Wedding Dress Shopping: 10 Questions To Ask Your Bridal Boutique.
You’re about to purchase possibly the most important dress you’ll EVER wear and it’s important you get your whole bridal boutique experience right! You’ll want the right setting when choosing your dress, but you’ll also want to think beyond that…
What happens after you’ve chosen your dress and paid your deposit? Read this expert wedding dress shopping guide to ensure you have the best bridal experience possible!
1. Will you be the only bride in the boutique?
Do you want an exclusive, special experience or would you prefer a slightly more ‘high street’ approach? If there is more than one bride-to-be trying dresses, will you get to see the entire range?
The experience that you have will be quite different from shop to shop. Some boutiques are small and only have one bride at a time out of necessity, others (like Sass & Grace) have ample space but to offer the entire boutique exclusively to just one bride at a time. Then there are others that can have two or more brides-to-be in at the same time choosing their wedding dress. Consider the kind of experience that you want.
2. What is the boutique and its location like?
- Is the location private and exclusive for you to try on dresses without being disturbed by prying eyes or passers by looking in? Likes alot of brides, you’ll want to keep your chosen dress a secret until the big day!
What kind of mirror do they have, will you be able to see yourself from all angles? With such pretty backs on some dresses, are you going to be able to see the detail when you are trying them on? Always consider the size, facilities and location of your chosen boutique.
3. What are the online reviews like?
Don’t just look at the ‘star’ rating invest time and have a read of what the real brides say. If a boutique gives a really exceptional experience their brides will go out of their way to let others know and that boutique will have a lot of favourable reviews. You will spend quite a few hours with your dress shop, choosing and then having your dress fitted, so devote a little time to reading the reviews. It’s probably the only truly impartial view that you will get from a cross-section of brides that have been through every step of the journey. It should give you a realistic idea of what you can expect and it will help you choose the boutiques that you would like to visit.
4. Is there a large and varied range?
What’s your budget? Does the boutique stock a range of dresses from designers that are within your budget?
What’s your style? From boho bride to city chic and pretty princess, does your chosen boutique have dresses that match your style?
5. Is there parking available?
If you choose a busy city centre boutique leave enough time and take enough change for parking. Also think about when the time comes to pick up your dress, will you be able to get parked nearby? What if it is raining and you need to dash to the car with your wedding dress?
6. Can in-house alterations be done at the boutique?
Does the boutique offer a seamstress service in house or do you have to take your dress elsewhere? What does the seamstress charge, ask to see a price list? Even with a made-to-measure dress it’s likely some alterations will be needed, even if it’s just a bustle to enable you to tuck your train up so you can dance the night away! Where are the alterations done? In the boutique? In front of the main mirror? In the main dressing room? Will the bridal consultant who sold you the dress be involved in your fittings to ensure continuity? Does the boutique add a % onto the seamstress’s costs or do they charge the seamstress to work with them?
7. Does the boutique offer to store your dress for you?
What happens when your dress arrives? Imagine taking it home and your groom stumbling across it! With most brides shopping for their dress well in advance of their big day there can be months of storage needed. Does the boutique offer this service and if so do they charge for it?
8. Does the boutique charge for any extras?
Will you be given a dress bag and a sturdy hanger when you pick up your dress? Does the boutique charge for steaming your dress? It’s wise to check these things so there are no surprise charges for you.
9. Can accessories and bridesmaid’s dresses be bought at the boutique too?
Does the boutique stock a wide range of accessories such as veils, hair accessories, shoes and earrings? They all go together to build up your complete look for your big day and it’s helpful to be able to try various options with your dress and experiment a little.
Think about your girls too, will you be able to get bridesmaid’s dresses and flower girl dresses from your chosen shop. This can make fittings easier for you all, and also a lot of fun!
10. Does the boutique get paid for recommending other suppliers?
Word of mouth is really important in the wedding industry and lots of brides will ask for recommendations. It might be a good idea to ask if suppliers are recommending other suppliers because they think they are really brilliant at their job, or whether it’s because they are getting paid a fee on every booking.
How Do Sass & Grace Bridal Boutique Size Up?!
Be the only one
At Sass & Grace we have just one bride in our boutique at a time, this is so each of our brides gets the time and attention she deserves and needs. Choosing your dress is a very private decision, and with us, you get to choose who goes with you on that journey.
Luxurious boutique in an idyllic setting with stunning mirror
Our luxurious Hampshire boutique is in an old dairy barn and is an oasis of serene calm and opulence. Nestled in the rolling Hampshire countryside our rural location affords privacy to our brides.
At Sass & Grace our bespoke mirror is over 8ft high with a 360 degree view, it is lit all around so you can see yourself and your dress from every angle, we can even change the lighting to simulate both daylight and evening!
We have over 50 five star Google reviews and we’re still counting
Don’t just take our word for it, have a read of our reviews to see what our real brides say about us.
Large and varied range
Our dresses range from £600 to £4,500, we have off the peg sample dresses, silk made to measure British couture dresses, and everything in between so we can help you develop and achieve your desired look.
Private reserved parking
At Sass & Grace we have a reserved parking space for you right outside our front door, pretty handy when the day comes for you to pick up your dress.
Experienced exclusive seamstress
At Sass & Grace we have an experienced seamstress who works solely with our boutique. All our fittings are in the main boutique, in the main changing room and in front of our fabulous mirror. The bridal consultant who sold you your dress will be involved in all your fittings, and will in fact be involved in every step of your journey with us until you pick up your dress and take it away for your big day. We do not add a commission onto our seamstress’s costs, you pay her direct and her pricing is very competitive.
We believe your dress is safer with us at Sass & Grace, we also believe you shouldn’t be charged for storage, it’s all part of the excellent customer service we offer! We also believe this way you won’t be tempted to try it on too often!
Hanger and dress bag
At Sass & Grace when you take your dress away you will be given a pretty and sturdy hanger and also a dress bag free of charge. Our dress bags are black so that there can be no sneak peeks!
A great range of accessories and bridesmaid’s dresses
At Sass & Grace we can take care of your girls too, we have literally thousands of colour, style and material combinations for our bridesmaid’s dresses to compliment any wedding plans. We also offer a great and varied range of accessories with shoes from Freya Rose, hair accessories from Amanda Wyatt and earrings from Victoria Fergusson, oh and a stunning range of veils too!
We promise never ever to take money for recommending other suppliers to you. If we recommend someone to you, you can be assured it’s because we think their work is brilliant not because they are paying us!
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