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When should I start my search for a wedding dress?

We highly recommend coming along and starting your search for your dream wedding dress around one year before your big day, although it is never too soon to start shopping. This allows enough time for delivery of your bridal gown, which can take up to 7 months to arrive and then 3-5 months for your alterations.

Please do not worry if you are working to a smaller time scale, we offer a great selection of wedding dresses available off the peg. This means if you fell in love with a sample dress in your bridal appointment with us you can take the dress away on the day. We have our expert seamstress recommendations who are always happy to work around your time scales.

Do I need to book an appointment?

We work by appointment only in our bridal boutique. If you are looking to book your bridal appointment with us, please do this as far in advance as you can as weekends especially get booked up very quickly.

How to book an appointment?

If you would like to arrange your bridal appointment with us, please feel free to call us on 01304 617363 or pop us an email across at

You can always fill out our enquiry form online and we’ll get back to you with either a phone call or

What to expect from my bridal appointment?

The second you walk into Bijou Bridal Studio you will be greeted by one of our friendly bridal consultants. You and your bridal party will be offered complimentary refreshments and nibbles and will sit down and have time to tell us all about your big wedding day. 

We offer relaxed, no-pressure bridal appointments, we allocate up to 2 hours for your appointment, this is plenty of time to try on
as many dresses as you feel right. We will guide and help you with different styles and shapes of dresses. You are more than welcome to bring along up to three guests with you on the day.

Remember to be open to trying wedding dress styles you may not have thought of, as you never know which dress you may be saying yes to! We will guide you through your appointment

Will you have my size dress to try on?

Yes, we pride ourselves in our selection of size wedding dresses we hold in stock for you to try on. Our bridal gowns start at size 6 and go up to size 32. Please do not be worried about not fitting into a dress as you will see from our reviews our selection of fitted to A-line dresses is catered for all shapes and sizes. Find our great selection of plus-size bridal gowns on our website.

When ordering in a gown, we will take your measurements and look against the designer’s size chart. We will discuss with you the best size to order for you. Once your bridal gown arrives you will then take it to your seamstress who will then alter the dress to your exact figure.

What should I wear, and do I need to bring anything to my bridal appointment?

We would recommend you wear nude underwear and a strapless bra if possible. Not a problem if not as we would highly recommend not wearing a bra with your wedding dress. This may feel a little nerve-racking to some brides but please don’t worry, you’ll feel the supportive structure and boning in the bridal gowns and will find out how supportive you’ll feel after your alterations with your seamstress.

There is no need to bring anything along to your bridal appointment, however, if you have your shoes
or any accessories you are more than welcome to bring these along with you.

How do payments work when purchasing a wedding dress?

When you find your dream wedding dress with us, we will require a 50% part payment, we will then order your dress and the remaining balance will be due on collection. We are happy to help and can be flexible with payments if monthly payments work better for you, please feel free to mention this when you come along.

Do we have accessories and veils to try on?

Yes, we offer a lovely range of Tiara’s to hair vines and hair clips to finish your bridal look. If you haven’t thought about whether or not you will be wearing a veil, your bridal appointment will be a great opportunity to try different veils on and explore the options. We offer different styles of veils in all lengths.

How do I book in with the seamstress?

We would highly recommend booking in with your seamstress when you have said yes to your wedding dress. We recommend the lovely Shells Stitches near Canterbury. Her website is

If you have any questions or are feeling a little nervous about your bridal appointment, please always reach out to us on Instagram Message or feel free to give us a call.

Anne, Charlotte and Liz look forward to welcoming you to your bridal appointment at Bijou Bridal
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