From style to sizing, the path to India’s dream dress was definitely paved with uncertainty… but Elite Bridal made sure she got her dream dress, and her dream wedding!
India had known for years that she wanted her gown to be designed by Elite Bridal, but with nothing in mind and no idea what would suit her, she worried she’d be a problem bride!
“I had no idea what I wanted,” says India. “Style, size, colour… anything, for that matter!
“My bridal advisor reassured me straight away, and started taking me through everything – from styles I might like to whether there was anything in particular I wanted to cover… which for me was my arms. I knew I’d feel uncomfortable with my arms on show, but I also didn’t want a full sleeve because I was worried about being too hot.
“I wasn’t picky as such,” adds India. “I just didn’t know what I wanted!”
For India, one of the best things about her appointment was that she felt no pressure to settle on a gown – or even to purchase one at all.
“At no point did I feel I was bothering the bridal advisors because I couldn’t find what I wanted,” India says. “They kept saying there was no pressure to buy my dress that day, and that I was welcome to keep trying on gowns.”
India tried on every single style and colour… and eventually she landed on a gown she, her mum and friends all loved.
But when India came back for her fitting, she had a niggling feeling something wasn’t quite right… “I couldn’t put my finger on it,” says India.
Because India was unsure, her bridal advisor suggested she try on a different gown – one she’d had her eye on at her first appointment, but which hadn’t been available in her size on the day…
“I thought instantly, ‘Oh my god, this is the dress!’ Then I thought, ‘Oh god, how do I tell them?’
“Well, I didn’t have to – they knew straight away. My bridal advisor said that Elite Bridal’s top priority was making everything perfect for me. I felt no pressure at all – I just felt so cared for by everyone.”
One of Elite Bridal’s designers then chatted to India through the possibilities for bespoke alterations to the gown she’d chosen, and India chose to alter her hem and add buttons all the way down her train. She also had a bespoke veil constructed from the same lace used in her gown, completing the look.
“It was amazing!” India says. “They even sewed a tiny blue bow inside my dress to be my something blue.”
When India came in for what should have been her final fitting, she was excited to put her dream dress back on – but panicked when she realised she’d lost a lot more weight than she thought, and the gown now needed taking in four whole inches.
“I was so stressed,” remembers India. “I was getting married in five days, and I was sure it wouldn’t be ready in time.
“I was so wrong! It was ready the very next day, and I was called in for my final final fitting!”
India was overjoyed. “I can’t describe the feeling of trying your wedding dress on once everything is absolutely perfect. I felt like a child on Christmas Eve.”
When India’s wedding day finally arrived, she took advantage of Elite Bridal’s personal dressing service to make sure her gown sat as perfectly as it had in that last fitting appointment.
As if she needed any further reassurance, India’s big reveal got exactly the reaction she’d hoped for.
“My bridesmaids cried. My grandad was speechless. My dad couldn’t look at me for crying, and he said he’d never seen a dress so beautiful. It was wonderful.”
The dress was just the start of India’s perfect day. She carried it with her through fields and the first dance, and even her dog – who was also a star of the show that day – seemed to love it.
“The day was perfect,” she recalls. “The weather, the people, the food – everything! Nothing went wrong, and I literally mean that – nothing!
“My dress was so light to carry. I was up and down, stretched everywhere, and my dress just followed causing no problems for me at all.
“Overall, I couldn’t have been happier. I didn’t want to take my dress off, and that says it all. Thank you to everyone at Elite Bridal from the bottom of my heart – you made my dream wedding dress come true!”
If you change your mnd about your gown before any alterations have been made, or find you need another size when it comes to your fittings, it is often possible to swap the dress you purchased for a restocking fee. Ask your bridal advisor for more details!
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