Are appointments required for every visit?
Yes, Ceremony is open by appointment only so that one of our stylists is available to personally assist you whenever you visit. However, we often can accommodate last minute appointments, especially during the weekdays, so if you happen to be in the area, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Once your appointment is scheduled, we ask that you try not to arrive more than about 5 minutes early. While we always appreciate timeliness, the showroom is quite small and there is not a whole lot of room for waiting or browsing. If you find yourself with some time to kill, Charles Street is minutes away and is home to some of our favorite boutiques and cafes in the city:
Where is Ceremony located and what’s the best way to get there?
Our showroom is located at 53 River Street in the heart of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. Just a 10 minute walk from Newbury Street, we’re convenient to many downtown landmarks and easily accessible by the T—just take the Red line to MGH or the Green line to Arlington—the walk from either station is 5 - 10 minutes.
Please note, if you are using a GPS to find your way to us, make sure that you select the correct zip code, which is either 02108 or 02114 depending on your GPS, and that you are headed to Beacon Hill. There are multiple River Streets in Boston, some of which are very far away!
Is there parking?
If you choose to drive to your appointment, there is on-street metered parking available on Charles Street as well as around the Boston Garden. On busy weekends, open spots can be hard to find in which case, we recommend the parking garage under the Boston Common. From here, it’s a quick walk to our front door.
How far in advance of my wedding should I schedule an appointment?
There is no hard rule or magic formula for this, but we find that starting your search about a year out generally feels right for most people.
What should I expect at my first appointment at Ceremony?
Our first priority is to make your experience at Ceremony as comfortable, stress-free, and fun as possible. At every appointment, you will meet one-on-one with a bridal stylist who can help you to navigate the collections, try on dresses, and, of course, offer as much advice and guidance as you’d like. All of our collections are available to browse, so while it is helpful to have a sense of the designers and types of styles that you would like to try on before coming in, you do not need to know the names of every dress you want to try in advance.
Almost all of the gowns in the shop are Made-to-Order. The dresses that are available to try-on are samples only and once you find your dress, it will be ordered in your size. Our samples are generally bridal 8’s and 10’s. If a sample is too big, we will adjust the dress with clips to show you about how it will fit.. If a sample is too small, we have a f ew tricks up our sleeve and will try as hard as possible to show you what to expect when the dress is in your size.
Once I find my dress, what happens next?
Once you’ve picked your dress, one of our trained stylists will take your measurements and help you to decide what dress size is most appropriate for you. The average order time for most dresses is between 4 - 6 months, though each designer has a slightly different timeline. Once your dress comes in, we’ll set up a time for you to come in and pick it up. It’s good to keep in mind, that you will most likely need alterations on your dress once it comes in, even though it was ordered in your specific size. Hems, bustles and adjustments to the fit of each dress are quite common.
What is the price range of dresses your carry?
Our collections start right around $2200 and go up to about $6500 —with most in the $2500 – $4000 range. These prices do not include alterations. Additionally, if you have a shorter timeline and are getting married in less than 6 months, this can add rush fees and increase the price of most dresses.
Do you do offer in-house alterations?
We do not provide alterations services, but work very closely with a number of the city’s best seamstresses and provide references regularly. Also, should any questions come up through the alterations process, we work directly with each designer to get answers, tips or fit feedback for our brides. Because we do not offer alterations services in-house, we are unable to provide estimates for this work in advance.
What is a Trunk Show?
Trunk Shows are weekend-long events that showcase the collection of a specific designer. A Trunk Show is a great opportunity to view and to try-on many styles from a designer that you love. As many of the dresses are in the shop for one weekend only, in most cases, you will not be able to come back in for second a try-on. With this in mind, it helps to bring a support person with you - you know, a parent, friend or style advisor who want to be a part of your decision-making process should you find “the one”. We also generally do not recommend booking for a Trunk Show if you are just starting the bridal shopping process as they tend to be best suited to brides who have shopped around a bit and are ready to make their big decision! These events are one-on-one with our stylists, and, as always, appointments are required. For a full schedule of our upcoming Trunk Shows and other events, please click here.
Do you ever have Sample Sales?
Yes! We generally have a small rack of sample dresses available “off the rack” in as-in condition that are available for immediate sale at deeply discounted rates. They generally are a good fit for brides who wear a street size 6 - 10. Once or twice a year we also host Sample Sale events. Please sign-up to receive our email newsletter to be the first know when these are scheduled.