It is never too early to start looking for your special gown. Realistically a year to no less than ten months before the big day is a great time to start! Dresses can take anywhere from four to six or months depending on customizations to arrive. You will also need to plan on two – three months for alterations. So, plan ahead and you will not be stressed. If your wedding is coming up we do have an amazing selection of gowns ready to take home the day you fall in love with it, these are in The Backroom at Belle Amour.
We LOVE to make shopping for your bridal gown an intimate experience. In order to make your time with us special we do require appointments. This ensures that we have an open fitting room and a bridal consultant available to work one on one with you and help you find your dream gown. While will try to help walk-ins the best we can, we are not able to guarantee an open fitting room or one of our fabulous consultants without an appointment.
We understand that shopping for your dress is a once in a lifetime experience and there are many people that you might want to share it with. In our experience shopping with a few key people will make finding your gown much more enjoyable. The more people you invite the more opinions you will receive, and your opinions could get lost. Only bring a few key people who have your best interests at heart. We suggest special guests like your mom, sister, favorite aunt, grandma, or best friend.
Absolutely! More times than not brides will find their gown on the first visit! So be prepared to say YES and fall in love with the perfect dress for you. If you try on a dress and have that moment, cry if you are a crier, your party cries or gets all excited you know this is the perfect gown for you. Once you have this moment do not be afraid to just go with it! You will only confuse yourself going to multiple shops to try on dresses because you are too nervous to say yes or don’t want to shopping experience to end.
Our gowns start at $1299 and go up to $3,599. Try to plan what you would like to spend on your wedding dress prior to your appointment. This will help your stylist pull gowns in the range you are comfortable with. If possible, leave a little room in case the dress of your dreams is slightly higher. We also have The Backroom at Belle Amour; these gowns are priced at $399-$1099 and ready to take home the day you fall in love.
Every bride is different; at Belle Amour Bridal we reserve an hour and a half for your bridal gown shopping. What should I bring with me for my appointment? Your consultant will be in the room assisting you in and out of gowns so wear something you are comfortable in. Bring a strapless bra, properly fit undergarments and spanx if you wish. A pair of shoes with the approximate height you plan on wearing on your wedding day just in case we need to order your gown shorter or longer. A hair tie or clip is nice to have also.
Once we are revisiting your favorites it's ok to snap away. We do not want to waste your time by taking pictures of gowns that are not going to make the cut to revisit. Once you find THE ONE take all the pictures you want. Just remember that camera phones do not always do the gown justice.
The gowns that are housed as samples are extremely valuable and that is why we do have a no food or drink policy. Because we also sell off the rack, we cannot risk getting a gown soiled. At this time, we are not permitted to allow champagne during your appointment. We will allow water bottles with a lid.
Once you find your gown, get measured and settle on size, etc. It is time to pay so that we can order. We require 60% down to order all wedding dresses. This can be paid in cash, check, or debit/credit cards. The remainder is due within 14 days of the gown arriving to our store, by cash or debit/credit card only. We do require bridesmaid and flower girl dresses to be paid in full before they can be ordered.