Buying Your Wedding Dress: Tips From Suppliers- Part One

When you get married one of the most exciting things is buying your wedding dress! But it can also be one of the scariest and daunting parts of planning your big day!  At the end of the day it is supposed a happy occasion and shouldn’t cause you stress. There seems to be all these traditions and rules about buying your dress. So….we know quite a lot about weddings but when it comes to your dress we decided to ask the experts. Thanks to some ladies on our Lush List we managed to pop these jewels of information together and hope that they help you out. 

Who should you bring to your bridal appointment?


Rachel Burgess Bridal BoutiqueThere are no rules whatsoever about how many people you should take with you when trying on dresses. Here in the Boutique I meet Brides who prefer to look at dresses on their own, and other Brides who like to bring key members of their family and closest friends with them – I’ve even had Brides who have brought their husband to-be with them to help make the decision.

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My advice would be to trust your instinct and take people along to help make that decision who know you well. This is your time to try on as many dresses as you like – but stay true to who you are and find a dress that represents that perfectly, so that when you look back at your photos you think ‘yes, I totally did that my way’. If a dress makes you emotional and you fall in love with it – trust those tears! If you can’t stop thinking about a particular dress then that too speaks volumes!  My biggest tip would be to – HAVE FUN! This is such an exciting time and don’t ever feel any pressure to make a rushed decision!

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Dress alterations and fittings.


CocoMio Bridal BoutiqueThere is huge celebration when you find your dress. Then the important question arises of what size and how will the dress fit to me?

We are very experienced and we will always measure your bust, waist, hips and length. We will also measure your arms if the dress has a sleeve. We will check all designer sizing charts and will choose the size based on the largest measurement in accordance with the dress style and knowing our expertise in this field. We make all brides aware that alterations are required with every dress and we recommend a seamstress so brides can book in with advance notice for two months before the wedding. Some of our designers will allow customisation with a heavy fee but if you change size wise then you are again paying double so most brides stick to the size being ordered and then get the dress altered after.

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Alterations can cost anywhere between £80-£250 and again it may cost more if the dress has more work in it or heavily beaded. The alterations cost in Wales is only a fraction of some cities like London where it can cost up to £500 to alter an evening gown, no mind a wedding dress so don’t fret over the charges as it could be worse. We get many brides who travel from London and the surrounding areas to see our collection and use the work of a skilled seamstress here because it is cheaper to travel and gives the girls a road trip to look forward to.

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So what happens at the seamstress? Well it is usually set out over 2-3 fittings. First one is trying on the dress and letting the experienced seamstress pin and tuck the dress in the correct places to ensure it fits and looks perfect. You leave your dress with them over a few weeks while they carry out the work and then you go back for your second fitting. The dress should be perfect at this fitting and if you are unhappy with anything then you should speak now so it can be sorted and a third appointment arranged. The dress will be steamed and ready to go for the wedding and placed back in the gown bag. If a bride wants to use their own seamstress then that is perfect. We have no obligation to our seamstress but we will always recommend a professional.

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Why is it important to book an appointment?


One1 BridalA brides search for her gown can be a roller-coaster of emotions. There is the excitement for finding her dream dress, combined with a few nerves of the unknown when trying bridal gowns for the first time! Your consultant should consider your overall big day style, budget and body shape when guiding you towards the perfect gowns to try.

Since bridal gowns are generally grander than anything you will have tried before so our consultant is on hand to assist you in getting into them! The second step is pinning the gown as required so that you have the best idea of how you will look when the size is correct. Our samples range from a size 10-18 but with some insider tricks we can make most of our sample gowns fit all! Once duly accessorised you are ready for your big reveal to your nearest and dearest. Knowing you are the only bride in the store and receiving our undivided care and attention definitely gives you that luxurious experience you have always dreamed of!

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It can take a surprising amount of work to organise a visit to a bridal store, rallying your entourage to find a day and time when they are all available. It would be extremely disappointing to go to all of that effort and arrive at a store only to find that there are no available appointments. By booking your appointment in advance you can relax and look forward to the wonderful experience that awaits you!

If you plan on visiting a few stores in the same day having appointments booked and a schedule in mind means everyone will know where they should be at what time and you can even schedule in a little lunch/dinner or some cheeky cocktails!

We always recommend booking an appointment although we are not strictly appointment only, so of course if a bride arrives and we are available we happily offer her the full ONE1 Bridal experience.

