Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance do I need to begin dress shopping?
We recommend that you begin shopping for your wedding dress 9 to 12 months prior to your wedding date to ensure that you are not rushing through the process. You are ready to seriously start shopping for your dress once you have an exact wedding date and have booked your venue. Since gowns take between 3 to 5 months to produce and bring in, with additional time needed for alterations, you should plan to have your dress ordered 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding. While some designers can accommodate rush orders if a dress is needed in a shorter time-frame, you may incur rush fees to expedite production of the dress.
“Do I need an appointment to try on wedding dresses?”
Yes. We are a small studio, in order to provide each and every bride with an intimate and personal shopping experience, our studio operates by appointment only. For bookings, send a message through to us via our contact page.
If you require an appointment out of our opening times, we will do our best to schedule you accordingly.
“How long is my appointment?”
Appointments are scheduled for 60 minutes. We find this is enough time for a chat with your consultant, an introductory tour of the showroom, and time to pick out and try on anywhere from 5 to 8 dresses. If you need more time to find your dream wedding dress, we are happy to book a second or even a third appointment for you!
“How many people can I bring to my appointment?”
We ask that you limit your number of guests to 4. Shopping for your wedding gown is a special and very personal experience. Therefore we recommend that you only bring those whose opinion you trust and value most. We have found that too many guests can distract and overwhelm a bride. We want your experience to be as stress-free as possible! Once you have chosen your gown, we are happy to make time for you to bring your friends and bridesmaids to see you try the one!
“What should I bring to my appointment?”
We would recommend bringing an under garments you feel most comfortable in. Most girls will bring a strapless bra, shapewear etc. (although these items are not needed). Also bring shoes closets to the height you plan on wearing on your wedding day. You should wear light makeup and it's always good to bring a hair clip/tie to prevent hair from getting in the way. Please refrain from getting a spray tan prior to your appointment.
We also encourage you to bring any inspiration images of dresses or styles you are interested in trying on.
“What is the price range of dresses at Bohemian Brides?”
The majority of our bridal collection ranges between $2000 to $3000. We do have a small selection of styles above and below this price point. Before scheduling an appointment, make sure you have determined a budget for your dress. Our consultants will work with you to stay within your budget.
“What size gowns are available for try on?”
We only have one sample of each designer gown available for try on; sample sizes varies by designers. The majority of our samples are size 8 to 14 but your custom gown can be ordered up to a size 24 with most designers. If the sample is either too big or too small for you, we have tricks of making it fit so as to give you the best sense of how the dress will look and fit in your size.
We also have a collection of Curve sample dresses available in sizes 18 to 26.
What is the start-to-finish-process of purchasing my dress from Bohemian Brides?
Your initial appointment will include an hour private fitting in our showroom. Your measurements will be taken and if you find 'the one' your dress will be ordered closets to those measurements. At that point, we take a payment of 50%. In about 3 to 5 months when your gown has arrived, we will notify you and you can either come back for a follow up appointment to pick up your dress and do any other final styling (veils, accessories, etc.), we can schedule you an appointment with our seamstress or arrange to post your dress directly to you for an extra fee.
"Do you offer custom made dresses?”
Yes, we do! If you don't happen to find 'the one' we can choose different elements from multiple dresses and design your own unique wedding dress. We of course will advise you and help you through the process to achieve your dream design. Our custom design range between $1000 and $3000 and take approximately six to 12 weeks to make.
"Do you offer alterations?”
Yes. We offer alterations services for an additional fee. The cost of alterations is determined by the style of the gown and the scope of alterations needed. Alterations take place at the boutique, and you will be assisted by one of our consultants as well as the seamstress; both will ensure that your gown is styled and fitted perfectly for your big day. While you are not obligated to do alterations with us, we highly recommend that you do as our seamstress is familiar with the designs of our dresses.
“When can I expect my gown to arrive?”
Every designer has a different delivery schedule, however most dresses take between 3 and 5 months to produce and bring in. Some dresses are available sooner depending on the designer and the style chosen. If you select a style that takes more time to produce than what you have, a designer may charge a rush fee to expedite production and ensure delivery in time for your wedding.
“What if I change my mind- can I return or exchange my dress?”
No. All of our gowns are made-to-order upon purchase. This means the gown is ordered and being made just for you. As such, refunds, returns and exchanges are not possible. Our best advise: once you find your dress, stop shopping!