The Dress Teddington FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

All the answers you need

Can I take photos?

We prefer that no photos are taken, whilst you are choosing your dress. Finding your wedding dress is a special time. That feeling cannot be captured on a phone, no matter how good the camera is. What you will see when you analyse pictures, and you will, after your appointment, is all the imperfections. You will see a dress that doesn’t fit you correctly yet, normal hair and makeup and imperfect lighting. What is important to remember is that feeling you have when you look in the mirror. It is the oooh and arrr that simply are not conveyed in a phone photo. We can of course send you some professionally taken pictures of your dress to help.

How long is my appointment?

In order to ensure all our brides have exclusive time with us, our Saturday appointments are an hour. However, follow on appointments can be longer and mid-week dates are 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Who should I bring with me?

We would suggest bringing a friend, and your Mum or someone whose opinion you trust, we would advise not to bring too many people.

What sizes are your dresses?

Our team are here to help you find your dress and work with you to achieve the style you would love to see. Whilst our dresses are mainly sample sizes 12 – 16 we will ensure all of our lovely brides look amazing once they try their dress on. It’s incredible what can be achieved with pins, clips and a little vision.

How much are your dresses?

Our dresses range from £1,700 – £4,000. We also have sample dresses on sale from time to time, which can be seen on our website.

What should I wear?

Nude colour underwear is ideal but don’t worry if not, we have seen all the colours in the rainbow.

How much are alterations?

The Dress work with our in-house seamstress on an individual basis to ensure you get the perfect dress. We can give you a guide when you are choosing your dress but it will depend on how much work you need carried out. We aim to ensure that by working closely with the designers and our seamstress you get the best solution.

Please note, our prices include your fitting appointments which is unlike some other boutiques so always check for any extra costs.

What is the difference between made to order and made to measure?

Most dresses will be made-to-order meaning that the making of your dress begins once you place your order.

The most important thing to note is that made-to-order dresses are ordered to the closest dress size or sizing dependent on designer, based on measurements taken. If at your measurement appointment we refer to the designer guidance and there are a mixture of sizes or your cup size is above a D we may recommend you have a made-to-measure dress. This is at an extra cost which will be discussed at your appointment.

For either option you will need our seamstress to fit your dress and make any final alterations, amend hem etc. The pricing for this is based on the individual dress but we will give you an estimate when ordering.

Fittings

Do’s and Don’ts

Shoes

Shoes

Please bring your chosen shoes to the fitting as the seamstress will need to know your heel height. Remember you have to be in your shoes all day, or at least until the party starts. Whilst a pair of 5-inch heels might be your favoured option consider shoes that are comfortable and still look great.

Underwear

Underwear

No need for Spanx. Our dresses will be measured for you and you don’t want unsightly lines on your big day. However, if they are a must for you please ensure they are flesh coloured and worn to the fittings. Remember wedding underwear needs to be functional rather than sexy.

Dresser

Dresser

On your final fitting, bring along the person who will be helping you get dressed on the big day. It is helpful for them to see how your dress is buttoned, zipped or corseted. Ensuring they know the correct look on the day.

Bra

Bras

Mostly not needed as many dresses are corseted. Our seamstress can add cups and this can be discussed at you measurement appointment. We all have different bodies and want you to be comfortable with the option that works with your dress.

Accessories

We would love to assist with accessories such as veils, headpieces etc so that you can see the final look with your dress. Please let us know if you would like to look at options so that we can ensure enough time in your appointment. Alternatively book a separate styling appointment. This ensures you give all the little details your undivided attention.

Make-Up

Make Up

As you don’t want to get your dress dirty before your big day, please ensure that you have no fake tan and minimal make up.