So, your getting married....Whats next? Well, I assume you have the venue, or at least somewhere in mind and a date! So, the next thing is to find your gown!
THE FIRST DAY
I work by appointment at all times, so I'm prepared for you and ready to give you my full attention, and so I also know when I can crack on with sewing or steaming. Your bridal styling session here will be fun, relaxed and inspirational. I have 20 years of bridal knowledge tucked away in my head, and I have never failed to amaze brides with my expert advice.
I am very honest...and I'm very open to talk to. I will advise and guide you every step of the way, but most importantly, I will listen to you, and what you want...not what everybody else wanted. After all, you are unique, and your wedding will be too!
If I have your gown, I will find it for you on your first visit! For that reason, I always suggest to bring everyone you need to share your experience.
Searching for your gown, is a life goal, its like buying your first car or your first house....you will always remember it!
As I say....I'm very honest, so, if by any chance I dont have the perfect gown for you, I will point you to the shop that might have it. There's a gown out there for everyone, and finding it, needs to be fun!
The Fun Bits
Ok, so you've got the gown! Well done, thats the biggest thing ticked. You can now move on to maids if you have them...
Finding the right gowns for your girls, is just as easy as it was looking for your gown. All you have to do, is get them together on one day! (Thats the hard part).
You will possibly only see your maids all at once on 3 occasions...buying gowns, the hen do, and the wedding. Thats normal, so dont think its strange if their lives dont allow for fittings together. The best thing you can do is plan in advance, round them up, and I'll do the rest. I'm here to make them feel as comfortable as I did you!
If you'd like to pop back in to see me to discuss accessories before your gown arrives, then thats fine...I'm happy to talk hair accessories and veils, and point you in the right direction any time. If you want to do that when your gown arrives, then thats no problem at all. My accessories often only take a week or two to arrive, so take it all in your stride....remember this is a journey, not a race!
By now, you should be getting closer to the day, and lots of exciting things are going to start needing to be done...
I'd be daft to say all gowns fit perfectly first time, because they dont...thats not life. We change shape all the time, and your gown needs to be made to fit your body now its here. When you first see your gown, it will be an assessment fitting, to work out what you'd like to tweak! You may want sleeves adding, the hem shortening, or it taking in. All these things are quite normal, and often take place around 6-8 weeks from the wedding. It'll be the same for your maids, so worth asking them to schedule some time out now.
I have a private fitting room, so you can make yourself at home and discuss all your requirements with my seamstress. We offer in house work to all brides and bridesmaids, so even if you didn't get your gown or maids from me, we can still fit them! Alterations take place in the week, so remember a few holiday dates if needed. We can pretty much do anything, so no request is daft - Usually!!
Once your gowns are ready, you'll get to try them all on again about a week before the big day! This means your happy everything is perfect and it helps in the event of a mad panic...which pretty much consists of someone suddenly dropping a dress size...which basically means I still have time to adjust things.
This is it, our time together is coming to an end, and you'll soon be married...
I like to know everything is perfect for you for your day, so all your gowns get steamed and pressed by me, the week of your wedding.
I check everything, so you dont have to! All you have to do is tell me a day and time that you want to collect everything, and I'll make sure its all ready to go, and even give you a hand out to the car.
AN AFTER THOUGHT
I assume your wedding went amazingly!...and in all the fun and enjoyment, you probably got your gown a little grubby. Well, no bother, just pop it in to me and I can show you the box designs for your gown, get it off to my specialist cleaners, and get any repairs sorted out too!
(Yes, someone may have trodden on the train while in the middle of all the dance floor boogieing)
I look after my brides with a great package deal for both items, and when your gown is back, I will carefully present your gown in the box all ready for storage. If you go on honeymoon straight away, why not get someone to drop if off for you?
THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE ME
Ok, so besides an invite, gin or wine...the best gift you can give me is a photo and a positive review! I love to share my brides pictures with the world. After all, I've shared this journey with you, and the end result is what all this has been about. From the moment you walked in my door, I've had picture in my head of your day, so now I need a real one!