Our Top Tips

For Buying The Perfect Wedding Dress

When to start looking for your wedding dress?

We recommend you start wedding dress shopping around a year before your big day as you will need time to look around and get a feel for what style of dress you love the most. Wedding dresses take approximately 4-6 months to be made and you will need time to have fittings and alterations once it arrives in the store so we would recommend not leaving it too late. If you are working to a tighter deadline please don’t worry as rush order can be arranged with all of our designers should they be required and we have a large selection of gowns which we are able to sell off-the-rail.


We work by appointment so that we can ensure we give you a memorable and personal experience when shopping for your perfect dress. Our diary does book up several weeks in advance, especially for Saturdays. To book an appointment click the link below:

Price Range

Our gowns range in price from £1000 to around £3700 with most averaging between £1000-2500. We are constantly refreshing our stock so we are able to sell gowns off-the-rail for a discounted price too.

Our mother of the bride collections range in price from £495 to £1350 with most being under £750.


Our gown prices do not include alterations. Unlike some bridal shops, we don’t offer a set price for alterations as we don’t believe this is fair to brides when you could be paying for something that doesn’t need much alteration. Instead, we quote you a price based on exactly what is required for your dress. At your first fitting which is around 8 weeks before your big day, our seamstress will be present to discuss your alteration requirements with you and give you a price there and then. This means you are just paying for what is being altered, nothing more!

Appointment Times

A bridal appointment can last up to 2 hours. We want you to enjoy your appointment as much as possible so we always allow 2 hours to be safe so that you don’t feel rushed into making a decision if you find your dream dress.

Who To Bring

We encourage you to bring up to 3 guests with you to your appointment who you value their opinions to help you make the right dress choice. This may be your mum, mother-in-law to be, sisters, close friend or more! We have a 3 guest policy in place for the best interest of our brides, sometimes too many opinions can confuse and overwhelm the bride, so keep your circle small – you’ll thank us for this in the long run.

Style Of Dress

Do you need to know the style of dress you’re looking for? Don’t worry if not, we are here to help you and guide you through all the different silhouettes of bridal gowns in your appointment. We advise keeping an open mind to the different styles, we may suggest gowns to you that you may not like the look of on the hanger but may love it when you try it on. Most brides to have never tried on a wedding dress when they come into our store and you have nothing to lose trying something that you don’t think you would normally go for, it could be THE dress!


In your bridal appointment, we will discuss with you your feelings on veils and accessories and based on the dresses that you try on we will select veils and accessories for you to try to compliment each gown perfectly! This helps you and your loved ones to visualise your wedding day look before you make your final decision on your gown!


When you order your dress it will be a long time until you see the gown again when your dress comes in stock and it is common for brides to doubt their choice or forget what their dress is like. This is a perfectly normal feeling and we would encourage you not to worry about this when you come back to try your dress on. When it arrives in store you will more than likely fall in love with the dress all over again, even more than the first time you tried it!

Sample Dresses

A sample dress is a gown that is used to try on in our store. Our sample gowns range from a UK size 10 up to a size 28 and we are able to sell sample gowns off-the-rail if you are not able to order a dress in time for your big day.

Change Of Dress Size

Most brides say to us they are wanting to lose weight before their wedding day, whether it be a couple of pounds or several stone. When ordering your gown we would always recommend ordering the size that fits you at that time. We have a really good team of seamstresses who are able to alter the dress should you lose weight prior to your big day. If you are planning to lose a lot of weight and have the time to delay ordering your gown we are happy for you to come back and be measured at a later date prior to us placing your order with the designer – just discuss this with us at the time of ordering.

Nothing Fits!

Our sample gowns range from a UK size 10 up to size 28. We would love to be able to stock every gown in every size but this just isn’t possible. When selecting our gowns we try to select a wide range of sizes which will best compliment each specific gown so that there is something for brides of every shape and size to try. Don’t worry about the samples not fitting, we are able to add panels of material to the back if a gown is too small and clip a larger gown in to show you how it would look in the right size for your silhouette!