Tell us a little about your boutique. How long have you been in operation?
I have been the owner since 2005 when I purchased it from the original owner. At that time it was known as Always and Forever Bridal, I had been the manager there since 1996.
How far in advance do you recommend ordering my gown?
It is best to leave at least 6 months to order a gown, 4 months for it to arrive and 2 months for alterations.
Do you have a seamstress that works out of your store? Do you have someone you can recommend?
We do have a seamstress that comes to our store for alteration appointments, as well as several other seamstresses around the city that we highly recommend.
Other than bridal gowns, what other products can we find in your shop?
Aside from bridal gowns we also offer all bridal accessories, such as veils and headpieces. We carry a wide selection of bridesmaid dresses and prom gowns too!
Do I need to pay the full balance of the dress up front?
To order a bridal gown in, a deposit of 50% is required and the balance is due when the gown arrives. If we are selling a dress from our stock, it can be placed on layaway with 4 equal monthly payments.
What style dress is your biggest seller?
If I had to pick one style of gown that seems to be the most popular it would be a fit and flare shape in lace. Our top bridal gown company for the second year is Stella York.
What is a common mistake that brides make when shopping for their wedding dress?
The most common mistake is allowing family and friends to have too much opinion on what the bride should wear on her wedding day.
Do you recommend I bring an entourage to try on dresses? How many people can I comfortably bring?
It is not recommended to bring too large of a group, typically 3 or 4 guests is comfortable.
What kind of undergarments should I wear when trying on dresses?
Usually brides will wear a strapless bra and sometimes Spanx but sometimes Spanx gets in the way of a smooth fit. I recommend just a regular nude colour bra and panties.
Do you accept walk-ins? Do you recommend I make an appointment to try on dresses?
We do recommend booking an appointment, just on Saturdays, for brides that are bringing groups, otherwise it would be strictly walk ins.
"Thank you so much for all of your dedication to your customers and for as always, the amazing customer service. And of course, the super competitive pricing!! I'm so happy that I could find my dream dress! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Special thanks to Tracey- I've dealt with her every trip into Alyssa's, she is AMAZING. She knows her stuff, and is honestly the sweetest person. She will go out of her way to make you happy. "
What an amazing experience it was shopping for my wedding dress at Alyssa's Formals. They had a awesome selection of dresses and accessories! I just loved everything about the whole experience! They were so helpful and allowed me to go at my own pace trying on dresses! Can't say enough praise about this place! So excited I found my dress here!!
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