Frequently Asked Questions
Congratulations! You are engaged and we are SO excited you have chosen La Bella Moda as a place to shop for your dream bridal gown! With over 4 years of dressing brides, we know shopping for your bridal gown can be fun but stressful! Here's a few questions we found our brides asking! Still have another question, give us a call or email us! We cannot wait to hear from you!
Do I need an appointment?
Yes!!! No matter if you are looking for a bridal gown, mother's gown, or wanting to stop by to look at evening gowns, you need an appointment! We want to make sure we have a stylist to help you, and a dressing room open! We also want to make sure to keep everyone safe due to COVID-19! If you are coming by to pick up your gown, please call ahead so we can pull your dress from storage and have it all bagged and ready for you! Please contact us to schedule an appointment. Thank you so much in advance!
What does "Ready to Wear" Boutique mean?
"Ready to Wear" means that all of our inventory in our shop are all purchased right off the rack! We do not place any orders on gowns, so you will get to take your dream dress home with you that day! Our gowns are not consignment, they have not been "worn", they are simply sample gowns or "Ready to Wear"! We keep up with caring for our gowns, and they are all discounted on sample sale! Our gowns are perfect for brides on a budget, brides with a short time crunch, or just a bride who wants to have the best time with the LBM ladies!
How many guests can I bring to my appointment?
For bridal appointments, we limit it to 2-3 guests per bride. On a weekday, we can be a little bit more accommodating because we are less busy. We do offer appointment upgrade packages where brides can have more guests! Check out our "BRIDE" tab for more info on those! We have also had many brides set up Zoom Parties for their bridal appointments to include more loved ones during their bridal appointment! Contact us for more details and questions!
What are your payment options and return policies?
Since all gowns are on sample sale, all gowns are FINAL SALE! We unfortunately do not accept returns or exchanges.
We appreciate your understanding!
We accept payment in the form of cash, check, card or Venmo! We highly appreciate payments in cash or check; however, we can accept card payments, but a 3% credit card fee will be added on to the total!
Bridal gowns must be paid for in full to claim your gown as "sold"! Same goes for mother's, evening gowns, boutique dresses, etc.!
What are your price ranges?
Since all of our gowns are sample sale, everything is discounted from its original retailed price! Our gowns range from $500-$2500! We have gowns for brides with any budget!
Our evening gowns range from $25-$200! You heard that right, gowns as low as $25!
Remember to be open and honest about your bridal budget to your stylist! We are there to help you find your dream dress no matter your budget!
How long is my appintment?
Bridal Appointment: 60-75 minutes
Mother's/Evening Gown: 1 hour
Alteration Fittings: 30 minutes
*Our shop is busy celebrating "yes's" during the weekend. If you would like a more intimate appointment, we suggest during the week! Contact us for more information!
What designers does
La Bella Moda carry?
All of our gowns are "ready to wear" off the rack! The designers in our collection are Eddy K, Calla Blanche, L'Amour, Sophia Tolli, Paloma Blanca, and Mikaella Bridal. Check out our "Bride" tab for more details on the specific styles we have in store as well as the size we have the gown in!
For Mother's + Eveningwear our collection is full of Montage, Ivonne D, Cameron Blake, Jasmine, and Colors!
What sizes are your bridal gowns?
Our bridal gowns start at size 8 and go up to size 26. We have a large selection of gowns in a range of sizes and styles! Worried about the dress being too small or too big? Your bridal stylist will clip you and help you visualize the "final product" of an altered gown! Our seamstresses make the magic happen to get your gown fitted to your needs!
Do you carry plus sizes?
We do! We are an inclusive bridal boutique, and we are proud to have a lovely selection in our Curvy Collection! We carry plus sizes in bridal and evening gowns! Contact us if you have any questions!
When should I shop for my dress?
All of our gowns are available for purchase right off the rack, so there is no need to worry or stress about ordering time frames! We do recommend searching for your gown earlier on in your engagement journey, that way the rest of planning is a breeze! Since we are off the rack, the sooner you shop with us, the better chances you have to find your dream gown as dresses are sold daily and there are no holds out of respect of all appointments!
Are alterations separate?
When do I start?
Alterations are a separate cost, since you will be paying the seamstress directly! You have the option to use ours or take the gown with you and get it altered elsewhere! Alterations are not a flat rate; they are determined by what is needed! Average bridal alterations costs can range from $500-$800! The cost also includes steaming and pressing your gown and veil too! Other gown upgrades such as customizations, additional fabric, adding buttons, etc. are part of alterations, and not included in the initial gown price!
We do offer cleaning and preservation packages through the shop at an additional cost as well!
We will begin your fittings 2 months in advance of your wedding date! Please give us a call or email to get scheduled for them a few months in advance!
**We only offer alterations for bridal gowns purchased at our boutique. We will be happy to give you recommendations for mother's and evening gowns**
Do you offer cleaning + preservation services?
Yes we do! We offer cleaning packages for any of our sample gowns at an additional cost! We pride ourselves in keeping our gowns in pristine condition, however occasional things happen when being tried on, we are only human!
We also offer cleaning and preservation packages for after your special day! All you have to do is drop your gown off to our store and we will take care of the rest! In abut 8-10 weeks, it will be shipped directly to you in a lovely box! Contact us for pricing!
Can I shop for accessories even if I get my gown somewhere else?
Of course! We carry a beautiful collection of veils, belts, earrings and sparkly beauties for your hair to add the finishing touch for your special day! Contact us to schedule an accessory appointment!
Do I have to pay an appointment fee?
Our appointments are complimentary! However, we do require a credit card at the time of booking in the case of a no show or a less than 24/hour cancellation fee of $50. You will only be charged under these circumstances!
We do this out of respect for our stylists as well as other brides!
Thank you for understanding and respecting our policy!
We also offer appointment upgrades, more details and pricing can be found under our "BRIDE" tab!
Have an additional question?
We are here to help you from the time you say. "YES" to when you say, "I do"! Feel free to contact us with any further questions and check out our 'Friendors' to see some awesome wedding vendors we love to work with!