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How To // Preparing For Your First Bridal Consultation

So you’ve booked an appointment at one of our stores and you’re excited to start trying on dresses! But wait, there’s a few things you need to think about before you come in.

How much make-up should I wear, and can I have a spray tan?

We know you’re going to want to look your best for your first consultation, but in order to keep our gowns looking fresh and bright, we ask that your wear minimal makeup, and avoid coming in with a fresh tan. Perhaps leave it at least a week after you’ve spray or self tanned before trying on any dresses. Plus, it’s nice to leave a bit of mystery for your big day.

What kind of underwear should I wear?

We advise wearing a nude strapless bra and seamless nude underwear so your underwear doesn’t have a huge impact on what the gown looks like, especially if you’re trying to imagine what it’s going to look like on your big day. Dark underwear and sneaky bra straps will always change the illusion of our wedding dresses, and we want you to be able to see exactly what you’re going to look like walking down the aisle.

Should I bring my shoes?

If you’ve already purchased your shoes and you are certain they are the ones, by all means bring them along, but they are certainly not essential. Most often you won’t even put them on in the consultation. Plus, we always pop you up on a block to make you look tall and glamorous, just like you would if you are wearing heels!

How many guests should I bring?

We advise that you bring a maximum of four guests along to your consultation. More opinions than this can become a little too overwhelming and, on a busy weekend, it can get a little bit squishy!

Should I bring a list of gowns I want to try on?

We do advise before you consultation that you make a list of gowns you love, but this list is not the be all and end all. Often we have new gowns out on the floor that haven’t been photographed that you might fall in love with, or you might not like any of the gowns you’ve chosen. In both cases, our consultants are here to help you along the way. Often our brides fall in love with something they didn’t initially pick out, so try to have an open mind, and trust our consultants. You’ve just got to give it a go!

How long do I have to order a gown, and am I expected to order and pay straight away?

At the Wendy Makin Couture Studio, most of our brides don’t order on their first visit, so there’s no rush or expectation to order your gown straight away unless you need a rushed order. Our policy is that we wait to take measurements until two months before the wedding so we can get the most accurate measurement possible, so our production time is quite flexible. If you’ve got less than two months before your wedding, still give us a call and we can see what we can do. And don’t worry about paying all upfront, we only ask for a 25% deposit when you order, and then we make sure you’ve fully paid before you pick up your gown a week before your wedding.

Our last tip is to keep a positive mind and don’t be too hard on yourself. A made to measure gown will always look amazing on any size or shape, so don’t stress. You are in capable hands!

Words: Samara Flynn

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