FAQs

When should I order my dress?

Most wedding gowns take approx 12-16 weeks to arrive from the designers  and we recommend allowing a further 4-6 weeks  for fitting and alterations.

Do I need an appointment?

We operate an appointment system so that we can give you our undivided attention and exclusive use of the bridal lounge.  This creates a fun and relaxed environment in which to try on our gorgeous gowns and hopefully find your perfect dress.

How long will my appointment last?

You should allow 1.5 to 2 hours. 

Who should I bring to my appointment?

We recommend one or two close family or friends who you would like to enjoy this experience with and who give you good advice.  Too many people can create conflict and indecision. Remember this is your special dress and no one else can feel how you do in it.

Can I bring children?

Although we love children ourselves, this appointment is about you and it would be difficult to give you the full experience if children were present.  It is unfair to ask them to stay still for so long and unfortunately the bridal boutique  is not geared for little people so we would request that they are not brought along at this stage.  Looking for your wedding gown is hugely important and one of the few times that is all about you.

Can I bring pictures of dresses I like?

We welcome ideas of what you would like to try on but we recommend that you also stay openminded about trying on other styles. 

What should I expect from my appointment?

We try to create a fun and relaxed environment, including a glass of bubbly for you and your guests.  You will need to be helped in and out of the gowns by one of our bridal assistants.  We would appreciate if you kept make up to a minimum and refrained from wearing lipstick and fake tan.  We are sure you would like to try on beautiful unmarked gowns and so would our other clients.

Once helped into each gown the curtain will be drawn back for your guests to see.  When you have found your perfect dress, we will need to take your measurements in your underwear to enable us to order the correct size.

Once I have found my perfect dress, what is the payment process?

A 50% deposit is required when ordering your gown and also when ordering bridesmaids dresses.  The final balance will be due in full within 14 days of  the dress arriving in the shop.

When should I choose accessories?

You can try accessories at your first appointment if you find the perfect dress.  Alternatively, at your first fitting when your dress arrives can be the best time to see what compliments you both.

When do I try my dress on?

When your dress arrives we will check it thoroughly and notify you within 24 hours of its arrival.  You will then need to make an appointment to suit you, to come and try it on.  You will then sign a dress release form to confirm the dress is in perfect condition. It can then be passed on to your seamstress should atlterations be required.

Please note that Brides of Ludlow cannot be held responsible for the condition of your gown once our release form has been signed before the alteration process begins.

Will I need fittings?

We will have tried to ensure that we order the closest size to your shape, however, most dresses will require some alteration by a seamstress to make them a perfect fit.

Do you have a seamstress?

The seamstresses that we recommend have many years experience and work independently of Brides of Ludlow. Therefore, they will quote you for your alterations and you then pay them direct when they are complete.  Our shop is available for dress fittings on Wednesdays by appointment with our recommended seamstresses or at their own premises by appointment at other times to suit you.

What will I need for my first fitting?

You will ideally need the shoes and underwear that you will be wearing on your wedding day as they will alter the fit of your gown.

I need my wedding dress quickly, can you help?

Yes we can.  We have a great relationship with our designers and depending on your timescales, we will work with them to try and get your dress for when you need it.   Alternatively, if time is very short, we have a selection of beautiful dresses, off the rail,  that can be altered to fit.

Any other questions?

Please feel free to ask anything at all.