Advantages Beautiful selection of dresses
Disadvantages Poor delivery
I don't want to alarm any Brides to Be, but just want to raise awareness, so that they are 'pre-warned' and so better able to take action if a similar situation arises.If you are a traditional young woman, your wedding day probably features high on your list of the best day of your life. My 27 year old daughter was over the moon when she got engaged and set the date for her wedding, 10th May 2008. In fact, I was also over the moon, as my daughter (being the eldest of the three girls) was the first to actually set a date for marriage. I looked forward to being Mother of the Bride!
In keeping with the way our family as a whole tend to view consumerism, most of the wedding preparations contained items and services from the local area in Kent: Small businesses that advertised through the various Wedding Fayres that are held; other businesses we had just heard of via word of mouth.The only thing that we were particularly keen to have with no risk, was the Bridal Gown, as it is such an important part of the whole traditional celebration. Having heard many horror stories of companies going into liquidation and the bride losing all the money spent on their dress, we avoided small businesses, and chose to look in the large, well known brand shops.
During our trawl through the local towns in Kent, we popped into Berketex Brides shop in Maidstone, where, apparently they had just had a cancellation, and were happy to close the shop for an hour while my daughter tried on whichever dress she wanted. The sales person did a wonderful job, and 'fitted' the dress with pins, and gave advice and really treated my daughter in a respectful manner and so naturally, she fell in love with a dress, the attention, and the cost was average at just over £1000 plus the underskirt with the hoop at an extra £200. Yes, you can buy cheaper in Debenhams, etc, but they are not fitted specifically to the bride, and are made with much less fabric, and less 'extras' in the design.The order was placed on 25th July 2007, and was fully paid up by 8th September 2007, through their payment scheme. The sales assistant put down the wedding date as being 7th April 2008 ( a month earlier), just to ensure that the dress arrived in time. **Please note this date**
As there was a pink detail in the dress, my daughter was given a swatch of the pink to take away, so that she could match the bridesmaids dresses, the flowers, the napkins, and anything else that needed to be colour coordinated. Over the following months, more preparations were made, and the swatch came in extremely useful in ensuring that we had a very coordinated wedding, right down to the ribbon around the wedding cake!In February 08, my daughter began to get excited as she had been told that gowns generally come in 8 weeks prior to the event, to allow for any alterations to be made. She had been on the website, and had emailed her father the link to the page of the Marc Le Carr gown, as he lives abroad, and wanted to see what he was paying for.
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