The Sloaney’s Bride-To-Be Diary: Natasha Eddery has ‘Wedding Dress Fever’
The Sloaney is proud to introduce our new Bride-To-Be Dairy which will be written by our very own Feature Writer, Natasha Eddery, who is getting married this summer! In her regular bride diary she will be sharing her experiences of shopping for the perfect wedding dress, shoes and accessories, and how she plans to get her hair and skin in perfect condition for the big day. So if you are a jittery bride, or you simply love everything to do with weddings, we hope you find some helpful tips and insights over the summer months…
Wedding Dress Fever!!
By Natasha Eddery
As a bride-to-be, I felt giddy with excitement about shopping for my once in a lifetime dress. However, my excitement was soon consumed by panic when I read an article – in one of the many bridal magazines I purchased – which said the bridal gown should be sourced at least six to eight months before the wedding date.
Why on earth is it necessary for a bride to buy their gown almost a year prior to the big day? Well, let me enlighten you. Firstly you need to find your dress, which sounds relatively simple, but you have to bear in mind that it may take time. Secondly you need to order it – this sounds the easy part, but in my case it was going to take four months to arrive! Thirdly, once your dress arrives, it’s then time to schedule in fittings and these will take you right up to your wedding date. Planning is essential, especially if you don’t have much free time on your hands.
As I had only given myself eight months to plan everything, time was of the essence. Thankfully, I already had an idea of the style of wedding gown I wanted. For starters, I didn’t want to be a victim of fashion. In years to come the last thing I want is to look back at my wedding photos and think how ridiculous and out-of-date I looked. As I tend to be rather nostalgic when it comes to fashion, I knew I needed something timeless, so Jenny Packham and Temperley London where two designers I was desperate to try.
Rather than booking appointments at individual flagship stores, I sourced boutiques in my area that stocked these particular designers. For those living outside London, it is easier to find a local boutique and they will also do your tailoring for you. Fortunately, I actually found my dress in the very first shop I visited, Surrey’s leading bridal boutique, Miss Bush Bridal Wear.
On arrival I was greeted by Corinne, one of Miss Bush’s Bridal assistants. After a brief chat about my wedding location and the style I wanted, I was let loose among the sea of white dresses. Their collection of Jenny Packham and Temperley London was vast, so I had trouble being decisive; I literally loved everything. We found that the majority of dresses I chose didn’t actually vary too much in style; they were all delicate, figure hugging and had a vintage look. As I am getting married in Italy and it will be hot I didn’t want the traditional big, full skirt with lots of fabric, so my options were all long, but lightweight.
The first dress I tried was Temperley’s Goddess Dress. The silk fabric felt and looked amazing, but the gold embellished neck cuff was heavy and a little too tribal for my liking. The second I slipped into was from Jenny Packham’s 2012 collection. Instantly, I knew this was the dress! I don’t want to say which one it is in case my fiancé reads this, but all I will say is the dress evokes bygone eras; think old Hollywood meets 1920s glamour. It has just the right amount of lace, the cut is divine, it clings to the figure beautifully and the train is not too long.
To make sure I had made the right decision, I looked further afield including The Pantiles Bride in Kent and Jenny Packham’s Bridal Boutique in London – I guess I just wanted to prolong the experience more than anything. The extra appointments only confirmed in my mind that I had made the right decision and I was finally able to order my dress and start to focus on accessories.
If you are a Londoner, there is so much choice of where to begin your adventure. You may already know the designer that suits your body, in which case head straight to them. But if it’s variety you are after, Brown’s on Brook Street offers a wonderland of bridal gowns, stocking some of the world’s leading bridal designers including Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Fillmore, to name but a few. One piece of advice, book an appointment in advance at Brown’s and any of the designer flagship bridal stores because you will be amazed at how busy they are, particularly during the weekends!
One last quick tip for brides heading to your first bridal appointment: wear seamless, nude knickers and a strapless bra. The assistants have to help you in and out of dresses so you will want to preserve your modesty the best you can! Also, make sure you dress up, look fabulous and enjoy it!
Miss Bush Bridal Wear, High Street, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6AZ. Tel: 01483 222815
Pantiles Bride, 34 The Pantiles, Royal Tumbridge Wells, Kent. Tel: 01892 514515
Jenny Packham, The Boudoir, 75 Elizabeth Street, London, SW1. Tel: 0207 7302264
Brown’s, 59 Brook Street, London, W1K 4HS. Tel: 0207 5140090