FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourbristolsomerset.wedding


Free spirits

Free spirits

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


Aisle style

Aisle style

Q. How do I narrow down the dress search and focus in on the style that's right for me?

A. Susie Clark says: Finding the one can be a daunting but exciting experience. Think about your favourite parts of your body that you would like to show off and for the dress to emphasise. We recommend trying a whole range of styles – even the ones you're not sure of – to confirm what works and what doesn't.

Once you have found your style, you can then start exploring which colours complement your skin tone. Next, look at the finer details of the gowns and play with accessories to give you a more finished look. If you like elements from multiple dresses, and can't find one gown that encompasses them all, then consider the possibility of customising styles to create your dream dress.

Susie Clark,Bridal Reloved Street


Dressing up

Dressing up

Q. I'm nervous about wedding dress shopping. What can I expect?

A. Sarah Hackett says: At Rookery Bridal, we aim to make you feel as relaxed as possible. We understand that you'll be nervous, but you are in safe hands with our experts. Appointments are usually set for an hour and a half to two hours. You and your party will receive a warm welcome before being shown to our gown area – we have a lot of gowns!

To help you settle in, you'll receive a short introduction to what's in the store and you'll be asked a few questions so we can ascertain your preferences, if you have any. You don't need to know what you want, we will guide you and ensure you try on lots of shapes and styles so you begin to form a picture of your perfect dress.

Just bring yourself, there's no need to have particular underwear or shoes, we just want you to feel as comfortable as possible. You will be helped into the gowns in the privacy of our changing rooms. Whenever you have any questions – just ask!

Sarah Hackett,Rookery Bridal


Dressed for the occasion

Dressed for the occasion

Q. I'm more of a jeans kind of girl, and I've never worn a big dress before. Have you got any top tips for me?

A. Jan Wrgiht says: Bride at Home has been helping brides find their dream wedding outfits for more than 29 years, so our team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise and we love sharing it with our brides-to-be. My favourite tip is for dresses with a beaded bodice. These can sometimes chafe under your arms, so we always recommend rubbing in a little Vaseline to the area about an hour before you step into your gown – it really does help prevent sore arms.

Brides often ask how they're supposed to go to the toilet. One of our consultants, Amanda, who recently got married herself, is happy to demonstrate the best way, which is forward-facing and using the underskirt as a frame to hold up your dress. This always gets a good giggle in the shop and makes our brides feel relaxed.

Jan Wrgiht,Bride at Home

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