Divas opened their doors in December of 1983, but was much different than it is today. Divas began as a high-end sportswear store with locations in North Carolina, Florida, and Alabama. In 2001, our customer’s needs changed drastically and as we listened to their requests, we began introducing evening gowns and wedding dresses. Customer support was overwhelming and that’s where our passion began for making every woman feel special during every momentous occasion. We want our brides to have an unforgettable experience as they prepare for their wedding day. We specialize in providing high-end customer service and an exclusive shopping experience.
Below are a few frequently asked questions by brides and their families. We hope answering these will help make your wedding planning experience a bit easier!
Q: Do I need to make an appointment?
A: When shopping for bridal gowns, we prefer you schedule an appointment so that we can ensure there is a dressing room available. This also allows us to make sure we can help you as best we can during the appointment. Unlike other bridal salons, we pride ourselves on each bride being scheduled with a bridal consultant, ensuring a personalized experience.
Q: How long are appointment times?
A: Simply Stunning by Divas is very unique in that we do not put a time limit on appointments. We believe it is most important for the bride to have the best experience possible, no matter how long that takes. Typically brides will spend 1.5-2 hours at their appointment.
Q: Can I bring a large party to my appointment?
A: For a saturday appointment, we can comfortably accommodate up to 4 guests per bride, however we do not recommend bringing any more than that as it leads to possible confusion in decision making for the bride. During the week we could absolutely accommodate a larger party. We also offer after hours appointments upon request.
Q: What should I bring to my bridal appointment?
A: When preparing for your bridal appointment, we recommend you bring the proper undergarments so that you can better see how the gowns will fit on your wedding day. It can also be helpful to bring a comfortable heel that you would feel is comparable to what you will wear on your wedding day. In addition, bringing photos of what you have been looking at online or at other stores is always helpful; this can give us a better idea of what you are envisioning for your perfect gown.
Q: What is the price range of the wedding dresses that you carry?
A: Our dresses start right around $1,400 and go up from there. There will always be a large selection of gowns between the $1,400 - $3,000 range but we do also carry some designers that are priced in the $4,000 - $5,000 range. Please let your bridal consultant know your budget so she is able to choose the best selections for you, while staying within budget.
Q: What if my budget is under $1500?
A: We are always very respectful and conscious of your budget and to help with the brides that have a one under $1500 we have a sample sale area where dresses are sold right off of the rack at a 25-50% discount
Q: What items besides wedding gowns do you carry in store?
A: In addition to wedding gowns, we carry a wide variety of mother of the bride/groom gowns and a small selection of evening gowns. Our mother of the bride/groom dresses and evening gowns range from $600-$2000. We carry the Watters and WTOO Bridesmaid collection that offers a variety of styles. In addition, we carry a selection of bridal veils, jewelry, headpieces and belts.
Q: What is the expected delivery time for wedding gowns?
A: Each dress manufacturer and designer has differing production times, but it typically takes 4-6 months to get a gown in after it has been ordered. It is important to keep in mind your timeline because there are many factors that can influence when you need your dress such as portraits date, alterations etc.
Q: What if my wedding is less than 4 months away?
A: We offer a wide selection of dresses available for purchase immediately off the floor as well as many of our manufacturers offer a rush delivery for an additional fee.
Q: When should I order my veil and accessories?
A: Depending on the designer, some accessories may take as long as the dress to come in. We suggest trying on veils and accessories during your appointment so that you can see what they look like together. If you wish to wait to try on accessories, please keep in mind that it may be too late to order them without incurring additional rush fees from the designer.
Q: How much time should be allowed for ordering Mother of the Bride/ Mother of the Groom dresses?
A: We offer a wide selection of dresses in store by many designers. While these can be sold off the floor the day of, if it has to be ordered they also can take up to 4 months. And again, keep in mind time for alterations.
Q: How much time should be allowed for ordering bridesmaid dresses?
A: We always suggest that once the bride has ordered her gown to begin looking at bridesmaid dresses as soon as possible. Bridesmaid dresses can take about up to 4 months to come in. When ordering bridesmaid dresses you should also allow time for your bridesmaids to do any necessary alterations.
Q: Do you do dress fittings and alterations in your shop?
A: Yes, we have a highly experienced seamstress that works by appointment only.
Q: How much time should you allow for alterations to be completed?
A: Once your dress has arrived, you will need to schedule your alteration appointment(s). These appointments are typically made two months out from your wedding date. This allows you to have appointments with the seamstress and nail down any necessary changes or alterations.
Note: If you are planning on having bridal portraits taken consider the date of those portraits your “wear date” so we can ensure all alterations are completed before then.
Q: What can I expect to pay for alterations on my wedding dress?
A: Each situation is a bit different and based on the dress and the bride’s needs. With that said, the median price range of alteration is $300-$600.
Q: How is a lace dress hemmed?
A: Wedding gowns that have lace typically have the lace trim sewn on top of the hemline. The seamstress detaches the trim and reattaches it after the hemline has been shortened. In addition, we have some manufacturers that offer a lace hem unattached option which makes for less complicated alterations.We carry a few designers that offer short (or long) length options when ordering. Be sure to ask your consultant if this is something you would like to look into!