So, I have finally found ‘The’ dress, and I wanted to rave a little bit about the shop where I finally tracked it down.
If you have been following this blog you may have picked up that I haven’t actually enjoyed dress hunting all that much. I found it difficult because there seemed to be SO much choice, yet I couldn’t find anything quite right for me. I wasn’t having the typical reaction that most brides seem to have when they try on wedding dresses. I guess I didn’t feel like a bride, I felt like I was playing dress up, dare I say it, I felt a little bit silly! On my hunt I encountered lots of lovely ladies in different bridal shops, nearly all of them were very pleasant and helpful, but I just wasn’t getting that “TaaDaa!” moment.
That is, not until we met Rob and Andrew!
Their shop, Creatiques, is a dream to walk into. It is small but perfectly formed, with enough dresses to keep you entertained for hours, but not so many to become overwhelmed. The stock that they have is expertly picked, every single dress was beautiful.
There was one dress in particular that had caught my eye online, and I found that the closest shop to stock it was Creatiques. I rang up to make an appointment, but unfortunately as we had picked a saturday their day was fully booked. However, Rob said they usually closed up at 5pm, but that I could come in then and they would stay a little later (already a good sign!) So I went along with my Mum and bridesmaid Kate, and as soon as we arrived we were made to feel incredibly welcome. Despite their busy week ,Rob and Andrew were happy to talk through lots of different options, and we didn’t feel hurried at all.
Their genuine interest and passion for their work was obvious and really put us all at ease. Andrew also runs a hair salon which is attached to the back of the shop, and was helping me come up with ideas for my hair, while Rob went and found me some lovely shoes. We also talked accessories and bridesmaid dresses. Finally, I felt like a bride!
If you live near Portsmouth you might like to go to the Justin Alexander Designer Wedding show next week. You can see more details below.
Now that I have my dress sorted I am exited to get everything else for the wedding planned. My tip to any girls out there on the hunt for their wedding dress, would be to hold out for the right dress AND the right shop. You deserve to get your ‘Taadaa!` moment!