ENTOURAGE - FOUR GUEST WELCOMED WITH EACH BRIDE
Following COVID 19 cautions, we are thrilled to be reopen following lockdown and are welcoming brides to bring four guests with them to appointments. Our luxury studio is beautifully spacious, and exclusive use, therefore appropriate distancing can be easily maintained. Please note, our studio is adults only due to the nature.
APPOINTMENT IS A MUST
You will need an appointment to visit us whether bridal gowns or accessories. All bridal and accessory appointments require a non refundable £25 deposit on booking to secure which is fully redeemable against your purchase. We work with one bride at a time so that we can give you our undivided attention and the best service possible - You will have the full run of the shop so you can have a relaxing and intimate experience! Our standard appointment is 90mins from start to finish and we allocate time in between each booking to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas and items ready for the next appointment. We stress it is extremely important to arrive on time for your appointment due to our exclusive use policy as unfortunately we cannot allow additional time if you are a little late. If you find yourself a little early as you're super excited to find THE ONE, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by some lovely eateries, bars and cafes which are perfect for a celebratory visit before or after saying YES!
All purchases require payment in full on purchase and accepted payment methods include Debit/Credit card , BACS or Cash only.
THE RIGHT TIME TO LOOK FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS
A bride looking to purchase a designer gown needs to be saying yes and purchasing latest 10 months before your big day, but any earlier is really all the better to ensure a smooth process from start to finish. When it comes to wedding dress shopping all designer gowns are made to order especially for you, so you will need to allow time for it to be lovingly stitched. Leaving it last minute can cause unnecessary stress, so as soon as you are ready to find the one that is the time! We will always go above and beyond to help our brides, however please be aware our standard lead time is up to 26 weeks for gown production. Some designers provide rush orders, however please note these do come at a small additional fee and are not always guaranteed to suit your needs. Please also remember most brides will need alterations to make sure the gown is perfectly fitted and this can also take 16weeks so this should be factored in to your timings.
SAMPLE GOWNS & READY TO WEAR
All our gowns in store are samples. Once you select your gown, a new one will be made just for you. Our samples in store range in size from (UK) 8 to 16, and our Curve Range caters for sizes 18-26 instore; but our gowns are available for reorder in UK sizes 2-32, depending on designer. Remember, our samples will rarely fit anyone perfectly when trying on so a pinch of imagination is always required - but your stylist for the appointment is highly trained and experienced in garment technology, so will walk you through exactly how each style will fit you when it is your size or if you would like any custom changes. Please bare in mind that bridal is sized very differently to high street sizing and do run smaller than high street sizing, so should you have any sizing queries prior to your appointment please contact us.
In store we do offer a vast range of 'ready to wear' gowns that are store samples available to take home the same day at a reduced cost - gowns in our ready to wear range start from £800 and are available in one size per style. Please indicate on booking if you are looking to purchase a ready to wear gown so that we can assist you with availability. You will pay for all ready to wear items in full to take them away same day - we cannot save any gowns or accept deposits to hold due to high demand.
PREPARATION AND WHAT TO BRING
We advise our brides to wear suitable nude and seamless underwear to their appointment; Unless you feel you will absolutely require or want a bra on the big day, our stunning gowns do offer the perfect support with built in bra cups and boning, so Bra is not essential. It is also nice, yet not essential to bring along a pair of shoes that is roughly the heel height you are wanting on the big day. For the sake of our delicate gowns, kindly avoid wearing heavy makeup, instant fake tan or jewellery that could soil or damage our gowns; We must advise the stylist will use judgement and reserves the right to refuse appointment should excessive fake tan or products be worn to the detriment of the designer gowns.
We want you to feel your best whilst trying on so in our experience any TLC prior to your appointment is always beneficial, so get your hair fresh, makeup looking flawless and skin feeling fabulous – and what a perfect excuse for a little bit of pampering!
BUDGET AND PRICE POINT
A REALLY important preparation, and we find it's best to keep budget in mind when making your selections to try on. Be sure to prepare your price point ahead of the appointment, and it also helps to discuss this with your entourage too so that they know what to keep in mind. Our gowns currently range between £1500-£5000. The stylist reserves the right to refuse try ons of gowns that are not realistic to budget in order to protect the gowns from unnecessary wear.
Your gown may need slight tweeks after the dress has arrived with us and this is completely normal. We affectionately refer to the bride who does not require any finishing touches 'The Unicorn Bride', as this is pretty rare! When this time comes, we recommend an out of house, highly trained and incredibly skilled alterations team who can take you through this simple process with confidence and hold private alteration appointments within their own equipped studio. This process usually requires 16 weeks as standard, all determined on the arrival of your gown, and is an additional cost directly to the seamstress and not to Hummingbird Bridal Studio, so ensure you factor this in to your budget which will be payable on completion of work nearer the wedding date. Alternations and fitting appointments are agreed and arranged strictly between the bride and the seamstress following the collection of your beautiful gown.
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