Do I need to an appointment to shop in your boutique?
Yes (for brides). Appointments are necessary to ensure that we can provide each of our clients with our undivided attention. The majority of what we sell is special order, and many items can be customized by Amanda-Lina’s alteration staff. Having an appointment and working with one of our dedicated consultants allows you to be educated on all your options that our boutique has to offer. No (for bridesmaids, mothers of bride and groom, and eveningwear). Come in anytime Monday to Saturday. Special note for bridesmaids: first come first served Monday to Saturday ONLY, NO bridesmaid service on Sunday. There is a 45-minute limit per bridesmaid group.
How do I book an appointment?
You can book your initial bridal gown consultation through our website by clicking “book an appointment” .
How long does it take to order bridesmaid dresses?
We strongly recommend that you order bridesmaid dresses at least four to five months before the wedding date. Some manufacturers do offer earlier delivery at an additional cost per dress. Please keep in mind that once the whole group has come in and taken their measurements the order is then sent to the manufacturer. Bridesmaid orders placed separately or added on may be cut from a different bolt of fabric and vary in colour. Vendors can’t standardize dye lots, so colours may vary from physical and online swatches.
What can I expect from my appointment?
Your gown consultation will last for an hour. Our bridal salon is open concept therefore you will be able to view various silhouettes. At this appointment you may show her some pictures or discuss with her what you are looking for. Keep an open mind as our consultant will also make her suggestions on what styles would best suit your figure and beauty. We are always striving to bring in various styles that will make you look unique on your wedding day.
Can I book a private consultation appointment room?
Yes private salon appointment are one and half hour long and seating can accommodate up to six guests. The VIP appointment is separate from the open bridal salon concept. Therefore, it will only be you and your entourage. A small fee will apply.
Is there a limit to the number of guests that I can bring?
We understand that there are many special people in your life that want to be a part of this momentous decision, however too many opinions can be detrimental! Try to limit your guests to those who understand your personal style and the overall look and feel of your wedding so that they can assist you in selecting a gown that compliments both. There is comfortable seating fo three guests and bringing more would make the seating uncomfortable for them.
What should I bring to my appointment?
You will be working with a dedicated stylist so feel free bring any photos of gowns that you like. Since our stylist will be assisting you in your wedding gown please make sure to wear undergarments for hygienic purposes.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive at the time that your appointment is scheduled for. We often have appointments immediately before your appointment and (especially weekends) may not be able to take you early. Furthermore, if you are late, this may also cut into your appointment time. We also often have appointments immediately following yours (especially weekends) and therefore, we may not be able to extend your appointment time due to a late arrival. WE always try to do our best to accommodate all brides however some situations we may not be able to.
What sizes are available to try on?
Our bridal salon carries sizes from 6 to 24 in various styles from different designers. Please keep in mind that a style that you love may not be in the correct size you are looking for as we only carry one size per style. However, we would review to see if it would be available to order in your size.
What is the price range of your gowns?
Our collection includes a full range of designers and luxury brands. Gowns start at approximately $1,000. The price range of each gown in our Gown Gallery is represented by $ symbols. Here is the breakdown of what they mean: $ : $1,000 - $2,000 $$ : $2,000 - $3,000 $$$ : $3,000 - $4,000 $$$$ : $4,000 - $4,000 $$$$$ : $5,000+
Are photographs allowed?
Taking them throughout the appointment can be distracting and may not be the best use of your time. We do have many exclusive styles not available in other bridal stores, as well as being the first boutique in Ontario to showcase new gowns not yet out to the public, and for this main reason pictures are not allowed. Once you have decided on the gown to order or purchase we recommend taking a picture of the gown on a hanger. Taking a picture of you in the gown may not be in the colour or condition that the gown will be upon it’s arrival. Also, the gown hasn’t been professionally fit to your body, and therefore may not be lying exactly right.
When should I order my veil and/or headpiece?
Special order designer veils have a 3-4 months lead time so deciding at the time you order your gown is helpful. You may also may a separate appointment later to finalize your accessories. Please do keep in mind that we do sell dresses from stock and therefore the dress may not be available to try on to match accessories.
How far in advance do I need to buy my gown?
It's best to allow 6 to 10 months before your wedding to order a gown. This will allow you time for alterations.
What is a special order gown?
Most of the gowns we sell are special-order if we don’t have your size, or colour in stock. Amanda-Lina’s takes your measurements at the time of purchase to determine the manufacturers standard size, which is closest to your measurements by the manufacturer. Your gown is not custom made to your specific body measurements by the manufacturer. Rather, it’s the Amanda-Lina’s alteration staff who custom alter the manufacturer’s gown to fit your body.
How do I pay for my gown?
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Interact as well as cash and personal checks. (Personal checks are only accepted for deposit, not final payment) If you are ordering a special-order gown, we require a 60% deposit at the time you order your gown. If you are buying a gown from stock, we require 100% payment and you must take the dress home with you that day.
What are the price ranges for your gowns?
Our special-order gowns start at $1200.00 but are more frequently in the $1500 range or higher.
When shall I schedule my first fitting?
We generally recommend for you to schedule a fitting for your wedding gown 6-10 weeks before your wedding day.
How many fittings will I need?
Usually, brides require 2-3 fittings to ensure a perfect look. Any gowns requiring custom changes will require extra fittings..
Do you offer in-house alterations?
We have in-house seamstresses and offer alterations for bridal gowns, mothers gowns, evening wear and prom gowns. We do offer a referral service for bridesmaid gown alterations. Our standard alteration services for wedding gowns range from $395.00 to $695.00, any custom changes to the original style of the gown would be at an additional cost and would be quoted separately. Our seamstresses are bridal specialists and we can only accommodate a certain number of bridal alterations per month. It is best to purchase your wedding gown in advance of your wedding if you want to take advantage of our in-house alteration service.