Bridal Dresses

Services and frequently asked questions

At Joy Abendmode Bridal Boutique a special experience and your dream dress are waiting. Read the FAQs to learn more about what we have to offer. We look forward to meeting your every need. Don't see something you are looking for? Give us a call!

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We refer our brides to a list of local Bridal alterations specialists. 

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Enjoy a complimentary celebratory toast with your gown order courtesy of Joy Abendmode! You have found the gown of your dreams, now it is time for you to celebrate.

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You may fall in love with a dress, but want to change the neckline, train length, add more lace, etc. We have you covered with endless possibilities for customization.


Tuesday, Thursday. & Friday we are open 11:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday we are open 11:00am to 7:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm.

We are closed on Sunday and Monday.


Yes, in order to provide the best experience we do require that you set up an appointment.  


Yes we do! We carry lovely Veils and Hair Accessories, Belts, Corsets, Petticoats, Hoops, Bridal Buddies and much more!

Who should I bring with me to my appointment?

Our limit is 2 guests in addition to the bride on the weekends and 3 guests in addition to the bride on weekdays. We do offer Purchase Party Appointments where you can bring additional guests (up to 6 guests) and rent out the entire salon for your group for $100-$250. Bring your besties—your mom, your MOH, your sis, etc. Just don’t bring an army—too many opinions can spoil the fun. 

We strongly advise that you bring those who will be most important in making the final choice for your gown to your appointment.

We recommend doing Zoom, FaceTime or Skype video calls during your appointment if you would like to show your gown to someone who could not come in with you. This has been working wonderfully for our brides.


What should I wear to my dress shopping appointment?

Bring heels the same height as the ones you’ll wear on your big day, so you can see where the hem will actually hit.

As for your underclothes, many of our brides like to wear spanks for their own privacy as we have to help them in and out of the dresses. Please wear full coverage underwear.

For a bra, think supportive and strapless. It is not required, but we recommend nude underclothing so that you may see the full effect of the gowns.

Bring a hair elastic. You’ll want a clear view of your gown’s neckline.

Avoid heavy make-up and spray tans before an appointment to help keep the gowns clean!

What should I bring with me to my dress shopping appointment?

Inspirational dress photographs, magazine clippings and Pinterest boards are welcomed plus anything else that you want to incorporate into your look.

We DO NOT allow food or drink (including coffee) during the appointment other.

You will be asked to dispose of any food or drink before entering.

Please do not take pictures during your appointment. We will take pictures for you, and send pictures of the top two gowns with you. You are also welcome to FaceTime or Zoom a guest into your appointment to share your special moment!

We do not have public bathroom.


While we would love to allow children, for their own safety, we cannot allow them in the store. We have very large mirrors, large paintings and delicate items such as straight pins, beads, needles and other small objects that are dangerous for little ones. If you would like to involve your little one/s, we suggest having a small 'Show & Tell' party with them at home, once you pick up your gown.

What happens if I’m running late?

If you will be running late PLEASE GIVE US A CALL.

If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may need to reschedule your appointment.

How early should I arrive for my appointment?

We ask that you arrive no more than 5 minutes early for your appointment.

Our appointments are scheduled back-to-back and we want to give all of our brides that same one-on-one attention.

If you do happen to arrive earlier, there are several shops, restaurants, & boutiques in the area that you can visit.

We are located in a fun neighborhood and are happy to provide suggestions on places to visit!

What should I expect at my appointment?

It is very common for you to say yes to your dress at your first appointment at Joy Abendmode, so it’s good to know what to expect:

1. When you find your dream dress and you are ready to order, we measure you and work out your size from the designers size chart.

2. Your personal Bridal Consultant will take you through all of the color, fabric,
and customization options and ordering times to make sure you get your dream dress.

3. Next, payment will be placed for the gown and you will receive your purchasing agreement. Your consultant will go through everything with you and your order will be placed with the designer that day.

