WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING CAN BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT TO ANY SHOPPING YOU'VE DONE BEFORE...HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TIME WITH TBA...
*PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE NOW RELOCATED OUR MELBOURNE STORE TO 185A GREVILLE STREET PRAHRAN*
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
We like to give each of our brides our undivided attention, which means appointments are always preferred. If you’re more of a spontaneous kind of bride and come in without an appointment, we will do our best to find an available time for you that day, or make an appointment for you to come back at another date. We suggest always making an appointment on Thursday evenings and Saturday as these days can book out well in advance and we never like to disappoint. You can make an appointment here for Melbourne>> or here for Sydney >>
WHERE IS MY APPOINTMENT LOCATED?
MELBOURNE - We are located at 185A Greville Street, Prahran. While you enter via the street front (we are beside Boda haircutters), our boutique is positioned up 2 flights of stairs so there is no disabled access or pram access.
SYDNEY - We are located at 27 Bay Street, Double Bay.
DO YOU CHARGE FOR APPOINTMENTS?
Your initial appointment will be scheduled for between 45 minutes and an hour and is at no cost. We also offer a second appointment for up to 45 minutes at no cost. Should you wish to come in for a third or subsequent 45 minute appointment, there is a $75 consultation fee which is payable at the time of booking. If you purchase a wedding dress at this appointment, we will credit the $75 consultation fee to your purchase. If you choose to cancel your appointment, or reschedule your appointment with 72 hours of it’s date, or you don’t purchase a dress at this appointment, your consultation fee is non-refundable.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Our first appointments are scheduled for forty five minutes to an hour, which is the perfect amount of time to try on all your favourite dresses. Should you need a second appointment, this will be scheduled for forty five minutes. Your bridal stylist will be there with you to help you make your selections and to try them on. Please note, we don't allow photos unless you are purchasing your dress. We always suggest wearing nude underwear and a good strapless bra that you are comfortable to seen in as your bridal stylist will be in the fitting room with you. It’s amazing what a difference good underwear makes to the fit of a dress so don’t be afraid to bring your shapeware with you either if you plan on wearing these on your wedding day!
CAN I BRING FAMILY & FRIENDS TO THE APPOINTMENT?
Absolutely, however as we’re a boutique store we can only accommodate groups of up to 4 people including the Bride on a Saturday. If your party is any bigger than this we will always be able to assist you in booking a weekday appointment! We do recommend limiting the number of people you bring with you to your most trusted nearest and dearest as too many opinions can be confusing!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM LATE FOR AN APPOINTMENT?
As we tend to book out most days, we cannot accommodate for additional time if you run late to your appointment as we will have a bride scheduled for an appointment straight after yours. We will make the most of the time we have together & if there are additional pieces you would still like to try but you have run out of time, your stylist will assist you in booking a second appointment at another date.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT?
Any appointment cancelled after confirming via text and/or with less than 48 hours notice, will be counted as an appointment with us, and should you wish to make another fitting time, you may be required to pay a consultation fee as per our appointment fee structure policy.
WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE OF YOUR DRESSES?
Our dresses start at around $2750 and go up to $9000 inc GST. though the majority of our collection sits in the high $3k to $4k range. We do also have a few special dresses in the $10,000 to $14,000 price range. Please note final alterations are in addition to the cost of your dress.
WHEN DO YOU SUGGEST I ORDER MY WEDDING DRESS?
Most designers take 5 to 6 months to make your wedding gown, so once you factor in shipping time and alterations the process can take around six to nine months. Don’t worry if your wedding date is sooner than this. Most designers offer a Rush Service, however rush fees do apply. Whenever possible, we suggest ordering your wedding gown at least nine months before your wedding date.
MY WEDDING IS IN A FEW MONTHS - CAN YOU HELP ME?
Yes! Whilst you may not be able to choose from every dress we have in store, we do have dress options that are available on a short turnaround time and some sample dresses that are available to purchase and take with you the same day.
WILL ALTERATIONS BE REQUIRED?
When ordering your wedding dress, we take all your measurements and order your dress as close to your current size as possible. All bridal gowns will need alterations to ensure a perfect fit for your wedding day. We don’t offer in-house alterations as we think this is best left to the experts but we will happily provide you with suggestions for most major cities in Australia. You are not required to use our suggestions.
The Bridal Atelier has no commercial agreement with our preferred alterations specialist and nor do we receive any payment or benefits from them for your business. We simply think they are experts at what they do, and they are familiar with working with our garments and designers.
Once you have purchased through TBA we will provide contact details for your alterations if you wish.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
We open up our calendar for 3 months in advance at a time. Our availability for a Saturday appointments sometimes books out up to more than a month in advance so the more notice you can give us, the higher likelihood we will have an appointment available for your desired date. For this reason, during peak season, we only take Saturday appointments for brides who have a wedding date & that falls within the next 14 months. We are much more flexible during the week if you are, so whatever your wedding date, let us know what might suit and we can check our appointment availability for you.