Your Questions

Hopefully we should have answered all your questions below. If not please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How far in advance should I start the search for my gown?

We recommend you start looking for your gown 12 months prior to your wedding date. This ensures you are trying gowns that will be current for your wedding date.

What price range is our collection?

Our gowns start from £735 and go up to £1450. If this is more than you are looking to spend we do hold sample sales during the year where you can pick one of our designer samples at a fraction of their full price.

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We also have a full rail of sale gowns these start at £250 for wedding and £80 for bridesmaid/evening & prom.

What sizes are your sample gowns

Our sample gowns are between 10 and 22. We try and cater for all shapes and sizes as every bride is special that walks in.

Is there anything I need to bring with me for my appointment at Something Special?

It is always advisable to wear a nude colored strapless bra for your appointment. It helps you to visualize necklines without your bra straps getting in the way. If you have a favourite (comfy!) pair of shoes, please feel free to bring them. But we do have stand for you to see the finished length of the gowns.

Can I wear fake tan and heavy makeup for my appointment?

As woman ourselves, we understand that you want to feel perfect for trying the gown of your dreams. However, we respectfully ask you not to wear ANY fake tan as it comes off onto our gowns and does not come out.

For the same reasons, we ask you to keep your makeup light and to refrain from wearing lipstick.

You may be liable for dry cleaning charges should any transfer or fake tan occur.

How many guests can I bring with me for my appointment?

Our small but perfectly formed boutique has 1 fitting suite ensuring you have a completely private experience. We can seat up to 3 guests in the appointment room.

Are children welcomed at Something Special?

As mums we know only too well how treasured children are…but we also know how lovely it is to have a little bit of ‘me’ time! Ivory fabrics, sharp pins and big decisions never really sit well with children, so we ask you, where possible, to refrain from bringing children between the ages of 1 and 10. Small babies are more than welcome, and we’d be delighted to warm bottles, dispose of dirty nappies in exchange for a small cuddle!

How long will my first appointment last?

You will be given a 1 hour 30-minute, private appointment where you will be able to try on our collection accompanied by one of our experienced stylists.

What should I expect at my appointment?

At Something Special we will take you through our entire collection and discuss your ideas and together, you will make your selection of gowns to try, this is where all the fun begins.

When should I order my gown?

You’ll know the right gown when you put it on. It’s an age old saying but after 27 years in the bridal industry I can confirm its completely true! Your gown is one of the foundations to your big day. Once it has been ordered you can start to build your wedding around it. We require 6-8 months to process, order and complete your alterations.
If your timescale is a little tighter, please call our boutique and speak to us and we will be more than happy to advise you and help where possible – We have once had a bridal emergency with a bride with no dress she walked in and out of our store within 2 hours. She picked a gown and we altered there and then she left on her wedding day in her wedding gown and was only 1 hour late! (crisis avoided!)

Are your gowns made to measure?

All our gowns require measurements to be taken to ascertain a standard size to order for you. Our gowns will require alterations as none of them are made to your exact measurements.

Payments

A 50% deposit is required to order all new designer gowns and accessories. The balance will be due 14 days after arriving. Sale gowns and accessories are to be paid for in full.

Will I be charged extra for my alterations?

We are truly blessed to have Margaret who is a fantastic seamstress with a life time of experience who is based in our boutique she will carry out all fitting appointments.
Your alterations are a separate charge; all the details of which will be provided at your appointment.
You are under no obligation to use our recommended seamstress service and are free to have your gown altered elsewhere.

How far in advance of my wedding date will my alterations take place?

If you chose to use our services, you will have your first consultation 12 weeks prior to your wedding date. This will give you the chance to discuss your requirements and allow Margaret to give you an idea of timescale to complete your alterations. All gowns are completed 2 weeks prior to your wedding date.

I intend to lose weight before my wedding, how will this affect my alterations?

Ideally, we would recommend that you’ve reached your goal weight by the time you have your first meeting (12weeks prior to your wedding). However, if you are still losing weight after this time, if you can advise us of this we can discuss this and decide on a timescale that we are both happy with. Please note, if you change shape once your alteration process has begun you may be charged again should your gown require further alteration.

When will I collect my gown?

We recommend that you collect your gown a week in advance of your wedding date. This ensures you have plenty of time to check your gown over and you leave yourself time to complete your last-minute wedding preparations without worrying about collecting your gown.

Happy Brides…

  • thank you so much for my dress, it was beautiful x

    Jasmine Lee
  • Margaret saved my wedding day by making 2 Bridesmaid dresses in 2 weeks (1 being for my 26 week pregnant niece) and created two stunning dresses. Would highly recommend.

    Diane Hill
  • Thank you so much for making a beautiful first holy communion dress.

    Sara Sykes
  • They made my 21st dress and it was just what I asked for or even better I was in love with it everything was perfect and it was finished in such a short space of time, thank you!

    Katie Farrington
  • My gorgeous dress by something special. Fantastic friendly service. Xx

    Lesley Burrows
  • Brilliant service.... made the most gorgeous bridesmaid dress ever for my little girl! And was very patient with all the squabbling bridesmaids! Xxxxx

    Nicola Burns
  • Gorgeous dresses made for us super quick :)thank you!

    Kate Nuttall
  • Our beautiful dresses made by something special

    Adele Vinton
  • I had my prom dress made here, I loved every single part of my dress and I can't thank you enough!

    Chelsea Heatcote
  • Ok so on the 18th June it was my wedding day! And I was a dressless bride of the morning of my wedding, due to a very unreliable "seamstress". I came to your shop in floods of tears... you were absolutely amazing!! Helped me choose dresses.. try them on.. found "the one" which was too big for me. Wasn't a problem at all! Was altered in no time at all! And walked out your stunning shop an hour later in my beautiful wedding dress! I cannot thank you for all you did for me that day! I will be forever greatful for saving my wedding day  thank you so much  xxxxxx

    Gemma Prescott
  • Loved my dress thank you so much ..xx would highly recommend your shop to all brides to be xx

    Emma Entwistle