4. Once you place your order, your bridal gown will be made and will arrive in our salon several months later.

5. You will then schedule your alterations appointment to achieve an absolutely perfect fit.

What if I cancel my appointment?

If you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours prior to your scheduled time you will be charged a cancellation fee of $50.

Do you carry the entire collection?

Collections from each designer typically consist of nearly 100 or more gowns each season.

Joy Abendmode carries a selection of samples from each designer’s line for brides to try on in the salon. However, it is possible to order any gown in the line.

If you would like to try on a gown that we do not carry in-store, call us at 248-876-0833 and we will check with the designer to see if we can have it sent for you to try on in our store.

What designers do you carry?

We carry BERTA dresses, the VIERO BRIDAL collection, the KELLY FAETANINI line, and the extremely popular MILLA NOVA collection.

Joy Abendmode Bridal is the only Michigan bridal salon where you can find these collections, which is why we are truly a specialty boutique!

We constantly receive new gowns throughout the season, so if you are interested in any new styles that have arrived, just sign up for email updates or give us a call anytime!

How much are your dresses?

Our off-the-rack gowns mostly range from $1800-$17000.

Do you do custom?

Yes, we design custom gowns. Our designer and sketch artist will consult with you on your design and make a plan for your dream dress!

Costs vary based on the design, materials and detail of your gown. If you are interested in this amazing option, let us know when you call for your appointment

Do you have in-house alterations?

No, we refer our brides to our list of the best local Bridal Alterations Specialists available.

How do I pay for my dress?

When you decide on a gown, the payment is made at that time. We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.

Please note we do not allow refunds, cancellations, exchanges or returns. The reason for this being the fabric is cut when we place the order with the designer.

Please speak with your consultant if you have any questions about your options.

What is your Cancellation / Return Policy?

All sales are final. As all dresses are made-to-order, there are no cancellations, returns, or exchanges.

How long does it take for the dresses to come in after ordering?

Deliver time varies depending on the designer. We recommend that you order your gown at least 8-12 months before your wedding to account for designer delivery times and alteration time.

How do I PRESERVE my dress?

Congratulations on your wedding! So, you have decided to preserve your wedding gown. We are so happy to help you preserve your precious memories. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about wedding gown preservation.


It is so easy!

  • Purchase the kit
  • Ship your gown in the box provided using the pre-paid shipping label in the kit, &....
  • Your gown will be shipped back directly to your home.


We even offer VIP service for you to come in to the salon & we will help you pack your gown!


How does Purchasing Work?

You are able to purchase the kit in person or online. Once purchased, you may pick up the kit in person for free or have it shipped to your home for a fee of $25.


How do I send in my wedding gown?

  • Open the kit.
  • Fill out ORDER FORM & Alternative Delivery Card. 
  • ATTACH STAIN STICKERS to tears and stained portions of the gown.
  • Place the Gown in the box provided.
  • Attach pre-paid shipping label.
  • BOX DRESS - Give to any UPS driver, take to a UPS Location or call 1-800-742-5877 (800-pickUPS) to find the UPS location nearest to you.


How Long does it take?

Your gown will be handled with personal care, preserved, then shipped to your home (at no further cost) within 4-6 weeks from the day the Wedding Gown Preservation Co. receives it.


VIP Preservation Service!

If you would like assistance packing your gown to send it in for preservation, you may make an appointment and our staff will help you tag any spots that need additional attention and pack it for shipping. Then all you have to do is drop it off at UPS. It will be shipped to the address you specify on your paperwork in 4-6 weeks, preserved and ready for whenever you need it!


What is the difference between the Standard kit & the celebrity upgrade?

Standard Kit

  • Repair, Cleaning and Steaming of gown
  • White preservation chest
  • Declared value of $1000 on shipping


Celebrity Kit Upgrade

  • Everything in the standard kit plus....
  • Hand press gown in addition to steaming,
  • Choice of silver or champagne preservation chest
  • Increased declared value on shipping ($2000)


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