Things You Should Know Before Shopping For Your Wedding Gown

Here at Somerset Bridal we understand that you will have lots of questions, so we have tried to answer as many as possible below. If you want to know anything else give us a call or drop us an email.

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WHEN SHOULD I START LOOKING FOR MY WEDDING GOWN?

We recommend you start to gather your ideas at least 12 months before your wedding. You should aim to refine these around 9 months before the wedding as it can take up to six months for a dress to arrive! You may also need alterations, which can take another few months.

If this timeline does not fit, do not fret, at Somerset Bridal, we do our very best to accommodate last minute shoppers. We have a collection of "One and Only's" in a variety of styles & sizes that can be purchased straight off the rail on a "Make Us An Offer" basis.

SIZING

We fully understand and embrace our beautiful plus size, curvy brides and our super slender brides. We offer a personal service specifically tailored to meet each brides' requirements, in a relaxed, non-judgmental and friendly atmosphere. There is no body shape or body image issue that we have not seen here.

Bridal sizing is notoriously small, ignore the number on the hanger, bridal dresses are usually about two sizes smaller. We believe that beauty comes in all sizes, that's why we stock sample gowns in sizes 8 to 30.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Scheduling an appointment with Somerset Bridal allows us to fully dedicate ourselves to you, ensuring that your experience is everything it should be. We offer evening and weekend appointments at a time to suit you and while appointments are preferred they are not always necessary!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Your bridal appointment will be an incredible experience for you and your #bridestribe. We ask you bring an open mind, proper undergarments, and any photos or inspiration for the big day - Don't worry, Pinterest is our best friend and will be available for you to log into at your appointment!

WHO CAN I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

You are more than welcome to bring along all the important people in your life! We know that "saying yes to the dress" can be daunting without the support of your nearest and dearest and you may want to bring along your Mum, BFF, Auntie Connie, Granny, future sister-in-law, and all your bridesmaids, but if you can limit yourself to a couple of key people we promise that your experience will be a lot more enjoyable! It's hard to hear your own voice when your focused on pleasing too many opinions - don't forget that it's your dress and you need to love it!

HOW MUCH IS AN APPOINTMENT?

Exactly £0! We never charge for an appointment, our consultations always include refreshments and last around 2 hours. We love our Somerset Brides To Be and that's why we give our brides exclusive use of the bridal floor throughout the appointment.

HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO SPEND WITH YOU FOR MY GOWN?

Somerset Bridal caters to all different budgets with gowns ranging from £500 - £3,000. Let us know what you are comfortable spending and we will show you a variety of amazing gowns to fit your needs.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I CHOOSE MY DRESS?

Firstly we take your measurements and discuss any potential changes. Being honest at this stage really helps us order your dream dress! We ask for a 50% deposit (we will give you a 48hr cooling off period). We then ask that you pay the remaining 50% when your dress arrives (usually around 10-8 weeks before your wedding.

It is likely that your gown will need a few tweaks. All your fittings and alterations can be carried out in-house by our seamstress this usually takes place 8 weeks before the big day!

Finally it's time to become a Real Somerset Bride on your wedding day - don't forget to send us snaps!

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At Somerset Bridal we understand that daytime appointments are not always suitable. If you would prefer an evening or Sunday appointment, please let us know, we do not mind at all.