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The perfect fit
Q. Please could you explain the process for having a wedding dress altered? I'm not too sure of the timings or what to expect.
A. Suzie Marie says: As soon as you've found your dream dress, book your bridal seamstress. I can be booked up to a year in advance. Your wedding gown is likely to be one of the most important dresses you'll ever wear, so whether you need a little tweak or a complete remake, you'll want it to fit beautifully and feel comfortable on your special day. Fittings are usually booked two or sometimes three months in advance, in the run up to your wedding, depending on the type of adjustments or style changes you need. I chat through all the details with you and we work out the best fitting schedule at our first meeting. Expect to have three or more fittings and remember: how your gown fits is unique to you, so extra appointments may be needed. It's really important to bring the underwear and shoes you'll be wearing on the wedding day to every fitting in order to obtain the proper fit. Then, once all adjustments have been finished, a final fitting will be booked. This is often a good time to bring along your best friend or family member who'll be helping you to get dressed on the day. I can show them how best to do this, as most dresses have a variety of hooks, poppers, zips and ribbons. I always press and steam gowns before collection, making sure everything is perfect.
Suzie Marie, Suzie Marie
Q. How can I create a relaxed, bohemian bridal look?
A. Sarah Hackett says: Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, involving artistic and spiritual pursuits. Boho-chic is a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences. When it comes to boho-style wedding dresses, we think of a whimsical, romantic, soft style. Earthy and inspired by nature, gowns are often simpler in design but with intricate detail. For example, crochet or a delicate lace combined with silks, satins or chiffons.
The boho bride's effortless dress should be teamed with a stunning loose-tied bouquet with colour, greenery and the addition of pampas grass or dried foliage. Finish the look with the ultimate boho accessory: a flower crown. If you want to take the look to its fullest, opt for flat shoes and an ankle bracelet.
Sarah Hackett, Rookery Bridal