Many brides don't know that wedding gowns can take up to 5 months to arrive! This then allows adequate time for the dress to come in and alterations to be completed.
If you order your dress further in advance, we will simply request that your dress be delivered to us approximately 3 months before your wedding and we will store it for you until just before your big day.
If however you have less than 6 months, don’t worry….some of our designers offer a ‘rush’ service and we also have a selection of dresses in the shop that are ‘ready to wear’ or available in as little as 4 weeks.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest styles arriving in the shop as we keep this regularly updated with pictures!
During an appointment we lock our door to allow our bride and her friends and family complete privacy, therefore if you arrive when someone else is having their fitting, we will ask you to pop back another time.
Appointments are required for Saturdays.
We recommend you bring just a few close friends or family members as in our experience when there are lots of people, it can sometimes be very overwhelming having so many differing opinions.
By bringing those closest to you, you are able to focus on what is really important, finding the gown of your dreams!
Come with an open mind! Every dress looks different when it is tried on and unless you already know what style suits you, be prepared to try different styles, that way you’ll know when you try on the perfect dress. Eliminating styles is just as important as finding the styles you like in the search for your perfect dress.
Speak to us! – we will not pressure you in any way, tell us what you like and don’t like and we can help you select dresses. We know the dresses and how they fit and will advise you on what will suit your shape. If you have a budget in mind, please tell us, as in most cases we will be able to suggest alternatives that will fit with your budget.
The internet is filled with discounters who claim to have the "real thing", but these are nothing more than cheap copies of designer dresses. The dresses arrive in a brown box inside out, wrinkled, and are usually incredibly poor quality. It is not unheard of the dress being sewn together incorrectly with beads glued on instead of sewn on and it falling apart on you.
Not what you might have imagined for the dress of the most important day of your life.
There are also many occasions where the dress doesn’t turn up at all and if it does, the sizing is all wrong.
There are so many benefits to purchasing from a bridal shop. We are here support you throughout the process. A bridal consultant is there to help you choose a gown that is appropriate for the day, your style, body type, and budget. We will also use our expertise to help you choose all of your accessories for that day. We offer a full alterations service and the gown stays here until the wedding.
When you pick up your gown the week of your wedding, it is steamed and pressed and picture ready!
Unfortunately a deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. All alterations are paid direct to us and only once all of the work has been completed and you are satisfied with the final result.
Once measurements have been taken, we order a dress to your nearest size and at this point we ask to try to maintain the shape you are.
If however you do change shape slightly, the dress can be altered but please be aware that altering a dress too much is not advisable (i.e 2 or 3 dress sizes)
At the very least, you need to know the heel high of your intended shoes, and either take or borrow a pair with the same heel height to your fittings until you purchase the actual shoes you will wear.
We do have sample shoes in the shop for you to borrow if you wish, but please advise us if you intend to have a different heel height.
It’s best not to assume that you will be the same size in a bridal gown as in High Street clothes.
Alternatively, you are welcome to use any seamstress you may already know of. If you use our alterations service, we usually have the first alteration fitting approximately 6 weeks before your wedding and then do a final fitting the week of your wedding, with additional fittings in between these times.
This may all seem a bit close to the big day, but many brides alter in shape in the last few weeks therefore we feel that a fitting as close as possible to your wedding day will ensure that the dress fits perfectly.
Our alteration prices are very reasonable and you will be given an approximate price at the time of the first fitting.
We have a range of dresses in store particularly suitable for weddings abroad. Most of these are made from light chiffon or organza fabrics which are also easier to transport and less prone to creasing.
These dresses come with very small trains, or without. Any dress can have the train removed by a seamstress if you prefer.
If you have seen a specific dress by one of our designers that you want to try, let us know! We can usually arrange to borrow a sample if we don’t already have it in the shop.
Most of the dresses can made in colours to match your theme.