Frequently asked questions
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What should I wear?
We recommend light or nude underwear.
Relax - We arent looking for wobbly bits or matching underwear. We are simply looking to make you look and feel fabulous! We understand it can be unnerving getting undressed and stepping in and out of dresses with our help, however we will do everything we can to help you feel comfortable, including supplying a glass of bubbly!
When should I start my dress search?
Because our gowns are made to order, we recommend at least 8 months in advance, although many brides start looking from 12 months, we wouldn't recommend any earlier unless you are ready to choose one, as you may fall in love with a gown that may not be available by the time you get married, and therefore feel the urge to order early. We feel strongly that there will be no pressure selling at Holmes & Co, we want you to relax and enjoy the whole experience finding 'the one'
Help... I get married REALLY soon!
Don't worry, if our gown fits you, or can be altered to fit you, you are welcome to buy it from our current collections , also as we are premium stockist for some of our designers we are able to we may be able to ask for a rush orders on certain dresses, although these often in cur extra charges from our designers, or may limit your choice, however, we love a challenge, let us know what you are up against and we will do our best to help.
Who should I bring to my first appointment?
You currently are able 2 of your closest friends or family whose opinion you value and to come with an open mind. Try to stay true to yourself, and if you would like our opinion, we are happy to share our thoughts on what will flatter your shape, in the nicest possible way. You have found 'The One' in your Husband to be, however, dont' get too hung up on getting that 'moment' we often see on TV with tearful emotional outbursts. We are British and more stoic after all! You should love your dress, and you should not want to take it off!
What size are your dresses?
Our dresses are from a size 8 to size 16 on the whole, however the dresses are made to order, so can be made from size 0 to 20.
The lace back dresses also allow flexibility to a couple of sizes either way. Its important that you realise the gowns wont be a perfect fit, however we will clamp the areas that need taking in and have inserts to increase the size of smaller gowns which are pinned in, so that you can see the effect the gown should give in your size. So in other words, don't get too hung up on size, and it is for this reason, we ask that you dont photograph yourself at this stage, we will happily take a flattering photo of you in your gown, when you are being fitted, for your memory book, and the gown is pinned to fit your figure.
How Much are Our Dresses?
The majority of our gowns are £1400 - £1850, we do have a selection of ready to wear gowns at a reduced price. We are also stockist of the ENZOANI COUTURE collection which are between £2000 and £3500. We can split you dress payment into 5 payments to make things a little easier for you too.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. In order to offer the best possible service to our Brides, we like to give our complete attention to each Bride, and therefore work soley by appointment. This way you don't get brides dropping in on your appointment time and you basically have the boutique to yourself.
What if I loose weight once I have ordered my gown?
If you are planning to loose weight and we are ordering your dress in good time, we can defer measurements until nearer the time. Dont panic too much if you loose weight after your order, most gowns will need to be altered in some way, and gowns can usually be reduced in size up to 2 dress sizes quite easily by our experienced seamstresses. Regrettably fitting appointments are not available on Saturdays
Can I bring children to my appointment
Toddlers and Tiaras don't make for a very relaxing session. We find that children easily get bored and find entertainment in our precious sparkly things, which means you feel on edge as to their whereabouts. We strongly recommend you make other arrangements for any little ones, this is your day, we want you to relax and enjoy the run up as much as possible.
Are their any Rules?
Just one, a fresh fake tan is a No No (please) as it rubs off onto our beautiful gowns. If you would like to book a makeover session, to feel more glamourous, just ask to book one of our makeup artists and stylists, you can even invite you bridesmaids along.
Actually make that TWO RULES: Please wait for the bride to comment on the dress she is stood in before offering your advice, we have seen too many brides dismayed when their friends give their opinion on the brides dream dress, only to realise the bride was in love with the dress, then trying to back track and take those comments back, trust me... from personal experience, a bride never forgets those hurtful comments, even if you are just saying you don't like the lace, if the bride loves it, its going to hurt, so our NEW RULE is let the bride comment first, so everyone gets a gage on whether she is feeling 'it' or not