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Q. I'm really nervous about my first bridal appointment. Is there anything I should know before I go?
A. Krystle Worgan says: Your magazine cutouts, Pinterest boards and Instagram likes can really give us a sense of the direction you're going for – so feel free to bring these along, and we can go through them while having a cup of tea and a natter! Try to be as honest as possible about your likes and dislikes so we can get a real sense of your look and personality. There's no point in pretending you like a gown for our sake; we want to find the dress of your dreams.
Initial appointments at our boutique are generally an hour and a half. During this time, we can try on a range of styles to help guide you towards the one. It's not essential, but it can be useful to wear neutral underwear and wear your hair and make-up in a similar way to how you'll have it on the big day – this helps you to envision the complete look.
Finally, keep an open mind and relax. So many of our brides have ended up buying something they never even thought of trying. You can always ask us for advice – we're not only here while you find your dress but for your entire planning journey. There's nothing more rewarding than receiving photos from a happy bride after their wedding.
Dress to impress
Q. I'm quite short, and my partner is very tall. What gown can I choose to give the illusion of height?
A. Fiona Newbery says: There's a common misconception that a shorter dress will make smaller brides look taller. However, a tea-length style just cuts you off below the knee. I'd recommend a full-length gown in a mermaid or fit-and-flare style. The length will elongate your body regardless of whether you're wearing heels.
For the bodice, look for sweetheart or V-neck cuts to create the illusion of height. Avoid belts or detailing that cuts you off at the waist, and steer clear of tops and bottoms in different fabrics or textures.
A fabric that works particularly well is satin. The smooth line draws the eye up the whole dress, giving the extra length. For your accessories, try a quirky birdcage veil to add height, while the addition of a feather will give it a vintage flourish.
Q. I'm getting married at the end of October. What dress styles and accessories would you recommend?
A. Cathy Keen says: You can never predict what the Great British weather will do – take this summer's heatwave for example – so it's always best to be prepared for the elements. High necklines and elegant long sleeves à la Meghan Markle are a great option for autumn. The Beautiful collection by Enzoani offers brides a fabulous choice of styles, including delicate cap sleeves and heavy lace fabrics – all perfect for the season.
You could opt for a faux fur shrug or cape to add warmth in chillier moments, which gives you the flexibility of throwing it off during the reception. A full-length veil, flowing in the autumn breeze, would make for some incredible photographs.
Finding the one
Q. I have a pear-shaped figure. How do I find a dress that suits my shape?
A. Sarah Parker says: As a fellow pear-shaped girl, I feel I can answer this pretty honestly. My sister and I are joint-owners of The White Collection and come from a long line of women whose bottoms could warrant their own postcodes! We've cursed our derrieres over the years, but we've learnt to love them. This has been a long process, and when I was shopping for my own wedding gown, my hips and I were still not on good terms.
The silhouette you opt for really comes down to a mind-over-body matter. You're either comfortable showing off your curves or not. If it's the former, pick a fit-and-flare fishtail style and own it. If you're less comfortable, find a dress that highlights your smallest area – your waist – and opt for a flowing or ballgown skirt.
Bear in mind that if you don't try different shapes, you don't know what you may be missing. You might want to hide under a full dress, but without trying other shapes, you may be overlooking something you'd look fabulous in.