A Guide to Being a First Time Bride

Searching for your wedding dress is a shopping trip like no other, but as many first-time brides may find, choosing the perfect gown can often prove a daunting task.

So, to help you avoid any bridal boutique faux pas, and make the wedding dress shopping as fun and relaxing as possible we spoke to Cheryl Nugent of Champagne Brides in Workington for some expert first-time bridal advice.

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Cheryl said: “For any first-time bride, the first thing we would do is have a relaxed, informal chat in the comfort of the studio on a one-to-one basis.” Cheryl advises bringing an entourage as small as possible. She added: “For brides, mums are best.  Everyone sees everyone else differently and at the end of the day it’s all about the bride, fulfilling her needs and making it as pleasurable for her as possible.”

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Moving onto the finer details, Cheryl believes that getting to know the bride and building up a rapport is the key to helping and advising her along the way. Cheryl added: “To help me get onto the same wavelength as the bride, it’s all about listening to her, ticking each box, and finding her dream dress.  I would ask her what type of wedding she is having: church, hotel or abroad, If she has a theme and what she does for a living. It’s all about sharing information and helping me to determine her personality so I can work around that.”

While many women may know exactly what they are looking for in a dress, others can be left completely overwhelmed by the selection of fabrics, shapes and colours. Cheryl said: “It can be overwhelming, and a lot of girls often wonder where to start. I would always ask the bride what her likes and dislikes are, and then I would begin showing her all the different shapes.” Cheryl explained that there are only eight basic shapes to bridal wear which include: straight cut, princess line, empire line, fitted and drop waisted shape, A-line, fishtail/mermaid, full fairytale princess and Edwardian drape.

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Cheryl continued: “As I’m showing each dress, I’m taking note of her body shape, and body language. I would engage in lots of opening questions including what she does for a living as I believe her dress could be an extension to her personality.

I would always say to a bride, ‘don’t worry, if you don’t like a dress, you won’t insult me.’ Cheryl said that even if a bride says she dislikes a certain shape, she would still have her try on each one, as often they can surprise themselves. It’s good to allow the bride to explore each shape.”

For beautiful designer dresses to suit any budget coupled with a personal service and expert knowledge, look no further than Champagne Brides. Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.



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