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Frequently Asked Questions

Want more info about shopping with us or consigning your dress? Here are some of our most frequently asked questions or contact us for more information.

Consignment means we do not own the dresses that are in our store. Local brides and other bridal shops bring us their gowns for us to resell for them! It’s a 50/50 split once the gowns sell. Our inventory consists of dresses that are brand new, samples, and once wed gowns. All dresses have been previously dry cleaned, except those that are new with tags or are a sample.

All of our inventory is available to try on by appointment. This way, we can ensure that there will be a fitting room available and a dedicated bridal stylist to help you. We do our best to accommodate walk-ins but please call in advance to check our availability for the day. Our shops are often tightly scheduled, so we ask for your understanding and patience if we are unable to accommodate you without an appointment. We do get cancellations, so be sure to ask to be added to our waitlist – or check back on our online booking system for last minute openings!

Our dresses are offered off-the-rack and are available up to 20-65% off retail. Our dresses are priced based on the year, designer, style, retail price and condition. Most dresses fall between $800-$3,000 with our full price range being $500-$5,000.

We carry a variety of sizes. Since our dresses are sold off-the-rack and we get new dresses in every week, the selection and sizes available can change depending on what sells and what we get in! Typically, at any given time, you can expect to see a variety of sizes 0-26 in stock, so we’re sure to have the perfect size for every bride! Feel free to call for more details on our current selection!

Yes! We carry a large selection of plus size dresses! Blue Sky Bridal is committed to offering the largest selection of off-the-rack plus size wedding dresses in the Pacific Northwest. At any given time, our stores carry 75-100 dresses in sizes 16 and up! You’ll typically find a full size range of 00-26 at our locations. But because dresses are sold off-the-rack, the inventory is constantly changing!

Both! We carry brand new dresses as well as sample gowns from stores. More than 50% of our inventory are brand new, never worn down the aisle. We also carry once-worn wedding dresses that have been dry cleaned.

We recommend starting to look for your gown about 6-12 months before your wedding. However, all of our gowns are sold off-the-rack, so if you’re on a shorter timeframe, we’re the perfect bridal store for you! We have helped lots of women find their perfect gown just 1-3 months before their wedding – and have even helped women find a dress less than a week before their special day! So if you are in a time crunch, come see us!

Our bridal store is perfect for the last minute bride! Since all wedding dresses are sold off-the-rack, you get to take home your dress that day! No ordering time! No waiting! We help lots of women find their dream dress within 1-3 months before their wedding… sometimes even a few weeks! If you need a dress in a hurry, come see us!

You will have a personal bridal stylist who will guide you through your appointment. We’ll ask you a few questions about yourself and your wedding, try to get a basic idea of what you might be looking for, and then we’ll let you dive in! We like to let you browse through our gowns first and then your stylist may make suggestions to help you find your gown! Our stylists do not work on commission, so you can always be sure that our main goal is to match you with your perfect dress that’s within the budget that you are comfortable with.

COVID update starting July 1, 2021: Our standard 1 hour appointments and our 30 minute 2nd try-on appointments have a 3 guest limit (bride + 3 guests). Our Book the Boutique appointments have up to a 5 guest limit (bride + 5 guests).

Our shop is cozy and intimate so we suggest bringing the key people who will be supportive and those you need present to make your decision. We have found having 1-3 guests is a great number. Bringing anymore than 3 people can get a little overwhelming for the bride. Currently during COVID, we can accommodate groups with up to 5 guests for our 90 minute Book the Boutique appointment and 3 for our standard one hour appointment.

Underwear is required to be worn in order to try on dresses. Bras and shape wear are optional. If you have a strapless bra and/or shapewear that you are comfortable in, it can be very helpful. However, it is not necessary to purchase or bring if you do not want to. If you have already purchased your wedding shoes or have a pair with the approximate heel height, you can absolutely bring them to try on with your “favorite” gowns during your appointment. We do ask that you please limit the amount of makeup that you wear when you come to try on our gowns, as we want to be sure they stay as clean as possible.

We don’t allow champagne in our shop, but luckily, both shops are located in a neighborhood, where there are many cute places within walking distance to grab a drink before or after your appointment.

We do not allow any children in the shop under 12, including babies.

We work very hard to create a relaxing and fun environment for adults. In order for all of our clients to be able to have a good time, we ask that you please make other arrangements for children when you’re coming in for an appointment. We’re the trusted stewards of gowns we do not own and there are a number of potential hazards for little ones in the boutique. Thank you for understanding!

We do not do alterations in-house. However, we will provide you with a list of trusted bridal seamstresses, who will take great care of you and your new gown! It’s best to assume that your gown will need some kind of alterations to make it fit you perfectly. The amount of work that needs to be done will determine the cost of your alterations. Typical alterations cost between $300-$900, depending on what needs to be done. You’ll want to factor in time to get your alterations done, many are booked out months in advance!

Yes, a gown may be placed on hold for three days with a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 10%.

Absolutely! We know how important it is to “see” yourself in your dress!

Our stores have completely different inventory! Unfortunately, we don’t transfer dresses between our stores, as they are on consignment with that particular store. It’s best to plan a trip to the shop where you’d like to visit and try on dresses. Each store has its own collection that is curated for their specific brides. Many of our brides shop at several of our locations to have a wider selection to choose from! New dresses arrive weekly, so our inventory is always rotating! We can also invoice and ship a dress directly to you!

No, since all of our gowns are sold “off the rack,” all sales are final. We do not offer any refunds or exchanges. We gladly accept cash and all major credit cards.

Great! We love working with stores to sell off their samples! Please visit our Consign for Stores page to learn all about how we can sell off your samples! In short, we accept current styles in good condition and it’s a 50/50 split once they sell. We can pick up the dresses if you’re local or arrange to ship them if you’re out-of-state! Email us at consign@blueskybridal.com to get started!

Great! We’d love to see if your dress is something we can add to our inventory! Please visit our consignment page to learn more about how to consign your dress! In short, we accept dresses that are 3 years and newer, dry cleaned and in good condition. Feel free to send us a photo at consign@blueskybridal.com.