll never rush you through the process, as we are one of the few shops that schedules all of our appointments for a full hour and a half.
Q: WHAT SIZE SAMPLES DO YOU HAVE TO TRY ON DURING MY APPOINTMENT?
Most of the samples in our shop are a bridal size 10 which can be about a street size 6 or 8. We also carry a small selection of plus size samples ranging from a size 16-22 in our shops. All of our designers have different fits and every sample will fit differently. We understand that it can be difficult to envision your wedding dress when the sample that you try on doesn't fit perfectly, but we've got all sorts of tricks to help you get a close(r) vision of what you will look like on your wedding day. We've got pedestals to stand on to add length, clips to close in fabric, and panels to add fabric. We work with brides of all shapes and sizes each day, and are confident we can help you find yours too!
Q. HELP! MY WEDDING IS IN A FEW MONTHS, CAN I STILL GET A DRESS?
Absolutely! We have lots of dress options that can be ordered with a quick turnaround. Depending on the designer, it may incur an additional fee. We also sell select floor samples right off the floor (and often for a discount!).
Q. I JUST GOT ENGAGED AND MY WEDDING ISN’T FOR ANOTHER YEAR (OR MORE!), WHEN SHOULD I START SHOPPING FOR MY DRESS?
To have the most options and the least stressful shopping experience, if time permits, we recommend shopping at least 6-10months before your wedding day! Many of our gowns are made to order meaning that the dress doesn’t start getting cut and sewn until you place your deposit on the dress! And, the earlier you decide on a dress, the more time you have to plan all the other details of your wedding, or just relax and get excited for your big day!
Q. WHAT ABOUT ALTERATIONS?
We select the gown size based on your measurements, but we can pretty much guarantee that your dress will need alterations to get the best fit. We don't provide alterations in shop as we know that there are experts who have the best equipment and skills to assist with the alterations. We're happy to make recommendations, but you are not required to use our recommendations.
Q: WHEN SHOULD I ORDER MY VEILS AND ACCESSORIES?
Most people are surprised to learn that the veils and accessories are all made to order and are not sold directly off the rack. While this means that you know the piece is being made especially for you, it also means that it takes some patience for the piece to arrive in the shop. Standard production time for veils and accessories is between 6 and 8 weeks. And while we can always accommodate a rush, it may cost a little bit more! We'd love to save you some bucks so we recommend ordering at least two months before your wedding.
Q. I LIVE OUT OF THE COUNTRY. CAN I BUY MY DRESS FROM YOU?
Short answer, absolutely! We believe that we have curated the best collection of gowns allowing you to try on a variety of styles and we have an experienced team of stylists who all are working to help you realize your vision. Since dress shopping can be nuanced we do encourage all brides to come in for an appointment.
We have six locations: Denver, Minneapolis, Dallas, Miami, Portland, and Seattle and are close to their major airports. We know that it’s best for the bride to be able to try on the dress and see it in person before selecting your gown. Trust us, the cost of the flight is well worth the peace of mind in knowing you had the chance to see the dress in person and to meet with the team that will be helping you from the selection to your wedding day!
For out-of-country brides, it may seem like a great distance to travel but shipping a gown out of country may incur customs and duties fees of as much as 50% of the cost of the gown! If you have any questions about traveling in for an appointment please contact the specific shop location you would like to visit.
Q. WHAT IS THE PRICE POINT OF YOUR GOWNS?
Our gowns start right around $1,000 and go up from there. There will always be a large selection of gowns between the $1,500 - $3,000 range but we do also carry some designers that are priced in the $4,000 - $7,000 range. We will absolutely honor your budget and do our best to find you a gown that you love.