The following are a few answers to common questions to help you understand this exciting (and sometimes overwhelming!) process. We hope that these answers will give you a general idea of what to expect when shopping for your dream gown.
Appointments at Blissfully Bridal
When should I start looking for my Dress?
This honestly depends on the individual but we do strongly suggest that if you don’t intend on buying early in advance then don’t start looking too early. All the available options can sometimes lead to confusion. I recommend approximately 9 months in advance of your wedding is great as it gives you 2 months to narrow your search & then a generous lead time for your dress to be ordered and delivered.
How do the bridal appointments work?
At Blissfully Bridal, we believe the process of choosing your gown should be a fun and relaxing one. We want you to enjoy trying on different designs, and we will help you choose the gown that sets the desired tone for your wedding, suits your body type and expresses your personal style. We aim to try 4-5 gowns on in the time given.
Why do I need to pay for appointments?
We charge a R150 fitting fee - You get a comprehensive, private consultation where you will learn which colours & silhouettes best suit you & which dresses will work well for you & your budget. The fitting fee can be redeemed against a dress order but it is not refundable.
What should I bring to my appointment?
We suggest you wear nude, seamless undergarments & if weight loss is desired before the wedding "control underwear" such as Spanx is good to wear. Strapless bras aren’t essential but can help if you intend wearing something similar on your wedding day. We have shoes for you to use but feel free to bring a pair from home if you prefer. Pictures from magazines and our website are welcome & for your first visit, keep an open mind to try some styles that are suggested to you by us.
Who should I bring with me to my appointment?
Blissfully Bridal is a small boutique and as such we recommend that you limit your party to a trusted few. Bringing just your nearest and dearest can also make it easier to decide on the perfect dress (too many opinions can often be overwhelming). However, if you do have a large group that wants to come and join in the fun, just let us know! We can always find a chair!
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Come in with an open mind! As you’ve likely heard, dresses look really different once they are actually on. If you have some picture references, they will help you communicate your ideas to us. Take some time to look through magazines or online ahead of your appointment, and take note of the dresses you are drawn to.
Are photographs allowed in the shop?
Although we truly feel that "The One" will be remembered for how it makes you feel, you are welcome to take pictures.
How many times can I come?
Most Brides will want to follow up their first appointment with a 2nd viewing of their favourite gown(s). This can be a quick 20 minutes if you just want to show someone your favourite, or possibly longer if you wish to place an order.
We will not charge you another fitting fee for your 2nd viewing (of dresses previously tried on) - any appointments, for trying on additional dresses, will be charged for, but at a discounted fee.
The dresses and the ordering process
When should I order my gown?
Our lead time for ordering and delivering the dresses is between 5 and 6 months. We suggest you allow another two months for alterations. We are able to place Rush Orders with certain designers at an extra charge - please discuss your options once you've decided on your dream dress.
The sooner you place an order the better, more relaxed & in control of your big day you'll feel.
What size are your sample dresses?
The majority of our sample dresses are between sizes 8 or 12. Since most of us are not an exact sample size, you may have to visualize how the dress will look once it is made to your size. Try not to dismiss a dress simply because the sample doesn’t fit properly! With a few clips and a bit of imagination we will help you visualize the dress in your size. Remember to focus on style, fabric, colour and details when making your choice & finding the connection that is often felt with The Dress!
Price and Payment
What is the price range of your collection?
We strive to work within most budgets. Our dresses range in price from R 4 000 (certain sample sale items) up to R 23 000, averaging at around R 18 000.
How and when do I pay for the gown?
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to place your order. The balance is due when the dress arrives, before your first fitting. Given that our gowns are made to order, all sales are final. There are no refunds, exchanges or credits available.
Are there any chances of a discount?
We will have end-of-season sales from time to time during which discounts on certain dresses will be offered. Our margins are however very true and the retail price of our dresses are prescribed by the designers themselves.
Are alterations included in the sale price?
The cost of alterations to your dress are not included in the sales price. Alterations requirements vary greatly from one bride to the next and we wouldn’t want you to pay more than you need to for your specific required adjustments to the gown.
Do you offer in-house alterations?
We have a seamstress that will assist you with any alterations you may require. Please allow at least two months for the alterations of your gown.
When should I order my veils and accessories?
Most of Blissfully Bridal's veils are made to order and are not sold directly off the rack - this means that you know the piece is being made especially for you. Standard production time for veils and accessories is between 3 and 4 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 help you select the perfect pieces for your dress, your style and your wedding theme. We carry custom-made veils and also in-store inventory of trendy, yet elegant jewellery and hair accessories . So we’ve got you covered.