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I hope that these have helped! Make sure you check back over the next few weeks to get the next installment of Buying Your Wedding Dress.

Lizzie And Rich’s Homely, Relaxed Wedding by Jon Turtle Photography

We have such a super relaxed wedding for you today. Lizzie & Rich nailed their theme… quite literally with lots of doors and planks of wood :) They created a stunning backdrop for their reception along with many other wonderful personal touches. All brilliantly captured by Jon Turtle. Enjoy~ Maria x Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (31 of 54)What was your budget? 

We were lucky in that we had always had a similar view on what we wanted for our wedding so when we started putting ideas together we were always on the same page. We didn’t have the most lavish budget but between very generous parents and some money we had put aside we pulled together a budget. I think one of the most difficult things was deciding where we wanted to spend our budget, we knew we couldn’t afford everything we wanted so tried to always focus on the impact different elements would have on the day. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (39 of 54)

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Having worked on quite a few events between the two of us it was great to finally be able to put our own stamp on an event. We had so many ideas, we just needed to make sure they all worked together. We always wanted the focus to be on the day being very relaxed and informal and reflecting our personalities. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (28 of 54)

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

There were so many favourite parts of the wedding. Saying our vows in the church was very emotional and meant a lot to us both. We just kept beaming at each other. This stands out as such a wonderful moment, that we had finally made it after so much planning.
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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I tried three dress shops in and around Cardiff but it wasn’t until we went to the Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique that we came up with the solution. Her fantastic range of Welsh designers and vintage dresses were so beautiful. After having a brilliant time trying on lots of different styles we agreed that I would have a dress that combined several dresses by Helen Rhiannon. Having the ability to choose all the aspects of the dress was such a breath of fresh air, from sleeve length to material to neckline. I couldn’t have been happier with the end result and the fact that there was only one dress ever made like this for me made me feel really special. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (4 of 54)

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t have any bridesmaids. I have so many amazing friends (some guys) and family that the choice would have always been too difficult.

Rich had two best people, Rachel and Alex. Although some found this unconventional it seemed very logical to us. On the day and in the run up they were both amazing, we couldn’t have asked for more supportive and helpful best people! Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (9 of 54)

Why did you choose your venue?

We both knew that we wanted the reception to be in a temporary structure but didn’t want a traditional marquee. We have always loved Dome Mode structures and how they create a very unique space
The domes created the perfect ‘see through’ venue allowing the guests to enjoy the garden at my parents family home. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (41 of 54)Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (48 of 54)

Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was Jon Turtle, he is a good friend and brilliant photographer. We wanted to steer away from the formal family pictures and focus on shots of guests enjoying themselves. Jon was completely understanding of this and took such amazing pictures on the day. We couldn’t have asked for more!Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (23 of 54)

How did the proposal happen? 

In February 2014 Rich and I were skiing in Le Deux Alpes where he was trying to teach me to snowboard for the first time. Rich’s vision of me as a pro snow boarder rapidly went down hill as I simply couldn’t get the hand of it!

After one particular nasty fall in Rich’s ideal proposal spot, he was left with little time left to create the perfect moment. However, changing from a very out of control snowboarder to (graceful!) skier allowed for the perfect moment for Rich to go down on one knee 3000m up in the most beautiful mountains in Europe.

It was the perfect setting with blue skies and untouched fresh snowfields for the most amazing unforgettable proposal.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (33 of 54)

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

As all of the décor was going to be our own work we began building parts of the venue five months before the wedding using my dad’s garage as a workshop. We painted and sanded old doors and used scaff planks to distress them so they could become the backdrop to the stage and the bar. Rich turned old pallets into partition walls for a seating area, we then planted brightly coloured flowers from the garden in the top. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (43 of 54)

From the beginning I was really keen on the reception being colourful and that we were not going stick to one colour so we chose a colour pallet of five colours from some paint sample cards that were to be used on all the set.

Then added some quirky touches such as a hundred year old piano that we picked up off Gumtree which my cousin played during the reception. I got the inspiration for the heart shaped guest board from a website. I asked my brother in law to make something similar.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (35 of 54)

My mum is great at DIY craft projects and was brilliant throughout the whole process hand making the napkins, table runners, designing and printing the church order of services, even the particular style of aprons that we wanted for the waiting staff!Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (38 of 54)

What was your first dance & why?

