How do I choose which bridal shops to visit?
Choosing which bridal shop to visit to buy your wedding dress can be quite a daunting process so where do you start?
A great way is by doing some research, and also think about asking married friends and family where they bought their wedding dresses. They will be only too pleased to help you in your search to find THE one.
Ask what made this the right boutique for them? Did they enjoy their appointment? What type of dresses did the boutique have? What made it such a great experience? Did the consultant listen to their needs? Take a look at all of the reviews of these bridal shops on Google, Facebook and Instagram. This is always something we actively encourage at The Bridal Studio, reviews are written by real brides!
Think about how far away they are from you. You may need to make 2, or 3 appointments, for fittings perhaps. If you live in Cornwall, is it doable to drive 5 hours to London? We are based in Helston and most of our brides travel no further than an hour.
When choosing which bridal shops to book with, always think about your budget. How much are you prepared to spend on this wedding dress? It’s your big day and it needs to be the right dress; in fact, you need to be totally in love with it, but not at the risk of going bankrupt! Ask them what their price range is, you may be pleasantly surprised. We aim to cater for brides of varying budgets, our collection starts at £900 up to £2000.
Some shops, like us will offer payment plans, or request that you pay a percentage of the dress when choosing your dress and ordering it. Don’t be frightened to ask about the process and time frames for payment, it will help in making your appointment more enjoyable if you know this in advance.
Take a look at the designers that they have and look through their website and social media platforms, have they got styles that you are wanting to try? Be sure to check that they cater for you and your needs. If you’re a curvy bride, do they carry a plus size, or just cater for the smaller brides? Our designers include some of the most prestigious in the industry; Pronovias, Wendy Makin & Marys Bridal design styles for brides and they can offer additional support in fine boning and larger bust cups for our plus size brides.
Your wedding dress appointments should be exciting but don’t be swept up in the moment, or feel under pressure to buy a dress, our mantra at The Bridal Studio is that you MUST love this dress, be excited just thinking about putting it on, on the morning of your wedding day, when it’s the one, you’ll know!!!