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FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Surrey Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yoursurrey.wedding

Finding The One

Finding The One

Q What is your advice on taking the first steps in wedding planning?
A Lorraine Langridge says: There are lots of things to do to organise your big day, and some arrangements can take longer than you think. For example, venues can become booked up well over a year in advance. Wedding dresses, if you’re ordering new, can take six to eight months, including fittings, to be wedding-ready. However, here at Brides Visited, we have an off-the-peg
range too, so you might be lucky enough to find what you’re looking for in this collection. This is great if you have a shorter lead time, as there’s obviously no ordering time to factor in.

So, it’s never too early to start looking for your dream dress but if you want to see the most current collections then around a year ahead is a good time to begin. If this is the first time you’ve tried on any wedding gowns we’d recommend looking at different shapes and styles – you might just surprise yourself as to what suits you. Our top tip is to keep an open mind and don’t dismiss the wild card, as we’ve seen many of these make it to the final cut. Be guided by your consultant, a good one will have seen all their gowns on, so they’ll know which will work for you.

Be honest with your consultant about your budget, this will help them
find you the styles to try without wasting your time. If your budget is flexible, tell them. It doesn’t mean that they’ll go to the top of it, simply that they’ll know not to go over it.

We tell our brides: “Be brave and think slightly outside your comfort zone. You want the wow factor but you want people to look at you and be impressed not shocked. Be you, but the best you that you can be!”

Lorraine Langridge, Brides Visited

Summer Style

Summer Style

Q We're getting married at the peak of summer, so I don't want my dress to feel too heavy and hot. What collections are ideal for this time of the year and why?
A Emilie Crease says: Here at May & Grace we have a gorgeous range of princess style A-line wedding dresses perfect for a summer wedding. Floaty skirts in tulle, silk organza and silk muslin are dreamy and light allowing any bride to feel comfortable and cool on the big day. We also love cut-out details, spaghetti straps and low back detailing for a hot summer's day.

New for 2024, we have Kiva, Christie and Eulene, by Rosa Clara, Rosa Clara Couture and Aire Atelier. Kiva by Rosa Clara is crafted in embellished tulle and features a v-neckline, round keyhole back and a side split. Christie by Rosa Clara Couture is made of silk muslin, a soft fabric that caresses the skin and is suitable for a beach wedding. Eulene by Aire Atelier is a painted ballgown in the lightest silk organza fabric, with a bold cut-out open back and square neckline.

Emilie Crease, May & Grace Bridal Boutique

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