FAQ

 
 

Here are answers to frequently asked questions that we often get e-mails and calls about:

Where can I see your dresses ?

Do you have a catalog ?

Can I order fabric samples ?

What is the try-on program ?

Are your dresses made in the USA?

When are appointments available in Los Angeles ?

How soon should we place our order ?

What is the schedule for handling our orders and charging?

How do we place our order(s) ?

Can we order over the phone ?

How do you keep track of our order(s) ?

Should the bridesmaids dress order go together or separately ?

Why do you have to wait until all completed order forms are received before we are given a ready date ?

Do you offer a discount for quantity?

I want to pay for part of the dresses. How do I do this ?

Are there any possible extra charges that I should be aware of ?

What about sales tax ?

We are outside the US, can we order from you ?

Are your dresses lined ?

Why are your silk dresses less than similar ones I've seen ?

Where are your dresses made ?

How do you ensure dye-lot matching within my bridal party?

Do you handle alterations or design modifications to the dresses ?

What are your ironing instructions ?

Can I order extra fabric from AriaDress ?

Do you offer Mother of the Bride outfits ?

How should I choose the most appropriate size ?

I changed my mind about a size/style/color. I'd like to exchange it. Can I do this?

Can I get a dress in a different length than what you offer ?

What about pregnant bridesmaids?

Are your dresses "green"?

Can our wedding picture be added to AriaDress's online album? How?

 

PRIOR TO ORDERING

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Where can I see your dresses?
You may visit our showroom in Los Angeles or we can send you a dress sample through our hassle free try-on program. Our wedding dresses are also shown in several bridal salons which are listed on our locations page but not currently our bridesmaid dresses.

Do you have a catalog?
Currently we do not have a printed catalog, however, our website actually has more pictures and the most complete and updated information about our line of dresses (including prices). We do send a small brochure with your fabric swatches request.



Can we order fabric samples?
Yes, simply go here and choose any 7 of your favorite colors and then e-mail us your request and mailing address. This is free of charge.


What is the "Try-on program" ?
It means sending dress sample(s) directly to your home, your bridesmaid(s), or to your office for viewing up-close. *Our wedding dresses are NOT available for try-on.

Instead of the usual "one sample size per style" bridal salons so often stock, we offer dress samples of many sizes to accommodate your fitting needs, and your bridesmaids can try on Aria's dresses at the comfort of their own home. The cost for receiving a sample dress is $10 each, a pre-paid USPS return label is included in your package. To schedule a try-on, simply telephone our Los Angeles office (1-800-658-8885) and let us know the style(s) and size(s) you are interested in seeing, preferably a couple weeks in advance. We regret that it is unlikely that the sample you receive will be in the color or skirt style you intend to order, this is due to the enormous numbers of possible combinations of styles, colors, materials and sizes that we offer, however, we will try our very best to match the style and size for you.

Please note that a try-on cannot be scheduled by e-mail (for security purposes) as we need your credit card information for the service charge. Sample dresses are generally sent from our office on Wednesday and received no later than the following Monday, this will depends on your location. You will be able to keep the sample dress for a few days, and then we ask that the return package be dropped off at your local post office no later than Wednesday of the same week. Try-ons are only available for US mainland addresses.


When are appointments available in Los Angeles?

Appointments are currently available on Mondays - Fridays (10am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm) and Saturdays (9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm). You may reach us 9:00am to 5:00pm during weekdays. To get a weekend appointment you may need book early, perhaps even over a month in advance. Phone calls are returned on weekdays but there may be no one available to answer the telephone on weekends. Please note that we do not keep a record of sizes, styles or colors selected during an appointment prior to ordering -we encourage you to do so.
*OUR SHOWROOM WILL BE CLOSED 7/22-7/26, 8/1-8/2, 9/18-10/21*

 

ORDERING

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How soon should we place the order?
We strongly recommend that we receive all the orders for a bridal party 4 months before the wedding or earlier. Most dresses take 12 weeks or less but we want to make sure you have a time-cushion after the bridesmaids have received our bridesmaid dresses should any minor alterations be necessary and so forth.


What is the schedule for handling the orders and charging?
When all the orders from your bridal party are received and charged then we consider the placement of the order to be completed. Full amount of order is due at confirmation. When items are ready earlier than expected they are usually shipped immediately and without notice.

