Frequently asked questions….
Where is Bleu Bridal Gowns?
Between Botley and Wickham in the Hampshire Meon Valley, a google map can be seen on the contact page. If you are Southampton wedding dress shopping and Portsmouth / Fareham wedding dress shopping, Bleu Bridal Gowns are not far away. Hidden in the countryside with plenty of free parking and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a few minutes from Portsmouth along the M27 take Junction 10 through Wickham, or from Southampton take junction 7 through Botley. If you are wedding dress shopping in the Winchester, Alton and Alresford area, Bleu Bridal Gowns Barn can be reached easily along the M3 or A32 towards Bishops Waltham.
How long is an appointment and who should I bring?
When trying on wedding dresses whether vintage, romantic, classic or sassy in design, you will have a minimum of 2 hours at Bleu to try on all the dresses that you like. There are no limits to how many you try either, relax with a glass of bubbles and have fun. Some brides prefer to shop alone until they narrow down their choice and then invite friends and family to help make that final decision. Too many guests can confuse a bride, bring people who understand you and who you can trust to make wedding dress shopping stress free.
When should I start wedding dress shopping in Hampshire?
Most wedding dress shops in the Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth area, quote 4 to 6 months for a dress to be delivered depending on the designer. Add 2 to 3 months for fittings, start wedding dress shopping in Hampshire at least 9 months before your wedding! At Bleu, we can arrange a rush order of 6 weeks if you are in a hurry with the average gown taking 3 months to arrive plus dresses that can be bought on the day.
What dress style will suit me?
There are 4 basic dress shapes known as “A” line, mermaid or fishtail, fit and flare and ballgown. “A” line suits most brides the skirt shape resembles a capital A and will fit at the waist then fall gently, hiding tummy and hips. Fishtail and mermaid are the same shape, tight fitting to the knee and then flare outwards, be wary of looking stunning standing up always try and sit in a fitted dress to ensure you are still comfortable. Fit and flare is a softer version of mermaid, also fitted but usually to mid thigh and falling into a fuller skirt, lots more movement, very flattering to the figure and easier to sit in! Ballgown dresses are fitted to the waist the skirt fills out into a beautiful princess dress hiding tummy and hips. A drop waist ballgown is the most flattering as the waist is shown off rather than hidden under fabric. At Bleu Bridal Gowns we have all these styles for brides to try to see which they prefer.
I have bought a dress from Bleu , what happens next? Congratulations! You will have collected your beautiful wedding dress in its own special carrier. The fabric is breathable and will keep your wedding dress clean and protected (you can store your dress in the back of the wardrobe for years without damage!). Next step, call the seamstress (contact number is on the blue label attached to your wedding dress bag) to book your first appointment. Now it is time to look for wedding shoes which you will need for your first seamstress appointment. Bleu are the stockists for Perfect Bridal Shoes, check the website and call us if you would like to see any of the styles (www.the perfectbridalcompany.com).
Where can I have my wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses steamed?
We offer a complimentary wedding dress and veil steaming service to all our Bleu Brides and the date for steaming will be booked in when you collect your wedding dress. Remember to bring an old double or king size duvet cover when you bring your wedding dress in for steaming. The duvet cover is larger than the original dress bag so will reduce creasing after it is steamed. If you are not a Bleu bride call us for a quote, we want you to look beautiful on your wedding day too. Bridesmaid dresses and wedding guest outfits can also be steamed, please call us for details on 07748632723.
How do you lace up a corset wedding dress?
You Tube footage is a great place to start. Very hard to describe but the main points are to start at the top of the corset and work your way down. Divide the lace equally at the start, then work from left to right… leave enough time to lace up your dress on your wedding day and have a glass of champagne while your bridesmaid does all the work! (if you get really stuck, call Bleu and arrange to pop by, we are happy to show you how)
How do I pay for a wedding dress?
The majority of bridal shops near Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth require a deposit or part payment at the point of ordering the dress, with the remaining amount due on collection. As most wedding dresses take a number of months to arrive, this will give you time to save before paying the outstanding amount.
Where can I buy knee length and T length vintage wedding dresses?
Bleu Bridal Gowns stock the new 2016 Rita Mae range of wedding dresses, each gown is available in knee length, T length (mid calf) and full length options. Rita Mae wedding dresses are available in Ivory, white and soft pink. If you are thinking of a marquee wedding, woodland vows or wedding abroad, a shorter length Rita Mae wedding dress would be a stunning and practical option. A small selection can be seen on “The Dress” page of the Bleu Bridal Gowns website. Visit the Rita Mae website to view the 2015 and 2016 collections www.ritamae.co.uk.
Can you recommend a wedding make up artist?
Frances Moore has a great You Tube video filmed at the Bleu Bridal Gowns Barn. The video can be seen on the Bleu Offers page. Beautiful make up and Frances is a lovely person too
What wedding jewellery and wedding accessories do you stock?
White Ivy and Twilight jewellery, stunning bridal hair pieces, bridesmaids necklaces and earring gift sets, bride and bridesmaids tiaras, wedding shoes by Perfect Bridal Shoes, dyable bride and bridesmaid shoes. Beautiful diamante veils by Alan Hannah, crystal droplet veils, 2 tier and single tier veils by Bianco Evento. Feel free to book an hour appointment to browse and try on all the bridal accessories, even if you bought your wedding dress from a another bridal shop.
Do you exhibit at wedding fayres?
Any wedding fayre attendance is advertised on the Bleu Bridal Gown facebook page. Very often there are special offers or Designer Day events advertised on facebook for you to share with friends and family. Venues that we exhibit at include Botleigh Grange Hotel in Hedge End, Botley Park Hotel in Botley, Meon Valley Hotel and spa in Shedfield, Lysses Hotel in Fareham, East Horton Golf Club in Fair Oak, Marwell Hotel near Marwell zoo in Colden Common, Solent Hotel in Whiteley, Hilton at the Ageas Bowl in West End, Cams Hall in Fareham, Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Chilworth Manor in Chilworth near Southampton.
What is a Designer Day?
Designers launch new collections all through the year and will loan their dresses to a bridal shop for a few days, so that brides can see everything in one place. The designers at Bleu Bridal Gowns are Rita Mae, Sophia and Camilla, Sacha James, Sacha James curvy collection and P. Michel. Designer days are advertised through the Bleu Bridal Gowns facebook page.
What else can I visit near Bleu Bridal gowns?
Situated on the A334, Wickham Vineyard and the Meon Valley Hotel, golf course and Spa are a stones throw from Bleu and great places to visit. Marwell Hotel and Marwell Zoo, East Horton Golf Course are ten minutes away. Visit Steeple Court Manor in Botley to see a stunning wedding marque in the grounds of a historic house. The Lysses Hotel in Fareham is a great location for a wedding where you can hire the whole hotel for your guests! All are fantastic wedding venues near Botley, Wickham, Bishops Waltham, Hedge End, Fair Oak, Whiteley, Curdridge, Fareham, Droxford, Alton, Alresford, Petersfield, Winchester, Basingstoke, Southsea and Havant.