We love questions! Hopefully we answered some of them below, but please call us if you ever need to ask us anything at all!
1. How far in advance of my wedding should I shop for my wedding gown?
We recommend shopping for your wedding dress soon after you choose your wedding date and venue. Most gowns take between four to six months to arrive from the date you order the dress, so to give yourself a stress-free experience and to avoid rush fees, it's great to start shopping between nine months and a year before your wedding. If you have less than six months before your big day, we still have lots of options that can be ready in time for your wedding. Rush fees and availability depend on the designer. We also have a frequently-changing selection of sample gowns that can be purchased off the rack, which are great for very short time-frame brides!
2. Do you have options in my budget?
At Rina's Bridal Boutique, we offer an incredible and high-quality selection of gowns, priced from $300 to $2,000. When you come in for your appointment, your bridal stylist will help you choose gowns in a price range that you're comfortable with. We never push you to spend more than you want, and we treat every bride with the same pampering service regardless of how much she wants to spend.
3. Who should I bring with me to my appointment?
We recommend bringing 2-4 family members or friends whose opinions you value most. Wedding dress shopping is SO fun, but it can get overwhelming and stressful when a bride is considering the opinions of many people. After all, it's your wedding dress - and it's your feelings and preferences that are most important! We believe that every bride wants and deserves a wonderful wedding dress shopping experience. To ensure the best experience possible for each and every bride, we kindly ask that large groups over 5 guests, and unsupervised children, do not accompany you to the shop. Of course we realize there can be special circumstances - please contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
4. What should I bring with me to my appointment?
Feel free to bring pictures of gowns that inspire you. Source them from magazines, Pinterest, vision boards…anything you’d like! If you don't already have a vision of what you like, no worries - we'll help you figure out what you love! Strapless bras usually work best when trying on dresses, but no problem if you don't have one. We encourage you to eat before or after your visit with us as we do not allow food and beverages in the shop. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by several local restaurant and we are happy to recommend our favorites if requested!
5. How long is my appointment?
Appointments are approximately 90 minutes. That is usually the ideal amount of time to try on several (roughly 8-10) gowns, narrow down your selection, and choose your wedding dress without feeling rushed. Of course, if you feel you need more time, we're always happy to schedule a return visit!
6. What size are your gowns?
We don't believe in "one size fits all." The gowns at Rina’s Bridal Boutique are in a wide variety of sizes, from 2 to 34. We strongly believe that every bride should feel comfortable and have many beautiful options to try on when she's shopping for her wedding dress.
7. Will I need alterations?
The vast majority of wedding gowns need at least some alterations to ensure the ideal fit. You will be so happy to have your wedding dress fit flawlessly! The alterations that are needed will vary from bride to bride and from gown to gown, and alterations costs are not included in the price of your wedding gown. Our in-house alterations specialists will work with you in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding to make sure you are completely happy with the fit of your dress.