Buying a wedding dress- what to expect

Posted on 28/2/2016. Written by Jana Svalbe.

Availability of Wedding Dresses

Bridal shops stock certain designer dresses. Not all wedding dresses from a particular designer collection are available in each shop so if you are looking for a specific bridal gown, be sure it is available prior to booking an appointment. Often bridal dresses can be sent in for you to try on by the designers for a small fee which is refundable if you purchase the gown.

Booking Your Bridal Appointment

Although you can pop into some shops to browse the store, you will be most often asked to book an appointment to try the gowns on. Some boutiques will do private appointments, but most will see multiple brides at the same time. Appointments last approximately 1.5h

Some boutiques will charge for appointments anything from £20-£45, particularly if those are Saturday appointments. The fee will be refundable against the purchase of the gown.

Sizes of Sample Wedding Dresses

Each sample wedding dress will be available in one size only, so expect to be pinned in or for the dress to be open at the back. Most commonly the sample wedding dresses are available in sizes 10-14, but some boutiques might have plus size collections for those looking for larger dress sizes. If you are looking for a larger size dress and it is important for you that the dress fits well when you are trying it on, be sure to contact the bridal shop and check their size availability prior to booking an appointment.

Ordering You Wedding Dress and Alterations

Once you are ready to order the wedding dress your measurements will be taken and the dress will be ordered in the size to fit your biggest part. For example, if you have size 12 top and size 14 bottoms the dress will be ordered in size 14 and then altered to fit you. Some brands offer mixed sizing and customisation is also possible at extra cost.

You will need to pay 50% non-refundable deposit on order and final balance when the dress arrives at the shop.

Most often the alterations will be necessary and those are at extra cost.

How long does it take for the wedding dress to be made

Most designers take up to 12 weeks to make the gowns and you need to ideally leave 8 weeks for alterations thus you should order your dress no later than 5-6 months prior to your wedding. If the bridal gown is handmade and has intricate beading detail, the lead time can be up to 20 weeks. Most gowns even by high end bridal design houses are made in factories in China, thus the lead time for delivery can be longer around Chinese New Year. Often the dress lead time cannot be shortened due to manufacturing process, although some designers are more flexible and will do rush orders, but this will be charged at extra cost.

Wedding Dress Shopping Experience at MODE Bridal

When I set up the business I wanted to be different and give brides personal service and quality gowns with minimal need for alterations. Thus at MODE Bridal we only deal with the designers who produces gowns in house; and currently we offer wedding dresses made in France, Italy and the UK.

Having dresses made by the wedding designers in house ensures high quality standard, use of good quality fabrics as well as gives us ability to order gowns made to brides measurements with full range of customisation options. This also gives us flexibility with order times and we can have the gown made as quickly as two weeks. This approach is not for the faint hearted, but gives absolute flexibility for brides to have their dream dress made even with couple of weeks to go until the wedding.

The wedding dresses available at MODE Bridal are often exclusive to us either in the UK or surrounding counties, thus ensuring that you will look not only stunning on your wedding day, but it is less likely that another bride will have exactly the same wedding dress as you.

We pride ourselves on quality of service and truly focus and offering the bride an unforgettable shopping experience. All of our bridal appointments are totally private, where you will be the only bride in the shop enjoying the experience with those closest to you.

We allow 2h for each appointment to ensure that you have plenty of time to try on as many dresses as you need before finding the one. Appointments are also available on Sundays and late evenings to suit your schedule. We will offer you styling advice and help you to find the perfect dress and accessories to complete your bridal look.

When I meet brides they often talk about their experience at other bridal shops and pressure selling is something that brides have come across time and time again. I do not believe in pressure selling and genuinely want each bride to choose the dress because she loves it, and has found “the one”. That way I can be sure that MODE Bridal retains its status as the must visit bridal shopping destination.

If you would like to be treated to a MODE Bridal shopping experience and see wedding dresses that are gorgeous and unique, please get in touch to book your private appointment 01273 930 990 | info@modebridal.co.uk | www.modebridal.co.uk/book-an-appointment

Jana Svalbe
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