Some of our employees have not yet had second vaccinations so during the month of August we would ask that our lovely brides and their guests just be a little mindful and bare with us – some of us will still be wearing masks when in the dressing rooms and if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask when visiting then we will not judge you at all.
As Covid is still around we will still have to maintain our rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routine in between appointments so we would kindly ask that guests attending remain on the comfy seats and avoid touchpoints.
Masks will be required to be worn for alterations appointments as we only have one seamstress and if she does get poorly and is unable to do alterations it will ruin a lot of our brides journeys.
We have comfortable sofas to accommodate 4 adult guests in our upstairs showroom and 3 adult guests in our designer outlet downstairs!
Children and babies: Shopping for your wedding dress should be stress and fun so we kindly ask that young children do not attend – the store is not a child safe place, it has a steep stair case and many sharp objects and hazards.
We are a photo and video friendly store. Your guests may take as many as they like!
As stylists, we recommend taking a video to get a feel for the movement, weight and embellishments of the dress, as these can often get lost in photographs.
The majority of our samples are available in sizes 10-16. We also have a great selection of dresses in sizes 18-34. We have lots of different tools and tricks that will enable you to visualise the closest final fit if a dress is too big or too small!
If you are looking to purchase a dress off the peg then we recommend picking gowns that are 1-2 sizes bigger then your skinny jeans – all gowns can be let out half a size and taken in up to two dress sizes comfortably. Bridal does run smaller so please do not be disheartened if you need to go up a couple of sizes in your wedding dress.
Dresses can take anything from 10-22 weeks to come in so we recommend shopping early and working alongside us with your weight loss plan and a gown in mind.
We can advise you of timescales for measurements and discuss the size options with you. Most dresses can be let out a little bit and taken in approximately 2 dress sizes (4-5 inches).
Please remember that our stylists are experts at their jobs and know how to bring out the best in every woman’s figure no matter what their body shape is. Also ladies, please note that bridal runs 1-2 sizes smaller then high street sizes and is more often than not made of “stiffer” materials with no stretch. Do not get obsessed with the number; a bridal size 14 is NOT a high-street size 14, so stay healthy and forget the number!
Wedding dresses are often available as a sample in store to try for at least 4 months but dresses come and go quite frequently and designers can discontinue gowns too.
Dresses can be discontinued for a multitude of reasons – the dress may not be popular, the fabric may not be available anymore or the designer simply wants to streamline their collection. There is no way of knowing how long a dress will be available for so do not shop until you are ready to order. There is no worse feeling for us as stylists then having to tell a bride-to-be that her dream dress that she saw six months ago is no longer available or a sample gown has sold.
New dresses often arrive in August and January.
Our Bridal appointments are typically 1.5 hours long.
Accessory and Bridesmaids appointments are 1 hour.
Reveal and collection appointments are 30 minutes.
For returning brides wanting to retry up to 3 dresses we allow 45 minutes.
From the 31st July 2021 our Saturday appointments will be subject to a non-refundable booking fee of £20.
The fee will be refunded if the appointment is cancelled no later then 48 hours before the date.
During your appointment, you have a personal stylist with you at all times. They will dress you, listen to you, protect you and cheer you on. You are guaranteed one-to-one attention, the exclusive use of the showroom and refreshments for you & your party. We can only see 8 Brides on a Saturday and often have a waitlist of bride-to-be’s that want to visit. Now, imagine it’s a busy Saturday, and then no-one shows up…. this is happening more and more frequently and it is both damaging to our business and demoralizing for our stylist. Sadly, as much as we’d like to believe that people would phone ahead to cancel an appointment or let us know they no longer need it, many don’t. Its heart breaking.
For the 9-5 workers out there who cannot visit us in the week, we are open 9:30-17:30 on Sundays and also have a late night option on a Wednesday at 6pm.
We do – Please make us aware in advance if a member of your party requires special assistance so we can make the experience a comfortable one. Our store has two showrooms – one on ground level and the other below. The downstairs showroom is only assessible via a staircase so we will need to ensure that your appointment is upstairs in advance.
There is a 2 hour car park (Portswood shopping centre) directly opposite the store behind Iceland. They do have a camera system (and a £75 penalty fine) so please make sure you arrive no earlier then 5 minutes before your appointment.
