Planning your Wedding – Part 2 – Yes to the Dress

Nearly every little girl grows up and wants to play dress up in her Mum’s wedding gown which has been carefully wrapped in tissue paper and placed in the attic just waiting to be rediscovered. She feels like a Princess in it and dreams of her own wedding day when she marries her Prince…

Once the Princess has grown up and has met her Prince and they get engaged THE dress is usually the first thing that a Bride-to-be will start looking at, trawling the internet looking at styles that are in and wondering what will suit her best, strapless, fishtail, romantic..the choice as she will soon discover, is vast! Choosing your wedding dress is exciting but can be also be very emotional so make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to find the dress of your dreams.

Almost all Bridal shops have appointment slots rather than walk in/try on which it was decades ago when I was looking for my wedding dress. Appointments give you 1-1 service and attention, allowing you freedom to try on a selection of dresses without fear of anyone walking into the shop and seeing you in what could be your wedding dress!

Bridal shop owners locally are very knowledgeable about the type of dress that will suit you and also in ensuring that your dress won’t be the same as any other brides in the area getting married around the same time as you, a BIG unique selling point for buying locally.

So, what are some of the things you should consider when choosing a wedding dress?

  • Be Flexible! You might not like a certain style of dress but don’t discount it right away, try it on, it might suit you more than you think
  • Can you sit in it? You will be spending a lot of time sitting down in your dress so make sure that its comfortable when you sit in it
  • Be careful if buying online! Be aware of some counterfeit wedding dress designs you’ll see online. They might seem tempting to purchase due to the price but they are highly likely to be very inferior copies made with cheap materials, poor stitching and not cut correctly. When buying online you may not have any joy in returning it if there are any issues with it once its delivered to you. Always buy from a reputable bridalwear shop. If budget is an issue, many bridal wear shops hold sample and end of season sales where bargains can be had

So where can you go looking for your wedding dress locally to Caithness & Sutherland? Here are a few suggestions for you. Also remember that some high street stores like Phase 8 and Debenhams also stock a range of wedding dresses too.

Simply Bliss Bridal Boutique, 110 High Street, Wick. Stockists of Stella York, Justin Alexander and Mori Lee

Gail’s Dressmaker’s, 1-3 Brabster Street Thurso. From complete wedding dress design to alterations of your wedding dress

Wedding Belles of Alness, 16 High Street Alness. Stockists of Sottero and Midgely, Stella York, Rebecca Ingram and Romantica of Devon.

Forever Bridal, Inverness

Wedding Daze, Nairn

The next part of this blog will be about all the flowers and the cake!

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