THE HARROGATE WEDDING LOUNGE
Many brides to be find the initial thought of shopping for their dream gown extremely daunting. We know it can seem like a huge task and one that takes you out of your comfort zone, we however are very used to it and it is our job to put you at ease. Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions, we don’t laugh or judge we are here to help and guide you every step of the way. For your convenience we have compiled a list of our most common queries, but if you still have questions please just ask and we will be happy to help.
When should I start my dress search?
In all honesty it depends on when you are ready. Some brides are super organized and want the dress to be the first decision made as they feel it contributes largely to the overall look of the day. Others are more relaxed and leave the dress search until later on the the planning. either way we recommend at least a 6 month timescale for delivery of a gown and then around 8 weeks for alterations and fittings. Our most common lead time is around 12 -18 months.
Describe a typical appointment AT HWL
When you first arrive for your appointment one of our consultants will take some basic details from you and we will have a discussion about the general ideas you have for your wedding day look including your venue, type of service, colour scheme if you have chosen one any special things planned but most importantly how you imagine looking on your wedding day.
We will then talk you through our collection of gowns and give you a brief background into our designers before allowing you some time on your own to browse the collections and decide on the gowns you wish to try on. Once you have done this we will highlight any gowns that we think you may wish to add to the list, we seat your guests and provide refreshments for all and then…….we dress up!
As we go through your appointment we can discard any styles we dismiss and add new styles to try if we feel we have missed any. We will also assist you in pairing your accessories and explaining how you can alter your look with different combinations, we can even discuss hair styles and make up looks! At the end of the appointment if you have found your perfect gown we can place an order (see “how do I purchase my wedding gown” below) or if you prefer we can give you the details of your shortlisted gowns and book a second appointment for you to return and try your favorites again on a new day.
The choice is yours, there are no pressure sales techniques or panic buying strategy. We want you to be 100% happy and confident with your choice.
What do I need to bring with me?
Generally we have everything you will need for your appointment however you may wish to ensure you are wearing comfortable underwear and a strapless bra is always useful. you may bring you own shoes if you have a heel height you wish to try on with the gowns although a full range of bridal shoes is available for your use during appointments should you require them.
What is the price range of your gowns?
Generally our gowns range from £1200 to £4000 however there may be some small variations to this range both above and below as new collections arrive in the boutique. It is always recommended to advise us of your budget at the start of your appointment so we can assist you to choose suitable options.
Do you provide a fittings service?
9We are incredibly proud of our World Class in-house sewing team. We offer all our brides the option to use our in-house for their fittings and alterations. Our fittings take place on a Tuesday and Thursday usually between 10am and 7pm depending on demand.
The cost of your alterations are not included in the price of your gown. We offer a standard alteration package that is £295 and includes all typical fitting procedures and up to 3 fittings as required. We find our brides prefer this approach so they know exactly what they will be paying upfront and there are no hidden costs.
Additional work such as detachable trains, jackets etc are additional and can be quoted for at your first fitting if needed.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Some brides find it useful to collect images of gowns they like before their appointment. any information you can give us regarding the style of gown you like, be it a neckline a specific fabric even a colour perhaps? this helps us guide you and suggest styles for you to try. of course if you have no idea then don’t worry our staff are very experienced in bridal styling and will be more than happy to suggest styles and shapes for you to try. above all come with an open mind. trying on the gowns should be a fun and memorable experience (even the ones that don’t look so great!!)
Who should I bring with me to my appointment?
We understand that this special experience is one you wish to share with your family and close friends and we really do welcome that, however we do request for a number of reasons that you try to limit your guests to around 2 -3 We offer appointments in Three separate areas and there is comfortable seating in each for these numbers
What sizes are your sample gowns?
Our sample gowns are between a UK 8 and a UK 18. Please do bear in mind we only have each dress in one size. Our stylists are very skilled in giving you an idea of how most gowns will look even if it is not your size, its our magic!
How do I purchase my wedding gown?
Once you have decided on the gown we will take your measurements and you will be required to sign a copy of our terms and conditions which we will discuss with you to advise on all key points.
You will then pay a 50% deposit to secure your order and enable us to place your gown on order with the designer. Depending on your requirements we will arrange for your gown to arrive in store between 8 and 10 weeks before your wedding for fittings.
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