Friday, 05 June 2020 09:05

Wedding Dress Shopping; 10 Questions To Ask Your Bridal Boutique

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Wedding dress shopping can be both exciting, yet daunting. It’s a new way of shopping for most of us after all; it’s extremely personalised and there’s lots to choose from. The key is to do your research before hand to be fully prepared, and so to help we have created our top ten questions to ask which will have you wedding dress shopping like a pro in no time.   

 

Wedding Dress Shopping 10 Questions To Ask Your Bridal Boutique

 

WHICH Designers Do You Stock? 

If you're looking for a very particular designer, make sure that the boutique you are going to stocks them first. It’s always worth asking this question beforehand, as then, you can do a little bit of your own research online and see the styles and types of dresses and designers that your chosen boutique holds. We often share our dresses on our Instagram page so keep your eyes peeled there.

 

What’s Your Price Range? 

No matter what your preferred spend is, choose it and stick to it- check that the boutique you are visiting has dresses priced within your range. Do not try on dresses out of your budget- this will only lead to disappointment and direct comparisons to the ‘said dress’ that is out of your desired spend. Be open and honest about this, the boutique can then help you pick a dress that is perfect for you!  

 

How Many People Can I Bring With Me? 

Although it’s tempting to bring your whole bridal party, we would suggest bringing 1-2 people only to your appointment. Too many opinions can really confuse things, even if you try hard not to let it. If you really can’t decide then take different people to different appointments and fittings, that way you’ll leave nobody out and everyone can be involved in the process. 

 

Are Photographs Allowed? 

This is always a tricky one and it varies from boutique to boutique, so always ask before snapping away.  

 

What’s the Time-Frame For My Dress? 

Generally, we would advise to order your wedding dress 12-9 months ahead of your wedding date. Most gowns take 4-6 months to arrive. This means there is plenty of time left to make alterations and amendments to your dress if needed, and of course means you are less stressed on the lead up to the big day. If you don’t have the luxury of time when wedding dress shopping, some designers will take rush orders at an extra cost, or a sample dress can be purchased, and alterations can be done to get the perfect fit. 

 

How Many Fittings Will I need?  

Generally, 2-3 fittings are required (including any alterations) to get the perfect fit and look of your dress. Some brides it takes more, but most bridal boutiques will have the number of appointments and fittings needed to get it right!  

 

Do You Offer In-House Alterations? 

This is always a good question to ask. Not all boutiques offer this service, so bear this in mind when it comes to timeframes. Most boutiques will have somebody they will recommend if they don’t offer this themselves. Make sure if you're looking for a seamstress yourself that they come highly recommended and with great reviews, as altering bridal gowns is a very skilled job, which requires expertise and experience.   

 

What Dresses Will Suit My Body Type the Best? 

Your bridal assistant should be able to help you here! Take their advice and listen to their suggestions. Keep an open mind when wedding dress shopping, sometimes what we want is not always what will suit us, or what we will end up with. 

 

What’s The Best Underwear For A Bride? 

We always recommend wearing white or nude underwear and a strapless bra to your appointment; this is a good combination for trying on, once you have picked your dress, we can then recommend alternative combinations of underwear if needs be. 

 

 

Can Your Dresses Be Customised? 

Some designers will offer customisation or amendments when ordering your dress, others can be made when you have alterations made to your dress. Always ask as it depends on the designer and boutique. Most alterations and customisations can be done including, adding sleeves, lowering necklines etc; also look at the boutique accessories range to complete and customise your look. For customisation ideas, we have a blog here with 8 wedding dress alteration ideas. 

 

 

If you need more help or advice get in touch! We offer an intimate, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, within a light and airy studio. You and your guests will receive our excellent customer service and have exclusive use of the boutique throughout your consultation. To book your appointment get in touch

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