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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
The heat is on
Q. My wedding is booked for August and I'm having difficulty finding the right gown. I want something not too fitted as I don't want to overheat in the sun. What styles and materials would you recommend?
A. Lee Anne Griffin says: Here at Bridal Reloved Wallingford we have a huge selection of designer dresses to suit all occasions but for an August wedding I would recommend soft naturally flowing fabrics such as chiffon, silk and tulle that are light and easy to wear. A simple A-line will give you the definition in the bodice then movement in the skirt perfect for a summer's day and a light unstructured fit to flare gown will be so comfortable to wear yet still creating a traditional bridal look. Our top tip would be to try to make sure you dress in a cool place, it will be much harder to position and fasten the gown if you are already hot. If you're wearing a strapless or backless dress remember to remove your underwear well in advance to avoid pressure marks from the straps. You will stil need to wear sunblock, opt for a clear and non-greasy formula and make sure it dries before you change in to your dress!
Lee Anne Griffin
Q. I'd love a wow-factor wedding gown but worry that I just don't have the budget for it. Can you give me any advice about finding the right dress at the right price?
A. Lee Anne Griffin says: Every bride should have the perfect bridal experience and find the dress of their dreams without compromising on quality and style. Have you thought widening your search to include sample and even preowned gowns? At Bridal Reloved, we specialise in high-end designer dresses at budget prices. Our brides can have a fabulous designer dress at a huge saving, and although we do stock incredible, immaculate preloved dresses, most of our dresses are either new or sample gowns in pristine condition, with a wide range of up-to-date styles and sizes from 6 to 26. Wherever you decide to buy from, you should expect the full bridal experience. At my boutique, the exclusive appointments are free and entirely styled around you. I ensure all my brides have a minimum two-hour appointment, during which the boutique is entirely theirs and they can try on as many dresses as they wish. Some boutique owners, like myself, may also be able to more flexible with appointments, accommodating evenings and Sundays if not already busy at wedding fairs. Think about extras beyond the initial appointment too, such as storage and seamstress services. Here at Bridal Reloved, we can store your dream dress free of charge and have a bridal seamstress who will customise and create dresses to specifications at a competitive price.
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Lee Anne Griffin
Looking for the one
Q. I can't wait to get married and want to get it wrapped up in the next 12 months. On average, how many bridal fittings should I attend and when should I start?
A. Maddy Orlando says: Starting the search for your wedding dress is probably one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding, and most girls can't wait to round up the Bride Tribe and get stuck in! Your wedding dress will dictate other aspects of the styling for your big day, such as theme, flowers and hairstyles, so if you are at the 12-month mark or less, it's definitely time to make a start. Most wedding boutiques will quote a delivery time of four to six months for your wedding dress to be made and arrive in store. You will then need to allow plenty of time for any alterations and adjustments. Many boutiques will also offer a ready-to-wear collection if you are short on time.A lot of girls find their perfect dress in the first shop they visit. However, if you don't find anything that you love immediately, you will need to factor in time to visit other boutiques. We recommend no more than three or four, as visiting other stores just to make sure can be time-consuming, confusing and a little bit stressful. When you do find the dress that makes your heart beat faster, then just say “Yes!”
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