An introduction to wedding dresses
You’re engaged – first and foremost congratulations! We cannot wait to welcome you to our London Bridal Boutique – The Boutique & Co! The next few months (or maybe years!) will be an absolute whirlwind! Planning your wedding is such an exciting time but it’s not without its stresses. Which is why at The Boutique & Co. we’ve put together our definitive guide to buying your dress. You’ve probably never spent so much on a single item of clothing before much less on a dress you’re probably only going to wear once (trying it on in two years time after a bottle of wine doesn’t count!) So here it is, our top tips on finding “the one”…
Setting the budget for your wedding dress
So first things first you need to know realistically how much you can afford to spend on your bridal gown. At The Boutique & Co the wedding dresses at our London bridal boutique range from around £650 to around £3000. The average spend on a wedding dress in the UK is £1200-£1500 that’s not to say you can’t spend more or less than this. If you’re looking to spend under £1000 we have a range of wedding dresses from £500-£1000. If you’re looking for a really embellished dress at a lower price a sample sale is the perfect way to get yourself a discounted wedding dress.
When to start looking for your wedding dress in London?
We recommend you start looking for your wedding dress as soon as you have a wedding date! Most wedding dresses are made to order so it can take over 20 weeks for them to be made and delivered into store. Our Jasmine Bridal dresses do have rush options for those who have left it a little bit later but you do still need at least three months. Our Bianco Evento dresses are usually ready within 6 weeks which is a great option if you’re planning a wedding in a shorter timeframe. Other options for a quick turnaround include sample sales where you can often take your dress away on the day. The second is many of our bridesmaids dresses can be rushed through in around 6 or 8 weeks and can often be made in ivory. This is also an option for those looking for a much simpler wedding dress. If you’re looking for advice on finding a wedding dress in less than six months read our blog post here.
What style wedding dress?
We always recommend you go in with a clear mind and try on a variety of styles! I am sure you’ve heard it before – everyone goes for something they weren’t expecting! Well it’s true, most people have never actually worn a wedding dress before so when you try one on for the first time it might surprise you what you actually feel amazing in. Of course brides to come to us with some ideas for example someone may say they definitely want a wedding dress with long sleeves – perfect for a winter wedding. Others may want to avoid ivory and go for a coloured wedding dress – we don’t just mean bright colours either we have some amazing vintage gold or blush pink wedding dresses which are so flattering on different skin tones. Lace embellishment is popular within the wedding dress industry though some brides find themselves leaning towards a simple wedding dress.
The wedding dress collections at our London bridal boutique.
We’re continuously growing our collection of wedding dresses at our Fulham bridal boutique. You can never have too many, right?! At the moment we’re stocking a selection of dresses from two Jasmine Bridal collections – Jasmine Collection and Jasmine Couture. We also have a selection of dresses from True Bride and some from Bianco Evento. Because we know you want to have a little look before you come in we’ve got a super helpful PDF with our complete selection in store over on our wedding dress page.
Your wedding dress appointment at The Boutique & Co.
Our wedding dress appointments at The Boutique & Co. free Tues-Fri and £15 on weekends, if you find “the one” with us the £15 appointment fee is redeemable off the cost of your dress!
At your appointment we’ll start by giving you some time to browse through the dresses and pull out any dresses that really catch your eye. Once you’ve selected a few favourites we’ll get you into the changing room and have you start trying them on! Depending on whether you do or don’t like them we’ll then offer you alternatives to try – for example if you loved the fishtail style wedding dress but weren’t sure on the neckline we’ll pull out some other fishtails for you to try on! Before the end of your appointment we’ll get you back into some of your favourites and see if the one is lurking amongst them!
After the initial appointment, our specialists will write up any required notes from your appointment. We will also record the details of your measurements and preferred style/cut/colour. We find that most brides like to visit twice to make sure they are making the right decision or perhaps you just want to go home and think about it (get the budget approved!). We know what a difficult one it can be and we are always happy to accommodate this. After the final appointment, brides can take ease ordering with us. You can rest assured that we will handle all the finer details and make sure that no hiccups occur along the way.
Book your free wedding dress appointment at The Boutique & Co. now!
So why not book an appointment to come and see our London bridal boutique for yourself. You never know, you might just find the one in which to wed the one.