Frequently Asked Questions
What are the prices of your gown?
We have a large collection of gowns from Casablanca, Lillian West and Allure Bridal that have been personally selected for our shop that range between $1,000-$2,000. The majority of our gowns fall between $1200-$1600.
We do have a small sale section of gowns that are all deeply discounted and sold directly off the rack but please note they come in all different sizes as they are samples.
Do I need an appointment to shop at your boutique?
Yes we do require appointments. It helps allow us to make sure we have enough staff to give our customers our full attention. If you are in need of a last minute appointment please call us at 401-596-1499 and we will make every effort to accommodate your request.
Are you open on Sundays?
Private Bridal Appointments Only. Please call to inquire about availability and pricing.
How long are your appointments?
Appointments typically last around an hour and a half. If we have a full day of appointments we can always schedule a follow up appointment to come back and re-try your favorite dresses.
What should I bring to my appointment?
We recommend that you bring the shoes or ones similar to what you plan to wear on your wedding day. We also recommend wearing skin tone colored undergarments. If you are more comfortable wearing a bra when trying on dresses please bring a nude strapless bra so you can see the dress and how it will look on your wedding day. If you fall in love with one of our Casablanca bridal gowns we do a custom measure on the dress which includes a custom hem so bring along your wedding shoes or shoes with the heal height you would wear.
How many people can I bring to my appointment?
We ask that you bring no more than 6 guests plus yourself for bridal appointments Mother's appointments we ask just the mother and 1 guest. Bridesmaids if there are going to be more than 6 people please call the shop so we can set up a time that will not be busy. Tuxedo fittings can happen individually or in large groups. For groups we highly suggest Thursday evenings. We are a small boutique shop with limited seating and too many opinions can sometimes be detrimental to your appointment. Try to limit your guests to those that know your style and know the overall feeling you want at your wedding so that they can best assist you in finding your dream gown.
We can always schedule a 30 minute follow up appointment or dress reveal during our less busy times for other special people in your life to see the dress you have picked out.
Do you allow small children in your shop?
We love small children but we kindly request that they stay home unless shopping for flower girl dresses. Our shop is filled with expensive items that can be easily damaged and children require a lot of care and attention and we feel that caring for them takes attention away from the bride who is the star of the show!
How far in advance should I purchase?
The following are our recommendations for ordering lead times:
Brides 12-15 months in advance of the wedding
Bridesmaids 7-9 months in advance of the wedding
Mother's 6-8 months in advance of the wedding
Veils and Accessories 2-3 months in advance of the wedding
*Rush shipping is available on some items depending on designer for an increased rush shipping charge.
Do you offer in house alterations?
We do not have an in house seamstress but we are happy to recommend highly skilled seamstresses in the local areas. Alterations are al a carte and alteration costs are dependent on what needs to be altered on a dress so we will not be able to provide a quote for the costs of alterations.
Do you offer cleaning and preservation?
We do offer cleaning and preservation. Stop by our shop during open business hours and drop off your dress and we would be more than happy to send your dress out to be cleaned and preserved by a professional company.
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Melissa Ashley Brides
32 High St.
Westerly, RI 02891
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