We recommend that brides start shopping 12-18 months prior to their wedding. Most of our gowns to order can take up to 6 months for delivery and in addition a further 8 weeks for dress fittings and alterations. This gives you, the bride plenty of time to find your dream dress.
Firstly don’t panic! You may only have a few weeks or months until your wedding to organise things. We have a specific collection of gowns that can be bought straight “off the peg” for exactly this reason. A huge benefit of this – is these gowns are usually heavily reduced in price.
An appointment is not always necessary. If you were to pop in at any point and we were not serving another bride, we would be more than happy to assist you however if you’re making a special journey to see us it’s always best to secure an appointment first.
Bridal appointments on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are 1 hour 30 minutes. However, due to high demand on Thursday evenings and during Saturday our appointments are for 1 hour.
We offer a free 30 minute styling appointment for brides who are getting married in more than two years. This will help you get a taste for styles you like and to see our commitment to excellent customer service but with the opportunity to revisit when the dress designs for the year you are getting married arrive.
Our motive during your appointment is to offer you friendly guidance, styling advice and a huge range of dresses to choose your dream dress from, at a price point you feel comfortable with.
Some brides have been planning their wedding from a young age so if you have any images of gowns or styles you like, bring them to your appointment. If however you have no idea what you’re looking for design wise, we have an experienced styling team who will be happy to suggest styles to compliment your shape. Either way come with an open mind as it is often the gown you don’t think will suit you, that is the dress you fall in love with. We aim to make it a fun and memorable experience.
We recommend that you bring no more than 2 or 3 people with you. After speaking too many of our brides they sometimes find it overwhelming to have so many opinions, especially in the very early stages of dress shopping, when you are still working out exactly what you want yourself.
Only bring the people you feel you could not make a decision without them being present, everyone else can be brought along at a separate time. You may even want to keep it more of a surprise for your bridesmaids or other family members until the big day.
This is something we strongly recommend against doing. It is an incredibly special time in a girl’s life and each bride deserves her own moment, to immerse themselves in dresses and how they make you feel, to picture walking down the aisle to your chosen one. It is very difficult to do that whilst your besties are talking colours and styles they would love to wear. Book the girls in for a separate appointment, we guarantee you’ll prefer the buying experience. You can then have a girly day out and be completely focused on your girls. You also need to know the style of your dress etc as this may affect your choice of bridesmaid dress.
Unfortunately, we do not allow photography, this to protect the copyright of our designer’s gowns and to enhance your buying experience. Looking back through photos of gowns that may not fit perfectly will take away from how you feel about a chosen gown. Often the dress you choose for your big day is the one that made you feel a certain way, a picture will never convey that feeling. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Yes of course, whether this is your first, second or third wedding, we definitely have something for you, age is nothing but a number after all! But we understand there are certain designs you may feel more comfortable with or body area’ s you are conscious of, our team are committed to helping you find your perfect gown.
We have bridal sample gowns in all sizes from a size 10 to a size 28. We do our upmost to provide a full collection of styles in each size. Most of our gowns can be ordered in sizes 6 to a 34.
Our bridal price range start from £200 up to £2,000. We offer three main bridal collections, ‘Elite’, ‘Premier’ and ‘Bliss’, these are shown on the bridal tab on this website, each collection has a price range attached to it. We have grouped our dresses in this way, as many of our past brides have been worried about the cost of a wedding dress, now you can easily see what beautiful gowns are available for the price point you have in mind.
No matter the price ticket of your chosen wedding gown, every bride can expect the same level of exceptional customer service, including free storage of your gown until your wedding day, a beautiful bridal gown cover and your dress steam pressed ready for collection for your big day!
A part payment is required to be paid, depending on what collection you purchased your gown from. Your bridal consultant will discuss this at the time, when you say ‘yes’ to the dress. If it is a new dress we’re ordering for you, your measurement will be taken, and your dress order placed.
Our dresses are all ordered to the closest dress size available, the dress size will be discussed and agreed by you, prior to the order being placed. However in 95% of cases a dress will need some alterations, as none of us ladies are a perfect dress size! Alterations are chargeable but our recommended seamstresses that are based on site charge for their work per alteration, there is no flat fee, so you only pay for what you need doing.
We would usually recommend budgeting about £250. It’s unlikely to cost any more than that, unless you are having extensive changes made to your gown. At the time of order we can give you a more accurate estimate, as we will know if the dress has a lace hem to be shortened or the sleeves need lifting and shaping for example.
At A-Z Weddings we are committed to quality, style and customer care. We are only a telephone call or email away, for any further questions you may have.