Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What can I expect from my consultation?
Every consultation we have is different, depending on where you are at with your bridal shopping, and how you are feeling about the journey ahead! Generally though, we invite you to enjoy browsing the gowns whilst picking out your favourites to try. We will then enter our private fitting room, where your friends and family can relax, whilst you enjoy finding your perfect bridal look. There is always the option for you to pick some more gowns on to try or your stylist would be happy to choose some for you. That way you might try something that you wouldn’t have picked out yourself, we all love a wildcard! We absolutely appreciate that for lots of ladies, entering a bridal shop, as THE BRIDE, is quite daunting and surreal. But please don’t worry – we have a very relaxed and down to earth atmosphere, it is our job and our pleasure to walk you through, step by step, from the moment we first meet you, to the moment you collect your gown. There are endless cups of tea and laughs to enjoy while you experience one of your biggest milestones as a Bride to be.
How long will my consultation be?
We allow 2 hours for a bridal appointment, this is usually plenty of time. You are of course welcome to come back as many times as you wish to ensure you never rushed or pressured into making your decision.
Do I need to bring anything?
No, in short! You do not need to bring anything, just your excitement and an open mind. We have a podium for you to stand on, so no need to worry about bringing any shoes, and we have all the accessories you could dream of! If you have any accessories that you have already decided you would like to wear, then please bring them with you so they can be teamed with your gown. You may wish to wear a strapless bra so you are not distracted by any bra straps showing, although these can always be tucked away. Screenshots of bridal styles you like on your phone can help, but again not essential.
I have a few people that would like to come with me, is that alright?
Of course! We have no restrictions on guests and would hate for you to exclude anyone special to you! We have a large, private fitting room, perfect for your guests to relax whilst you enjoy trying on your pick of the gowns. It is just worth bearing in mind that with more people comes more opinions which can sometimes become overwhelming. That being said, you know your Tribe best- so do whatever feels right for you.
Is it OK to bring children along?
Absolutely, we are Mums, we get it! We have a very relaxed atmosphere and want everyone to feel welcome with us.
When should I start my dress shopping?
Usually a good time to start shopping for your bridal gown is around 1 year before your wedding, you will then be shopping the latest season’s styles and have enough time to ensure you have the maximum choice, as some gowns can take up to 6 months to arrive. Bear in mind that you also need to factor in time for fittings and alterations. We would normally allow 2-3 months to accommodate you and your schedule and to ensure you are completely happy with your gown in good time, eliminating any unnecessary last minute stress.
However everybody is different and some brides to get their gown sorted much earlier as this which offers benefits such as being able to spread the cost over a longer period of time, it also allows you more time to plan other things that follow on from it such as colour themes and bridesmaids dresses.
Above all remember that it is YOUR wedding and you can do it your way. So whether you are super organised or a ‘last minute bride’ don’t feel pressure and shop when you feel ready.
Do I need to pay a deposit and when do I have to pay the balance?
Normally we would require a 50% deposit when you place your order with the balance due when alterations start. However, if you would prefer payments to be broken down we can usually do this for you, the more time we have until the wedding, the more flexibility we can offer. Your bridal stylist will be able to answer any questions at your appointment.
What size samples do you have?
We are proudly an ALL size boutique with samples from a 6 to a 30. With over 160 gowns in store we have so many gorgeous, modern, figure flattering styles to try whatever size you are!
Do you do alterations?
Alterations are arguably the most important part of your wedding dress journey. We offer a full in-house professional alterations service if you buy a gown from us. Rest assured we will look after you and your gown throughout.
What is the price range of your gowns?
Our brand new gowns start from around £799-£1500. We also have a permanent sample sale rail where you can find a large selection of our well looked after ex sample gowns at a fraction of their original price. Prices here start from as little as £299-£899.
I want to lose weight before my Wedding, what size do I order?
Many Brides are determined to lose weight or tone up before they walk down the aisle! Because of this we are incredibly experienced in making sure your gown fits you as you want to be on your big day. Just make sure you let us know during your appointment and we can talk you through everything. (Our opinion – don’t do it to yourself! You will fall in love with your gown as you are, so no need to lose a pound!)
I am getting married soon, will you have anything for me?
We certainly would have options for you! There is always a large selection of our sample gowns available ‘off the peg’, and with amazing savings too. We also have excellent relationships with our professional and reliable designers, with many gowns available from stock or with priority shipping.
Can I take photos?
Yes you can. It is a very exciting and enjoyable time and we fully expect that you want to take photographs to keep as memories, feel free to snap or video away!
Tel. 01778 218020
21 North Street, Bourne, PE10 9AE