How To: The Complete Guide On True Bride
This month on the Provenance Rentals blog our friends at True Bride were our guest bloggers. They are bringing some helpful information to brides in search of their wedding gowns. Read below for more on True Bride and their unique brand.
On True Bride
Shopping for a wedding dress can be an exhilarating, emotional experience. Many designers add their own unique flair to their pieces, creating something that speaks to a bride on a subconscious level during the shopping process; some even call it magic.
True Bride is a bridal brand that’s made waves over the past 15 years. Here’s what you need to know about the True Bride brand and where to find these beautiful dresses.
About True Bride
True Bride is the brainchild of designer Nicki Flynn, who aimed to combine her passion for fashion with her belief that bridal designs should be created for every body shape and size, not just a mannequin. Thus, True Bride was born. With various collections covering everything from pinup inspired dresses to red carpet gala couture, True Bride strives to have something for everyone.
Pros of True Bride
For some brides, the struggle is worth the end result. Flynn prides herself on using only the best, high-quality materials for True Bride dresses, and the dresses are made to order with the purchaser’s measurements. The versatility of the collections offers something for every body type.
Having samples sent to the retailer of your choosing is fairly affordable, starting at £35 ($44 USD) for one sample dress to £45 ($56 USD) for five. These come in a UK size 10 to adhere to average sizing guidelines.
Cons of True Bride
While many brides fall for the styles listed on True Bride, accessing the dresses is another thing entirely. Unlike other fan favorite shops like Azazie, you can’t purchase bridal gowns or bridesmaid dresses directly from the company in an online setting. Instead, you need to find a local retailer who carries the dresses.
If your retailer doesn’t have the style of dress you want in stock, you’ll have to have them place an order for a sample to True Bride. This will cost you a sample fee, and the sample you receive may not be the size or color you’re looking for. Furthermore, retailers are only able to procure samples from the collection they’re already carrying. So if you fall for a dress from the Brighton Belle collection and your local retailer only carries True Bride, you’re out of luck.
To order your dress, you’ll need to work with your retailer to have your measurements taken and request the color of your choice. The measurements will be taken from your neckline to the floor to determine the length of the gown, so it’s important to either know which shoes you’re wearing on the day of or have a reasonable facsimile for this purpose.
True Bride dresses take around 16 weeks to produce, though a rush can be put on the order for an additional fee. However, True Bride makes it clear that express options aren’t always available during peak times. If you’re getting married during peak wedding season, this might not be an option.
When shopping for your bridal gown, it’s always smart to go at least six months in advance. Different designers and retailers will have different timeframes. You also want time for alterations to be made to your dress if your body changes before the big day.
If you’re not in the UK or near a True Bride retailer, shopping online for similar gowns is your best bet for finding something you love. Talk to other brides in online communities to see if they have found any comparable designers. Keep an open mind when dress shopping and you’ll find the one for you.