If you got proposed to and said "yes!" to your significant other this festive period, then you may be wondering what steps to take!
At Beau Belles we always encourage brides to have either booked, or have a very strong decision made on their venue, theme (if you have one) and approximate date before shopping for a gown. Imagine falling in love with a gown perfect for a winter wonderland theme complete with fur bolero, only to choose your venue location to be abroad in the peak summer sun! We also advise giving yourself at the very least a year between engagment and wedding day to give time to get everything organised and booked, so if you want a summer wedding then opt for a 2018 or 2019 date to bag the best venue and days - you might be glad of the extra time and savings.
It is best to start dress shopping around a year before your big day. For your actual appointment, we welcome you to bring family and friends, take photos and have fun. Just make sure that you really concentrate on the key details of the gowns and try not to get overwhelmed. Remember - just because one person prefers a different gown to you, it doesnt mean that you should rule it out if you love it! Your gown has to feel right to you when worn, be comfortable and reflect your personality. Too many opinions can complicate the situation, so maybe bring two or three people whos opinions are really important to you, then bring others once you start to narrow it down to the last two or three gowns if you cant make a desision first time round.
Standard order times on bridal gowns (and some bridesmaid styles) can take up to 16 weeks. From the first week in January, our estimated delivery time is approximately mid May to beginning of June, however some dresses are availble for earlier delivery and we still have gowns available off the peg in our Designer Outlet.
Dont forget to add an extra month for fittings and accessory shopping too! This time is crucial as you want your gown to fit like a dream.
A final tip - try not to worry! You will only upset yourself and ruin the experience by getting stressed. If you get to your big day and realise you have forgotten something, the likelyhood is that only you will have noticed it is missing!
With love, Beau Belles