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FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North East 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@yournortheast.wedding

She's Got The Look

She's Got The Look

Q I want a classic wedding dress that won't date. We're getting married in a manor house – do you have any suggestions?
A Melanie Fox says: Creating a timeless look for a manor house wedding is a wonderful idea and will really add to the look of your wedding images when you look back in the future. I would recommend going with something that has some good construction in the bodice and has some real flounce-appeal in the skirt. That way you get the most drama and it will also ensure you stand out against the regal and dramatic backdrop of your venue. You could really go to town with the fabric and sleeves, too, as long as you stay with a shorter or off-the-shoulder sleeve design. I would suggest Peony by DAMA Couture, which also has the added benefit of having printed peonies in the fabric of the dress, so will also make your look really memorable to your guests.

Melanie Fox, The Case Of The Curious Bride

A perfect fit

A perfect fit

Q After a few months of being unwell, I now need to gain weight to get back to my usual dress size. The problem is – our wedding's only a year away! What kind of timeframe do I need to find my dress and ensure it fits properly on the day?
A Judith Wade says: At Epernay Bridal, we need your dress to arrive at the boutique at least two months before your wedding date to allow plenty of time for your alterations. When you have chosen your dress – and to minimise alterations – we will take your measurements and order your wedding gown to the closest size. We book three fittings with the seamstress two months before the wedding date, and you'll have a first, second and final fitting to ensure your dress is tailored to perfection for your special day. Our designer's lead time is generally four to six months, but that being said, we can sometimes work to as little as five weeks, subject to approval. Another great option is to purchase a dress on the day of your appointment, depending on size and fit. If the sample dress permits alterations, buying a dress at a reduced cost eliminates a timeline. To sum it all up, shopping for your dress at Epernay Bridal 12 months before your wedding date is absolutely perfect!

Judith Wade, Epernay Bridal

The perfect fit

The perfect fit

Q I've found my dream gown, and my first fitting is just around the corner. What advice can you share with me to make the process easier?
A Norma Arthur says: Arrive with your dress in a full-length gown bag, which is helpful for storage and minimises handling during the alterations process. Ensure you bring the correct underwear and shoes for the first fitting, as these will affect your posture and how your dress will fit.

You might feel more comfortable bringing a companion along to help you in and out of the gown, which gives them valuable practice for the big day itself. However, the seamstress expects physical contact for them to do their job; they'll do their best to make fittings private and relaxed. Whilst it is often helpful to have someone who can assist the bride, always enquire about bringing extra people along. Where alterations are required to several bridesmaids' dresses from the same group, it's helpful that the bride is the companion at each fitting.

Your measurements will be taken and maybe your weight at your first fitting unless discussed and agreed otherwise. The seamstress will not expect any significant variation from the original measurements between fittings. If the bride is trying to lose weight for the wedding, it will cause issues with the fit of the dress if the weight loss continues beyond the first fitting.

The team might want to capture before and after photographs of the gown to help with their work. If the seamstress wishes to use this publicity, you should be asked for consent.

Norma Arthur, Amble Pin Cushion

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