Customers are always amazed at how difficult it is to find first holy communion dresses these days. After searching bridal boutiques, department stores, children's boutiques finding that most stock only a handful or none at all.
To find a larger selection of girls communion dresses, customers have now turned to the internet for online shopping. There are many challenges to ordering online. Questions consumers must ask themselves:
- Is the online store reputable?
- Are the first communion dresses and veils readily available to ship?
- Where is the online store located?
- What if the first communion dress looks different once I receive it?
- What if the communion dress doesn't fit?
With over 20 years as a Christian retailer, Christian Expressions LLC has been specializing in first communion apparel both in our Rhode Island showroom and online. Our first store opened in Rhode Island in 1996 and our first website launched way back in 2000! Our showroom is chock full of first communion dresses ranging from size 6 through 20 1/2. and thousands of first holy communion veils. We offer our own exclusive line of communion apparel called "Christian Expressions Collection" which are sold only through our specialty websites and our Rhode Island showroom as well as specially selected dresses and accessories from quality manufacturers made in the USA.
Our Rhode Island showroom is open to the public year round. We have fitting rooms and friendly and knowledgeable staff to guide you and your child every step of the way in selecting the perfect first communion ensemble.
Our showroom also boasts its own photography studio "Christian Expressions Photography". This is where we photograph our first communion apparel using real models so our online customers can see exactly what the dress and accessories look like from different angles and close ups. A complimentary portrait session taken in our Rhode Island studio is available to all customers who purchase from our store or website.
We also include a size chart for each dress in each product description. By taking a moment to measure your child and comparing to the size chart, the need to return or exchange is greatly reduced. We even include a place to add your child's measurements so our staff can review prior to shipping. We'll contact you to discuss if needed. That personal touch is often lost with mass market online stores.
Lastly, with so many online stores, the importance of investigating where you are ordering is more important than ever. Over the past few years, we have seen a large increase of websites selling knockoffs of brand names. Most often these websites are from China or India. They often use the same images from reputable companies but what you are actually receiving is a cheap knockoff and sometimes the product doesn't arrive at all. Leaving you and your child with an unwearable dress or even none at all. We have heard many tearful stories from customers that came to us for a last minute dress after having had terrible experiences with other online stores.
These websites usually price their apparel much cheaper than retail. They are not stocked so you must wait weeks or even months for the dress to be made, then wait for the dress to arrive from overseas. You also risk exposing your credit card information. Ask yourself if saving a few dollars is worth the risk.
Also make sure to select an online store that clearly posts its company name, address, telephone number and email address. Or better yet, consider choosing Christian Expressions and you're sure to enjoy a stress free shopping experience!Christian Expressions245 Phenix AvenueCranston, Rhode Island 02920 USAToll Free Ordering: 1-800-300-2404Store Phone 1-401-942-233Email US