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How far in advance of my wedding should I shop for my wedding gown?

We recommend shopping for your wedding dress soon after you choose your wedding date and venue. Most gowns take between four to six months to arrive from the date you order the dress, so to give yourself a stress-free experience and to avoid rush fees, it's great to start shopping between nine months and a year before your wedding. If you have less than six months before your big day, we still have lots of options that can be ready in time for your wedding. Rush fees and availability depend on the designer. We also have a frequently-changing selection of sample gowns that can be purchased off the rack, which are great for very short time-frame brides!

At BB Bridal, we offer an incredible selection of gowns, priced from $1000 to $4200. When you come in for your appointment, your bridal stylist will help you choose gowns in a price range that you're comfortable with. We never push you to spend more than you want, and we provide every bride with the same fun and respectful service regardless of how much she wants to spend. 

We recommend bringing 1-3 family members or friends whose opinions you value most. Wedding dress shopping is SO fun, but it can get overwhelming and stressful when a bride is considering the opinions of many people. After all, it's your wedding dress - and it's your feelings and preferences that are most important! We believe that every bride wants and deserves a wonderful wedding dress shopping experience. If you are wanting to bring more than 3 guests we have some special appointments available. Give us a call to discuss those options. To ensure the best experience possible for each and every bride, we kindly ask that children younger than 7 do not accompany you to the shop. Of course we realize there can be special circumstances - please contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Feel free to bring pictures of gowns that inspire you. Source them from magazines, Pinterest, vision boards…anything you’d like! If you don't already have a vision of what you like, no worries - we'll help you figure out what you love! We do require that underwear be worn during the try on sessions. 

Appointments are approximately 90 minutes. That is usually the ideal amount of time to try on several gowns, narrow down your selection, and choose your wedding dress without feeling rushed. Of course, if you feel you need more time, we're always happy to schedule a return visit!

We don't believe in "one size fits all." The gowns at BB bridal are in a wide variety of sizes, from 8 to 30. We strongly believe that every bride should feel comfortable and have many beautiful options to try on when she's shopping for her wedding dress. Sample gowns (i.e. what you try on in-store) will rarely be a perfect fit, but thankfully our bridal stylists are experts at giving you a great idea of how the gown will fit when it's made in your own size.

The vast majority of wedding gowns need at least some alterations to ensure the ideal fit. You will be so happy to have your wedding dress fit flawlessly! The alterations that are needed will vary from bride to bride and from gown to gown, and alterations costs are not included in the price of your wedding gown. We do not offer in-house alterations.  We do have recommendations but leave the decision up to you so that you can find a person you are comfortable working with.

Trunk shows are events that we frequently host on weekends where we highlight a particular designer's collection. Trunk shows are a great opportunity to see and try on much more of a designer’s collection than what we normally have in the shop. Special gifts and discounts are often offered during trunk shows. 

Sample Sale gowns are sold as is, off the rack, and are a wonderful option for brides who don’t have 4-5 months for a new dress to be made, and/or for brides who love the opportunity to wear a designer gown at a fraction of the original price. In addition to the special Sample Sale events that we hold 1-2 times per year, we also have sample sale gowns available year round. These gowns range in size and sale price.

You can reach us by phone a 208-322-3945, email or follow us on Instagram at @bbbridalboise