How do we order ?
Our order forms are here. Please save the file to your computer. Open and the file should be fillable. After filling the forms out save and print to be mailed/faxed or save and attached to email them to us. They should be sent together as one package by a designated person to expedite the ordering and eliminate confusion.

You may also call us at (213) 765-0228 to request a faxed, e-mailed or mailed copy. Our fax number is: 213-765-8008, scan and email your completed order form to inquiry@ariadress.com, or you may mail completed order forms to: Aria, 1031 S Broadway Ste 202, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
Please be sure to follow the guidelines on the sizing and ordering pages before ordering and do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.

If multiple items are billed to one person, even if they are sent to different addresses, one form is all you need, simply include shipping instructions on a separate sheet of paper. (Basically this means that only one order form is needed per credit card or check used). If additional items are needed after the first order is received and cut then a separate new order needs to be made and that order will have a separate projected ready-date.

Can we order over the phone?
Orders must be faxed, e-mailed, or mailed to us or may be placed in our showroom. For your protection (and ours) we must have a signed order form and order agreement. If you have questions about ordering you are welcome to call.

How do you keep track of the orders?
To make things easier, each order form has the bride's name, phone number and number of people ordering written on top so we can open a folder under the bride's name and group the orders together.

Should the bridesmaids order together or separately?
All completed orders for a bridal party must be collected by the bride or an appointed person and then be mailed or faxed to our office together as one package. This will ensure dyelot match and no error when the dresses are placed separately.

Why do you have to wait for all the orders for a bridal party before counting down to a delivery date?
To ensure dye-lot matching the entire order is cut at the same time from the same roll of fabric. We cannot complete part of an order and ensure that it would exactly match another group of bridesmaid dresses ordered at a later date. Even if they are different colors our policy is to always wait. That is why we ask for the number of people ordering from us in the bridal party.


Do you offer discounts for quantity?
We offer a 10% discount to bridal parties ordering 6 or more bridesmaid dresses of the same style dress, skirt style and color. The discount does not apply to accessories or shipping.

I want to pay for part of the dresses myself, how do I do this?
For instance if you are the bride and you want to pay for part of the cost of the dress or the shipping charges then the bridesmaids must prominently note that on their order forms and include only the amounts they are paying. You must then also include a separate order form with the remaining balances and your credit card information.

Are there any possible extra charges I should be aware of?
-Extra length (6"): $20 additional
-California sales tax: 9% for orders shipped to California addresses.
-Shipping to individual bridesmaid's address: $15 for the 1st dress, $7 for each additional dress.
-Returned check charges: $40

This list may not be all-inclusive.

Do you charge sales tax on the order?
A sales tax of 9% must be added to the form for orders shipped to California. We do not charge sales tax for any other state.

We are outside the USA, may we order your dresses?
We do accept orders from Canada. The difference is that shipping charges are on a case-by-case basis. If you are in any other country, please contact us prior to ordering to see if it is possible. If we cannot process an order for your particular country we would suggest getting someone in the US to order on your behalf if possible.

 

ABOUT OUR DRESSES

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Are your dresses lined?
These are very well constructed top quality dresses and they are fully lined.

Why are your silk bridesmaid dresses less than similar ones I have seen?
We are the manufacturer and we produce all our own dresses. Buying direct from us often would result in a substantial savings over bridesmaid dresses of similar quality.

Are your dresses made in the USA?
Yes! All of our dresses are and have always been made in the USA. For quality control purposes they are produced domestically so that we may monitor closely and ensure a quicker turnaround time.

How do you ensure dye-lot matching between the bridesmaid dresses?
Of course we want all the bridesmaid dresses to match and so for dye lot purposes, they must be cut from the same rolls of fabric. In order to ensure this we must receive all of the orders together from all of the bridesmaids that will be ordering before we count down to a projected shipping date.

Do you offer alterations or handle special modifications?
We do offer 6" extra length for an additional $20. Where applicable, we do not charge extra for choices of plain spaghetti or tie spaghetti straps, petite(P) or tall (T) rather than regular sizes.
We do not offer dress alterations; your dress would need to be altered by a third party tailor or seamstress. When dresses do not come with straps, a pair of straps can be ordered for $5 or 2 sets of straps can be ordered to make tie straps for $10. AriaDress does not add these straps to the dresses however.

