@Stormchild: I’ve been for wedding dress shopping. I’m going bridesmaid dress shopping with my friend there next week for her wedding. It looks as though the bridesmaid dresses are good so I’m looking forward to that.
My honest opinion for wedding dresses though was that I personally didn’t like it. However, it might suit other people with different tastes and who are less shy perhaps.
My main tip is to not go on a Saturday if at all possible. It was absolutely manic, I had to share a consultant and so many dresses were unavailable for me to try on.
Pros: they let you take pictures when no other shop I went to did. The appointment lasted 1 1/2 hours as opposed to 1 hour at other places.
Cons: It was an overwhelming experience. Not calm at all. I was rushed into running around the shop floor to choose only 3 dresses to try on to begin with, as opposed to 5 or 6 at other stores. Plus the lady wanted me to try on everything at once so I was bombarded with questions about my bra size, shoe size, veils etc. I just want to buy a dress at this moment in time!!
I had to share a consultant which meant I spent a large amount of my appointment in dresses I hated waiting for someone to take me out of them.
The dresses are very very elaborate compared to most of the other dresses I have seen in the UK (not on the Bee). The general theme seems to be bigger, rufflier, sparklier = better. If this is your style the shop will be great. For me, it was too much.
The whole “ring the bell and make a wish” thing – cringe.
I was expecting prices to be much cheaper but actually they weren’t. The only dress I really liked was £1400 and the dress I ended up buying elsewhere was about £1000. Plus you are still likely to need lots of alterations.
The sales assistants tried to persuade me buy a dress even after I had said it made me feel like Big Bird.
Overall me, my mum and grandma all came out of that appointment feeling anxious and stressed.
I would highly recommend going midweek as it might be calmer. It might also be better now that a little while has passed since their Grand Opening – I think that contributed to the chaos. So give it a try – but expect it to be a totally different experience to shopping elsewhere.