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How to get the most from your bridal appointment!

It’s kind of funny to think that anyone needs tips on how to shop for a wedding dress, use our wealth of knowledge and experience to make the most of your bridal experience!

Bridal shopping is a very different kettle of fish than strolling in to Topshop looking for a top for a night out. Lets face it when do you get the opportunity to wear a fabulous either structured ball gown or delicate slinky number in every day living?

It’s our job to listen to all brides-to-be and impart our expertise to make your bridal experience a memorable one for all of the right reasons! Know that we will be on hand every step of the way to help and assist you in purchasing the most important dress of your life!

Here are a few of the things we suggest to help make the most of your wedding dress shopping!


Tip 1 # Do your Research and don’t over shop!

Pick a small selection of stores to visit. Do not feel that you have to visit every dress shop in the land as all you risk is:

1: Going “Dress blind” You forget what you have seen and from where.

2: Unnecessarily stressing yourself out. It will start to feel like when you spray lots of perfume you easily forget about the first ones.

3: Transforming from chilled out bride into a bridezilla and earning you the nickname of Muriel.

To make the most from your choices, do your homework and start online. Look at what designers your are attracted too. You can then target the stores you visit by who stocks your most loved designers! Easy.


Tip 2 # Leave the entourage at home…!!!

We have written previous blog posts on this issue. This is the biggest no no. Though you might think it’s a lovely day out for all of your bridesmaids, your Mum, aunt, granny and extended family & friends, all that will happen is that you’ll end up utterly confused and unable to hear yourself think.

We are all for constructive comments and we will give those too. However if the bride loves lace and a member of your tribe don’t like lace well remember everyone else can have what they want on their big day. But today is all about you!

You have to look at your photos on the mantle piece love what you see. If you buy a dress to keep others happy you wont get that warm fuzzy feeling! Trust us!

We recommend just bringing one – maximum two – trusted voices with you.


Tip 3 # Be upfront about your budget…

If you have a strict budget please please let us know.
For whatever reason, some brides think they need to be cagey about how much they have to spend on their wedding dress.
Just as you wouldn’t claim to be a size 8 if you were a size 14, likewise it’s best not to pretend you’ve got a 10k budget if the real figure is closer to £1,000. Never try on a gown you can’t afford! It will only end in disappointment as they are a higher price for a reason and other gowns may then not live up to it once you have a taste of finer things!

We want to make the best use of your appointment hopefully resulting in helping you find your dream dress! If we are pulling out gowns at £1500-£2000 and your budget is £900, its wasting your appointment and a chance where we can pull out the right selection of dresses where your “The One” could be.


Tip 4 # Undergarments & Shoes

We suggest nude coloured panties, and not to worry about the bra (unless you have an issue with support or want to be comfortable) aka go braless. Fun fact, Our gowns are much more supportive than regular clothing.

Its rare not to need some form of alteration, your seamstress can sew extra cups into your gown if you require so ditch the bra!


Tip 5 # Forget About Sizing

Wedding dress sizes are vastly different than street sizes, so don’t get worked up when you see your wedding dress size.
Nearly everyone needs alterations, so the gown you buy will eventually be taken in and tailored to fit you perfectly – totally different from the usual just pick out your size.


Tip 6 # Children

Now this can be a controversial one but a biggy to making or breaking your bridal experience!

Children are welcome in store however heed our warning!!!

We want to make sure that you have the best possible bridal experience and have that special moment all about you. You may want to involve little ones in your bridal journey but honestly there is a time and a place for children to be in a bridal boutique. Children as marvellous as they are (We are all Mummies here so we totally get it) can be a big distraction.

This experience is a huge deal and one that you have possibly dreamed of since being little yourself, however your little one will not understand that. Children often get bored quickly, frustrated and do not understand how big of a decision this is for you. From experience we have seen brides really wanting to take it all in and make their decision but get really distracted by their frustrated little one running around or hiding under dresses. Also if your child gets upset you cant just pick them up and comfort them when stood in a dress in store.

So that you can take in this special moment and concentrate fully, we recommend making alternative childcare arrangements.

As with all of the above, please do not come shopping on your own with your little darlings and expect us to watch them for you. For health and safety reasons we can not accommodate appointments where children under 12 years old are not accompanied by a second adult. As when you are in a fitting room your little ones are out of sight and unattended. Also no picnics please! Ribena and cheese Wosits do not go well with our stunning wedding dresses!

All damages do have to be paid for accidental or not!


All in all we want you to have a ball whilst finding your “The one” with us and saying yes to your dream dress. We hope our top tips have been helpful for you and we would love to welcome you in store. Your dream dress awaits!


All our love

The Wedding HQ Xx




January Sale

🎉 J A N U A R Y  S A L E 🎉
3rd – 31st of Jan @ The Wedding HQ!
Up to 70% Off Designer Wedding Dresses
Prices From £299!
Sizes 10- 30 Available
Stunning Quality Designer Gowns
Amazing Boutique Experience
Friendly, Non Pushy Bridal Consultants
2 Amazing Sale Prices For Each Gown!
Stunning Sale Gowns From:- Essense of Australia – Donna Salado – Justin Alexander – Sincerity – Enzoani Blue – Victoria Kay – Martin Thornburg – Mark Lesley and more!
Book Your Appointment Today through Facebook or at:
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The Wedding HQ – Bridesmaid Dress Boutique

Part of the beauty of a wedding day is being able to share such a special moment with the people most important to you. Whether that’s just you and your partner, or a larger gathering is up to you, but for many brides having their bridesmaids around them makes the day extra special.

