Choosing Your Designer Wedding Dress

How to get the most from your first visit to choose your wedding dress:

One of the most exciting parts when planning your wedding is choosing your wedding dress for the big day. Shopping for your perfect wedding dress design is a really enjoyable and fun experience, and one that we enjoy just as much as you!

For some of you this may be your first visit to a wedding dress boutique and you’re wondering what to expect. Well firstly there’s nothing to worry about – we guarantee you’re going to have a great time in a relaxed atmosphere here with Edel and the team.

We’ve been asked every question possible down the years, but we’ve pulled together the most common ones and answered them below. We hope you find them interesting and helpful, but if there’s something else you’d like answered please feel free to ask on the day, call Edel now or send a quick enquiry here and we’ll get straight back to you.

Our top 10 Questions and Answers:

Q: Do I need to make an appointment?
A: Yes, please make an appointment in advance. We always allow extra time for a first visit so there’s plenty of time to understand your likes, dislikes, style preferences and to try on a wide variety of dresses.

Q: Do I need to come with my own ideas about the type of dress design I want, or do you prefer to advise me?
A: Every bride is different – some come with lots of clippings of designs and features they like and others come as a blank canvass. We’re happy to work with your ideas and we’ll always offer our own suggestions too, so whatever you feel comfortable with is fine by us.

Q: Is it a good idea to bring family and friends on my first visit?
A: Again, every bride is different. Some come alone, others bring Mum All I would say is beware having too many people with you as it can be very confusing when you’re getting lots of opinions from too many people.

Q: Do you have dresses in all sizes to try on?
A: Yes, different sizes are not a problem.

Q: Do I need to wear a strapless bra or wear the right pair of shoes?
A: No, it’s not essential – whatever you feel comfortable wearing is fine by us. We’ve plenty of shoes in the boutique and you’re welcome to try them with any of the dresses you like.

Q: How much do your wedding dresses cost?
A: A popular question! One of the biggest factors in price is the quality of the fabric. An intricate design using the most exquisite fabric could range from €3000 upwards. However, the same design using a different quality fabric could cost less than half that amount, so we really can create the perfect dress for every bride, whatever their budget. The majority of the dresses we design range between €1400 – €3000 for a one-of-a-kind wedding dress.

This compares very favourably with off-the-peg designs which frequently end up being just as expensive when alteration costs are added on. There is a small charge of €125 for all alterations and fittings, whether you need 3 fittings or 5, they are all inclusive in this fee.

Q: Do you design for plus-size ladies?
A: Absolutely yes. Our designs are suitable for plus-size ladies and you can view our Belle Plus Size range here!

Q: If I’ve seen a dress somewhere else that I like and would like to re-create it, or I have my own design idea, can you make the dress for me?
A: Yes, that’s not a problem. The beauty of choosing a wedding dress designer is that we can tailor make the dress of your dreams – whether that’s your own creation or an adaptation of my own designs.

Q: Where is the dress made?
A: I’m proud to say all our dresses are 100% made in Ireland by our own team of highly skilled and experienced dress makers and seamstresses.

Q: What accessories can you help with?
A: We’ve a wide selection of accessories including veils, tiaras, shoes and jewellery. Brands include Halo couture handmade hair accessories, Emily Jean handmade jewellery, Richard Designs veils, Benjamin Adams and Pink shoes to mention a few.

Q: I plan on going on a diet between now and my wedding. Will that be a problem?
A: No problem, it’s normal for a bride-to-be to lose weight before the big day. Fittings are done right up to your wedding date, so your dress will be the perfect fit no matter how much your shape may have changed.

You can book a one-to-one consultation by calling 041 987 2951 or Contact us here.

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