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WHEN SHOULD I BEGIN MY DRESS SHOPPING? 

 

In order to ensure that you’re not rushed with your decision-making, we recommend that you start your search in plenty of time before your big day, 9-12 months is often ideal. However, we also have dresses that are sold ‘off-the-peg’ or on our sale rail and are ready to take away with you

 

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

 

Yes, our fittings are by appointment only to ensure that we can offer a professional service to each of our customers. For more information about booking online, visit our Appointment Bookings page to make a date with us. Don’t worry if a date or time you want isn’t available, we love to help, so email info@oliversbridalandformalwear.co.uk and we’ll see what we can do.

 

HOW LONG WILL MY APPOINTMENT BE?


Our appointments are 60-90 minutes, but if we run over, or if you want to come back and try a on a favourite again, we will gladly schedule a second appointment. 

 

WILL I BE CHARGED FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

 

For bridal appointments we require card details to secure your appointment and only charged if you do not show or cancel with 48 hours notice.  Sadly last minute no-shows and cancellations take appointments away from brides waiting for an appointment. 

 

If you would like a Sunday or an evening appointment with exclusive use of the boutique we do charge £25 for Sunday's or £30 for an evening (non refundable fee).   

WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE OF YOUR DRESSES?

Our wedding dresses range from £397 - £3,500, whilst accessories such as veils begin at £50. We also have sales throughout the year, so sign up to receive updates from us and we’ll let you know when they are.

 

WHAT SIZES DO YOU STOCK?

 

We believe in beautiful bridal for real women, and as such our collection includes a range of sizes from 6 – 28 and can be ordered in sizes  4-36. If you are after a particular size and you have any concerns - just drop us a line! 


WHAT IF I HAVE A PARTICULAR DRESS IN MIND?

We handpick our collection of dresses and choose them in accordance to style, quality, and what we believe our brides are shopping for. As such, our collection is varied with many incredibly unique style dresses. 

WHAT DOES OFF-THE-PEG MEAN?


Off-the-peg means that there is no wait for your wedding dress, and you take it home with you the same day.  We also offer a Fittings Service in the boutique, so we can look after you from the moment you begin looking for your dress, to the moment it is ready to wow your guests! In order to achieve the perfect fit, we do recommend you seek the expertise of a seamstress whether you choose to use our service, or another trusted by you.

 

 

WHAT UNDERWEAR SHOULD I WEAR FOR THE APPOINTMENT?

We suggest you wear nude underwear, with a strapless bra although most brides go braless on their wedding day or have bra cups sewn in their dress if needed.. 

DO I NEED TO BRING SHOES WITH ME?

If you have already got your wedding shoes or a similar style with you to the appointment feel free to bring them else do not worry as we have a display box you can stand on.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING TO AN APPOINTMENT?


We love a party, but we also believe that finding your dress should be as intimate as possible, and we want the focus to stay on you and how YOU want to feel on your wedding day. Sometimes we find that too many opinions can be overwhelming, and you can end up unsure of what you actually like. We want your experience to be fun, not stressful! For your sake, we ask that you keep your bride tribe to 2 people, and so that we can comfortably host everyone.  

If you have more than 2 guests that you really want to bring with you however, please do let us know and we will try and accommodate you.

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS IN THE APPOINTMENT, OR USE VIDEO CALL TO SHOW MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

Yes! We will even hold the camera for you!

WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY APPOINTMENT?

We believe wedding dress shopping should be fun. And exciting!  

At your appointment a bridal stylist will help you make a selection of dresses, and you can try on as many as is realistic in your appointment. Your stylist will be on hand to help you in and out of the dresses, as some can be quite fiddly, and has a wealth of guidance to offer on what styles might suit you and the style of your wedding. If you prefer to dress by yourself that’s fine too.

She may encourage you to try on dresses that you may not have normally considered, so do come with an open mind, as this is a great opportunity to explore, have a play, and make sure you walk away feeling totally confident in your choice!

WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?


We totally understand that things change! However, we are a small boutique and we only see a limited number of brides every day, so please do give us at least 48 hours notice if you can’t make our date, and we will be happy to find another slot for you. 

We only charge £30 if you are late letting us know.

ONCE I HAVE BOUGHT MY DRESS, HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR ALTERATIONS? 


We are pleased to offer an in house Fittings Service which will be arranged by us, or if you need alternative times or a Saturday we can provide you with the details of our recommended seamstresses who you can book direct with them to see at their own fitting rooms. The fitting process is started around 8 weeks prior to your big day.

The cost of your required alterations will be agreed with you at the 1st fitting and the dressmaker will either require payment upfront or at the final fitting. 

HOW MUCH DO ALTERATIONS USUALLY COST?

Our seamstresses are quite simply geniuses! However all of our dresses are different, and your needs often are too! Fittings generally range from £150-£400, but it really depends on what you want to do.  

Please rest assured that we will always agree the cost of the alterations with you.

WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT, AND DO YOU OFFER A PAYMENT PLAN?

We accept credit/debit card (except Amex),cash payments, and can also arrange to take payments over the phone if needs be.

Yes, if you require a payment plan please let us know and if you see something you like we can look at the option to spread out your payments. 

ALTERATIONS 

Wedding dresses are made in the most appropriate standard size for your measurements and then tailored to fit," 

"Very few women’s measurements fit a 'standard' size because we’re all unique, and the fittings process is a time for the dressmaker to sculpt your dress to your own figure.

As well as ensuring that perfect fit, altering wedding dresses can also involve customising the design, from adding sleeves to creating a corset back. What's more, there are practical alterations that help with your on-the-day comfort, such as having a bustle added to a wedding dress with a train so you can move around with ease.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS

If we have not answered anything you would like to know please do call us or message as we want you to have the best time finiding your wedding dress

We look forward to seeing you!

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