Shopping for a wedding dress is a new experience for most of our brides, because of this we get asked a lot of questions such as – what can I expect at my appointment, how long will it take for my dress to arrive etc…so we thought it may be useful to answer some of those questions here. If you still have questions you would like to ask please feel free to call us.
When should I start the search for my dress?
Commonly brides tend to start searching for their dress 12 to 18 months before their wedding though this is very dependent on each individual bride with some brides being very organised and wanting to choose their dress early on in the planning process and other brides happy to leave it till later. However, the delivery time for a dress is approximately 5- 6 months from ordering and we recommend leaving 6-8 weeks for alterations. So the recommended time scale for choosing and ordering your dress is no less than 7 months before your wedding day.
If for some reason you don’t have seven months to go before your wedding but you still haven’t ordered your dress, there are a couple of options available to you. Some of our designers offer an Express service which can knock a month or more off the delivery time for your dress, however they do charge a premium for this, and this can vary from designer to designer. The second option is to purchase an ‘off the peg’ dress, these are sample dresses that have been tried on within the shop that we are happy to sell off at a reduced price in-order to make room for our new collection dresses.
Can I just pop in to try on some dresses?
I’m afraid not, we work on a ‘by appointment only’ system which enables us to give each bride that comes to see us our focussed attention during her appointment and the guidance and support she needs.
What size dresses do you have in for me to try?
Here at The Bridal Affair featuring Curvy Bridal we believe that every bride whatever their shape or size should be able to try on a varied selection of beautiful dresses that fit, and enable them to see exactly how fabulous they will look on their special day. Unlike most bridal shops who tend to stock mainly size 12’s and 14’s, we carry gowns from a size 8 to a 34 so that all brides can try on dresses that flatter their shape and make them feel amazing.
What will happen at my appointment?
We will advise and guide you through your bridal appointment, starting with a brief chat about your wedding plans and the vision that you have for your big day. We will talk to you about dress shapes, whether you have seen any dresses that you particularly like and if you have any ideas about what you dress must have e.g. sleeves or sparkle. We will then pick out several dresses for you to try in different styles and shapes so we can establish which shapes and necklines work well for you. Once this has been established we can discard any styles that don’t suit and pick out some additional designs for you to try. We can also suggest veils and accessories that we have that will complement the dresses you choose.
If you find your perfect gown at your appointment we can place an order for you, or if you need to come back for a second viewing to confirm your choice then that’s fine too.
We understand that your wedding is unique to you and so we take the time to get to know you and ensure that our personal approach will result in a special and enjoyable experience giving you the time, space and support to make the perfect choice for you.
Who should I bring with me to my appointment?
While we understand that choosing your wedding dress is an exciting experience that you would love to share with family and friends, we do ask if possible that you limit the guests that you bring with you to 3 or 4. This is partly because of the space we have available in the boutique and secondly we find that large numbers of guests actually make the appointment quite difficult due to the number of different opinions which can often become quite stressful for the bride.
Do I need to bring anything with me to my appointment?
You don’t need to bring anything in particular to your first appointment, however if you have a neutral coloured strapless bra that can be useful and comfortable underwear as you will be trying on a lot of dresses.
Can I bring my bridesmaids, they need dresses too?
We are extremely happy for you to bring your bridesmaids with you and we have a lovely selection of dresses in a wide range of colours they can try on. However, it might be more sensible to book a second appointment for your bridesmaids so we can totally focus on you during your appointment and finding you the dress of your dreams. If it’s not possible for you to make a second appointment for your bridesmaids then please let us know before-hand so we can book additional time for your appointment and accommodate everybody.
How much are your dresses?
Our new dresses range in price from £850.00 to £2,000.00. However, we do have sample ‘off the peg’ dresses that we have on sale that you may wish to purchase if you have a smaller budget.
How do I pay for my dress?
Once you have chosen your gown you will need to pay a £250 deposit to secure your dress. We will then invite you back for a measurement appointment 6-8 months before your wedding where you will be required to pay half of the remaining balance so we can order your dress. Your final payment will be due when your dress arrives with us in the boutique and you come in for your first fitting appointment.
If your wedding date is only 6-8 months from your initial consultation, then we will measure you on that day and you will need to pay half of the total cost of your dress so we can place an order, with the balance due when your dress arrives with us in the boutique.
Please note that payments made against your dress order are not refundable.
If I need alterations, can you do them?
Yes, although we do not offer an instore alteration service, we have a fantastic seamstress who can make any alterations that you need to your dress. The cost of your alterations is NOT included in the price of your gown and will be dependent on the alterations that need to be made. Payment for your alterations should be made directly to our seamstress at the end of the process before you collect your gown.
Is my dress insured?
No, insurance is not included within the price of your dress. We strongly advise that you take out good wedding insurance to cover you in the event that your wedding has to be cancelled for any reason. Please note that payments made against your dress order are not refundable.