:: faq ::

We know shopping for your wedding gown can be overwhelming. Here's a few of the 'do's' and 'don't's', plus a couple 'believe us, you don't want to learn the hard way's.'

When to start searching for a dress:

     we suggest starting your dress search approximately 8 months prior to the big day. since most of our designs are made to order, it can take 4-5 months to get in. another 1-2 months should be taken into consideration for alterations. if you have a short engagement, no worries! we carry one 'in stock' designer that only take several weeks to ship. rush options are always available as well, but a fee will incur. 

How many to bring to appointment:

     our cozy shop comfortably fits 3-5 in your entourage. however, we want your day to be special so if that means a few extra pals, we will make it happen. we highly suggest only bringing those that will support you with honesty AND tact.

What to bring to appointment:

     nothing is required, but we appreciate any inspiration you'd like to share, photos of other favorite gowns, jewelry/accessories/shoes you know you'll be wearing, and nude undergarments.

Appointments required/highly suggested:

     appointments are highly recommended, especially during our busy times (weekends!)! please visit our book page or give us a call. on occasion, we can accommodate same day appointments, but we do ask you give us a call before heading over to make sure we can fit you in!

Price range:

     our dresses range from 950-4500 with the majority of them falling around 1500-2500. we also suggest looking at our bridesmaid designer for a budget friendly option (200-300), as all gowns come in white and ivory.

Size of samples:

     most of our samples fall between 6-12, depending on what each designer sends us. please listen up, brides! samples rarely fit to perfection. with some simple tricks, we can give you a great idea of how each gown will look when ordered in the correct size. some imagination required. alterations are also almost always needed, either with a simple hem or some fixing in the bodice, etc..bringing us to our next question.

Alterations expected:

     we do not have an in house seamstress. expect additional costs for any alterations your gown may need. we have a list of local seamstresses we have worked with in the past we can recommend.

Returns or exchanges:

     we cannot accept returns or exchanges, and all sales are final. due to the made-to-order nature of our dresses, you can often expect some variation in style and/or dye lot. this unique nature of bespoke gowns is to be celebrated!

After the appointment:

     okay, so you've been in, had your appointment, bought the gown (oh yeah!), and what now? well, this is the not-so-fun part. depending on designer, we'll have 3-5 months to wait until she comes in. once she does, we'll do a final inspection, make sure the gown is perfect and then reach out to you for a final appointment and to recommend alterations.

Traverse City:

     we aren't just bridal obsessed, but consider ourselves traverse city obsessed as well. our town is a not-so-hidden treasure of the midwest. for real.

need a couple recommendations? here is a small list of some of our favorites. food: amical, mama lus, georginas. drinks: earthen ales, taproot, and rare bird. places to stay: hotel indigo.

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