Choosing your wedding dress is probably one of the most exciting stages of planning your wedding! However it can also be the most scary and knowing where to start and what to expect would help most bride’s in the search for the ‘one’. So I have met with one of Somerset’s leading Bridal boutiques to get some advice and guidance, Abbi Chapel is a luxury bridal boutique set in a lovely converted barn in the peaceful country side of Somerset, a true wedding wonderland and one of life’s magical moments and one to treasure forever.

What would you suggest if a bride doesn’t know what she wants? – “Our friendly well trained team are on hand to help advice a bride in the best styles to suit her body shape. The right wedding dress can do wonders for any figure, it can cinch in at the waist, create the illusion of a flat tummy, hide big hips and much more – if the right style is chosen to suit that particular body shape”

What can a bride expect during an appointment with Abbi Chapel? – “We offer a unique and bespoke shopping experience, totally private bridal appointments with one of our highly trained bridal consultants who will help guide a bride to be every step of the way to finding her dream dress and then will help to complete her bridal look to perfection to make sure that she looks and feel like the bride she has always dreamt off”

What would be your advice for a bride going dress shopping? – “Always have the wedding date set and venue booked and only start shopping for your dress when you are seriously ready to make your purchase! Have a budget in mind and be honest about it and always remember that there will be additional alteration costs. Limit your guests to 2-3, too many opinions will only confuse and upset you. Shop with an open mind and you may be surprised”

Do most Bride’s come to you knowing exactly what style they want? – “Sometimes, but more often they either looking for some friendly guidance or haven’t yet found ‘the one’ and that could be because they are not trying dresses suiting their body shape or fabric to complement their skin tone. We are finding that brides today have such a large choice in dresses that it can actually make things more difficult for her”

Are you seeing any current trends for dresses? – “No quite the opposite, there seems to be a wide variety of trends at the moment so our bridal collection is ever changing as we add dresses and gowns to suit all our brides requirements. Brides are so lucky these days with such a wonderful choice of style of wedding and venues available to choose from. so it is very important to us that we have the right dress to suit their type of wedding”