We recognise that here at The Wedding HQ, which is why alongside our wide collection of wedding dresses, we also have a fantastic selection of designer bridesmaid dresses too.

Based just outside Mansfield and run by sister in law duo Lauren and Suzie Troman-Green, in our bridesmaid dress boutique you will find our Victoria Kay VK Maids bridesmaid dresses in 27 different colours, so you can be sure that your bridesmaids dresses will match the colour scheme of any wedding.

Not only that, but our VK Maids Bridesmaids Dresses are fabulously versatile, and can be styled in so many ways, and the heavy drape fabric is extremely flattering, no matter what shape or size you or your bridesmaids may be. Detachable bust panels are also included to help support bigger busts.

These exquisite bridesmaids gowns are just £195 each.

See below for some pictures of these fantastic Victoria Kay dresses. To see examples of the full range of 27 colours that we have available, please get in touch with our bridal experts who will be happy to help.

To discuss your bridesmaids dresses in further detail, or to book a fitting for you and your party at our beautiful dress boutique in Nottinghamshire, please press our “Book Now” button on the right of the screen, or give us a call on 01623 238081 and we will get you booked in for your special fitting as soon as possible.


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Move over Black Friday! Our White Weekend is back!

Move over Black Friday, its our annual White Weekend Sale!!!

Fri 29th – Sat 30th Nov!

First come first served.
1 hour appointment.

Maximum party size, bride plus 2 guests!

Free parking.


Sample gowns from as little as £299!

Also fabulous offers on some of our current collections!

Do not miss the opportunity to grab your dream dress at a magnificent price!

To book your appointment call 01623 238081 or pop into store Xx

Your dream dress awaits!

Details can be found on our blog

Your dream dress awaits!


We are proud new stockists of Romantica of Devon!

Ladies we are over the moon to be a new official stockist of Romantica of Devon!

Romantica have just won the prestigious title of “Dress of the year” at the nation bridal buyer awards 2019 and ladies we will have this dress in store very soon. We were so impressed with the quality and design of these stunning dresses and as a family business their approach to bridal fashion. It was a no brainer to get these gorgeous gowns in store and for the cherry on top ladies their stunning wedding dresses start from as little as £800!

A wedding is a joyous occasion, a celebration of love, life, and happiness. Your Bridal gown is so much more than just a dress, it is a statement of style, personality and above all romance. Each and every bride deserves to feel exquisitely beautiful on their wedding day and that is always our final goal, to provide a wedding dress that reflects you and your day perfectly.

Romantica is a family owned and run British business since our inception/creation over 30 years ago. Through the eyes and drive of talented designer Sally Waddington, we know honesty, integrity and family values are incorporated in all the distinctive wedding dresses we produce.

Starting out with Sally as the designer and factory manager and her husband Mike as Sales Director we set up with the assistance of 20 machinists in a small factory in the heart of the Devon countryside. We quickly expanded our brand over the coming years as the designs evolved, whilst keeping our core values central in all areas. Twenty years ago we moved to a larger premises, but we still operate in the Devon countryside and 3 more members of the family have joined the business and continue to drive our legacy forward.

So why don’t you pop in and see them at The Wedding HQ!


New stunning 2020 Enzoani gowns coming soon!


Enzoani’s first collection premiered in 2005 to rave critical and consumer reviews, quickly catapulting the brand into prominence on the world bridal stage. Enzoani’s ability to combine traditional and modern design, sex appeal, superior fit and an uncompromising focus on quality of construction positioned it as a forward-thinking couture house for the modern bride. Within just a few years Enzoani captured significant market share in the United States and Europe with current distribution in over sixty countries around the world.

Over the years many of the designs introduced by Enzoani have been adopted by our leading competitors and the entire bridal industry. We attribute our success to never resting on our prior accomplishments. Each year we strive to anticipate the needs and desires of our brides, offering modern, couture bridal gowns that are comfortable to wear, perfectly tailored and executed with the highest degree of craftsmanship.

Enzoani was founded and is headquartered in Southern California, with offices and retail partnerships around the world. Our gowns are sold exclusively through premium authorized retailers and are never sold online.



We employ world-renowned designers, and highly-experienced pattern-makers and beaders who work tirelessly to keep Enzoani at the cutting edge of bridal design.  We are constantly evolving and pushing our design team to produce gowns that fit perfectly, utilize the latest and most premium materials available, and will make each bride feel more beautiful. There is no compromise when it comes to quality and construction. We source the highest grade fabrics and Swarovski crystals, and employ the most experienced bridal construction experts.

Each wedding dress produced by Enzoani across several collections and hundreds of styles is custom designed and custom made. The dresses are hand-beaded, and most dresses require several hundred hours to create.



The design team behind Enzoani’s collections is led by the award-winning master designer Kang Chun Lin, a graduate of the London College of Fashion, who brings an avant garde inspiration to a timeless design esthetic.  Kang Chun has been designing bridal gowns for nearly 20 years and he leads a team of designers who continuously strive to improve and expand on their prior work and accomplishments.


New 2020 gowns!

Ladies could of these new beauties be your dream dress?

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