FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire 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@youryorkshire.wedding

 

Finding the one

Finding the one

Q. What factors do we need to consider before booking our wedding venue?

A. Andrea Matthews says: - Budget. Is the venue in budget and what extras do you need to consider? Does it offer discounts for midweek or out-of-season dates? If you're willing to compromise on the date, your dream venue may be in budget.

- Package. If you're looking for a bespoke wedding rather than a set package, then check the venue offers the flexibility to do this. For example, can you choose your own caterer and suppliers?

- Location. Is the setting suitable for you and your guests? If people will be travelling there, make sure there is plenty of accommodation nearby. It's worth making sure that there are lots of idyllic views for your photographs, and if you want a peaceful setting, listen out for any busy roads.

- Style. Does the venue fit with your style? Is the décor to your taste? If you're dressing the venue, will your theme look good in the space?

- The wow factor. When you visit the venue, you should be able to imagine yourselves getting married there. Many couples know instantly if they've found the one.

Andrea Matthews,The Grand Lodge at Oaklands
www.oaklandsweddings.co.uk

 

Dream dress

Dream dress

Q. We're excited that our wedding should be able to take place in late summer. However, I've not found my dress! How long will it take?

A. Kerensa Dyson says: As a bridal boutique owner whose business has been closed for the best part of a year, when I found out that we could reopen it was the best news! So many couples planning to marry in 2021 have had to put everything on hold – and dress shopping was out of the question. Now, there is a real buzz and excitement among brides who are finally able to choose that all-important dress.

As a bride, you may be worried that you don't have enough time, but I can reassure you that at Bijou Bridal Boutique we can have the dress of your dreams made by one of our British designers in as little as four to six weeks. Ideally, we'd have longer than that so we can spend time choosing your accessories and having any fittings completed once the gown arrives. The more time, the better and less stressful the experience will be. However, if that's not possible, don't panic – we can help! You can book in for one of our VIP bridal appointments through our website.

Kerensa Dyson,Bijou Bridal Boutique
www.bijoubridalboutique.co.uk

 

In search of the one

In search of the one

Q. What can I expect from my first bridal shop appointment?

A. Philippa Lloyd says: Firstly, this is a really exciting time, so enjoy every minute! We don't ask you to bring anything with you to your appointment except an open mind. When you and your party come into the boutique, you'll be met by one of our expert consultants who'll talk to you about your wedding, venue and what you have in mind for your perfect gown. Armed with this information, we can start choosing a few dresses to get you started.
It's important to remember that what you have in mind may not be what you end up with, so it's worth trying a variety of styles. You are in control of the appointment; we can be involved as much or as little as you like and will always follow your lead.

Philippa Lloyd
cristellocouture.co.uk

 

Winter warmers

Winter warmers

Q. What dress styles and accessories should I consider for my winter wedding?

A. Kerensa Dyson says: Winter is a wonderful season in which to tie the knot. For me, it conjures up images of log fires and long walks in the countryside, which you can take inspiration from with a palette of rich, warm colours. With Christmas falling in the middle, a little sparkle doesn't go amiss either! Try styling your day with a palette of burgundy, hunter green and midnight blue with metallic accents and plenty of glitz. Brides can opt for a gorgeous gown with a long sleeve or a dress that's designed to have a jacket over the top. I love the Dorothea gown by Alan Hannah (pictured). It's a gorgeous strapless Mikado style with a Swarovski belt and matching lace bolero – perfect for keeping out the chill.
To give warmth to the bridal party, why not choose beautiful faux fur accessories to bring out their inner Snow Queen?

Kerensa Dyson
www.bijoubridalboutique.co.uk

 

Summer breeze

Summer breeze

Q. What's the best style of dress for an al fresco summer wedding?

A. Stephanie Moran says: It's so important to think about your venue when choosing your gown, especially if you have outdoor nuptials planned. While finding the perfect shape for your body is the most important factor, you also need to consider ease of movement, material and how big your dress is. If you want something to show off your curves while still giving you room to move, then a fit-and-flare style is the perfect choice. If a more relaxed vibe is your thing, go for a looser A-line shape, which nips in at the waist and flows to the ground. How about a shorter style? This would be beautiful for a summery look.
Look for fabrics that are light and airy and seek out dresses with fewer layers of netting underneath as this can make you flustered on a hot day. If you like the idea of sleeves, opt for light lace or sheer materials rather than full fabric.
Finally, be wise about the length of your train. At an outdoor wedding there are so many things it can get caught on, especially in the countryside. A shorter train will be much more practical.
Image credit https://www.sugarbirdphoto.co.uk

Stephanie Moran
www.stephaniemorancouture.com

 

The perfect fit

The perfect fit

Q. What dress styles and fabrics will suit my pear-shaped figure?

A. Kerensa Dyson says: Dress shopping is so exciting, but it can also be a minefield if you don't know what suits your body shape. Whether you like it or not, you'll be the focus of everyone's attention on your special day so you want to feel like the very best version of yourself. Your bridal consultant is there to guide you and offer expertise – so make the most of them. A pear-shaped figure is when your hips are wider than your shoulders. The best way to flatter this body type is with a dress that highlights the waist and focuses attention on the bodice rather than the skirt. Look for an A-line or ballgown style that cinches in at the waist and accentuates your smallest point. The Eleanora design from Mia Mia Bridal's Love Letters Collection is the perfect example of this look and also features a flattering sweetheart neckline.
Image Mia Mia Bridal

Kerensa Dyson
www.bijoubridalboutique.co.uk

 

Designs on you

Designs on you

Q. I've tried on lots of dresses but haven't found one with all the elements I want. I think that bespoke might be the way to go, but what's involved in the process?

A. Anita Massarella says: Lots of our brides find themselves in this predicament. Finding the most important dress of your life can be a daunting task, but with the guidance of a respected, experienced professional it can be the most wonderful experience.
We offer a completely bespoke service, creating one-off haute couture gowns tailored to each client's style and event. The choices are limitless and we can incorporate all the elements you want. There's no compromising on your vision, and our incredibly talented seamstresses handcraft each gown in our Leeds premises. The initial consultation is very exciting and is the time to discuss ideas, your personal style and the logistics of your wedding. You'll have a series of appointments to take your measurements, create a toile (a version of your dress made in cotton calico) and then perfect your dream dress. These multiple fittings at different stages ensure the utmost excellence in design, quality and fit.

Image credit: https://www.kerrywoodsphotography.com

Anita Massarella
www.anitamassarella.co.uk

 

Tailored to perfection

Tailored to perfection

Q. I'm considering having my dress made, but I'm a bit apprehensive – what's involved in the process?

A. Stephanie Moran says: Going bespoke is such a special way to create your dream gown. It gives you the opportunity and freedom to express who you are and come away with something that's perfect for you. It's an exciting process for both you and the designer, as your combined vision is brought to life.
Having a dress made to measure can take up to six months. However, this depends on the complexity of the design and the availability of the designer. Good companies will get booked up quickly, so the sooner you can start the process the better. Normally, you'll have two or three consultations. The first would be for you to provide information about your big day that your chosen professional needs to know in order to start designing. You'll then move on to choosing details and fabrics. From this, a cotton-calico toile, or mock-up dress, will be made to ensure the fit and design are as desired, and any changes can be made. After this, the gown is produced in your chosen fabric and the final fittings can commence.
Your dress will always be made in stages to ensure you're happy and you'll end up with a product to cherish forever.

Image credit: https://www.victoriabakerweddings.co.uk

Stephanie Moran
www.stephaniemorancouture.com