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Things to consider

When to start looking

Try and allow at least 9-12 months before the wedding before starting the search. All our dresses are made to order and therefore take 5-7 months to arrive. Once the dress arrives, you’ll meet with our seamstress to ensure the dress fits you perfectly! Alterations are extra, but are reasonably priced and you’ll always be given a rough price guide.

Don’t panic if you have less time than this. Some manufacturers carry stock of certain dresses or we can arrange a ‘rush cut’ in 8-10 weeks. It’s not ideal as it can limit your choice and incur additional cost but it’s often possible so always call us to discuss your requirements.

If you more time than this – great. Come in and see us as once you have found the dress, we’ll confirm the dress and delay delivery and production until we need.

Who to bring?

Come with your close friends and family. You can bring as many friends as you like but we recommend bringing a maximum of 4 so you can focus on yourself and you are not too confused with lots of opinions!

What to bring?

Wear good underwear – you may want to bring a strapless bra if you have decided this is the style you like although many of the dresses have corsets built in. Bring shoes if you have decided on them but we have a range of styles and size you can try on/buy instore.

What to remember?

Have an open mind – it can be a confusing experience, especially if you don’t know what you want . As part of our initial consultation we will ask you a few questions to understand a bit about you and your style and any wedding themes. You will be able to pick out as many dresses as you like but we will help choose a few for you, some of which you may not have considered.

Enjoy it – it’s a one off experience so see it as fun and exciting. No need to be nervous!

Accessories

Accessories play a big part in creating the overall look but they should be led by the dress. We will give you some suggestions for hairpieces, shoes and veils that work with the dress but also to match your preferences and style ie tiara or side piece, shorter vs longer veil.

Quite often brides will decide they do want a veil to finish off the look, even if they originally had thought not to wear one so we will show you the options and advise on lengths and styles.

Dress styles and Shapes

Wedding dresses come in a variety of different styles and shapes. Here is a beginner’s guide!

Princess/A Line1) Princess/A Line: As its name suggests, this is a type of dress which flairs out from the waist or hip into an ‘A’ shape. Great for pear shapes or those who are a little conscious about their hips and bottom. Casablanca2) Fishtail: Softly forming around the body, fishtails are fitted around the bust, waist and hips – right down to the kness and then flair out at the bottom. Great for girls who want to show off their curves and works for many sizes.
Column3) Column: A fitted dress with a longer bodice which is fairly straight up and down, fitted in at the waist. Perfect if you want something understated and elegant. Empire Line4) Empire Line: Fitted to under the bust and then flared to the floor. Usually a floaty, soft fabric for that Grecian goddess look! Great if you are larger busted and or want to hide a tummy or hips and often lightweight for a beach wedding.