By: Andrea Ng
This month I asked the bridal gown expert, Brittany Vickers the manager at Blush Bridal to answer a few frequently asked questions. She dives deep into pre-bridal appointment prep, how to ‘Say Yes to the Dress’, what to do with your dress after your wedding and more! Read below and if you have any further questions for Brittany feel free to contact the store.
Who is your favourite designer and why?
Vera Wang will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only is she THE biggest name in bridal fashion, but she just knows how to make a gown that fits like a dream and makes you feel incredible wearing it. Her structure and luxurious fabrics are next to none.
What is the best suggested time in advance to start shopping for a wedding gown?
Most designers require 6 months to order and gowns take roughly 2 months to alter. Therefore it is best to order a minimum of 8 months in advance. Ideally, it is best to order 1 year out from the wedding if possible. Once you select your gown, it is so much easier to plan other design aspects of the wedding.
What if my wedding is coming up in the next 4 months and I need a gown asap?
Some designers have rush options which will allow you to get priority delivery on a brand new dress. Alternatively, we have a sample sale rack year round which allows brides to wear a designer dress at a fraction of the price and take it home immediately.
What should I prep before my appointment? Should I bring anything?
We love when brides come in with photos of gown styles that they like, this helps us select suitable gowns to try during your appointment so that you can maximize the time you have in each dress. It is also helpful to come prepared with well fitting undergarments, we recommend a seamless skin coloured underwear and a strapless bra if you have a larger bust.
If my wedding is taking place out of the country can you ship my dress to another destination? If so would there be an extra fee?
Absolutely! We have had the pleasure of assisting brides from around the world. We ship worldwide using the courier of your choosing. Freight charges are calculated on a case by case basis. Alternatively, you can have a trusted friend or family member pick up the gown on your behalf and deliver to you.
What options do I have regarding my gown after my wedding?
Once the wedding has passed, we highly recommended taking the gown to a trusted Dry Cleaner. Blush will gladly send the gown out on your behalf and notify you when the gown is ready for pick up. If you intend to keep your dress for many years to come, it is best to send the gown for preservation after it is cleaned. Gown preservation is a service which involves packaging the dress in an airtight box surrounded by acid-free paper. This process protects the gown from absorbing scents, discolouring, and ageing.
Alternatively, if you do not plan to keep your gown to pass down to generations, Blush can assist you with consigning your gown in our sample sale. Contact email@example.com for more info.
Any tips for a future bride-to-be when it comes to wedding dress shopping?
My best recommendation for gown shopping is to bring only your most trusted friend(s) or family members to assist with this important decision. Too many opinions can become overwhelming and in the end, it is the bride’s that matters the most. We want you to enjoy this process, it is supposed to be fun and it really is all about the bride!
I’ll also let you in on a little secret, Blush will often offer brides who purchase on the first visit a special promotion, therefore, it is best to save us as your last visit! That way, you can feel confident in making your decision if you find “the one” during your appointment with us.
If you have any other questions feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy shopping ladies!