Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment to visit?
Yes, you can contact us by telephone or email and we will arrange this. An appointment allows you time to view and try the dresses without being disturbed by others. It also enables us to give you undivided attention. For Saturday appointments you should book well ahead if possible.
Can I bring friends/family?
Certainly, it’s great to have help on hand when choosing a dress. All we ask is that if you need to bring more than 2 guests that you give us prior notice so we can accommodate everyone comfortably.
We do request that another adult is present to look after children as you can appreciate that some of the dresses are worth thousands of pounds and damages will be charged for.
Can you reserve a dress for me?
Unfortunately we cannot do this without an initial payment.
Can I leave a deposit and pay later?
Yes of course, but all deposits are non-returnable and non-refundable. The order-in deposits vary from dress to dress but a deposit of £100 or £300 (depending on the dress) secures the 'Ready to Wear' dresses for you. This deposit is transferable to another 'Ready to Wear' dress before any other payments on the remaining balance have been made should you change you mind but NOT refundable. We have a flexible interest free payment plan which is either weekly or monthly, whichever suits your needs.
How much do you ask for as a full deposit?
The order-in dresses vary from dress to dress but the 'ready to wear' dresses are £100 or £300 deposit. (Depending on the dress)
What if I change my mind?
You do need to be sure about your purchase at the time you buy. All 'Ready to Wear' gowns are non-returnable and non-refundable. This is common practise in the bridal industry and is especially applicable with sample gowns so we do ask that you check your gown carefully before paying to ensure you are totally happy with it.
However, our gowns are in all in excellent condition so this is rarely an issue.
Can I revisit if I can't make my decision straight away?
Yes, we are happy to welcome back our customers for a second appointments as we understand that it is a huge decision and it is sometimes a difficult one to make.
Do you have payment options so I can pay for my dress over six months?
We can arrange a flexible interest free payment plan with you either weekly or monthly over a period of 6 months but the dress cannot be taken until fully paid for. No alterations are possible until payment is made in full. No refunds are available on any payments made.
How long will my appointment last?
We allow up to 2 hours minutes for each appointment. This seems to be about the right amount of time for most people to try their favourite gowns on.
What happens if two people want the same dress?
The great thing about Chapel Bridal is that you can pick up a designer dress at a great price. The problem is, there’s usually only one of each! So, if two people want the same 'Ready to Wear' dress then it is sold to whoever makes the decision first. This is the fairest way. So in order to avoid disappointment, if you see something you really like, it’s best not to take too long to think about it!
I work full-time -Can you accommodate me with an evening appointment?.
Yes! We appreciate how tricky it is to juggle work/family commitments and plan a wedding at the same time so Chapel Bridal is open for appointments 7 days a week: Mon - Thurs 10.00 am - 6.00 pm, Fri & Sat 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, Sunday 11.00 am - 4.00 pm. The evening appointments are very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.
How can I pay?
We are happy to accept payment by cash, credit/debit cards and bank transfer.
Do I need to bring shoes?
Yes, it is recommended that you bring a pair of shoes that are either what you will be wearing on the day or a pair that has a similar heel height to what you want to wear on the day.
Is it easy to park?
Yes, we have plenty of parking in our own private car park.
Can I reach you by train or bus?
We are situated just outside of Carmarthen on A484 Kidwelly/Llanelli road in Idole. A bus service X11 runs every hour from Carmarthen to Swansea and there is a bus stop just outside the chapel.
I love the dress but it doesn’t fit, what can I do?
Most dresses can be altered to fit and the price for alterations will vary depending on the amount of work required to achieve this. A dress that is too big can usually be altered down by a size or two.
Do you have an alterations service?
While we do not offer an in-house alterations service we do have numbers for local independent seamstress' that we can refer you to. We are happy for you to have your fittings with one of the seamstress' at Chapel Bridal with prior arrangement by all parties.
Why no make-up as some other stores don’t mind?
Chapel Bridal dresses are different to store samples. Stores order in new gowns from their samples so they don’t have to take as much care of them – although most bridal wear stores do make this request. The worst offender is fake tan! Please DO NOT wear this when trying on any of our dresses.
Do you have accessories to go with my dress?
Yes, we have a large selection of veils and tiaras that are available for purchase.
Chapel Bridal is a food and drink free shop.