It’s your wedding, and your planning. You’re thinking of the venue – the perfect place to say “I do”, you’re planning what your guests will eat and drink; what colour scheme, which flowers are in season, sooooo many wedmin issues. But really, the only thing you’re really thinking, from the minute the engagement ring is on your finger is “What dress will I wear????”
Appointments made with bridal shops far and wide, who will you take with you, mum, best friend, future mum in law? Let’s make a day of it, champagne lunch, after all, it is a big thing!
Well let me introduce you to the wonderful ladies at Windsor & Eton Brides. An elegant boutique on Eton High Street, filled with stunning wedding gowns and bridal accessories. It’s light, bright and lots of room to try on your dream dress. The team, led by Carla, are helpful but not pushy, they’ve been doing this for years, so their guidance really is genuine, they just want you to look stunning and feel comfortable too.
Carla kindly took some time out from her busy schedule to impart some helpful hints and advice to brides to be, enjoy!
Tell us a little about your company; how long have you been established; what brands do you display?
Windsor and Eton Brides opened in April 2006 but was re-launched by myself under a new company in October 2012 when I bought the business.
Do you stock bridesmaids dresses or wedding accessories like shoes, tiaras or bridal underwear?
We do not sell bridesmaids dresses as we concentrate on styling brides-to-be from head to toe! We have a fantastic selection of accessories, headdresses, hair vines, veils and jewellery by very talented designers and companies. We stock some lovely yet functional underwear and we have a modest selection of shoes which brides can buy from.
When should a bride start to arrange appointments for dresses, and how long should she allow? What kind of lead time do dresses have? Do you recommend brides bring a mum or friend along too?
It is quite interesting how many brides are shocked by the length of time they need to have before their wedding to order a dress. I think 7 to 12 months before your wedding date is a good time to start looking for your perfect dress. Some companies can take as long as 5 months to make to an order. This makes the whole dress process 6-7 months for the bride, from selecting and ordering the gown to walking down the aisle on her day.
With so many wedding dress styles available, how do you assist a bride in finding “The One”. Do you offer style advice based on body shape?
It is personal to a bride who she brings along with her. I would recommended one or two people to share the bridal dress journey, people that understand the bride and her vision. This bridal party would see the bride in all the different silhouettes, colours and detailing and ideally understand why she chooses the dress she does…
What should a bride consider when choosing a wedding dress?
Body shape can lead you to a certain silhouette for sure, but you can often find dresses that break the rules. It is definitely good for the bride to try styles to rule them out before settling on the one they see themselves in on the day.
What is this seasons trend? Do you find brides are influenced by celebrity wedding styles?
Trying a style on that they never thought they would like is well worth it! Sometimes it is exactly what the bride is looking for, she just had not realised it until then. Keep a budget in mind as no one wants to be disappointed that the price tag is too high for the dress they want and it is important to remember that alterations are an additional cost on top of the dress.
This years trends are dresses with an illusion backs. Lace is still very strong this season. Surprisingly, celebrity weddings do not really come up that much with brides in our shop. Our brides want to feel unique with their own style.
Any other advice or top tips to give a bride on her wedding day?
Enjoy every minute of organising your wedding, go with your heart on decisions and remember to just stop and take a good look around every now and again throughout the day as it goes very quickly…
If you would like to arrange a consultation with Carla and her team, please contact them directly on 01753 622 400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org