At Bridal Visions by LD we feel that we can offer you the best service when you visit our store. But we also know that your wedding planning may begin by visiting us here instead of in our store. So we offer our frequently asked questions as a way of answering many of the questions you may have right here. If you don’t find the answer to your question in the faq’s below, please send us e-mail or call us directly.

What about purchasing on the Internet?

It seems we all enjoy shopping and perhaps finding a great price, and we know the Internet has made shopping so much easier. But we feel that an item that requires measuring, fittings, alterations, and professional pressing can only be found in a full service bridal store. You may find the same dress on-line for less money, but there is no guarantee that it is not a copy or that it will be shipped in your size. Shopping for alterations, professional cleaning and pressing may make the savings vanish. And if it is shipped in the wrong size your schedule is ruined, and we know that the schedule becomes hectic as the wedding day approaches. If there was ever a time when you deserve quality, it’s your wedding day. Only buy something as important as your wedding gown from an authorized retailer.

Do you rent tuxedos?

We proudly use Jim’s Formal Wear for our tuxedo rental. They carry the most up-to-date styles and are known for their excellent quality. We think it is essential to tie the entire wedding party wardrobe selection together to insure similar formality as well as complementary color accents.

Does my mom’s dress have to match my bridesmaids?

Your mother, as well as your groom’s mother, can select from a variety of mother’s dresses that coordinate with your bridesmaid style. We do not suggest a perfect match, however we suggest choosing a similar formality and complementary color scheme.

My bridesmaids are all different sizes, what is the best dress to choose?

Bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll want a lot of options. We offer an extensive selection of dresses that can be ordered in sizes 2-30. With such an amazing assortment of styles, colors, your options are endless. After choosing your nearest-and-dearest friends to be a part of the big day, consider their style and color preferences as well as their figure types. A-Line and Princess silhouettes are ideal for most figures, as they do not have a distinct waistline and give an uninterrupted, slimming appearance..Choose a color that will flatter your bridesmaids and offer an appropriate complement to your own gown. Pretty pinks like rosebud and beautiful colors like coral look great with most skin tones.

My bridesmaids live out of town/state, how do I get their sizes?

We prefer to professionally measure each of your bridesmaids however if you have girls who are not able to come in to be measured, we will send measurement cards to them. They should then go to a reputable bridal store (preferably one that carries the same line) in their area to be measured. Your bridesmaid can then either send the card to us or they can call their measurements in. All bridesmaid dresses should be ordered at the same time and from the same store to eliminate dye lot differences. Bridal Visions by LD will do what’s possible to ensure a perfect fit; however we cannot be held accountable for measurements taken by others. Please also keep in mind bridesmaid dresses are ordered in the size that is closest to your bridesmaid’s measurements according to the manufacturer’s size chart. Bridesmaid dresses are not custom made to the maid’s measurements, alterations may be necessary.

Do I have to wear white? What if it’s my second wedding?

This is your day to wear whatever style and color gown you want! Rest assured that while white was once reserved for first-time brides, the modern interpretation is that white is a symbol of celebration. Furthermore, there are many color options available today. We offer a selection of beautiful gowns in a variety of shades from ivory to champagne to light gold. We suggest you choose a gown color that is complimentary to your skin tones. We can assist you in determining what color looks best on YOU!

Should I wear a veil or tiara?

A veil will truly make you look and feel like a bride, so try on several different lengths, styles and combinations to find a look that’s right for you. A tiara is also a great option and can be worn with most veils. If you decide not to wear a veil or tiara, there are plenty of headpiece alternatives such as headbands, bun wraps, hair jewelry or flowers. You might not realize that you can mix and match pieces to get the right headpiece look!

Can I wear a sleeveless gown for a fall or winter wedding?

Of course! Year round, today’s most popular styles include strapless and sleeveless gowns. If you are planning a cold weather wedding, it is likely that most of your day will be spent indoors.

What if I gain/lose weight?

Your gown will be ordered in the size according to measurements taken at the time of purchase. Bridal Visions by LD cannot be held responsible for changes in weight. Typically we can accommodate small changes, however major changes will require extensive alterations chargeable to the bride. After a bride has ordered her gown, she should take great care to not change weight dramatically.

Why do you not have the gown or dress I want in my size and/or color?

Bridal Visions by LD is a specialty boutique for your bridal needs. To give you the most choice of gowns and dresses, we typically carry only one “sample” of each gown or dress. This “sample” gown or dress is typically in a bridal size 10 – 20 and is in a color of choice by the designer. When you find your wedding gown or bridesmaid dress, we then order it for you in your size and your color choice. Most wedding gowns take six months to arrive in our store. Bridesmaid dresses typically take four months to arrive in our store.

When should I start shopping for a gown?

It is never too early to start looking for your bridal gown. Many brides start shopping right after they get engaged (some even earlier!). It is a good idea to plan ahead, six months to one year, in order to allow time for ordering, if necessary, and alterations. Many of our gowns take approximately four to six months depending on the designer, and you should plan on 2 months minimum for alterations. Sample gowns do not require the wait time when ordering, but you will need to be close to the size of the dress. Bridesmaid dresses take approximately 3 months.

What are your payment options?

We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover Cards. At time of order, we require a payment of half the purchase price of the gown, bridesmaid dress, or any other special order item. The remaining balance is due when the dress/item arrives in the store. Please note ALL bridal purchases including special orders and in-stock gowns, are FINAL SALES. Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE if your wedding plans change.

Do you accept returns?

All sales are final. This final sale policy is consistent with the industry standard for bridal and special occasion apparel. To better understand why all sales are final, you need to look at the process of getting your special gown, bridesmaid dress, veil, and flower girl dress. When you pick the gown or dress of your dreams, it is then ordered from the designer’s manufacturer in your size. Your gown or dress takes approximately four months to arrive in our store. You are a special one of a kind person and so is your dress.

Do you allow us to take pictures of gowns I like?

Of course. We know this is a big decision, not to mention an investment and want to help you envision what you’d look like on your wedding day.

What should I bring to try on dresses?

Now that you have set the date…or not, it’s time to search for that perfect gown! Take along family, a trusted friend, as many as you need! Please keep in mind our intimate setting and limited seating. You may want to bring a strapless bra. You can bring in pictures of gowns that you like as well. Most importantly bring an open mind and get ready to have some fun!

Do I need an appointment?

We strongly recommend an appointment, but it is not necessary.This allows us to give you the best individualized attention possible. Appointments are made for an hour and a half, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Call us today! 515-576-2229.