Getting the best from your visit...and those little extra’s to make your day truly special!
At Pink Confetti it’s not just about buying the dress and accessories – this is just the start of a journey and we are with you every step of the way.
Sometimes, it’s those little extras that can make a difference and we are here to help. From ongoing support throughout your preparation, dressing you on the day, to recommending a cleaning service for your dress.
With so many things to consider when you’re organising a wedding, you can often think of questions you meant to ask at the strangest times, with this in mind here are our tips when looking for your perfect dress. Plus, some answers to some questions we frequently get asked but if your question’s not here please just ask us!
Starting your search!
There is no perfect time to start searching for your wedding dress, it depends on when you are ready. Some brides want to have their dress sorted a year or more before their wedding day. Others are more relaxed leaving the dress search until later on the the planning. Either way we recommend placing your order a minimum of at least a 6-8 months before the wedding. Although it is possible to order dresses in shorter timeframes this usually comes at an additional cost. Our most common lead time is around 12 -18 months.
Most brides will have picked their venue before looking for their dream dress as these two elements are probably the biggest factors that contribute to the overall look of the day.
What sizes are your sample gowns?
Our sample gowns range between a UK 6 and UK 24 although the majority are between a UK 12 and a UK 16 and we generally only have one size of each dress.
Bridal sizing is very different to the high street, so best taken as a guide only. Many of our gowns are corseted at the back, so if you’re a size 18 you could still try on a size 14 gown and have idea of the final look. Equally if you’re a size 8 we can pin a larger gown so you can see the end look.
With some designers it is possible to order a smaller sample closer to your size to try, although there can be an additional cost for this.
What is the price range of your gowns?
Generally our gowns range from £600 to £1800 however there may be small variations to this range as new collections arrive in the boutique. The majority of our dress are Between £1000 & £1400,
As new dresses arrive we have a variety of sample gowns that become available to purchase at a significantly reduced cost. If budget is the main consideration when you are looking for your dress it is a good idea to let us know at the start of your appointment so we can assist you to choose suitable options.
Your first appointment?
Although most brides are excited to start wedding dress shopping we know this is not the case for all and it can be quite daunting. If this is the case our aim is to put you at ease and help you enjoy your visit. Irrespective there is no pressure and we work at your pace.
If you’ve spent many hours flicking through bridal magazines to pick out your ideal dress style, it can be useful to bring images of gowns you like to your appointment as this can help guide us however unless you’re in love with a particular dress it’s good (and fun) to try on lot’s of different shapes and styles.
If you have no idea then we will be more than happy to suggest styles and shapes for you, unless you are well into your dress search your first appointment will be about trying lots of different shapes and styles to find the one that suits you.
Trying on gowns should be a fun, memorable experience so the best thing of all to bring with you is an open mind!
Who should I bring with me?
We know that you want to share your experience with family and friends whose opinion you value, however, we would suggest that you limit your guests to around 2 -3 people as too many opinions can cause confusion!
What do I need to bring with me?
Generally, we have everything you will need for your appointment however wearing comfortable underwear (it doesn’t have to be white!) and a strapless bra is always useful. Although we can provide a pair of bridal shoes for you to use during your appointment, you may wish to bring you own if you have a heel height in mind.
What if I find ‘The One’?
We hope that you do! Once you have decided on your dream dress we will take your measurements and ask you to sign an order form, including a copy of our terms and conditions which we are happy to go through with you.
We ask for a 50% deposit to secure your order and enable us to place your gown on order with the designer. However, if this is an issue we are happy to discuss other options.
Generally dresses will arrive with us 12-16 weeks following your order, at which point we will contact you so that you can come in to try your dress on.
What if it needs alterating?
If any alterations are needed we have dedicated seamstress who can carry these out however you can of course arrange your own. Most gowns need small alterations to be made the most common to the length or fit around the bust.
As a rule the cost of alterations are NOT included in the price of your gown and as average alteration costs are usually between £80 and £150 (excluding bespoke items like jackets etc) we are happy to provide a quotation before any work is carried out.
Will I need to take my dress home when it arrives?
Unless you want to. We are happy to store your dress for you as long as you need – there is no charge for this. Your dress will be stored securely and is covered by by our insurance policy. Most brides arrange to pick up their dress in the week before their wedding.
Do you provide a Dressing Service?
It’s your wedding day! Everyone is excited, they all have their individual jobs to do and time just seems to evaporate!
If you’ve decided on a dress with a lace or corset back then you can often underestimate the time required to get into this. The last thing you need on your wedding day is you getting stressed out by the person getting you dressed!
We can help whether you got your dress from us or not! We can arrange to get to your home or venue plenty of time ahead of the service and ensure that you get the time you need to enjoy the moment – putting on your wedding dress for real!! Please ask us for details – it’s not as expensive as you think!
What about getting my dress cleaned?
Hopefully you’ve had the best day ever and perhaps your dress is showing signs of this! We can help by arranging expert cleaning and for your dress to be stored in a beautiful keepsake box.
Depending on the size of your dress cleaning only is £90 – £120 and to have your dress cleaned and boxed is £130 – £160. Just ask us for details.