Hannah Elizabeth’s bridal shop
What’s it really like to be a bride? Incredibly exciting, special and a once-in-a-lifetime experience… but we also know and appreciate that it can be an overwhelming and nerve-wracking experience and we can most certainly help you from turning into that Bridezilla we all dread becoming! One of the most important moments up until your wedding day is the moment you find your dream wedding dress, and we know that this can make it seem like a daunting experience. At our beautiful bridal shop in Hampshire, Hannah Elizabeth, we want to take these negative feelings away and make sure that finding your dream wedding dress is the most special day, that leaves you with the most precious memories. After all, what girl doesn’t get excited about beautiful dresses? This is the moment your 10-year-old self has always dreamt of, and now is your chance to make it as special as you possibly can.
Making your day as special as you possibly can begins with making sure you pick the most suitable bridal boutique for you. Without being biased, we love to think that we are the perfect bridal shop for everyone. We have an extensive collection of beautiful dresses that all reflect our expertise in the industry, and our knowledge will help guide you towards your perfect dress. We wouldn’t want anything less for you! Most importantly (other than the dresses of course) we have what we believe is a stunning little boutique that is bound to elevate every brides wedding dress experience. Find out more about our lovely little bridal shop in Hampshire and the Hannah Elizabeth Girls here!
We want to let you know exactly what the Hannah Elizabeth experience is like, so we’re going to give you a very detailed insight into exactly what to expect from one of our bridal boutique appointments. We know you’re all itching to know! So, here’s a step by step of what to expect…
Step 1: Getting to Know You
The first step for us is getting to know you. After all, we’re going to be helping you make a very important decision, so it’s so important to us to ensure that we have a good understanding of who you are and what you’re looking for. We like to do this prior to your appointment, usually over the phone when you make your booking. The type of questions we like to ask are: do you have your venue picked out? Have you tried on any wedding dresses before or been to any bridal shop? Do you have a particular style or any that you find flattering? And anything else that you think would be important for us to know will of course be of help. We like to do this to really maximise your appointment, so that we can be prepared for your visit and spend as much time as possible trying on the dresses of course! If you have absolutely no idea on how to answer any of the above questions, please do not fear. We are here to help you and whether you have tried on one hundred dresses, or none at all it really doesn’t matter. We promise your appointment will still be just as special.
Additional Info: We run appointments from Tuesday through to Saturday.
Step 2: The Booking Process
We only ever have one bride in our bridal shop at one time, so that yourself and your guests can feel completely relaxed and comfortable. We want all eyes on you to ensure we get the most out of your appointment. As a small boutique, we ask that you bring no more than three guests with you as it is so important to not be in a crowded environment. Think carefully about who will really help you make this important decision, and who you want to be there when you step out in ‘the one’.
When booking in with us it is important to know that the most sought after appointments are on Thursdays between 5-8pm and Saturdays, these are our ‘Exclusive Rose Gold Appointments’ (fancy, we know). We charge a £20 booking fee for these exclusive appointments, but really we don’t like to think of it as a payment because we give you a £20 accessories voucher in return for this. This voucher entitles you to £20 off of any of our beautiful accessories, whether it be a veil, some jewellery, or even a pair of our favourite Rachel Simpson shoes! Whether or not you choose to buy your wedding dress from us, you will of course still be able to spend your accessory voucher so that you can completely elevate your wedding day look and of course we will be on-hand to help you.
Additional Info: All of our bridal boutique appointments are 90 minutes long.
Step 3: How to Prepare Yourself for Your Appointment
So, now you’ve got yourself a date to come and see us, I’m sure you’re wondering how you can prepare for your appointment. We suggest (if you haven’t already) taking a look at the designers’ we stock and our dresses on our website, we are lucky enough to have the beautiful Rosa Clara, La Sposa, Blush by Hayley Paige, Tara Keely and Watters Wtoo. We know some of you brides come all the way to us in our bridal shop in Hampshire for a particular designer, but if you don’t have a preference that is absolutely fine! If you have already had hair trials and decided on a hair style for your big day, then we do recommend coming with your hair in that style or something similar. We also strongly recommend nude underwear and avoiding fake tan and any excessive makeup, as we would love to keep our beautiful samples looking lovely and clean for all of you! Lastly, unless you’ve already picked out your perfect pair, there is no need to bring any heels with you. We have a selection of our beautiful Rachel Simpson shoes ready for you to slip on with your dress!
Additional Info: Our sample sizes are generally 12/14 which we will of course skilfully pin to fit your body, and when you fall in love with a gown you can order your size. We are able to order our gowns from most of our designers from sizes 2-30, so we really can cater for everybody.
Step 4: Your Bridal Shop Appointment
Finally, the day has come and we’re ready and waiting to greet you at the door of our beautiful bridal boutique. You will have your very own Hannah Elizabeth stylist (maybe even two) who will get to know you even better, and find out your wants and needs. Then together we can select 4-5 gowns to get you started! Don’t be worried if you really have no idea what you want, we love for you to put your trust in us and let us find what you might not even know you are looking for. Most of the time the styles you least expect to like are your favourite! But of course, please don’t be scared to say if you don’t like something, we promise we won’t be offended!
You will have your own personal dressing room so you can privately step into the gowns, and then we will bring you out and reveal you to your guests. When our brides step out in ‘the one’ we like to make that moment as memorable and special as possible. Becoming part of the Hannah Elizabeth family is super special so we want to make sure you know that. You’ll receive one of our lovely personalised goody bags, that are carefully curated to be perfect for any bride. We’ll also take a Polaroid photo of yourself with your guests (if you like) so you can treasure this moment forever, plus it’s the perfect keepsake for your wedding book!
A Few Important Things to Note:
- The lead time for gowns is typically 4-6 months and we say to allow 8-10 weeks for alterations, so ideally it is an 8-month minimum process. However, most brides buy a year in advance and this really is perfect timing wise!
- We offer 30-minute accessory appointments during the week and have an accessory appointment slot available at the end of Saturdays. We welcome every bride regardless if you brought your gown from us.
- We also offer 1-hour bridesmaid appointments with a selection of dresses from our Hayley Paige Occasions range.
- We have an all year round Ready to Wear Secret Boutique rail which consists of several stunning sample gowns. These are sold as seen! If you’re short for time or just simply looking for a beautiful designer gown at a more affordable price, this is definitely something to consider.
Speaking of sample gowns… Our biggest ever sample sale starts tomorrow the 25th (11am-5pm) and throughout the 26th (9.30am-4pm) of January! We will have the most gorgeous selection of gowns at up to 75% off, as well as accessories and bridesmaid dresses! Gowns will be starting at as little as £300 (even we can’t believe it). For our sample sale there is no appointment necessary, so come visit our bridal shop on these dates if you want to get your hands on an amazing bargain gown!
Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting upcoming events this Spring too!
Lauren & The Hannah Elizabeth Girls
*Images taken by Cooper Photography