What are your ironing instructions?
As far as eliminating the wrinkles goes, the safest way is ironing with a medium or high setting, preferably with a clean, thin cloth between the iron and the dress and no steam. Professional dry cleaners accustomed to dealing with silk may be able to steam them with their specialized equipment if done properly. The reason we want people to be careful about steam is that many home irons tend to spit out water in droplets unevenly and that sometimes can stain.

Can I order extra fabric from AriaDress?
We do offer our fabrics to those who are already ordering dresses from us. Our duchess satin is 55" wide and is offered at $20 per yard, the silk shantung is $35 per yard and most often 54" wide and the georgette is $10 per yard and is most often 58" wide, the dupioni is 55" wide and $20 per yard. 1/2 yard is the smallest quantity that can be ordered.

Do you offer Mother of the Bride outfits ?
We currently do not offer Mother of the Bride outfits, sorry.

What should I keep in mind when trying to choose the most appropriate size?
First of all it is very important for all the bridesmaids to go here to our size and measurement page for more details and the size chart.

They should all have their accurate bust, waist and hip measurements taken. We suggest they stop by a local dry cleaner, where they are usually happy to assist them if they are not sure about their measurements. Then they should pay close attention to our size chart to choose the size (rather than ordering their usual dress size) because different dress labels may size differently. Our dresses run very true to our size chart. We are always happy to help with sizing or any other questions anyone may have.


I changed my mind about a size/style/color. I'd like to exchange it. Can I do this?
We do not carry any dresses off the rack. All the fabric is ordered and dresses made to the particulars of your order. If the dress is a bit too large, it can usually be altered without too much effort. We do ship only standard sizes so minor alterations are sometimes needed, but the dress would not be unwearable -merely in need of alteration. So we do not accept returns. If an order is canceled before it has left our warehouse, 50% of the order may be refunded. Any change requests for an order already received must be emailed to AriaDress AND must be confirmed as an AriaDress email reply in order for it to be valid. If you do not receive such a confirmation then it is not likely the change was (or could be) made. We cannot change the order after the fabric for the dress is cut. The order cannot be canceled after the dress is sent to the customer. A new dress could be ordered but we usually recommend that alteration be tried instead.

I want the dress in a different length from what you offer -how can I achieve that?
One way to achieve a length outside of what we provide is to get the full length version of the dress for an additional $20 and have it hemmed to the desired length (For instance if you desire something like mid-calf or tea-length). One other option is to order an extra 6" also for an additional $20. What you are looking for should be achievable with the assistance of a dry cleaner or tailor of your choice.

What if a bridesmaid happens to be pregnant at the time?
It would be necessary to place an order along with everyone else to ensure the same dye lot so the bridesmaid dresses match(or a rush order sometimes could be placed much closer to wedding but then there are possible dye-lot matching considerations). There is only one measurement that would need to be estimated for a maternity bridesmaid dress and th
at is the bust measurement. The dress will accommodate variations in the other measurements.

Our suggestion for estimating her bust size at the end of her pregnancy is to order up 2 sizes from her pre-pregnancy size, it is always better to size the dress down than to let out seams. Minor alterations should be expected to achieve a perfect fit. Our maternity dresses are here:

Style 133 maternity dress
Style 134 maternity dress

Style 135 maternity dress
Style 137 maternity dress

For those that have already had their baby but may not be back to normal size-wise -our suggestion is to order our empire waist dress style 122 or 170. They are more generously fitted at the waist and work well with the bust at that stage.  See these links:

Style 122 dress
Style 170 dress
Style 171 dress


Are your dresses "green"?
Being environmentally conscious is something we are certainly aware of and respect but we would not be so presumptuous to consider ourselves to be completely green. We feel we may be greenER because: our dresses are made in the USA (unlike most other dresses) so just as with buying all things local -less fuel is used to transport them and fair wages are assured. We have simple classic styles that may not go out of fashion so easily and truly can be worn again -especially when they are popular colors like midnight, black and brown.


Can our wedding picture be added to AriaDress's online album? How?
It would be our honor to have your wedding picture featured on our website. Please submit your jpeg photo by sending it to inquiry@ariadress.com.
We encourage you to be creative while taking your pictures, who knows, your bridal party may end up being featured in a national wedding magazine someday!