What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Schedule an appointment ahead of time
Appointments are recommended, so you not only receive our Bridal Specialist's full service and attention, but also a dedicated dressing room. Weekends are our busiest time so we encourage you to make an appointment at least one or two weeks ahead of time, especially if you have family or friends coming into town or have a tight schedule.
Bring people you trust
So many people, so many options! We love our family and friends, but to make your experience and decision making fun and special, we ask you bring those closest to you- your mom, mother-in-law, sister, or best friend. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to help with the many details of your wedding along the way!
Start getting ideas together early
Bridal magazines, TV shows, Pinterest... there are so many resources out there to get an idea of what you like and what your style is. Look through our website to see what we have in our store or look at the designers website for more styles. We also suggest printing pictures or bringing in your phone or tablet with pictures for your Bridal Specialist to see to help give you direction while picking out dresses to try on! Most importantly, keep an open mind in your appointment, you never know what you may fall in love with!
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I start to shop for my wedding dress?
We recommend a bride orders her dress between 6-9 months before the wedding to feel comfortable. Some dresses can take up to 6 months to come in depending on how much handwork goes into making it since everything is made to order. Many brides purchase their dress 12 months ahead, just to make wedding planning easier, since the focus and theme is around YOU! We also want to make sure there is enough time for alterations once the dress arrives, which we recommend starting 3 months before the wedding to cover at least a few fittings with your bridal seamstress.
How much do your dresses cost?
Our dresses range from $1200 -$4500, but the average is $1500-$2500.
What size dresses do you carry?
We carry sizes 8-22, with many being a 12. How a dress fits depends on the manufacturer and their size chart, which may run smaller or true to size.
Do you allow pictures?
Yes we do, as long as it allows a Bridal Specialist to stay on track with the appointment so the bride receives full attention for any questions and options. As part of your personalized appointment, we photograph you in all the gowns so that we can email you photos of the ones you love! We are also happy to take a group picture once the bride finds her dream dress!
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes, we have three private dressing rooms with comfortable guest seating areas to make your experience personalized with a Bridal Specialist to guide you along the way. Weekends are our busiest time so we ask you schedule your appointment at least one to two weeks in advance.
Do you ship dresses?
Yes we do! All special orders come to the store for delivery and upon confirming your order is complete, we can ship a dress anywhere in the US.
What else do you carry?
We carry Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, and Communion dresses as well. You will find a selection from each line in the store to try on and we are able to order other styles, colors, and sizes. We require an appointment during the week to guarantee a dressing room, our weekends are reserved for brides. Please call us to make an appointment.
Will I need alterations?
North Fork Bridal orders your gown as close to your size as possible, according to the dress manufacturer’s size chart. Almost always a bride will need some alterations to make the dress fit as best as possible.
Do you do alterations?
Yes we customize gowns to fit every brides needs, making your gown couture just for you!
Do you allow returns?
Once a dress is special ordered or sold off the rack it is yours. Dresses sold off the rack are a final sale, but if you choose to not take your special order dress, you will lose your deposit since we cannot return dresses back to the manufacturer. We do require full payment for bridesmaids dresses before ordering.