Our first dance was “How Long Will I love You” by The Waterboys, we both loved this song in the run up to the wedding and it seemed fitting to us.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (50 of 54)

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

I wish I had not worried so much in the run up the wedding and enjoyed it more. It is such an exciting and unique time that really brings together your friends and family, I wish I had appreciated that more. I still feel overwhelmed by people’s generosity.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (22 of 54)

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Just enjoy the day as much as possible, don’t focus on the small things that may or may not have gone right just enjoy every minute. Let other people sort out any mishaps that may be happening. One of the ushers had to fix the toilet unit we had hired on the day as it wasn’t working but we had no idea!

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

A good marriage is not just about marrying the right person, it is also about being the right person.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (27 of 54)

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

I really enjoyed the planning aspects that involved friends and family, it brought us all together in a different way.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Jon Turtle 
Reception Venue: Dome Mode 
Bride’s Dress: Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique 
Bride’s Headpiece: Claire Hill 
Bride’s Jewellery: Claire Hill 
Flowers: Sweet Peony 
Hair and make up:Emma Kidby Bridal Hair and Make Up
Transport:London Bus 4 Hire

The Wedding Album

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Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight:part 7

Hello Cwtchers!

We have three more fabulous Welsh suppliers for you today who will be exhibiting at #Cwtchfest2016 on the 17th April at the Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell.

If you are yet to get your tickets you are just one click away…

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RACHEL BURGESS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE



Established in 2012 in the Welsh seaside town of Penarth, the Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique is fast becoming a hub for beautiful handmade dresses and accessories by Welsh Designers. Alongside vintage dresses which all tell a story.


Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique - 'Deryn' - handmade by 'Ffrog'. Photo By Jon Turtle Photographer.

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The Boutique’s unique approach offers every bride an exclusive 2 hour appointment, in which she can have the Boutique to herself with free reign to try on as many dresses as she wishes.

Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique 'Prim', 'Rae', 'Greta', 'Mable', 'Willow' handmade by E&W Couture. Photo By Costa Sisters Productions

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With an eclectic range of non-traditional dresses the Boutique is proud to be giving women an opportunity to do bridal in their own way!

Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique - 'Efa' (back #1) handmade by Amy Mair Couture. Photo By o&c Photography

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Rachel is proud to be championing dress collections from Amy Mair Couture, E&W Couture, Ffrog & Helen Rhiannon Designer Label – all the dresses are made right here in Wales by the designers themselves, something Rachel is passionate about! The Boutique also stocks handmade accessories from Kate Barlow and Claire Hill Designs.

Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique 'Ava' (full back) handamde by Helen Rhiannon. Photo By Simon Gough Photography.

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LITTLE GREEN ICE CREAM MACHINE


Little Green is a unique eye catching ice cream bike. Our vintage ice cream bike has been built using reclaimed timber upcycled using beautiful potato pallets and utilising re purposed items we aim to provide a totally unique ice cream service, perfect for your beautiful funky green ecofriendly marquee wedding.

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Imagine the delight of being served fresh clotted cream ice cream in a waffle cone in the sun. Nothing could be better.

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We are proud to sell only the best local Welsh clotted cream ice cream made by our friends Llanfaes diary. With so many flavours to choose from why eat anything else!

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Pop along to our stand at Cwtchfest and say hello!


JOHN MARK FILMS


John Mark Films Wedding Videography is run by myself Mark Tancock. We believe in Affordable, Fun & Professional Cinematic Films. Our packages are very simple because really we only have one so it’s easier for you. One Package, One Price, One Amazing Film.

We are fully licensed company who can supply aerial drone footage as part of the film to provide unique views unrivalled of your special day. There is two of us on the day to make sure we cover all the important angles.

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Myself, I am married with a great family and dog named Alfie. A lot of our wedding work is centred on our experience going through the process and understanding what each bride & groom expects from a film to last a lifetime.

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We look forward to meeting everyone at Cwtchfest 2016 and showing our work and what we can offer on your Wedding day.

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Keep watching the blog to meet more of our amazing Cwtchfest exhibitors as we count down to #Cwtchfest2016

Date For The Diary: Penarth Wedding Fayre

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Stop the Press…. We have a date for your diary: Penarth Wedding Fayre We have got a fabulous wedding event to tell you all about today! We’re thrilled to announce that the Penarth Wedding Fayre is being held on Sunday 6th … Continue reading