For the main collection dresses we need a 50% deposit to get it ordered with the designer and into the country. The balance is then payable within 21 days of the dresses arrival.
For off the peg purchases or rush orders (quick delivery) we require the full amount on the day of purchase.
We certainly do!!!! We work alongside an amazing seamstress who is available to our brides on Mondays and Fridays!
We have had the privilege of working alongside Bogusia and watching her work her magic with our brides for well over two decades! She is an independent seamstress who work under the Brides Of Southampton umbrella and has a workroom on site so the gowns can stay with us in a controlled environment. For more incite into what she can do check out our “other services” section and real brides to view her work.
We recommend allowing three – four months from your first fitting to your wedding date as an ideal timeline. Depending on the time of year you are getting married you may need more or less time. There are far less weddings in winter months meaning that alterations can be turned around much faster than in the Spring and Summer. Once the seamstress is fully booked we will not be able to offer any more appointments so the earlier you organise it the better. Typically we have 30 appointments available for each month.
Wedding gowns have so many complex details—boning, hems, bustles, illusion necklines and so on—that it’s best to find a professional who’s seen and worked on such gown components in the past. We all know someone who can do a bit of sewing but make sure if you do decide on having the gown altered elsewhere that you are 100% confident in their ability! You are not obligated to use this service and we do have other external seamstresses that we can recommend if you require evenings or weekends.
As wedding dresses are made to standard sizes and not made to measure most gowns need some sort of alterations. The scope of work can vary greatly, and so many factors can play into it including your body proportions, your height, the shoes you are wearing and what materials and embellishments are on the gown. With the help of a professional seamstress, you’ll be ready for your wedding day with a gown that suits your figure flawlessly.
About 10% of our customers are “perfect fits” so plan for alterations and if you do not need them, we can simply arrange for the gown to be pressed and ready for you!
The average dress needs 20-30 hours of work. Lace and beads are taken off by hand and reapplied the same way – it is very labour intensive and you have to bare in mind that seamstresses are people not machines; there is only one speed that they can hand sew!
The alterations prices range from £100-£400 for standard alterations (customisation’s will be extra and two or 3 piece outfits may be more) – the service includes two 1 hour appointments at Brides Of Southampton and the work involved of an expert Bridal seamstress. The first appointment is where the gown will be pinned and the second is to try it all on and collect it. Some customers will need a third appointment if customisation is required or they are happily expecting a baby.
Shoes and Underwear! If you don’t have the exact shoes you’ll be wearing, bring another pair that is exactly the same height. Most wedding dresses cannot be worn with a bra and most body sculpting underwear can actually be more problematic for your fit and comfort so please, if in doubt call ahead of your appointment and speak with one of the team who can advise you.
While you might have legions of loved ones, it’s not a good idea to bring everyone to your first fitting, but you’ll definitely want someone to come with you. Consider inviting your star guest to accompany you to your fittings. The seamstress will need room to work around you and you will need to walk up and down several times to check the hem.
On your second visit to us (your final fitting) we recommend bringing 1-2 guests including the person who is going to dress you on the day so they can get all the top tips from a pro! This is also the time to try on your accessories for that final pre “I DO” look!
We do not. We give all customers ordering a new gown a 7 day cooling off period but once a gown has been ordered we are contractually obligated to pay the designer and therefore require the balance from you. The dresses are classed as special orders and made to your colour and size requirements so once they are ordered and made they are yours so take the time to get it right and do not buy something if you are unsure.
We want all of our brides to LOVE their gowns and are not “pushy” sales people. We would rather you had two appointment’s to be sure then feel rushed or pressured and make a mistake. Its perfectly normal for any bride to doubt her choice (ask any other bride) but with our experience and listening skills your dress choice will be your own, the one that gets you excited and lights you up inside!
We certainly do – Everything can be taken off the peg so if you have your eye on a dress from our website then give us a call and book in early- its advised not to leave it too long as buying off the peg is becoming more “normal” and we will not replace the style once its gone.
Wedding dresses usually take 16 weeks to arrive but every designer has slightly different timeframes.
Some designers offer Rush services (4-10 weeks) and others have a live inventory of readily available stock.
If customisations are required to your gown (special lengths or alternative colour options) then these can take up to 22 weeks.
An ideal timeframe to order your gown is 9-12 months before your big day so everything is stress free!