It’s Bride of the Month time once again. This month, June Is one of the business months of the year when it comes to weddings. To celebrate our gorgeous Bride of the Month Angela, who has just married her Groom Phillip, has shared her experience and her words of wisdom for future brides-to-be. And as always, we get a sneaky look into her wonderful day!
“I remember being extremely anxious before I started looking for a dress wondering whether I’d feel like I’d found ‘the one’ when I did. I’d given myself plenty of time and had started looking about 11 months prior to the wedding as I’d had friends tell me it can take some time for the dresses to come in, and more than anything I really wanted to be organised. I always knew that I wanted high neck which was my only none negotiable point; my neck and chest often get flushed when I’m nervous, so I didn’t want to be worried about that on the day (as I expected the nerves!). Other than this, I was not sure what I wanted, and initially thought I would have something quite simple and floaty, which in the end was not what I chose. I’m 5ft 1, and I tried one bigger dress and quickly ruled out the full princess style as there’s quite a big of height difference between me and my now husband (who is just over 6ft) and I thought it made me look smaller and it just didn’t feel like me. I went to a shop a friend had recommended that stocked a designer I liked, and after trying on 6 dresses I really liked 2 (which where opposite in styles! One form fitting and one floaty). After some debating, I felt neither was quite right, and there wasn’t anything else that caught my eye, so I left feeling a little overwhelmed but not yet defeated.
I had decided I preferred the fit of the more fitted of the 2 dresses, but I felt the top wasn’t quite right on the one I’d tried, so I started to look at similar dresses I had saved by different designers and came across what was to be my dress! The dress was by Essence of Australia, the top was lace with some slight shimmer with a similar fit. We had got engaged in Adelaide in South Australia and when I saw the dress was called Adelaide, I felt like it was meant to be and hoped I wouldn’t be disappointed when trying it. I looked up the nearest stockist and came across Cheadle Bride. From the get-go, Catrin was extremely accommodating, told me the price point of the designer and I made an appointment for an evening the following week.
On the day of the appointment I arrived and as well as the dress I had seen, Gwen helped me pull some other dresses to try on the day also and was lovely. I tried on the Adelaide dress first and I absolutely loved it! It just made me feel really special. The train was much bigger than I had thought on pictures, and I wondered whether it was a bit too much, but if you can’t do it on your wedding day then when can you! I tried on a couple of the other dresses, but the more I tried, the more I was sure I wanted the Adelaide dress and could imagine getting married in it. After getting back into it I didn’t want to take it off! The thing that surprised me, was that other dresses I had tried were more flattering, but this one just felt more like me.
The wedding day ran smoothly, and my husband and I had a great day celebrating with friends and family. I absolutely loved the morning with my bridesmaids which will also be something I’ll always treasure. The weather was not on our side! It rained all day none stop despite it being glorious sunshine the weekend prior! But I found that on the day I felt extremely calm about everything and it really didn’t matter. All of the suppliers you use from the venue to the caterers to the photographer do this all the time, and they know what needs to change when its wet, so it ran without a glitch still.
The best advice I received, or wish I would have received before the wedding was:
- Your dress will look different after alterations – I was lucky the dress was in my size so didn’t need pegging, but even though I thought it fit like a glove it still was pulled in several more inches! And it really does transform it! There’s so much that can be changed also at the alteration stage if you need it to be.
- Wedding dresses are often really hot, take a little freshen up bag and make sure you have deodorant, and some freshen up wipes etc. I also added mints/plasters/safety pins – just in case!
- Make sure you don’t try on any dresses you can’t afford. The dress I bought was over my budget, and before I had made the appointment, I ensured we could tweak the budget should I love it.
- Everyone says to try on lots of dresses, but whilst I tried different styles, if I really didn’t like an element of a dress I didn’t try it on. I knew myself and that it would overwhelm me to keep trying dresses so I only tried on ones I really liked. I tried on 11 in the end and felt it was enough for me, but I’ve had friends try on many more and love it.
- Be honest around what you do and don’t like with all of your suppliers; I had a lot of highlighter on at my trial and it’s not something I like so she changed this, and I much preferred it. Whilst they know their job you must feel comfortable too.
- Your make up with feel heavier on the day; at my trial I was convinced I had far too much on, but there wasn’t and it looked lovely.
- You suppliers are such a huge part of your day, so make sure it is people who are great to be around. My hair and make up woman was so calming on the morning and it was exactly what was needed. My photographer is the most enthusiastic person I have ever met, and this is so infectious! Finally our event organiser from the caterers was lovely and put me at ease from the get go – our music wouldn’t work after the speeches and she resolved it without bothering us, I was totally unaware until the next morning.
A big thanks to the ladies at Cheadle Bride. You made the dress trying experience lovely, and stock some absolutely beautiful dresses. “
We all at Cheadle Bride wish Anglea and Phillip every happiness for a life of love and laughter together.
Until Next time…
Love Team C.B XX
Venue: The Oak Tree of Peeover