Frequently Asked Questions
Yeah we know… you’ve been shopping your whole life, but bridal shopping is a little bit different. Below are some of the top questions brides have about the shopping process.
This is my first time shopping, how many people should I bring and how long should I plan on being there?
We know that you want to bring your mom, your bff, your aunt Suzy, your grandma, your future mother-in-law, your bridesmaids, your neighbor, your work colleagues and so many more. But if you can limit this to a couple of key people, we promise that your shopping experience will be that much more enjoyable! It’s hard to hear your own voice when you’re focused on pleasing too many opinions. And, keep in mind that this is your time. You want friends who will be honest, but you also want friends that first and foremost will be supportive. We’ll never rush you through the process, so we are one of the few shops that schedules all of our appointments for a full hour and a half. For many, this is enough time to find your dress (yup, even on your very first visit) and if you’re not ready to decide, after 90 minutes it’s probably a good idea to give yourself a rest. If you’re checking out multiple stores, we recommend that you limit your shopping to two or three shops (at the most!) in one day.
What items do I need to bring to my appointment?
Really, all we need is you! However, most brides find it helpful to bring shoes that are a similar height of what you would like for your wedding day, and/or shapewear that they feel most comfortable in.
How much do your bridal gowns cost?
At Blush it is most important to us that we provide brides with a well-designed gowns at different price points. Our gowns range from $850 and go up to $3100. The majority of the bridal gowns in our shop are between $1200-1800. We’ve worked hard to make sure that all of our dresses have trending designs and are constructed with quality fabrics.
What size samples do you have to try on during my appointment?
Most of the samples in our shop are a bridal size 10-20. Depending on the designer this equates to about a street size 8-18. All of our designers have slightly different size charts so every size 10 will fit a little bit 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. While we wish we could carry our dresses in more sizes, we are often at the mercy of the designers who cut samples in standard sample sizes.
How long does it take to receive the bridal gown once it is ordered?
Please allow 4-6 months for delivery on bridal gown and 2-3 months for the alterations. We recommend ordering your gown no less than 9 months prior to your wedding date.
Most of our bridal companies do provide rush delivery. Rush time periods and charges vary by each designer. Please confirm delivery times and prices when placing the order.
Do you offer in-house alterations?
No, we do not have in-house alterations. But, we have a fabulous (and affordable) seamstress that we work with consistently. Please allow 2-3 months for your alterations on your gown.
I’ve heard brides say that they just “knew” when they had found their dress. Is this a typical reaction?
Every bride’s reaction is a little bit different. Some girls are shoppers and want to try on lots of dresses and other girls are quite comfortable with falling in love with the very first dress that they try. Generally, it’s helpful to limit the number of outside opinions so that it doesn’t get too overwhelming or confusing for you and that you might surprise yourself and fall in love with a dress that you never would have guessed you would have liked. Usually if a bride is reluctant to get out of the dress, it can be a sign that it’s the one! But for other brides there isn’t just one but many dresses that look spectacular and it comes down to the practicality of selecting the right dress for the location, time of year, and tone of the event. We’re always happy to provide support, encouragement, or our opinion if you need it!
Do you have dresses to purchase off the rack?
Most of the dresses in our store are special ordered and require a minimum of six months lead time. Depending on our inventory, we may have a number of sample dresses that were former floor samples and are now available for purchase at a discount. Samples are a great last-minute option and can be a great deal!
What is a trunk show?
A trunk show is a special weekend at Blush to see more of a specific designer’s collection and often to see the latest pieces in the collection at a 10% discount! At any given time, we may only carry 6-12 dresses from a designer and for a trunk show it is your opportunity to get to see additional styles that aren’t usually carried in the store and sometimes to even get to meet the designer! Trunk shows do book out so we recommend scheduling your appointment in advance.
When should I order my veils and accessories?
Most people are surprised to learn that most of Blush’s veils and accessories are 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. We recommend that you schedule a “finishing touches” appointment when your dress arrives. During this appointment you can best coordinate jewelry and matching accessories with your dress and still have plenty of time before your big day!
Do you have recommendations for accessories?
The right accessories can really transform the look of a dress and we work closely with each bride to make sure that help you select the perfect pieces. We carry custom designs from Jennifer Leigh Veils and also in-store inventory of trendy J-Picone hair piece/blusher designs. So whether it’s a hand-crafted veil, jeweled combs, or a vintage flower, we’ve got you covered. And beyond the veil, we carry amazing jewelry from MEG Jewelry. Our pieces include traditional baubles as well as some more unique pieces that look great at your wedding or with jeans & a fun top!