FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
At Brides of Beecroft, we meet a lot of wonderful brides, each with a unique personality, style, flare, and preferences. Though each woman is completely herself in all her wonderful ways, we’ve found there are some common questions that arise during our appointments. We’re going to be addressing some of those frequently asked questions below to help clear up any questions our lovely brides have!
DO I NEED TO LEAVE ROOM IN THE BUDGET AND THE SCHEDULE FOR ALTERATIONS?
Yes! We aim to always remind our brides that every wedding dress will need to be altered. This usually includes raising the hem, adding a bustle if your gown has a train, adding the correct size and colour bra cups, and changing any other parts of the dress which needs to be adjusted to your unique body shape, such as shortening shoulder straps, bringing in the waist, adding lace, or removing features. We don’t do this at our boutique, but rather we refer you to an experienced dressmaker in your area. Depending on the dressmaker and the size of the job, this can cost between $200-$800.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Just your wonderful self! We recommend that you bring a small bride tribe, even to the extent of bringing just one close person to your first visit to avoid becoming overwhelmed and confused by the many voices of others. Some of the best appointments we have are often just with Mum or your bestie. We also recommend you wear skin coloured, seamless underwear as this will help the dresses look the best the can on your figure. Don’t worry about bringing shoes – you won’t need these until you take your dress to your dressmaker after it arrives from the designer (months after you order it).
HOW DOES THE PROCESS OF ORDERING AND RECEIVING THE GOWN WORK?
When you say “yes to the dress” we take your bust, waist, and hip measurement, and compare your measurements to the size chart specific to the designer of the beautiful gown you’ve chosen. We find the size that most closely matches your measurements, and sometimes when the measurements vary, we (the bride and her stylist) will opt for the size dictated by biggest measurement. This will ensure that the gown will fit, and if it’s too big in places, your seamstress can easily bring it in. It’s much easier to bring a gown in, than to let it out. Once we choose your size, we order your gown, and depending on the designer, between 4-6 months later your gown will arrive in our boutique, and we’ll give you a call to let you know it’s time to come and collect it! We recommend organising this process so that between the day you pickup your gown, and your wedding day, there is two months time to leave for alterations. Leaving time means peace of mind.
SHOULD I ACCESSORISE WITH THIS GOWN?
Most gowns, and bridal looks don’t need too much accessorising to make them beautiful. Often a gorgeous pair of earrings, or a stylish bracelet will do the trick. We recommend not overloading on accessories, because when you do this, you get lost! We recommend being selective and intentional with what you choose to wear, and do so in a way that what you wear brings attention to your face and your beauty, not just the beauty of your accessories. We also recommend not wearing a necklace, unless it’s small and dainty, or important to you, such as a family heirloom. Necklaces can often disrupt the flow of the body, and disrupt any elongation in the flow of body to face. It can also draw attention away from your face, which is the opposite of what you want. We want to see those beautiful eyes pop!
But at the end of the day, you’re happiness is the most important thing, so if your thing is to load up on the glamour then go for it. It’s your special day, so you do you.
WHAT’S THE BEST ORDER TO PLAN MY WEDDING IN?
We understand that for some weddings, there can be a lot of ducks to get into a row. We recommend choosing your venue and your dress first. Choosing these two important elements will really help set the tone for the day, helping create a style which the rest of the wedding will feed off of. For example, if you choose a large reception venue in the city, and a ballgown, this will help dictate the rest of your styling (flowers, table settings, music, etc), and suggests they can be grand and glamorous. If you choose a rustic lace dress to wear in a rustic country venue, you’ll know that the rest of your wedding will simply follow that rustic tone. By doing this, without even knowing it you’ll make it easier on yourself when it comes to make decisions, because half the choice will already be made.
HOW WILL I KNOW?
You’ll just know. Really. When we guide brides through their styling appointment, we always take note of their facial expressions and body language, as this is really telling in regards to how she feels. When a woman feels right in the gown that fits right, feels right and looks right, even if it’s not the style she expected she would choose, her face will light up, she won’t be fidgeting, she’ll laugh, maybe even cry… happy tears! She will be happy, and she’ll stay in the gown for a significantly longer time than the others. Be self-aware when you go bridal shopping. If you notice yourself feeling and acting these ways, there’s a good chance it could be the one. You’ll feel it. Trust that. At the same time, don’t overcomplicate the process. Have fun and enjoy the journey. You never know where you’ll end up. And when you get there, you’ll know.
Brides of Beecroft.