FAQ

FAQ

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Here are some answers to our more commonly asked questions:

WHAT TYPES OF GOWNS DO YOU CARRY?

We carry unique, non-traditional bridal gowns crafted from exquisite fabrics such as silk, french lace, and hand beading. Think ethereal, romantic, vintage chic styles for the stylish bride who wants something different. Most of our designer collections are exclusive to Bella Bleu Bridal in Chicago.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes. Our boutique is open by appointment only. We require appointments to try on wedding gowns and accessories. You have to schedule in advance, but you will have our undivided attention! In most cases, you will be the only bride in our shop! We want your experience to be intimate and memorable.

HOW LONG ARE YOUR APPOINTMENTS?

Your first wedding gown appointment will be 1 hour and 15 minutes. We find that this is the perfect time to try on gowns that have caught your eye, explore your favorites and chat with your guests. If you need to sleep on it, we offer second bridal gown appointments which are 1 hour in length. In this appointment you are able to try on your favorites! We want you to be over the moon with your gown! Accessory appointments are 1 hour in length. You are welcome to bring your gown with you.

WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE OF YOUR GOWNS?

Our gowns range from $2000-$5000 with most of the gowns falling between $2300-$4000. We do have trunk show incentives several times a year.

WHO SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO MY APPOINTMENT?

We ask that you limit your party to three or less during your visit at Bella Bleu Bridal. We are an intimate boutique with limited seating and we have found that the opinions of a trusted few always make for an easier decision for you. Keep in mind, you want friends/family who will be honest, but you also want friends that first and foremost will be supportive. You will hear many opinions but the most valuable is your own!

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO ORDER MY WEDDING DRESS?

Dresses can take up to 4-5 months to produce, since it is being made to order. When you factor in shipping and alterations, it could be a 6 month total process. We suggest deciding on a gown 7-12 months before your wedding. Wedding under 6 months? Don’t fret! We can accommodate rush orders but rush fees do apply! We also may have a limited selection that can be sold off the rack. The early bird gets the worm as they say but we recommend that you not start your gown shopping until you have a date and venue.

WHAT IS A TRUNK SHOW?

Bella Bleu Bridal carries an edited selection of our designers collections. A trunk show allows you to see an extended selection of that designer, usually consisting of the best sellers and new collection.  Special incentives apply on purchases made during the trunk show dates only. Trunk shows only last a couple of days and appointments fill up quickly!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO MY APPOINTMENT?

It is helpful to bring undergarments of similar styles that you will wear on your wedding day, including strapless bras and shaping garments (Spanx!). Also, it is helpful if you look through magazines and websites to get a general idea of styles that you like. Our Bridal Stylist will also suggest styles that you may love!

WILL I NEED ALTERATIONS?

We take your measurements and order your gown in the closest size possible but alterations are an essential to make sure your gown fits like a glove! Alterations that are needed may be minor but it is all part of the process in making sure your dress fits you perfectly!

DO YOU OFFER ALTERATIONS?

We do not have an “in house” seamstress. We offer several excellent recommendations that are preferred, however, you are not required to use one off of our list. We are not affiliated with our seamstresses and do not receive any payments from them for your alternations.

WHAT SIZE ARE THE SAMPLE GOWNS?

We do our best to accommodate all body sizes. Bridal sizing differs from street sizing and varies by designer. The majority of our samples are sizes 6. 8, 10, and 12. We will work our magic with clips if the gown is too small or too large. We will do our very best to give you the best idea of how the gowns will look on you!