Frequently Asked Questions at Celebrations of the Heart
Your First Visit
Are appointments required?
Yes. To provide a unique and personalized experience for each of you, we are open by appointment only.
As a new bride-to-be, what should I bring to my first visit to the store?
Most of our gowns are constructed with built-in bras, but you can bring a strapless bra if you want additional support. If you want to wear shapewear on your wedding day, bring that also. We recommend nude underwear for trying on gowns.
Who should I bring with me on that first visit?
We recommend bringing a small group of up to 5 of your closest family and friends. Having too many opinions can get overwhelming. Children under 12 tend to not have very much fun during bridal appointments and can take the attention away from you. All attention should be on you—the bride—so you can find the gown you love.
How far are you from Topeka, KS?
It’s a short drive! We are only 45 minutes from Topeka KS. Many of our brides make the trip and tell us it well worh it!
About the Gown
How long does it take to order my gown?
We recommend purchasing your wedding gown 9-12 months prior to your wedding date. Our designer gowns are handmade from scratch and can take 6-8 months to arrive once ordered. If you are purchasing a bridesmaid dress, we recommend 5-6 months prior, as this will also allow you time for shipping and alterations.
Would it be unusual for me to buy a dress the first time I try on gowns?
No, it is not unusual. Brides often find the gown of their dreams during their very first visit. There’s no “unwritten law” that you have to keep trying on gowns, comparing every dress to the one that was “love at first sight.”
Trust your instincts! After all, the sooner you decide on your wedding dress, the sooner you can move on to planning for the rest of your wedding party. The style and look of your gown dictates the wedding details.
What is the price range of your wedding dresses?
Our gowns range in price from $1,000–$3,000 with most falling between $1,500–$2,000.
Can I buy a gown off the rack?
Yes, if the dress is your size and the color you want, you can take it home that day.
What about alterations?
Alterations are not included in the price of the gown; however we can recommend three skilled seamstresses in the Manhattan, Topeka, or Kansas City area.
What is required for tuxedo rentals?
Measurements and payments are required a minimum of 60 days prior to your wedding date. Your rental item will arrive the week of your event and is due back to Celebrations of the Heart the first business day following your event. For events other than weddings such as prom or gala, we require 2 weeks to process your order.