Yes we do! We have a very talented seamstress working in the boutique every Thursday to do your fitting appointments. Thursday is the only day of the week we do alterations as we are able to offer an early evening appointment.
For our gowns, we offer alterations packages in order to complete your standard alterations (taking in bust and side seam, taking up hem and adding a bustle loop) at a competitive price. Any additional alterations you require will be at an additional cost. Prices will be discussed as part of your styling appointment.
For your fitting appointments, it is vital that you wear the underwear and shoes you plan to wear on the wedding day, as both will alter the fit of the gown. If you do not have these, it is possible the fitting will be unable to continue.
After you have ordered your gown, including bridesmaids and flower girls, they can take up to 6 months to arrive in store. This is because they are all made to order and hand-made before they are shipped to us from all over the world.
We will be given an estimated arrival date when we place your order with the designer, but please bear in mind that this can change. (Another reason not to leave finding your dream gown too late)
As soon as your gown has arrived in store and we have given it its first steaming, we will call to notify you we have it and collect the balance/ arrange fittings.
We are situated in the Royal Star Arcade in Maidstone’s town centre. The nearest car parks are Medway Street (pay and display, off Pudding Lane) or Fremlin Walk. Alternative parking can be found in the Chequers car park, pay and display street parking behind Marks and Spencer’s and the park and ride service running frequently in to town.
This is such a common question but one that has the same answer no matter your size, shape or style. At the point of you ordering, we will take measurements and discuss which size gown you wish to order. We will always advise you get the gown that will fit at that point as gowns can be taken in up to two dresses sizes with ease, and even further if needs be. However, they cannot be taken out more than one inch.
Bridal gowns are designed to support and flaunt your figure in classy and elegant ways, so even if you are not at your goal weight or not feeling your peak in body confidence, we would advise you still book an appointment as you may be surprised at how magnificent you feel wearing one.
For your styling appointments, it really does not matter what you wear on the day as you will spend most of the time in the bridal gowns. Please be aware that you will need assistance getting in and out of the gowns so your bridal stylist will often be in the changing room with you. Some brides prefer to wear their very best underwear for the occasion, but we have seen it all ladies, so please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.
The first piece of advice we have for this is to only bring the people you need and value the opinion of at the appointment. It is very easy for a bride to become overwhelmed when she has brought the entire bridal entourage with her as they all offer opinions on every gown.
We offer two bridal suites in the boutique. One is more intimate and for you (the bride) and up to two guests. The other has a little more room so can accommodate you and up to 5 guests.
Should you wish to have more than 5 guests come with you, then please contact us to see what we can arrange for you. Please also bear in mind that although we support you bringing in younger visitors to your appointment, a bridal shop is not necessarily to most child friendly of environments with all the ivory gowns. Our team’s focus will be entirely on helping the bride find her dream wedding dress so please ensure you have a guest who will be able to supervise children, allowing you to fully focus on yourself and your dream gown.
For bridal styling appointments i.e. trying on gowns, we allow up to 90 minutes. We want you to have a wonderful experience without feeling rushed or pressured so we like to have plenty of time with you to fully understand what you desire your bridal style to be.
Sometimes, you just can’t decide which gown is for you in one appointment, so if you would like to return for another visit, we can arrange this. For this occasion, we would still allow you the full 90 minutes but due to your bridal stylist already knowing what you are looking for, 60 minutes is often enough time.
When it is time for your alterations, we will discuss the time you will need as everyone will be different depending on the work that needs to be carried out. A typical alteration process for a bride would be having a first fitting which will last 60 minutes and then returning 4-6 weeks later for your final fitting which would take 30-45 minutes providing everything is to your satisfaction.
Bridesmaids and flower girls fittings take less time per individual, as there is less work involved. If needed, it would be possible to fit up to 3 bridesmaids in to 60 minutes for a first fitting.
Should you be late for any appointment, please understand that this may result in your appointment being shortened if a bride is booked in after yours as we will need the use of the fitting suite. It is always advisable to let us know if you are running late as we may be able to able to overcome your appointment time being disrupted.
As previously mentioned, you do not need an appointment to come in and peruse, we would be very happy to meet you and discuss our gorgeous gowns.
At Victoria Elaine Bridal, it is advisable for you to book an appointment so our bridal stylists are ready for your one to one experience and have prepared all the little finishing touches we put in place for your consultation. It also means you will not be kept waiting and seen to immediately.
There is also the risk that we will be fully booked. Saturdays will get booked up weeks in advance; imagine getting yourselves excited for a day of dress shopping only to be turned away as we already have several brides in our fitting suites already.
If you are nearby and fancy coming in to look around, you will always be welcome and we will let you know our availability for the day. If we are unable to see you, we can find a mutually agreeable time and get your bridal styling appointment booked in the diary. We have our fittings on a Thursday, so we have reduced capacity for bridal styling, and Saturdays are notoriously busy, but otherwise we will try to see you that day.
We currently stock designers that offer different price points to try and meet everyone’s needs. Our current stock ranges from £650.00, right up to our high end designer gowns that go up to £5000.00.
No matter your budget, we will have something that suits your price point as well as making you feel like a million dollars!
The truth to this answer is it is never too early.
New research is suggesting that brides are leaving less and less time to look for their bridal gown before their wedding due to fear of missing out (FOMO), a desire to lose weight or not appreciating how long it will take them to find ‘The One’. This then inevitably brings on extra stress and worry before your wedding if left too late.
To avoid this, we advise you start researching what sort of gown you might like 18 months before you are due to marry, with a view to having ordered it 12 months before. The 6 months difference may sound like a long time, but boutiques can be fully booked months in advance of your appointment and it may take you a little time to find the gown of your dreams. The earlier you start trying on gowns and refining your choice, the less stress you should endure nearer your big day.