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A dress fit for a princess

Finding the perfect dress for your wedding day is one of the most exciting parts of a bride’s wedding planning, but it can also be one of the most nerve-racking too! We often have brides worrying that they won’t be able to find ‘the one’, that they don’t want a white or an ivory one, that they don’t normally ‘do’ dresses and they’re going to look silly! Well, rest assured, we’ve been helping to deliver amazing weddings since 2010, and we are yet to see a bride at Gorcott Hall that looked anything less than fabulous! 

We know that there are so many colours and sizes to choose from that finding your dream one isn’t always a doddle, it can be overwhelming but it should definitely be good fun! The search can start at home, with lots of research. Trawl the web for inspiration, look for models with your body shape to get a really good idea of what might suit you (that said we know lots of brides who actually ended up with a style that they would never have dreamt they would wear, and loved it!). Then comes the fun part trying them on! Whether you’re ordering online for home delivery or heading to a boutique, decide who you want to be there.  Our advice would be to keep your entourage quite small; a couple of trustworthy, honest besties are usually perfect for the job. 

Take a long bath or shower and choose some nice underwear. That way you’ll feel more like trying on some amazing gowns. Pick out a few to try, but not too many at a time. Too many just leads to confusion and after taking them off you’ll struggle to remember one from the other! You might be one of the lucky brides that fall in love with the first gown you try on, but don’t let that stop you trying on more, it will only help to reinforce the fact that you have found the perfect one. Take photos, even the terrible ones! Oh, we should mention, don’t be horrified by the sizing……..they usually come up very small!

When you’ve finally made your choice and purchased ‘the one’ don’t be worried if you suddenly think that you don’t like it any more or that you have bought the wrong one. We come across this all the time! We can almost guarantee that with your hair and makeup done you’ll remember the reasons that you fell for it and fall in love with it all over again on your big day………just like your husband to be! 

If the Shoe Fits

Feeling the Pinch?

Ouch. Blisters. Definitely not welcome at Gorcott Hall on your wedding day.

Shoes, glorious shoes, so many choices……..from flats to boots and everything in between! So to try and help you avoid a shopping faux pas we thought it might be useful to help you think about  some of things you might need to consider before making the final purchase of the perfect pair (or two!).

Bear in mind that Gorcott Hall was built in the 16th century, (long before the invention of the modern day spirit level) and most of the floors are original and now come with the odd crack and wobble that you need to look out for and avoid. Couple this with our beautiful cobbles outside and the inevitable trek across the paddock to the lake for some fabulous photos and suddenly really high stiletto heels may  no longer  be feeling like the best option. Remember we can’t guarantee the British weather at any time of year, and the paddock can go mighty squidgey after lots of rain!

Be honest with yourself about how high you can handle! Remember you’re likely to be strutting around in them all day, it’s important that you feel fabulous but equally as important to be comfortable (uh oh, am I sounding like my mum?). Don’t disregard the possibility of two pairs, if your budget allows! There’s nothing wrong with slipping the heels off and dancing the night away in a pair of cool trainers or converse, but you might want to mention this when getting the alterations done to your dress.

Whatever you choose we re sure you’ll look fantastic! Just remember to pop them on while you’re at home doing the ironing  (or something) to wear them in a bit before the big day. And if that doesn’t work, well you can always rely on Team Gorcott to be at hand with a huge box of plasters…….but that needs to be the last resort!

Happy Shopping!