Hello everyone! I am hot off the heels from another wedding fayre this weekend. This time I had the delightful Corthorpe Hotel, near Cardiff hosted our event.
As anyone who reads the blog will know I do love a wedding fayres. You will find so much inspiration and advice in one room from professionals who really care and know their jobs. Why wouldn’t you want to go?!
This weekend I was surrounded by fabulous cakes from Stephaine who runs Ivy Cottage Cakes with music from Tomi Turner (the most hypnotic harpist!) as well as wedding decorations and beauty therapists. I also had the pleasure of Jules’ company. Jules run’s Castle Bridal in Cardiff and speaking to her you can clearly see all the passion she has for the job. She was delightful to be next too and to watch her work.
I’ve been so inspired by today I have tracked down a few tips on wedding dresses. If you own a dress shop or have been a bride yourself please leave a comment and tell us all your own experience! What I would say from my own experience is go into a good quality shop before you even look at any other option. I have sewen (Yes, literally with needle and thread) ladies into their dresses the day of their wedding because their dress didn’t fit right. Avoid the heartache and horrors girls, book an appointment and go and talk to someone who knows their stuff.
My two HOT recommends go and see Jules at Castle Bridal in Cardiff, she’s got your back Or if you’re more in Midlands/Cotswolds try on the elegance and majesty from my beautiful Shar from SJP Bridal you can’t go wrong!
- BUDGET- yes let’s get it out of the way. If you have a budget (and what Bride doesn’t) tell your dress shop. There is no judgment. The ladies in the shop are there to help you make the right decision and will still show you plenty of stunning dresses without breaking the bank.
- GIVE YOURSELF TIME- I’ve heard a few people say to get the dress first but I actually think looking around the 9-month mark makes more sense. Many shops have a 6-8 month delivery time and you’ll want to leave a 6-8 week time gap for any adjustments to be made. If you don’t have much time talk to the wedding shop they may have another option for you.
- PICK YOUR BRIDE TRIBE WISELY- this ties in with the blog post I wrote on ‘Dangers of the Bride Tribe’ when you go wedding dress shopping go with a few members of team bride. Literally 2 or 3. More will be overwhelming for you and the shop may literally not have space. Pick people opinion whom you trust, understand your style AND who will make it fun!
- BOOK AHEAD- Some bridal shops will be by appointment only and weekends can be pretty much booked up in advance. Avoid disappointment it’s so easy to send an email or message on social media. Even a phone call with take only a few minutes.
- BE OPENMINDED- it’s great when you have an idea of what you would like to try but go ahead and listen to the expertise of the ladies in the shop. Don’t be afraid to try on something different you might be pleasantly surprised!
- FORGET ABOUT SIZING! – It’s a number that is very different from clothes you would purchase on the high street. A lot of beading, webbing, pearls, extra lengths of material go into these dresses. They will be unlike anything you will ever wear, normally. So, please ladies do not get hung up on what number is on the back of your dress, make sure it fits you correctly. And ill-fitting dress will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
- LOCATION- If you are having a destination wedding or even getting married outside make sure that you are wearing a dress that will go along with it. No one wants you tripping over your dress to land head first in the sand or bringing in half the forest floor for your first dance.
- ASK QUESTIONS- don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask about alterations, delivery times cost, even underwear! We don’t mind them and the whole point of an appointment is just that.
- TRUST YOUR GUT- If you don’t like the dress, say so. No matter how much someone else might like it (Bride tribe, behave!) DO WHAT YOU LIKE! You will be the one wearing it.
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY YES TO THE FIRST DRESS- Love, at first sight, can indeed happen and if nothing compares to that first dress, that’s OK. Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.