Got a new instalment from Sarah B for you this week for Real Wedding Wednesday. Enjoy.
My hunt for the perfect wedding dress began with a couple of visits to traditional bridal boutiques. My favourite by far was Miss Bush in Ripley. The shop is cosy and intimate, and the staff were impeccably helpful. I enjoyed trying on some amazing Jesus Peiro dresses (simple, yet structured), but with prices at £2,500 and up they were wildly beyond my budget and lacking the illusive 'wow factor'.
However, I knew I was looking for something a little different and so, brimming with excitement, Mrs Ross (aka PIP) and I set off for the legendary Fur Coat No Knickers (FCNK) on
We were greeted by lovely shop owner Emma, who started proceedings with a glass of fizz and a chat about what I was looking for. She then handpicked a selection of dresses for me to try in a range of styles and colours (!) and, with each one, explained the alterations that her team of seamstresses could make - a sleeve here, a bow there – to ensure that it was exactly what I wanted. Emma’s vision and attention to detail are second to none. She carefully pinned the hem and neckline of each gown, as well as whipping up tulle sleeves, ribbon sashes and extra petticoats, to give me a fabulous sense of how it could look on the big day.
Because each piece is unique, the FCNK experience is very different from trying contemporary dresses and might not be for everyone. Prices start from a very reasonable £500, but if you find something you love you have to be prepared to make a quick decision about it before another bride snaps it up (although the girls will hold an item for a few days while you sleep on it). Also, any alterations or changes to the dress won't happen until you've purchased it, so you have to commit before seeing the finished article. Emma also explained to us that the majority of their styles are short, since floor length gowns tend to get torn or dirty and do not survive well over the years.
Did I find 'the one'? Well, you'll just have to wait and see. I certainly had a lot of fun looking and perhaps my favourite moment was taking the Best Man back for a second opinion! It's true what they say, as soon as I tried it on it felt right - the perfect mix of glamourous, quirky and fun - and I can't wait to walk down the aisle in it.
What about you ladies? Have you found 'the One'? FCNK was a fabulous day out and I'm honoured that Sarah B invited me along for the journey. She's right about their knowledge and attention to detail, Emma looked after us very well and I'd fully recommend a visit to brides-to-be out there looking for a little bespoke vintage glam. Check out their blog for previous beauties