FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourberksbucksoxon.wedding


Best-dressed brides

Best-dressed brides

Q. I'm about to start wedding dress shopping – what styles can I expect to see in store for the new season?

A. Bride To Be says: Meet the expert: Bride To Be is an award-winning boutique based in Reading, Berkshire, selling dresses for brides and bridesmaids as well as a selection of accessories.

Isabella tells us: Here are some of our most popular dress styles at the moment. This style D265 by Essense of Australia is a popular gown for brides searching for a timeless clean-cut look. The matte mikado fabric creates a sophisticated and glamorous effect and having a V-neckline helps frame the face. The beaded belt accentuates the waist and the V-back adds a touch of something special while the dramatic train completes the look.

Style PH8008 by Phoenix Gowns is the ideal choice if you're after an embellished gown and a more detailed design. This features Gatsby-inspired lace appliqué that adds detail to this strapless style complete with a sweetheart neckline. It enhances curves by gently flaring from the hips into a fuller skirt and the corset back leads to the statement chapel train with a full lace hem. The finishing touch is the elegant bolero jacket with cap sleeves featuring a delicate scalloped edge.

Bride To Be, Bride To Be


New beginnings

New beginnings

Q. Can you show me some ideas for wedding dress styles that will suit a low-key, late-summer wedding?

A. Rhian Jenkins says: Meet the expert: Rhian Jenkins is the director and consultant at New Beginnings Bridal Boutique based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, which has just undergone extensive remodelling with marble flooring and underfloor heating, and ornate leaner mirrors.

Rhian says: We're seeing an increase in requests for laid-back, bohemian styles in soft floaty fabrics and fine lace for weddings this summer. Easy-to-wear is a great way to describe this style!

Sparkle was a big trend for weddings in 2019 and 2020 but plain A-line and sheath silhouettes are popular in the 2021 collections and are incredibly flattering on most body shapes and sizes. The beauty of these simplistic styles is that they work well with any type of wedding - they can be dressed up or down.

We have a large collection of new gowns in stock from designers including w.too, Willowby and Enzoani. We're also offering our brides-to-be luxury gift bags with a value of more than £600 when they purchase their dream dress at New Beginnings!

Rhian Jenkins, New Beginnings Bridal Boutique


New beginnings

New beginnings

Q. I am newly engaged and excited about planning my wedding for 2021. What should I expect when visiting a bridal dress boutique for the first time? Also, is there a maximum number of people that I can bring along with me?

A. Rhian Jenkins says: MEET THE EXPERT: Rhian Jenkins is the director and consultant at New Beginnings Bridal Boutique, a five-star rated, multiaward- winning, family-run business based in Newport Pagnell offering affordable luxury and an unbeatable experience.

Rhian says: Firstly, congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time, and shopping for your dream dress should be a fun process. Each boutique is different so do your research before booking an appointment.

We have plenty of experience dealing with every type of bride, from those who know exactly what they want to women who don't have an idea when they first come to visit us. We have had some customers who have been very body-conscious and were terrified of trying dresses on and we know exactly how to put them at ease. We take a very relaxed approach and will have a chat with you at the start of your appointment to find out what venue and theme you're planning for your wedding and what you think you might like in a dress.

The first style we will put you in will be one that matches your idea of a dream gown but be prepared because more often than not, brides fall in love with something completely different than what they were expecting to!

As we continue with your appointment, we will ask you lots of questions about how you look and feel in each dress that you try on. We have over 190 styles in our boutique in a wide variety of styles to suit everyone.

Brides often ask us about what underwear they should bring to their appointment and we always suggest nude underwear and a strapless bra. If you don't have this, don't worry too much because we can make almost any underwear work, but do try to stay away from very dark or bright colours.

Finding your wedding dress is a special moment and we know that brides want to share this with people close to them but be careful not to bring too many along to your first appointment to avoid having too many opinions. We don't have an official limit on the number of people you can bring although we recommend no more than three or four guests. Please note, at the moment we are adhering to the current government guidelines and are allowing the bride and two guests maximum at the time of going to press, please check this with us when booking an appointment.

Finally, relax and enjoy the experience, making sure that you take in every moment, and trust your consultant to do their job of finding the perfect dress for you.

Rhian Jenkins, New Beginnings Bridal Boutique

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