Frequently Asked Questions
Once ordered, a dress takes 6-8 months to be made. Most dresses will then require some alterations by a seamstress to perfect the fit, for this we need to allow around 2 months.
Where possible, we would recommend that our brides give themselves at least 12 months for their dress to arrive and be made to fit perfectly…Having time on your side is essential for the process to be stress free!
The samples in store (The dresses that you try on within the appointment) are all size 10-12/14.
Now, of course we use these dresses to get an idea but we never expect or need them to fit perfectly, we just use them as a guide and then if you find ‘The One’ we would order your dress in the perfect size just for you.
We are not a ‘Sample Store’, meaning that we normally use our gowns to try on but we order a new dress for each bride, you don’t actually purchase the dress you try.
However, we do on occasion sell a sample gown and each year, in summer we launch a SAMPLE SALE where we have a collection of ex display dresses available to purchase. Even better, all of the dresses are reduced with up to 70% off!
As a guide our bridal gowns range from £1900-£3300. The majority of the dresses are within the £2300-£2800 bracket but we do try our very best to accommodate every budget so if you have an ideal price bracket in mind, please let us know and we can do our best to advise.
Don’t forget that we have the SAMPLE SALE too which is handy for those looking for a bargain!
When you find ‘The One’ we will measure you and help decide on the best size of dress to order.
We will then require a 50% deposit to place the order. The remaining balance is not due until your dress arrives (6-8 months later).
We will also be on hand to help you choose any accessories you want to order and to help arrange a seamstress to make any necessary alterations.
As we have mentioned we recommend that brides give themselves at least 12 months before their wedding to start looking (This is plenty of time and ensures that everything runs smoothly) but if you want to start earlier than that then go for it!
It may be best to wait until your venue is booked just so you have a date secured and we have something to work towards. It is also easier to imaging your whole day coming together once your venue is chosen.
When we order a dress, we measure the bride and work with each designers sizing guide to find the size best suited, and order the dress in the closest standard size.
When you come to try your dress on with us we will go through all necessary alterations required and we will help to get you booked in with one of our recommended seamstresses. (They are real life fairy godmothers I promise!)
It will be their job to make those all-important ‘tweaks’ to ensure that your dress fits perfectly! Most dresses need alterations to fit so please don’t panic, this is all part of the process.
Our bridal appointments are within private bridal suites so that you and your guests have complete privacy and thoroughly enjoy yourselves. The suites comfortably sit yourself plus up to 3 guests. This way the bride has plenty of space to move around in the dresses and your guests can all sit comfortably and enjoy a complimentary prosecco!
Some of our bridal suites are upstairs so if you or any of your guests have any issues with stairs, please do let us know before your visit so that we can ensure you are booked into our ground floor suite.
Due to the delicate nature of the gowns and the store décor we politely ask that you do not bring young children to your bridal appointment.
The store is not an ideal environment for babies or young children and unfortunately, in the past we have had lots of accidents when young children have attended appointments. Whilst we know that this of course cannot be helped we must try to avoid this as best we can as our insurance cover does not cover us for these damages. We do hope you understand…
If you have any queries or concerns regarding the sample sizes, please give us a call as we will be more than happy to advise further and help with any further questions.
We do indeed! Our prom season starts around December and runs through until April but we advise to book early to avoid disappointment as the appointments get snapped up really quickly.
We also offer an exclusivity policy meaning that once a dress is purchased, we ensure that we do not sell the same dress in the same colour to anyone to the same school…Turning up in the same dress is not what we want for our gorgeous girls!
At the moment we only have one style of bridesmaid dress available in store and that is the ‘Multiway’ style dresses. We may be adding more to our collection throughout the year but at the moment we are focusing on the Bridal Collection.
Although you can never be ‘too early’, one thing we would recommend is to not start looking until you are ready to commit and find your dress. Sounds silly I know but if you just start trying when you are no where near ready to actually choose your dress you can end up confusing yourself, trying too many dresses and risk going ‘Dress blind’ and no one wants that! Although it happens rarely, there is also the risk of you falling in love with a dress and then when you finally come back to order (for example months and months later) the dress may no longer be available which is not what we want for any bride-to-be!
Each appointment is 1 hour 15 minutes and we will ensure that you have plenty of time to try on lots of gorgeous styles!
When you first come into the store we ask our brides to look through the entire collection and choose a few dresses that really stand out to them, once we have tried their chosen gowns our bridal stylists will choose a few more dresses to try. During the appointment we listen closely to what each bride likes and dislikes and recommend dresses based on that.
Don’t worry you can just relax…we’re here to do the hard work for you!
We add new dresses to our collection roughly every 6-8 months but keep your eyes peeled for ‘PREVIEW WEEKS’ where you get a sneak peak of the new collections before they officially launch…
Of course, it is in the back of everyone’s mind that traditionally a bride should wear white but believe it or not there are hardly any dresses in ‘True White’ any more. Before you panic that doesn’t mean that the dresses don’t look white! Let me explain…
Most dresses that you see that look White are actually IVORY!
Ivory is actually a shade of white but is know as a ‘wearable white’ as true white can wash you out and have a blue hue which isn’t very flattering. That is why most designers work with Ivory nowadays and to the naked eye it still looks bright white.
Within our store we have a large selection of colours available from ivory to pink and even grey! So, whether you are looking for Ivory, Nude, Champagne, Oyster or Blush we have something for you…
Our store is based in Ramsbottom, a quaint little town just outside of Manchester. We are surrounded by fabulous bars and restaurants so why not make a day of it and book a spot of lunch after your appointment!
We have direct links to most major cities in the UK to make it easy for brides to get to us. As a guide below is the estimated travel time from some nearby areas:
Manchester city centre – 30 minutes
Leeds city centre – 55 minutes
Liverpool city centre – 1 hour 5 minutes
Cheshire – 1 hour 15 minutes
Lake district – 1 hour 30 minutes
Preston – 35 minutes
Although we do not have parking on site there is lots of available parking in the area and it is free of charge. If you are having trouble parking or don’t know the area, please give a call and we will be happy to advise.
We have a large collection of bridal accessories in store including veils, bridal bows, jewellery, hair accessories, garters and even dog bows!
Book an appointment now to have our bridal stylists help you add those all-important final details to your bridal look.
Of course we completely understand that you want to feel your absolute best on your wedding day and so you should! With this in mind we understand that a lot of brides want to loose weight, gain weight, start working out or change particular aspects of themselves to increase their confidence so do not worry we are here to help!
We are on hand to help with any advice or information you may need and we can help choose the right size dress for you.
Each situation is completely personal so the best thing is to come into store and speak to our bridal stylists, we can give you honest advice and most importantly work with you to find the perfect style and size of dress to work with your intended changes…and most importantly we’re here to make sure you feel a million dollars no matter what changes you want to make!