HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BRIDAL BOUTIQUES?
Most wedding dress boutiques order sample dresses in size 10 or 12 or smaller. This means that their gowns only fit brides sized 8 or 10 (crazy eh!). Somerset Bridal is different; we pride ourselves on having the area’s largest selection of modern, contemporary styles and in larger sample sizes. This means that no matter what that silly number on your clothes happens to be you can actually try on wedding dresses to see how they would fit your body.
WHEN SHOULD I START LOOKING FOR MY WEDDING GOWN?
We recommend you start to gather your ideas at least 12 months before your wedding. You should aim to refine these around 9 months before the wedding as it can take up to six months for a dress to arrive! You may also need alterations, which can take another few months.
If this timeline does not fit, do not fret, at Somerset Bridal, we do our very best to accommodate last minute shoppers. We have a collection of “One and Only’s” in a variety of styles & sizes that can be purchased straight off the rail on a “Make Us An Offer” basis.
WHAT IF I AM NOT PLUS-SIZE?
Curves come in all sizes! We really do believe that size does not matter when you are shopping for a wedding gown, it is just that our sample sizes are often larger so that we can help every bride and no-one has to imagine what a dress could look like on them. We have lots of clever ticks to pin a gown to your figure.
We fully understand and embrace our beautiful plus size, curvy brides and our super slender brides. We offer a personal service specifically tailored to meet each brides’ requirements, in a relaxed, non-judgmental and friendly atmosphere. There is no body shape or body image issue that we have not seen here.
Bridal sizing is notoriously small, ignore the number on the hanger, bridal dresses are usually about two sizes smaller. We believe that beauty comes in all sizes, that’s why we stock sample gowns in sizes 8 to 36.
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
Yes please, scheduling an appointment with Somerset Bridal allows us to fully dedicate ourselves to you, ensuring that your experience is everything it should be. We offer appointments at a time to suit you, day, evening or weekend.
HOW LONG DO APPOINTMENTS LAST?
Generally two hours, so that gives about 90 mins to find that dream dress and another 30 mins to do all our measuring and paperwork. All brides are different, some like to make quick decisions and some need second (or third!) appointments. Quick tip from Debbie : eat before you come shopping. It’s more work than you think (some dresses are heavy!) and hungry brides can become cranky brides. Eat, please! (If you forget we have lots of nibbles x)
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Your bridal appointment will be an incredible experience for you and your #bridestribe. Top of our list of what to bring – an open mind! We will be trying on lots of silhouettes and styles to help you discover what you love but any photos or inspiration for the big day are very welcome. We might not have those exact dresses but chances are we have something similar.
Some brides prefer to wear a strapless bra and some like to wear tummy-tuckers but neither is essential, just try and steer away from the black undies as they will show up underneath bridal gowns. Just be comfortable and we will do the rest!
WHO CAN I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
You are more than welcome to bring along all the important people in your life! We know that “saying yes to the dress” can be daunting without the support of your nearest and dearest and you may want to bring along your Mum, BFF, Auntie Connie, Granny, future sister-in-law, and all your bridesmaids. If you can limit yourself to a couple of key people we promise that your experience will be a lot more enjoyable! It’s hard to hear your own voice when your focused on pleasing too many opinions – don’t forget that it’s your dress and you need to love it!
HOW MUCH IS AN APPOINTMENT?
Exactly £0! We never charge for an appointment, our consultations always include refreshments and last around 2 hours. We love our Somerset Brides To Be and that’s why we give our brides exclusive use of the boutique throughout your time with us. You will never have another bride or bridal party in with us at the same time.
HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO SPEND WITH YOU FOR MY GOWN?
Somerset Bridal caters to all different budgets with gowns ranging from £700 – £2,000. Let us know what you are comfortable spending and we will show you a variety of amazing gowns to fit your needs.
I’M ON A TIGHT BUDGET, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO?
There are two options for you, we can either sign you up to our fabulous payment plan, no credit check just an agreement between us girls to pay 25% of the price of your gown as an initial payment and then we split the rest in up to 9 monthly instalments. Or.. we always have a selection of beautifully cared for samples that we need to match to their perfect bride and these are sometimes available with up to 75% off
I LIVE OVER TWO HOURS AWAY – IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP ME?
Absolutely – our reputation is spreading far and wide! Somerset Bridal is based in Minehead, a lovely seaside town, so why not make a weekend of it? Somerset Bridal has a Travel Package, it costs £120 and here’s what you get:
- 1 night accommodation in a double en-suite room for two at the fabulous Stones Hotel, right across the road from the boutique.
- An extended 2.5 hour bridal appointment with the owners Debbie and Roberta.
- Goody bag with some fab gifts as a thank you for visiting us.
- £120 credit toward your gown purchased at this appointment
- Discount of 50% off any veil and hair accessories purchased with your gown.
So basically your accommodation is free and you get extra savings and treats on top should you find your gown, and we are confident you will.
Just give us a ring or mention that you would like the travel package on our appointment form and we will contact you to confirm all of your travel plans and answer any questions. It really is worth travelling to see us, especially if you are a fashion-forward curvy bride and we so excited you’re making the journey to see us – we can’t wait to meet you!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I CHOOSE MY DRESS?
Firstly we take your measurements and discuss any potential changes. Being honest at this stage really helps us order your dream dress! We ask for a 50% initial payment and we ask that you pay the remaining 50% when your dress arrives (usually around 10-8 weeks before your wedding.
It is likely that your gown will need a few tweaks. All your fittings and alterations can be carried out in-house by our seamstress this usually takes place 8 weeks before the big day!
Finally it’s time to become a Real Somerset Bride on your wedding day – don’t forget to send us snaps and tag us #realsomerserbride on our Instagram. When your professional photos arrive please send them in and we would love to feature you on our website.
I HAVE LOVED MY EXPERIENCE – WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO RECOMMEND YOU TO MY FRIENDS?
So many of you already send your friends and family members our way, so we wanted to do a special thank you, we love recommendations so it is only fair you get a thank you.
If you refer a bride to Somerset Bridal and she buys a wedding gown on her first appointment, you’ll get a £50 gift card, and she’ll save £50 off the price of her gown!
Here’s how it works:
- Send a bride to Somerset Bridal and make sure they mention that they have been sent by you when they book their appointment.
- If your friend or family member buys on her first visit, she’ll fill out a form with YOUR name, address, email and phone number, along with your choice of £50 gift card: Amazon, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Argos, ToysRUs, New Look or Marks & Spencer. And we post you out your voucher quick smart as a thank you!
- Your friend will save £50 on her wedding dress on her first visit.
It’s super duper easy to do!
So… who do you know who would love to come and be a Somerset Bride… Refer & Earn!
So… why not give us a call and we can begin to help you find your dream gown. At Somerset Bridal we understand that daytime appointments are not always suitable. If you would prefer an evening or Sunday appointment, please let us know, we do not mind at all.