Why do I need an appointment?
We love to ensure our Brides have our complete and full attention.We also need to ensure we have one of our spacious change rooms booked for you during your time in our showroom. To ensure we meet these needs, appointments are necessary.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Take some time to have a look at our Website and look through the Collections we have in store. Try to identify some gowns you like and please bring a note of these to discuss with your consultant.
If you are noting down more than 5-6 gowns we would suggest making an Extended Appointment.
What should I bring?
Bring an open mind. We often see Bride’s falling in love with a dress that was completely different from what they thought they would like. Also don’t be surprised if you to find your perfect dress during your first appointment
Bring the list of gowns you like from what you have seen on our website or social media feeds.
Who should I bring?
Bring people whose opinion you value, people who know you well and those you want to share the experience of buying your gown with.
Make sure the people you bring will listen to what YOU want so that you are not overwhelmed with opinions which can take the focus off you. We find that more than 3-4 people can become overwhelming for the Bride.
We also have enough seating for 3 people outside each Bridal fitting room.
Can I make more than one appointment?
We understand that purchasing your wedding gown is a big Decision and sometimes this cannot be done in the one appointment. We offer the opportunity to come back for a second visit to help you make your decision. If you require more than 2 appointments, the third appointment will carry a $50 3rd Appointment charge.
What size gowns are available for me to try on?
Most of the sample gowns we have in store are from size 6-14. We do have a selection of gowns up to a size 20.
May I take pictures of the gowns while I try them on?
At the request of our designers we adhere to a policy of no photos or videos during your Bridal appointment. Once you have made your decision and purchased your Gown, you are most welcome to take pictures.
When should I order my veil and/or headpiece?
It is always important to discuss all your options with your consultant at the time of purchasing your gown. Some veils have a 4 month delivery.
Can I purchase everything in one appointment?
Of course! Many Brides find their dress on their first appointment, and many are happy to select all of their accessories as they are choosing their dress and everything can be tried on together.
You are more than welcome to revisit the store at a later date to choose, but again it is important to discuss what your preferences are so lead times for orders can be discussed with you.
Do I need to book an appointment to look at accessories?
During your appointment you will only be able to try on accessories and not retry your bridal gown.
If you want to try on any accessories with your Archela Bridal Gown then you will be able to do this at your try-on appointment when your gown arrives.
Only Archela Bridal Gowns can be tried on in our store and we do appreciate you respecting this policy.
Which designers can I find only at Archela Bridal?
Jessica Couture, Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram, Miss Chloe Bridal, Cosmobella, Atelier Wu, Nicole Jolies, Nicole Milano, Wendy Makin, French Collection by Wendy Makin and Tania Olsen Bridal.
Most of these Designers are exclusive to Archela Bridal in Western Australia.
How far in advance should I purchase my gown?
We recommend purchasing your gown at least 8 months in advance.
Most Designers will take 5-6 months for delivery and then allow 2 months to complete your alternations.
We do have express options available if you need a gown sooner, and it is best to talk to your consultant as soon as possible about your requirements.
How is the sizing of my gown determined?
Once you have purchased your gown, your measurements will be taken. These will then be used to find the best size for you, based on the Designers Standard Measurements Sizing Chart. The standard size closest to your measurements will be then ordered. This will be discussed with you as your order is being finalised.
When should I expect to receive my gown?
You should expect to receive your gown approximately 5-6 months from paying your deposit. This will again be discussed with you at the time of purchase.
How do I pay for my gown?
At the time of purchase we take a 50% deposit. Your order will then be placed.
We then will complete a 5 month layby of which your monthly payment amount will be written on your lay-by contract. Monthly payments can be made in store or over the phone.
We accept Visa & Mastercard payments. We do not accept American Express.
Once your gown has arrived in store, your outstanding balance (if there is one) will need to be paid on collection of your gown.
What is the price range of the gowns in store?
We have gowns in store priced from approximately $400 to over $4000.
Occasionally, when we have a Designer Clearance, where gowns can be priced under $1,000.
When should I schedule my first fitting?
Please schedule your Bridal fitting 2 months before your wedding. We will contact you when your dress arrives and then you will be able to schedule an appointment for your fitting.
Our Dressmakers are available for fitting appointments on Tuesdays (for Evening Gowns) with appointments from 4pm-7:30pm and Wednesdays (for Bridal Gowns) from 10am-4pm.
What should I bring to my first fitting?
Your shoes, Your dress (if you have already collected it), your hoop petticoat (if you have one), any undergarments you plan on wearing on the day.
How many fitting will I need?
Usually 2-3 fittings will be time enough time to complete the necessary alternations to your gown.
Will you ship my gown to me if I'm not in Perth?
We are happy to ship the gown anywhere in Australia. Shipping costs will apply.
What is your Returns, Refunds & Exchanges policy?
Please see how full Returns, Refunds and Exchanges policy here
What are your Custom Order & Lay-by conditions of purchase?
Please find our full Custom Order Conditions of Purchase Contract and Lay-By Terms here
What is a Trunk Show?
A trunk show is a special in-store event, where you can preview and buy from a designer’s latest collection months before they hit the stores. It is also an opportunity to view a Designers complete collection which includes many more gowns than would normally be available in store. If you find the dress of your dreams at a trunk show, be prepared to make a decision on that day, as the gown will not be in the store once the trunk show is over.
I need a gown now - Can you help me?
We will do our best!
If you don’t have the time to wait for our standard order gowns and an express order is not a possibility, you can purchase a stock gown off the rack from the selected gowns available in store.
Please discuss with our Consultants and they will be able to help you with all the options available.
What is an Express Order?
If your wedding date is sooner than the time we typically need for order and delivery, we will need to consult with the designer and place an “express” order, for an additional fee. In this instance, your gown may arrive 1-3 weeks before your wedding and details will be outlined in your contract at the time of purchase.