are answers to frequently asked questions that we often get e-mails and calls
can I see your dresses ?
you have a catalog ?
I order fabric samples ?
is the try-on program ?
your dresses made in the USA?
are appointments available in Los Angeles ?
we have directions to your L.A. showroom ?
soon should we place our order ?
is the schedule for handling our orders and charging?
do we place our order(s) ?
we order over the phone ?
do you keep track of our order(s) ?
the bridesmaids dress order go together or seperately ?
do you have to wait until all completed order forms are received before we are
given a ready date ?
you offer a discount for quantity?
want to pay for part of the dresses. How do I do this ?
there any possible extra charges that I should be aware of ?
about sales tax ?
are outside the US, can we order from you ?
your dresses lined ?
are your silk dresses less than similar ones I've seen ?
are your dresses made ?
do you ensure dye-lot matching within my bridal party?
you handle alterations or design modifications to the dresses ?
the sash be ordered in a different color from the dress ?
are your ironing instructions ?
I order extra fabric from AriaDress ?
you offer Mother of the Bride outfits ?
should I choose the most appropriate size ?
changed my mind about a size/style/color. I'd like to exchange it. Can I do this?
I get a dress in a different length than what you offer ?
about pregnant bridesmaids?
your dresses "green"?
our wedding picture be added to AriaDress's online album? How?
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.
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.
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" ?
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.
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
(9am, 10am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm) and Saturdays (9am, 10am, 11am,
1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm). 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.
Could we have directions to your Los Angeles
(Pasadena) warehouse / showroom?
We are at 892 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103. There is a Fair Oaks exit
close to where the 134 freeway merges with the 210 in Old Town Pasadena. If you
exit on Fair Oaks you go about 6 blocks NORTH (away from Old Town). You turn right
on Mountain St. and right again into our parking lot. We are on the Southeast
corner of Fair Oaks and Mountain. Alternatively you can take the 110 Harbor Fwy
North until you reach the Fair Oaks exit, you go North though Old Town (passing
Colorado Blvd) until you reach Mountain. You turn right on Mountain and the very
next right into our parking lot.
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.
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. Please note that for orders that are placed after
January 1st, 2006, the full payment for your order is required when we begin the
production of your garments. Items ordered cannot leave Aria until they are fully
paid for. When items are ready earlier than expected they are usually shipped
immediately and without notice.
do we order ?
Our order forms are here.
The normal way is to print them, fill them out and fax them
to Aria. We accept scanned copies and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (626) 440-5320 to request a faxed,
e-mailed or mailed copy. Our fax number is: 626-584-6450,
scan and email your completed order form to email@example.com,
or you may mail completed order forms to: Aria, 892 N. Fair
Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103.
Please be sure to follow the guidelines on the sizing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
you offer discounts for quantity?
We offer a 10% discount to bridal parties ordering 6 or more
bridesmaid dresses of the same style and color. The discount
does not apply to accessories.
want to pay for part of the dresses myself, how do I do this?
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.
there any possible extra charges I should be aware of?
-Extra length (6"): $20 additional
-California sales tax: 9% for orders shipped to California
-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.
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.
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.
Are your dresses lined?
These are very well constructed top quality dresses
and they are fully lined.
are your silk bridesmaid dresses less than similar ones I have seen?
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
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 turn-around time.
do you ensure dye-lot matching between the bridesmaid dresses?
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.
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 or a sash in a different color. There are also no extra charges
for double-hem dresses (speciify a "D" next to the A-line or column
when ordering this option).
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 silk shantung 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.
the sash be ordered in a different color from the dress?
Yes, please specify
the sash color of your choice.
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
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 $20 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.
you offer Mother of the Bride outfits ?
We currently do not offer Mother
of the Bride outfits, sorry.
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.
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 cancelled 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 cancelled after the dress is sent to the customer. A new dress could be ordered
but we usually recommend that alteration be tried instead.
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 drycleaner
or tailor of your choice.
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
is the bust measurement. The dress will accommodate variations in the other measurements.
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:
133 maternity dress
Style 134 maternity dress
135 maternity dress
137 maternity dress
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:
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. The sash loops can also usually be clipped off. The silk dresses we
primarily sell would be considered more renewable than polyester dresses from
others. AriaDress is featured in 'The Green Bride Guide' by Kate Harrison for
some of these reasons.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!