HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR BRIDAL APPOINTMENT
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful boutique near Cardiff and helping you to find your dream wedding dress. We hope these tips will help you to prepare for your bridal appointment to ensure that you have the very best experience.
WHEN SHOULD I START LOOKING FOR A WEDDING DRESS?
With our just-in-time culture, many brides assume that they can buy their dream wedding dress straight off the peg. Whilst we do have a sale rail with near perfect ex-sample gowns that are available at a fraction of their usual selling price, any new dresses have to be ordered from the designers and each one is made to order for each bride. Typically it can take around 16 – 20 weeks (4 – 5 months) to make a dress, however some of our designers offer a rush service for a small extra charge, which reduces the lead time to around 10 – 12 weeks.
It’s also wise to allow a little extra time for alterations. Even though each of the wedding dresses we sell are made to order and we take each bride’s measurements, these are only used as a guide and the dresses are made in conventional sizes (such as size 10 or 12). More often than not, when the dress arrives and you try it on for the first time, some alterations will need to be made to ensure that it fits perfectly in all the right places. Because it’s impossible to know the extent of the work that needs to be done until you try on your dress, it’s impossible to know how much work will need to be done. Some brides may only need a hem to be altered and a single fitting, others can require more complex work and several fittings. We therefore recommend allowing 8 – 10 weeks for alterations, particularly if your wedding is during the busier spring and summer months.
So to ensure that you have the widest choice of designers and styles to pick from and ample time for alterations, it’s best to start shopping for your wedding dress at least 9 months before your wedding day.
HOW LONG WILL THE APPOINTMENT LAST?
Our weekday appointments are scheduled for an hour and a half, and on a Saturday an hour and a quarter. We have a small waiting area and would ask you to arrive no more than five minutes before your appointment time.
THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT WHO SHOULD ACCOMPANY YOU
For your first wedding dress shopping trip, think about who you’d like to accompany you and avoid taking too many others along for the ride – the more people that come with you, the more opinions you’ll find yourself having to consider. Only invite close friends or family that you feel completely comfortable with and whose opinion you really trust – this might not always be your nearest and dearest. It’s all too easy to allow yourself to be influenced by friends or family with strong opinions and we have seen brides choose a dress that they haven’t fallen in love with just because mum or granny like it the best.
To avoid making the same mistake, pick one or two people who you want to accompany you on the first shopping trip and leave any other friends or relatives at home at least until you’ve narrowed down your options to one or two styles that you really love.
Also please note that we provide seating in each of our fitting rooms for a maximum of three guests.
BE OPEN MINDED
Most brides tend to start by looking through wedding magazines or wedding planning websites and will form an idea of the kind of dress that they want before ever trying it on. At Sentiments, we always ask our brides about the styles they like – often this is where we start in helping them to make their selection – but we also encourage brides to be open minded and to try on other styles too.
It’s not uncommon for brides to fall in love with a dress that’s the complete opposite of what they thought they would like, so if our stylists recommend a style that you don’t think you’ll like, try it on anyway – you might just be surprised!
DON’T BE AFRAID OF COMMITMENT!
Not every bride has ‘that moment’ when tears start rolling, and trying on too many dresses can just lead to total confusion and forgetting which ones looked the best.
So while it’s a very important decision, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly, our advice would be if you fall in love with the first dress you try on then don’t be afraid to buy it!
Because each dress is made to order, some styles can take up to 6 months from placing the order to arriving at the boutique. It’s also worth allowing a little extra time for alterations to be made to ensure that the dress is a perfect fit. Some designers do allow a rush order but this does comes with an additional cost, so the sooner that you can order your dress, the better.
If you have any questions prior to your appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01443 228080.