10 Tips for Your First Visit to a Bridal Boutique

Getting married is such an exciting time but with so many things to organise it can feel overwhelming. As thoughts turn to vintage style wedding dresses you may wonder about getting the best out of your boutique appointment. Here’s ten tips to get the most out of your first visit to a bridal boutique.

your first visit to a bridal boutique. Inside the wedding shop

First Visit to a Bridal Boutique

Book online

we recommend booking online for a time when you are really relaxed. You don’t need a mad dash to get to your appointment so make a day of it, book time off and savour all the goodness you’ll see. We can get you booked in online to make it even easier.

Keep your entourage tight

Certainly bring those closest to you (restrictions may apply with current government guidelines) but try not to bring everyone. The more people who all have an opinion can feel overwhelming, especially if your ideas and theirs don’t match. Keep it to the people whose opinions really matter to you and you’ll all enjoy a much more relaxed fitting. Three is the magic number as a max.

Bring your ideas

Here at Cutting Edge Brides we love when our brides arrive with an idea of what they want (or don’t want). We can then work towards finding dresses that fit the theme’s or ideas you have for your wedding day. Each of our appointments are dedicated to the bride to be, no other brides are present at your appointment. This way we can make sure that what you want and need are our focus.

Be Open minded

We see so many brides who have a set idea of the type of tea length wedding dress they want and leave with something they hadn’t even considered. Our wonderful bridal stylists will help guide you and make suggestions if you aren’t sure or want a particular look. You can try as many designer short wedding dresses as you wish and we’ll also be on hand to offer help and suggestions.

Book your bridal appointment online

Let us know the details

If you’ve already got a venue and idea of what you want then please share with us. This goes for colours too, let us know so we can help you match the colour of your petticoats. Wear light colour undergarments for your fitting and light coloured shoe with a preferred heel height. If you don’t have any yet, don’t worry we have lots of accessories in our boutique

Don’t panic buy

We pride ourselves on making sure there is no hard sell. We actively encourage you to go away and have a think. You can always book another appointment to see certain short wedding dresses again or to start afresh. Making sure you have the perfect retro wedding dress for your big day is all that matters. Alternatively we have dresses that you can purchase if you are in a hurry directly from our website.

Don’t Leave it too Late

As our vintage style wedding dresses are custom made there is a minimum turn around time. Also alterations or bespoke changes need to be factored in so you are still relaxed and happy leading up to your wedding.

vintage style wedding dress botique appointment in Bexley, Kent

Be Honest

Don’t love something, then let the stylist know so that they can move on for you. Equally if there is a dress you can’t stop thinking about, just say. There are lots of ways to add different elements to design a uniuqe short wedding dress.


Think about how soon you need the tea length wedding dress and how you’ll transport it. Are you getting married overseas or need something that will fit in a suitcase…these are all things that will be important. Luckily our beautiful retro wedding dresses are lightweight and easy to transport. 

Get Inspiration

We love sharing our real weddings and have a whole host of inspiration over on our blog here. Also check out our Pinterest boards and social media channels to help you.

Cutting Edge Brides

We’ve helped so many brides to find the short wedding dress of their dreams and can’t wait to help you. Our wedding dresses have been featured in mainstream media and programs like ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ on Channel 4. Timeless Chic is our very own designer wedding dress line which is very popular with our brides.

As the UK’s leading short wedding dress specialists, we stock a diverse range of short, tea and calf-length wedding dresses. We are proud to represent women of all shapes and sample sizes in a variety of length and colour.

We do hope to welcome you soon to our Bexley Bridal Boutique on the borders of London. Come see us for your first visit to a Bridal Boutique. You can book your appointment here

Cutting Edge Brides

01322 521 000

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