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  • Writer's pictureMark Wasley


Finding the perfect dress for your wedding day is one of the most exciting parts of a bride’s wedding planning, but it can also be one of the most nerve racking too! We often have brides worrying that they won’t be able to find ‘the one’, that they don’t want white or ivory and that they don’t normally ‘do’ dresses and they’re going to look like someone from my big fat gypsy wedding! Well, rest assured, we’ve been helping to deliver amazing weddings since 2010, and we are yet to see a bride at Gorcott Hall that looked anything less than breathtaking!

We know that there are so many colours and sizes to choose from and that finding your dream dress isn’t always a piece of (wedding) cake. It can be completely overwhelming, but it’s the start of your wedding journey and it really should be fun! The research can start at home, remember, Pinterest and TikTok are your best friend, so do your homework! The right dress may take time to find so trawl the internet for inspiration, look at real weddings and research models that match your body shape to get a really good idea of what might suit you. Interestingly, we know many brides who ended up with a style that they would never have dreamt that they would wear, and they loved it!

And then comes the fun part of trying them on! Whether you’re ordering online for home delivery or heading over to a boutique, decide who you want to be there with you. Our advice would be to keep your entourage quite small; a lovely family member and a couple of trustworthy, honest besties are usually perfect for the job – remember too many guests mean too many opinions, thoughts and judgements! In preparation for a day of trying on dresses, we recommend taking a long bath or shower and choosing some really pretty underwear. Remember, you’ll spend most of the day in your undies, so wearing your old grey pants is not an option. You want to feel gorgeous when trying on your selection of amazing gowns. Try to avoid wedding dress overload! Take lots of photographs of your dress possibilities (even of the ones you are really not sure about) instead of putting all your trust in the mirror. Many try ons can help to reinforce the fact that you have found the perfect dress but just pick out a few at a time, as it will only lead to confusion and you’ll struggle to remember one from the other with option overload! Taking a pic of your favourites can help you create a shortlist. You may even be one of the lucky brides that falls in love with the first gown that you try on – it happens! Oh and we should mention … don’t be horrified by the sizing, be prepared, they usually come up very small, don’t let that get you frazzled and feeling anything less than your beautiful best

When you’ve finally made your choice and purchased ‘the one,’ don’t be worried if you suddenly think that you don’t like it any more or that you have bought the wrong one. We come across this all the time! We can almost guarantee that when you’re glammed up with wedding hair and makeup, you’ll remember the reasons that you fell for it and fall in love with it all over again on your big day…just like your husband to be!

And, when it comes round to your big day, our luxurious gown suite will be the perfect backdrop to make you feel like a true princess as you get your glam on and slip into your flawless gown while you sip a prosecco and wait to become a Mrs…

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