Be the best-dressed bride
Be the best-dressed bride
This Sunday Seckford Hall hosts Archant's brand new wedding show. To get you in the mood for some fabulous wedding shopping, we meet the team at The Bridal Lounge
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Charlotte Reeves of The Bridal Lounge is celebrating a year in business in her dream job.
From her home-based boutique in East Bergholt, Charlotte offers brides the chance to select their dress in a very different way.
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Every bride has The Bridal Lounge to themselves for their appointment, so they have the undivided attention of Charlotte, who can accommodate fittings at very flexible times.
'I try to guide them in the right direction,' she says. 'Mum and dad or whoever can come along and have a cup of tea and a chat and I will point them to dresses I think will suit them. It's nice to know more about their wedding and what they are planning on the day, which helps. And they can come back as many times as they like.'
There are around 40 dresses in stock to try on, with sizes from 8 to 22, and with prices ranging from £570 to £1,600, and all of them hand selected for their beauty by Charlotte.
Regular designers include Eternity and Art Couture, but Charlotte raves about her other three collections from British designers, including Maria Senvo.
'The quality of what the designers can make now is brilliant and when you look at the dresses it's exciting. I'd describe Maria's dresses as slinky and beautiful with really low backs, bead details, lace and sparkle. There's been a lot of hype about her.'
Dresses by Stephanie Allin are made in Mumbles in Wales. 'They are quite different, but she looks at what brides actually want. There are big box pleat skirts and A-line princess gowns. And you can really make them your own by styling them with belts and boleros.'
A very local option is a dress from Ipswich designer Helen Marie, who makes highly adaptable mix and match skirts and tops for brides.
Charlotte also stocks belts, boleros, veils, shoes and tiaras and can recommend a number of seamstresses for alterations, taking the dresses directly to your chosen seamstress in person.
Talking about what she sees to be the trends in wedding dresses this season, Charlotte says: 'Girls are still looking for really soft lace. People love Chantilly lace, with it going over the shoulders, or adding a lace bolero. Detail on the back is also popular at the moment, as is adding a belt with colour. And the fishtail is still in. It shows off your curves and if you have an hourglass figure it's perfect.
'A line dresses are great too. They come out at the waist and hide a multitude of sins.'
Charlotte's favourite dress of the moment is Julia by Stephanie Allin.
Find out more at www.thebridal-lounge.co.uk