Frequently Asked Questions

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How far out should I start shopping for my gown?

Most wedding gowns take 4-7 months to come in, and the alterations process typically takes 2-3 months, depending on the amount of work. We recommend you order your gown 8-10 months before your wedding!

What is the price range of your gowns?

Our made-to-order gowns typically range from around $1,600-$3,500.
Our off-the-rack selection varies, but typically starts around $1,200 and goes up from there.

Why do I need to make an appointment to try on wedding gowns?

East Coast Bridals requires appointments to try on our wedding gowns so we can provide you and your party with one-on-one service. This way, we have a room reserved for you and your party for personal time.  Also, since we are a small shop, we sometimes base our number of staff on a particular day on the number of appointments.

How many people can accompany me to my appointment?

We know it’s the most important dress you’ll ever wear, and you want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect. But having 10 different opinions makes it much harder to come to a consensus—and it can bring you farther away from what you actually want. We ask that no more than 4 additional guests accompany you to your bridal shopping appointment.

Why is my wedding dress size so much larger than my regular dress size?

Wedding gown sizes typically run one or two sizes smaller than street clothes, so try not to get hung up on the number. Do not fixate on the actual size but instead on how your measurements compare to the particular line on the specific designer’s size chart.

What if my wedding is less than 4 months away?

Don’t worry- we’ve got options!
You can definitely purchase a gown “off-the-rack,” which means you’ll be purchasing a sample that has been previously tried on. These gowns are in excellent condition and are typically reduced in price. We also have some manufacturers that have extremely quick rush options, or some stock options!

I said YES! What’s the next step?

When you are ready to order the gown of your dreams, there are a few steps to follow:
– We take your body measurements.
– We decide on a size and discuss any special changes that may be required for the best fit.
– All necessary paperwork is completed and the gown is paid for.

Do you take deposits on gowns?

We require accessories and off-the-rack items to be paid for in full. We offer a 50% dress deposit on orderable gowns. Once your dress comes into the store you would pay your remaining balance.

How long will it take for my gown to arrive?

Depending on the manufacturer and custom changes, the gowns could take anywhere from 4-7 months to arrive.

Does your salon offer in-house alterations?

Our boutique has an in-house seamstress that books based on availability. We also have recommendations we can give you based on your location.

Note- Alterations are a separate cost from purchasing your wedding gown. 

Can you ship my gown to me?

Yes, we can ship your gown to you anywhere in the continental United States!