FAQs

 

What products & services do you offer?
We offer beautiful ready-to-wear designer wedding dresses exclusive to Anna Schimmel.  You are invited to visit our studio to try on stunning styles to your hearts content.  Once you have found your perfect design we will work out the best size for you.  You may pick a gown off the rack or we will order your chosen style and size to be made. 
 
A price guide please?
We pride ourselves on offering high quality at an affordable price. Minimalist styles start at $2590 while the more intricate gowns are generally capped at $2990. Our prices include GST, a gown cover and bust cups if needed. Each dress purchase helps a girl in Togo attend school for a year (read more here).
 
Can I customize my dress?
Custom changes to a cut are welcome and incur an extra charge of $300. This tends to cover adjusting neckline heights, length of train, size variations on the body and the like.
We are also able to offer lace overlays to plain dresses, or lace styles in plain. There’s some stunning materials you can choose from.
 
How do I book a consultation?
Our online calendar will show you all available dates and times.  Please make sure you enter your email correctly or the confirmation and address details will not reach you.  Our system will also send you a reminder the day before our meeting.  If no email reaches you please check your spam folder.
 
What happens during a consultation?
A consultation is an hour long and the first appointment is free of charge. Try on our bridal collection, and discuss your ideas & thoughts with Anna.  We have found brides find it easiest to come in, try dresses on, have a chat and get a general feel for our work.  Often brides choose to return a week or so later, retry on their favorites, then book in.
 
I booked a consultation, but received no confirmation.
Our system sends you a booking confirmation directly after booking and a reminder the day before.  If you received nothing upon booking in, emails sometimes get stuck in spam folders.  Nothing there either?  Just email Anna, she’ll check if your booking went through and will forward you all details.
 
How early do I need to order?
A six months timeline is ideal, even if we able work with as little as two months lead time.  It takes time to get laces woven, the chosen style graded, cut and sewn, the beading crafted and your wedding dress beautifully hand finished.  However if you’re after something simple a tight time frame may be just fine.
 
What sizes are available?
Our size range goes from 8 to 16.  We aim to have a good selection of styles in each size here at any time.  The measurements we cater to are:  Bust 83cm – 103cm, Waist 64cm – 84cm, Hip 94cm – 114cm. If our cut does not fit you perfectly we are happy to recommend trusted alteration dressmakers.
 
Do I buy the dress off the rack or will mine be made?
Some of our wedding dresses are available off the rack, but generally the bride-to-be chooses a style and size, then we make the dress just for her.  We often have a few bestselling designs in stock for brides who need a stunning wedding dress in a hurry.  You may be able to pick up a beautiful dress on the same day if you’re in a rush or just passing through.
 
Can I bring all my friends?
You’re shopping for your special day, so of course you are welcome to bring whoever you want to share this experience with.  Please know that our studio is small, and that we have limited seating.  For the best wedding dress shopping experience we recommend bringing just one or two trusted people with you.
 
Am I allowed to take photos?
Designers spend weeks and months planning and fine tuning each new design.  The wedding dresses which ultimately feature in each collection are carefully selected as the ‘best of’ from a year’s work.  To be able to continually offer brides wedding gowns which are unique, beautiful and exclusive, we ask you not to take photos during our consultations.
 
How do I prepare for a consultation?
You’ll get the best experience if you’re feeling fresh and well fed & watered.  Please don’t bring food or drinks into the studio.  Everyone appreciates a clean dress, so we ask clients to refrain from applying fake tans, make up or body oils prior to a consultation.  Other than that bring a good mood, your besties and enjoy!