Bridal Stylist Maisie talks you through everything you need to know before your appointment at Angelica Bridal Curve

We may be biased, but we think that wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting elements of wedding planning. That moment when you finally find the gown that brings your vision to life is what every bride longs for, and as stylists we are here to be your ultimate cheerleader and to support you in every step of the journey of finding ‘the one.’

Here at Angelica, we see wedding dress shopping as a rite of passage. As well as finding the perfect dress, it is also our mission to provide all our beautiful brides to be with a magical bridal experience that they will never forget.

We also understand that wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming. Whether you have been dreaming of your dress since you were little or have absolutely no idea what style you desire for your wedding day ensemble, it is completely normal to feel unsure of where to start or how to navigate the whole process.

To help you out, we have put together the ultimate bridal shopping guide, explaining everything you need to know before visiting us:

The Appointment Process

Upon arrival at our gorgeous Liverpool Road Boutique, you and your guests will be greeted by one of our friendly stylists who will look after you for the duration of your appointment. The stylist will ask you a few questions about your wedding and then guide you through the showroom, where you will have the opportunity to browse through and select the dresses you would like to try on. We have an extremely versatile collection, which means that there is something for every bride regardless of your style. This does mean however that you may feel slightly overwhelmed by the endless options, but please don’t panic: your expert stylist is there to recommend styles especially for you based on your wedding dress vision. Here’s the fun bit: once you have a selection, you are ready to start trying on and distinguish your bridal persona.

Shapes and silhouettes

One of the most important decisions when wedding dress shopping is determining the gown shape that you desire. There are two main silhouettes for you to choose from, and these are A line or fit and flare. These dresses are kept separate from each other within our showroom so that you are able to differentiate between the shapes easily.

A Line

An A-line gown is a classically beautiful choice, and is the go-to selection for the traditional meets romantic bride. This silhouette includes a combination of a fitted bodice and a fuller skirt, and is perfect for twirling in on the day! With A-line gowns, there are contrasting levels of fullness to select from, and the amount of volume in the skirt usually depends on the fabric: for instance, chiffon and tulle fabric will create a much softer look in comparison to Mikado or other fabrics with petticoats. Your stylist will guide you through the different fabric options and the levels of fullness available at your appointment, so that you can choose the one that is right for you!

Fit and Flare

A fit and flare gown is the ideal silhouette for the bride who wants to show off her curves, as she should! This style of gown will hug your figure up until the mid-thigh, before softly cascading to the floor. Despite being a more form fitting silhouette in comparison to A-line, the majority of our fit and flare gowns are incredibly soft, and will hug the natural curves of your body to create an effortlessly chic look.

Sizing

 At Angelica Curve, we are all about size inclusivity. We want to make the process as simple, and fun, as possible without having to worry about the fit and talking sizing numbers. If you really want the details; our collection is made up of a range of beautiful sample gowns in sizes 16-30, but standard sizes go up to 36 with some designers offering custom size options. It is not a problem in the slightest if you are not the sample size, it is very rare to have the perfect fit first time! Our stylists are all trained to pin you in, out and in all the right places to help you visualise the gown and help you look and feel your most fabulous. In your appointment you will most likely have your nearest and dearest guests, and although you love them, it’s not always fun talking sizing in front of them, that’s why we refrain from talking numbers throughout the appointment and even when it comes to choosing your gown size, we don’t have to announce this. Because quite frankly, who cares about your dress size when you look THAT DAMN GOOD!? Its confusing enough when you’re a different size in each high street shop, so we don’t even compare it to the bridal industry where you most likely aren’t going to be the high street equivalent and bridal designers are all different too.

Colours

In the past, all wedding dresses used to be just one colour, which was of course white. Now however, although upon initially peering at the rails it may seem like a sea of white dresses, there are several shades to choose from. From a brilliant white to a champagne or blush hue, the option of colours available are entirely dependent on the designer and what colours they have carefully selected that specific style to be in. You may be thinking, well what if the dress I love isn’t available to try on in the colour I want? That’s where your stylist comes in! If you’re looking at a gown with sheer top skirt layers; your stylist will be able to pin a contrasting colour fabric underneath the outer layer of the gown, and this will allow you to imagine how it will look in your desired shade. Alternatively, we can use the other gowns from each designer to help you visualize your look. We can get very creative in these appointments to help you uncover your dream bridal look!

 Alterations and adjustments

You may find yourself in a situation where you’ve found a beautiful dress, but it just needs a couple of tweaks to make it perfect. Although of course we can’t completely change a design of a gown, there are several ways in which tailors or the designers themselves can work their magic. During your bridal appointment, your expert stylist can demonstrate how these tweaks will look. For instance, if you love the idea of sleeves, your stylist can pin different sleeve styles on to bring the vision to life. Or, if perhaps the neckline is a tad plunging, your stylist can pin extra lace onto your bodice to create a more modest look. If in doubt, speak with your stylist and they will be able to advise and demonstrate the plethora of options available. These tweaks can make your gown unique to you and the perfect match for your wedding day.

So there you have it: that was everything you need to know before you attend your appointment with us here at Angelica Bridal Curve. Our aim is to ensure that you find the dress that makes you feel happy, confident, and, most importantly, like yourself! And hopefully, this guide has provided you with everything you know before you begin your journey of finding that dress. Still have some questions? Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 7226 7823, or drop us an email at info@angelicabridal.co.uk , we are always happy to help, and we can’t wait to meet you and find you the perfect dress!

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Angelica Bridal is a bridal boutique in the bustling Angel area of Islington, offering a one-on-one personal bridal shopping experience since 2009. The store is by appointment only. In 2021, Angelica Bridal opened their Curve store on Liverpool Road in Islington, offering an eclectic collection of gowns for plus size brides.

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