Harriet thought she knew exactly what she was looking for when she walked into Elite Bridal… It wasn’t long before she changed her mind!
Harriet had known for years that she’d be heading to Elite Bridal for her wedding dress, and she had a clear picture in mind of what dress she’d be looking for when she did.
“Before going for my first appointment, I thought I knew what dress I wanted – cap sleeves and quite boho-looking,” says Harriet. “How wrong I was…”
The very first dress Harriet tried on was nothing like what she’d pictured. It had full-length lace sleeves and a dramatic princess skirt, and couldn’t be described as bohemian. But Harriet says, “It was so beautiful!”
She tried on more dresses, but Harriet found she was constantly comparing them to the first. It was nothing like what she’d originally asked for, but Harriet’s bridal advisors could tell she was smitten.
“They insisted I put it back on,” said Harriet, “and I fell more and more in love with it.”
But even though Harriet knew she’d found her dress, there were a few things she wanted ‘tweaking’.
“I really wanted a champagne or blush finish to the tulle,” said Harriet, who’d spent months dreaming of the rustic, bohemian look.
“I also wanted buttons all the way up the back, and the underskirts taking out so it wasn’t quite as poofy.”
The Elite Bridal team assured Harriet all the changes she was looking for were more than possible – and she could in fact make her princess gown meet with a more light and bohemian vibe.
“The team worked so, so hard to achieve this for me,” Harriet remembers. “They made my childhood dream dress a reality!”
Harriet felt like a princess right the way through her fittings. “There wasn’t anything they couldn’t do for me,” she says. “They even added extra bits of lace to my dress at the last minute.
“They really made sure I was as comfortable as I could possibly be for my big day.”
The big day came, and – to match her dress – it was everything Harriet had dreamed of.
“Our wedding day was incredible,” she remembers.
Harriet even had a member of the Elite Bridal team to help her get ready on the morning. “Holly-Ann from Elite Bridal helped my mum dress me in the morning. I don’t know what I would have done without her there to fan my train, sort my bustle out, and pass me the beautiful glitter strap Elite Bridal had made so I could lift my dress up with ease.”
Harriet had found the dress of her dreams, then married the man of her dreams to match.
“It was so emotional but so amazing,” she says. “And the weather was perfect, so we danced the night away.”
Harriet’s experience with Elite Bridal is a huge part of not just her wedding planning memories but also her memories of the big day.
“Elite Bridal have an absolutely amazing team,” she says. “Thank you for the job you do day in and day out, and for making so many brides’ dreams come true.”
Our advice to Elite Brides is to arrive with an open mind – and never be afraid to try on a style you’re unsure of! It might just be the one…
If you’d like to take advantage of our personal dressing service to make sure your gown sits perfectly on the day, just drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @EliteBridalUK – or ask your bridal advisor for details.
Last but not least, a picture of one of Harriet’s special guests!