anna bé Bridal Appointment FAQ:
We answer your questions on how to prepare for your bridal and wedding dress appointment.
We're so excited that you have chosen to work with anna bé! We know that you've been shopping your whole life, but buying your wedding dress is a little bit different. These are couture garments that are made especially for you so the process is a little bit different. Below are some of the top questions we get asked as brides start thinking about the shopping process. For more tips on how to prepare for you bridal appointment at anna bé, check out our bridal blog.
Q. 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 colleague 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.
Q. How much do your bridal gowns cost?
As a salon, it is important to us that we provide brides with well-designed gowns at a variety of price points. Our gowns range from$1,800 and go up from there. The majority of the gowns in our shop are between $2,000 and $5,000. We’ve worked hard to make sure that all of our dresses have great designs and are quality fabrics. And if this just isn't in the cards for you, we'd love for you to check out our off-the-rack selection as well as our sample sale events (please call to see when the next sample sale event is taking place).
Q. What is a sample sale EVENT?
A sample sale event is quite literally an event when we sell our sample gowns right off the floor. We do this two or three times a year and it's a great way to get an amazing gown anywhere from 30-90% off!
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, and we also carry a few plus size styles in sizes 18-20. 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.
Q. Help! my wedding is in a few months, can i still get a dress?
Absolutely! Even though the standard ordering timeline is 7-9 months before your wedding, all hope is not lost if you haven't yet found your dress. Some of our designers can do amazingly quick turnarounds, but be warned that a rush will cost more. Another option is to shop our bridal gown sample sale.
Q. Do you have dresses to purchase off the rack?
We always have a number of sample dresses that used to be our floor samples that are available for purchase at a discount. Samples are a great last-minute option and can be a great deal.
Q. What is a trunk show?
A trunk show is a special weekend at anna bé to see more of a specific designer’s collection and often to see the latest pieces in the collection. 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 by calling our store or booking an appointment online.
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. 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 we help you select the perfect pieces. We have an extensive collection from local designer, Sara Gabriel Veiling and Headpieces, as well as some other great designers. 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 Haute Bride. Our pieces include traditional baubles as well as some more unique pieces that look great at your wedding or with jeans and a fun top!
Q. Does anna bé offer alterations?
Please see our Philosophy on Alterations here.
Q. What is a&bé bridal shop?
a&bé bridal shop is brought to you from the duo that created anna bé. anna bé and a&bé are sister shops, but each store has its own unique feel and curated collection. Shop both to find the biggest selection of wedding dresses from 26 designers and 1 shared philosophy of creating the best shopping experience for brides!