FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PREPARE YOUR VISIT WITH US
Frequently asked questions
What is a browsing appointment?
Browsing appointments are a short 'non-try' slot where brides have the wonderful opportunity to explore our collections and have a consultant on hand to ask away until their heart is content!
Engaged brides who are not ready to commit to a dress, but would like an idea of styles and prices we offer
Nervous brides we can meet and help them feel at ease
Brides who are interested in booking an appointment in the future, but would like some advice and guidance on prices, styles, ordering, expectations, sizes and anything more.
What to bring with you to your appointment?
Only yourself and guest(s)! However, if you would like a better vision when trying dresses on, we recommend the following:
Seamsless Nude Underwear
Hairband (incase you wish to put your hair up)
No Shoes Please- These are a tripping hazard, but don't worry as we provide a box to stand on for better effect.
Why am I not allowed to bring my children to the appointment?
Mainly to safeguard yourself from very expensive accidental damage. Please be aware that all of our dresses are extremely high value along with our furnishings. Due to previous unfortunate incidents, we have had to incorporate this into our booking policy.
When should I book an appointment?
Please only book when you are ready to find your dream dress. We recommend ideally 8-12 months prior to your wedding.
If you order your dress far too in advance, your taste/style may change and this may cause a bride upset and regrets
You will achieve an idea of what you like/what suits you when you are actively looking for your dream dress - you do not need to do it sooner and you will likely change your mind once the time comes in your search. Take advantage of our 'Browsing Slots' for guidance, advice and styles in preparation for the lead up to your shopping.
Your guests may get bored if they are continually taken to many shops over a long period of time causing the excitement to dwindle. They want to 'say yes to the dress' as much as you do.
You will lose that special feeling - it's much more special when you have dedicated a few weeks of appointments in search of 'the one'. Attending shops endlessly and trying on hundreds of dresses way before you are ready, you will lose the spark of the experience.
The majority of bridal shops allow brides exclusive use of their shop/changing room for up to 2 hours, with a personal 1-1 paid staff dedicated to you alongside refreshments, so it is very different to regular shopping. Please take this into account and please only book bridal shop appointments when you are ready to look with hopes to commit to your dream dress.
What is the difference to the regular appointment and premium appointment?
The regular appointment will allow the bride use of our 2nd changing studio, which can accommodate up to 2 guests only.
Can I take pictures?
No, sorry girls. We offer an exclusive service that focuses on how women feel in dresses rather than comparing picture upon picture of images. We highly recommend that a bride focuses on how she 'feels' in the dress - does she feel special, does she feel comfortable, does she feel like this dress represents who she is?
What is a trunk show?
Most bridal shops only have a selection of dresses from each of their designers (we wish we could have ALL of them but that's a little optimistic). A trunk show is when a particular designer will lend a huge collection of their latest dresses for the bridal shop to borrow for a short period time (typically 1 weekend) before they get shipped back.
Which Designers offer trunk shows?
Currently we have the following you may register for:
Vera Wang Bride
Rosa Clara Mainline
Rosa Clara Boheme
Rosa Clara Gatsby
Can I request a certain dress to be in the trunk show?
Yes! We cannot guarantee it will be available, but we will certainly try on your behalf as it's a great opportunity for you to try it for free without having to use the 'Sample Loan Service' (which incurs fees)
Sample Loan Service
What is a 'Sample Loan Service'?
If a bride has her heart set on trying on a particular dress from one of our designers, but we do not have the sample in our shop, we can sometimes 'borrow' it specifically for the bride and for their appointment with us.
Which Designers offer 'Sample Loan Service'
Currently, the following Designers offer this service. Please be aware though, that it does not guarantee they will have all dresses available (they tend to have loan samples that are best-sellers).
Location & Facilities
Where is Evolved Bridal Studio?
We are based in Barnstaple, Devon. We have a very private location, within the town centre. You can find our entrance through the iron gates in-between 'Trinkets Antiques' and 'Fulham Restaurant'
Is there Disability Access?
Unfortunately not. Our studio is a 1st floor premise, with 2 flights of narrow stairs, so can be challenging for anyone with physical disabilities.
Do you offer toilet facilities?
Yes! We have a dedicated customers toilet available to bride and guests only.
What refreshments do you offer?
We can offer our bride and guests hot and cold refreshments on arrival. If you have booked, and paid for a premium slot, we will also supply you a lovely bottle of prosecco for you all to enjoy.
Can we bring our own alcohol and food into the studio?
Please do not bring any food into the studio. Own alcohol is also not permitted.
Is parking available?
Immediately across from the studio, is the 'Cattle Market' Car Park - It is a substantial car park owned by the local council, and payment can be made via the Ringo App, Card or Cash.
Is there anywhere local we can eat and drink before/after the appointment?
Oh there's plenty! As we are in the town centre, there is an array of restaurants, bistro's cafe's and pubs. Make a day of it and pop to our fabulous beaches of Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde, all are 15-20 mins drive away.
Do you offer alterations?
Unfortunately we do not offer in-house alterations.
Will I need alterations?
Yes, around 95%+ of brides will require alterations unless they are the perfect height and measurement for the standard size.
How much are alterations
It truly varies so much... it depends on the seamstress and the make-up of the dress. On average, you may want to budget £100-£400
Why are alterations left until the last minute?
Most seamstresses will complete your alterations within 2-6 weeks before your wedding. This is mainly due to body shape changes, and ensuring it is the perfect fit as closer to the time as possible, as once the fabric starts to get cut down, there is little room to change it back.
When should I book alterations?
We recommend you pre-book your seamstress as soon as possible. Although you won't have the alterations completed until months away, good seamstresses can get booked up. So, pop them an email as soon as you can to pre-register with their service so there are no last minute panics.
How long do orders take on dresses?
Most of our Designers have timescales of 4-5 months, however some do offer rush orders (fee's apply for this) and also, some designers have dresses in immediate stock.
When should I expect my dress?
You will be given the opportunity at your appointment (pending on the Designer) when you would like your dress to arrive. We recommend at least 2-3 months before your wedding as it gives you ample time for your chosen seamstress to complete your alterations
What size samples do you have to try-on?
All of our sample sizes are typically sizes 8-14. Unfortunately we do not offer a larger range at this time due to the size of our studio.
What Prices are the dresses?
The majority of our dresses fall into the £1800 - £2300 range, though we do have some at £1600 and others over £2500.
"Follow your heart - Use the guidance of your true loves & natural style to guide you to your perfect dress.
What are your true loves?
Perhaps you love nature, explore some of the garden & botanical influenced gowns for inspiration.
If you're the free-spirited soul who adores laces and unique designs, explore the variation of modern bohemian that will sure to bring your personality to the front.
Do you live for elegance and sophistication? Use a striking silhouette as your muse, and style to embrace the elements of subtle glam to highlight your style.
Or, are you a born fashionista? Where Vogue is your second name and you are fearless in your character? Try out editorial styles and be creative with your accessories, step out of traditional bridal accessories & play!
What are you comfortable in day to day? What aspects of your body do you love to show the most?
Use the shape of the dress to express your unique style. If you love tank tops, racer styles, or athletic wear, explore styles that have elements of this comfort.
Perhaps you love to accentuate your body? Pick your most favoured parts to show, and merge with the fabrics you are drawn to, such as the beauty of a delicate crepe with a low back, or a plunging neckline with bold and visual lace.
By staying true to who you are, will create a naturally comfortable & sensational look and style - remember, your fiancé fell in love with YOU. Use the gown and accessories to embody the most striking version of who you are xx"