Frequently Asked Questionshayley paige

When should I start shopping for my gown?

We recommend starting to shop for your gown nine to twelve months before your wedding.

How long does it take to make a gown?

Bridal Couture’s wedding gowns are hand made by artisans skilled in the couture tradition. Thus, they take about 16-24 weeks (4-6 months) to arrive from the designer’s atelier. However, a dress could show up two weeks after it is ordered, as well as taking up to 8 months to arrive from certain companies. The ship dates we are given are TENTATIVE, and NOT in-store dates. In order to avoid a rush fee, plan to purchase your wedding gown at least 7 months before your wedding day to allow for dress to arrive in the salon and for alterations. That being said, most designers offer a rush order for a fee. Rush arrangements can be discussed at the time of ordering your gown.

Bridesmaid’s gowns take about 14 weeks to ship to the salon.  Again, we are given TENTATIVE ship dates for these dresses, so the ship date can vary up to about two weeks. It is important for you to allow enough time to try on and select your bridesmaids’ dresses, so you might want to begin your search about 6 months prior to the wedding date.

Bridal Couture of Birmingham and Bridal Couture of Plymouth also offer a wide selection of stock bridal gowns that are available for immediate purchase.

Do I need an appointment to try on gowns?

We can give you better service if you call to schedule a time that is convenient for you. However, please feel free to stop in for a visit if you are in the area and we will try to accommodate you, if we do not have other appointments scheduled.

What is a Trunk Show?

A ‘Trunk Show’ is an in-store event featuring a bridal designer’s current line. It gives brides the unique opportunity to see a larger selection of gowns from a specific season or of the best selling bridal styles.  There are also special pricing promotions  that are offered for bridal gowns ordered for the featured designer during the trunk show.  Click here for a list of upcoming Trunk Shows.

What other bridal items do you offer?

Bridal Couture not only carries bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, but also flower girls dresses, special event dresses, headpieces, veils, belts and longline bras.

Why is my bridal size different from my regular clothing size?

Most of the bridal industry cuts their gowns on a European size chart, so it is normal that you may have to order a size or two larger than what you wear in normal clothes. In addition, each designer uses a different sizing chart, so your size may even vary from designer to designer.

Why should I order my bridesmaid gowns at the same store?

It is recommended that all gowns be ordered at the same time and store so that the gowns may be cut from the same dye lot. However, this does not mean that all the girls must come in at the same time. If any of your attendants live out of town/state and cannot come into the salon for measurement, they can be measured elsewhere, and call in for their sizing. We will place your order once all the girls have been measured and a $100 deposit has been collected. Click to download our Out of Town Bridesmaid Order Form.

What is your cancellation policy?

Due to the special-order nature of the bridal industry; we are unable to offer a cancellation policy. Therefore, all sales are final and non-refundable.

What should I do with my bridal gown after the wedding?

We recommend having your gown professionally cleaned and preserved.  We recommend Janet Davis, in Royal Oak, for your gown cleaning.  We do have coupons here at the store for our brides who take their gowns to Janet Davis Cleaners. Pricing varies depending on your wedding dress.