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Meet Melita Genziani from mother-of-the-bride boutique Melita

Mother-of-the-bride dress Meet Melita Genziani from mother-of-the-bride boutique Melita 

Q – Tell us about your company?
Melita is situated in the delightful village of Chobham in Surrey, and we’re proud to say we celebrated 40 years of trading last year. Despite the deceiving frontage, the shop is extremely large and is spread across two floors housing one of the largest selection of occasion wear in Surrey and the surrounding counties.

Q – What services do you offer?
We carry collections from all the leading designers and can offer a choice of styles to suit different tastes and sizes from six to 18.
We stock the matching hats and hatinators, again in a variety of designs. We also have a fabulous range of shoes and bags only found in select independents by Lisa Kay and Elegante. These are made to our choice of colours and designed to complement the outfits.
As most outfits need a slight tweak, we have the added advantage of our own in house seamstress who works on-site six days a week.

Q – How long before the wedding should mother-of-the-brides/ grooms get in touch?
It’s important to allow yourself plenty of time to search for your outfit, firstly to avoid a last-minute panic buy but also to allow for alterations.
Stock is pre-ordered twice a year and once sold, often can’t be replaced. I would suggest you start your search a good few months before the wedding, some people buy as far as a year in advance.

Q – What’s your favourite part of the job?
We love the unpredictability of each day, as every customer is so different and it’s such a personal experience helping them to choose their outfit for such a special occasion. For some, it can be very emotional seeing their transformation and the relief that they can relax and know they’re going to feel fabulous and make their son or daughter proud.

Q – Do you have any top tips?
The most important thing is to choose an outfit and shoes that you feel comfortable and confident wearing. It’s a long day, and you need to be able to relax and not be conscious of what you’re wearing. If you need an opinion when choosing your outfit, take the advice of one or two-valued people accompanying you to your appointment. Too many people will cause confusion and conflicting ideas. Most importantly, always shop with an open mind. It’s often what you would least expect that you will end up purchasing.

To find out more, visit www.motherofthebridechobham.co.uk

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