WHAT IS YOUR PRICE RANGE?
Gowns range from $1600 to $6000, with the majority between $2000 and $3500. If your budget is below $1600, it’s best to come and see us during one of our awesome twice-yearly sample sales (next sale 19-21 January!).
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
Yep! We are open by appointment only in order to give you our undivided attention and access to our full collection. Appointments are available from 11:00am – 6:00pm Wednesday-Friday and 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday. We are closed on Monday & Tuesday.
We recommend making an appointment at least two weeks in advance, especially for weekends, which get super busy! We are not available for appointments on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, and Independence Day.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Both dress and accessory appointments can be made by clicking here.
CAN I CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?
No! Just kidding. But we do have a strict cancellation policy. All rescheduling and cancellations must be made no later than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. “No shows” and clients canceling without 24 hours notice will be charged a $50 cancellation fee, which can be applied toward a future purchase. Please see your “Appointment Confirmation” email to cancel your appointment, or call us at 323-921-5008.
WHY DO YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD INFO TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Our appointments are in high demand (if we do say so ourselves) and take your credit card information to hold your spot. As stated above, we charge the $50 cancellation fee ONLY in the event of a cancellation within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment. We do not charge your card otherwise.
HOW LONG WILL MY APPOINTMENT LAST?
Your appointment is scheduled for one hour. Please be on time! If you arrive late, that time will be deducted from your scheduled hour, and if you arrive more than five minutes early, we’ll kindly ask you to grab a coffee and come back at your scheduled time. Our space is cozy and we try to keep it as private as possible during your appointment.
WHO CAN COME TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Each fitting room can fit a max of 3 guests in addition to the bride. However, we recommend limiting your party to one or two trusted opinions. You don’t want too much input – you know your style, boo. We are a small, intimate boutique and believe trying on dresses should be stress-free and fun.
CAN I BRING CHAMPAGNE/BOOZE?
Heck yes! We encourage it!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I ORDER MY DRESS?
We encourage you to make an appointment about a year out from your wedding. Each designer has their own production schedule, but the typical time frame for delivery is between 4-8 months. In addition, please plan between 8 and 12 weeks for alterations, especially during the spring wedding season. Most of our designers can honor a rush order, for a fee. Just ask us for more information if you’re on a tight schedule.
WHAT ABOUT MY SHOES AND ACCESSORIES?
Shoes should be ordered 4-6 months prior to your event. While we have some styles in stock, many of our shoes are made-to-order and take up to 16 weeks so it’s safest to give yourself some time. It’s also ideal to have your shoes for your dress fitting as the heel height will affect the dress length.
Accessories are the final puzzle piece. Like everything, earlier is better. We do keep a limited amount of items in stock for our most popular pieces, however, if you fall in love with a crown that is handmade in France, for example, that takes some time. You should aim to make your accessory appointment no later than 2-3 months before your wedding.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MADE-TO-ORDER, MADE-TO-MEASURE, AND OFF THE RACK?
Made-to-order means the making of the gown begins once you place your order. It is important to note that made-to-order gowns are ordered to the closest numerical dress size or S/M/L/XL sizing (dependent on designer), based on measurements taken at BRIDE, which means some tailoring is to be expected for the perfect fit.
Made-to-Measure means the gown is made to your exact measurements. Our designers do not offer full made-to-measure services, but most do offer limited special sizing such as split sizing, extending cups, petite and tall options, etc.
Off-the rack means that the gown is available in store for you to take home with you. The only off-the-rack dresses we currently have available are sample sale pieces.
WHAT SIZES DO YOU CARRY?
Currently, most of our samples are size 6-10. We have skilled bridal stylists to help pin and clip samples to give you the best idea of how the proper size should fit. Most designers offer sizes 0-14, but many can accommodate sizes 16 and up. And we have a special selection of gorgeous plus size wedding gowns coming soon!
DO YOU CARRY BRIDESMAID, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE, OR FLOWER GIRL DRESSES?
We do not carry these types of dresses at this time.
DO YOU BUY AND/OR RESELL PREVIOUSLY OWNED WEDDING DRESSES?
Nope, we sure don’t. You might want to try preownedweddingdresses.com!
DO YOU CARRY THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF EACH DESIGNER?
We try to carry as many pieces as possible from each of our designers, but many designers have very large collections that would be impossible to carry in full. We choose our sample selections according to the styles, fabrics, and colors that we feel best represent the designer and most appeal to our brides. Keep an eye out for your favorite designer trunk shows though, this is typically your chance to see the entire current collection.
CAN I BUY YOUR PRETTY THINGS ONLINE?
We don’t currently sell dresses online, but we do sell many of our beautiful accessories! We’d love for everyone to have the full BRIDE experience and sip champagne in our LA boutique, but our online shop is super convenient for brides all over the world. We even take Skype appointments if you want to talk through your options and see a bunch of different pieces in action. If you’re near Los Angeles, we’d love to have you. If not, we’re just a click away. Contact us by email or phone if you have any questions, we’re always here to chat about your wedding style.
WHAT IS THIS THING YOU CALL A “TRUNK SHOW”?
A trunk show is a limited-time event where additional styles not normally part of our curated collection are available in store from a particular designer. It usually features the designer’s latest collection or in some cases their full line. There are often special promotions during the show, click here to see what’s coming up. Trunk shows are by appointment only and fill up quickly for popular designers, so be sure to book early!
WHERE DO YOU GET ALL YOUR COOL STUFF?
We’ve curated an truly special collection of bridal dresses, shoes and accessories by independent designers from Portland to Paris to Copenhagen. Every single piece is hand-selected and handmade, and all of our designers are women artists and entrepreneurs.
WHAT IN THE HECK HAPPENED TO BRIDE BOUTIQUE AND THE BLUSHING BIRD?
Maria Diaz opened Bride Boutique, LA’s first alternative bridal shop in 2012. Jenni MacLeod opened The Blushing Bird, a wedding accessory wonderland, in 2015. They became pals, and when Maria and her hubby Dave decided to go on to new adventures, Jenni partnered up with designer Chanel Kinsie to buy Bride Boutique and combined it with The Blushing Bird. With a complete collection of gorgeous wedding gowns by indie designers and LA’s best selection of unique bridal accessories, BRIDE was born and is now THE west coast’s go to spot for head-to-toe indie wedding shopping.