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But you don't have the dress I want!!!!!

So you have trawled the internet, flicked through the latest wedding glossies and finally you have identified a wedding dress designer whose style you adore. You have studied their collections, the previous season and the new up and coming collection. Yes this designer is definitely on your wavelength. Next step is to find your local stockist and book an appointment to try on with your family and friends. Easy right?

Appointment booked!

Along with 'Team Bride' you excitedly arrive and scan the shop only to find the dream dress is not there.

So what if the store who stock your preferred designer do not have your dream dress from the designers collection? ALL IS NOT LOST. Most designers offer what is called a loan service, which means they will quite simply loan the desired dress to the shop for a short period of time. This is such a useful service if you just can't get that one dress out of your head. It means you will have the peace of mind that you tried it on, and you won't be left wondering if you settled for another dress ( which we do not advise)

Annie by LouLou Bride

Annie by LouLou Bride

This style above was a style we recently loaned from LouLou bridal, which we adored.

The most typical comment we received when we arrange for a loan dress is 'it's better than I expected, it's so nice to see it in real life than on an image online' most brides would recommend the service as very valuable for their decision making process. Often the detail online isn't always clear, the colour isn'taccurate and the feel and movement of the garment cannot be assessed in the same way as the real thing!

Pretty floral print, not easy to see online.

Pretty floral print, not easy to see online.

A word of advise.

Try calling the shop before hand to make sure they stock the dress you have set your heart on. If they don't you may want to consider requesting a loan service for your first appointment, so as not to waste your time or the shops valuable appointment slots.

Appreciate 'that' dress maybe on loan to another shop and you may have to wait for it to be returned to the designer, checked over and then reposted out to your local boutique. Time is of the essence, so plan ahead.

The sample dresses is likely to only come in one size, most typically a size 12. Designers do not carry samples in lots of sizes.

There is usually a small fee from the designer for the service, but it is money well spent if it's the one.

What if I don't like it? Well this can happen but it will have still been a useful exercise otherwise you would have been thinking what if? It would be back to the research for a similar style, or maybe the boutique will be able to recommend another designer they carry.

A success story.

Our bride Claire who had seen this dress online, at the time we didn't carry it so we arranged the loan service for her.

Our bride Claire who had seen this dress online, at the time we didn't carry it so we arranged the loan service for her.

Last year Claire had contacted us about the Prudie dress by LouLou bride. We didn't stock this dress but the speedy service from LouLou meant that within a couple of days the dress was with us and Claire's decision was instant!!!

We loved the dress so much that we do actually stock this style now. Silk organza edged with delicate lace makes the skirt so delightful to wear as it moves so freely. The illusion neckline is flattering and bodice area around the torso is beyond flattering.

All our LouLou dresses can be seen here.  And to view our other designers look here.

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Tuesday - Shoe day!

New shoe collection from Rainbow Club

The latest offering from Rainbow Club for bridal wedding shoes has now arrived at The Wedding Room and you are in for a treat. There's glitz and glamour galore.

Sparkle detail, super soft upper cushioned liner, fashionable designs, intricate lace, classic styles and the option to have your shoes dyed to any colour. What is there to not love?

Ceri by Rainbow Club available at The Wedding Room

Ceri by Rainbow Club available at The Wedding Room

The luxury collection of wedding shoes features contemporary designs that blend exclusive fabrics, unique details and gorgeous embellishments.

Rainbow shoes Natala at The Wedidng Room Nottingham

Using rich laces and sparkle textures the shoes are up to date with fashions statements from the high street too. Want a chunky heel then the Rainbow Club collection encompasses all aspects. There are many heel heights to choose from and with every shoe now having a bliss comfort inner you will not only look stylish on your day but feel comfortable too.

Lavinia shoe from Rainbow CLub available at The Wedding Room

With a nod to all things metallic, be that, silver gold or copper this seasons collection encompasses that colour trend too. With beading being so popular on dresses at the moment it makes sense that you would carry that through to your shoes too.

As a little wedding gift, after your wedding, if you would like to continue to wear your wedding shoes but do not think ivory is a suitable colour for everyday, Rainbow will happily dye them for you free of charge if you select one of their 5 free colours. Chose from Pale Grey, Dark Navy, Wild Fuchsia, Black or Champagne. Alternatively you can select a colour of your choosing but there is a charge for this service.

Rainbow shoe Arabella

Call now to view our collection of shoes in store 0115 925 8876 or visit our page on this website address. Happy Shoe day.

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Close But No Cigar - The Wedding Industry Awards 2017

It was a fun gathering at The Nottinghamshire last week when the cream of the crop came together to see who was going to be crowned the best of the best for the Wedding Industry Awards for our local East Midlands area.

We were gunning for the best Bridal Retailer but alas it was not to be. We lost out to an exceptional shop, Courtyards Bridal who took the award for the second year running. High Commended went to Dress me Pretty.

We had a wonderful evening mingling with industry friends, Make up By Jenni, Ally from Alexandra Anne, Sophie's x 2 from Sophie's Flower Company, Emma and her team at The Walled Garden and many more.

Here we are at the start of the evening

Lynn, Ashleigh and Mary from The Wedding Room

The first award to be announced was the bridal category and once we knew we hadn't won we spent a relaxing time chatting to other industry experts. A fabulous gin cocktail ( never a bad thing) was supplied at the start of the evening by Beetle Juice - available to hire for your wedding

The setting was lovely and having been to the Nottinghamshire a few times previously to dress the room for our brides we knew we would be treated well.

No event is complete without a photo booth and we had to take part, who doesn't?

 

After all the category winners we announced it was a matter of networking and getting to know a few new faces. We talked to Hannah Hall photography who had photographed one of our brides earlier in 2016 at Donnington Park Farm, below is an example of Hannah's style of photography.

Photo by Hannah Hall Photography at Donnington Park Farm

Photo by Hannah Hall Photography at Donnington Park Farm

We congratulated all the winners before settling down with the ladies from Dress me Pretty to have a good natter and compare notes, here was are with Amy, Jodie, Kerry and Sophie

The Wedding Room with Dress me Pretty

The Wedding Room with Dress me Pretty

So what do we learn from not winning? Well after reading our customer comments we know we are on the right track. We will keep on keeping on and listening to our customers suggestions on how we can improve. But until next time, we would like to say a massive thank you to all our brides who make it possible for us to continue doing what we love so much.

Our customers comments mean the word to us!!

Our customers comments mean the word to us!!

What this space next November.

The Wedding Room Team x

 

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