wedding dress etiquette

Wedding Dress Etiquette

With the Royal Wedding just days away, excitement is mounting as we all look forward to seeing the Royal couple and in particular Meghan Markle in her wedding dress. It is widely expected that the gown will have a six-figure price tag and be every bit befitting of a future princess. Whilst most wedding budgets won’t stretch that far, there’s no reason why you can’t bring a sense of decorum to your own nuptials by following traditional wedding dress etiquette.

wedding dress etiquette

Who pays for the dress?

It is reported that the Royal Family may be covering the cost of the wedding, and for this to include the bride’s dress, however it is entirely feasible that Meghan Markle may contribute to this herself, in keeping with more modern practice.  Whilst traditionally, it is the bride’s family who pay for her wedding dress, nowadays it is completely normal for costs to be split between families or for different family members to pay for different items, because at the end of the day, once the vows have been made, they will all become one family anyway!

Who can see the dress before the wedding?

Whilst it is said to be bad luck to let the groom see the bride in her dress prior to the wedding, it is probably true that most brides would prefer to keep their dress a secret from the majority of family and friends, to make it even more exciting on the big day when they reveal all.   Who you choose to go wedding dress shopping with depends ultimately on whose opinions you value the highest, but you might also want to get the approval of your mum or future mother in law.

Of course, Meghan Markle’s dress will have been approved by the Queen but it is understandable that the Royal Family would need to have input on such an important element of the wedding to ensure that it is appropriate for the occasion.  Certainly, it will also have the wow factor you would expect from one of the most viewed wedding dresses of all time, and with the input of someone with such a keen sense of fashion as Meghan Markle, we know we won’t be disappointed!

What colour should the wedding dress be?

Whilst white is said to be the colour of perfection and purity, very few wedding gowns are actually pure white nowadays, simple because it can look very stark against the natural tones of skin.  Most brides opt instead for ivory and shades of white through to cream and pale gold for a more flattering look.

Where should the dress be kept?

Whilst the gown for any royal occasion will naturally be shrouded in secrecy, to protect any leakage of information, most brides will be content just knowing that their dress is being kept safe.  Once you have had your final fitting you will be able to take your dress home to store it ready for the big day, so here are a few tips to help keep it in perfect condition:

  • When you collect your dress hang it off a high hook to avoid creasing the train but, if the train is too long, support it from underneath with a round backed chair.
  • Store your dress in a room that isn’t too hot or cold and avoid storing in direct sunlight.

How can we help?

Whether you are getting married this year, next year or are just looking forward to reliving your own special memories when watching the Royal Wedding this weekend, enjoy!  If you or anyone you know needs help choosing the perfect wedding dress, please get in touch with the team at Georgina Scott Bridal and we’ll be happy to talk you through our options from traditional dresses to modern gowns and everything in between.  Call us on 01384 893656 to book an appointment, call in to our Stourbridge store or click here to see pictures of our gorgeous brides.

Essense of Australia

Essense of Australia come to Georgina Scott Bridal

Essense of Australia

The best accessory to any wedding gown is confidence. On your special day, allow yourself to feel confident, comfortable and fearless with the dress of your dreams that flatters both your body and your personality.

This time of year is the perfect time to begin shopping for your “I do” dress, as designers are releasing their latest collections. And where is better to catch the first glimpse than a glamorous trunk show?

At Georgina Scott Bridal we have added another exciting trunk show to our events list, featuring the collections of Essense of Australia for curvy brides!

Essense of Australia are an award-winning wedding gown designer, specialising in elegant and detailed bridal wear. They offer a range of silhouettes, materials and designs, as well as catering for different body shapes and the latest trends, to make every bride feel her most beautiful.

Their latest collection caters to brides with curvy figures in a range of beautiful styles. From lace necklines to low back drops and dreamy embellishments; whether you’re looking for something classic, modern or unique they will have it all!

Witness love at first sight with your dream wedding dress at our upcoming trunk show, as Essence of Australia takes the stage on 16th – 17th June 2018 at our Stourbridge store. To gain entry, get in touch with our friendly team at

Essense of Australia Latest Collection comes to Georgina Scott Bridal

A wedding day is one of, if not the most, important days of many people’s lives. For a lot of brides, one of the most exciting aspects of this special day is being able to walk down the aisle in the dream dress. A dress that expresses her personality perfectly and flaunts her figure in a way no other dress can, making her feel her most confident.

Finding the right dress really is love at first sight and there’s no better time to shop than now. Wedding season will soon be upon us as designers are beginning to release their latest collections for 2018. So make sure you find “the one” before it’s too late, at our latest showcase.

Essense of Australia latest collection

Georgina Scott Bridal are excited to announce the upcoming arrival of Essense of Australia’s trunk show at our Stourbridge store. Local brides-to-be will be given the opportunity to review Essense of Australia’s latest collection and place their orders.

Essense of Australia are award winning designers, specialising in signature bridal gowns. Their collections combine sensuous silhouettes with enchanting detailing, completed to the highest of standards, to make every bride feel cherished.

With a range of classic and contemporary designs, Essense of Australia’s latest collection has something for everyone. They offer a selection of stunningly simple designs, as well as beautifully ornate gowns. You can discover a variety of romantic styles with delicate lace detailing, teasing backless designs, mermaid tails and more at our upcoming trunk show.

If you’re a future bride planning your special day, yet to find the perfect “I do” dress, come along to our trunk show for a day of glitz and glamour. Essense of Australia’s collection will be showcased from 16th-18th March 2018 at our Stourbridge store.

For further details please get in touch.

marriage week

What to consider when you start wedding dress shopping

If you’re lucky enough to be engaged, you’ll know the sheer number of things you need to think about when you start to plan your wedding. One of the most exciting tasks that should be at the top of your to do list is to find the perfect wedding dress – and what better time to start your search than Marriage Week which runs from the 7th to the 14th February?

marriage week
Even before you got engaged, you may have been imagining what the wedding dress shopping process will be. Where will you go? Who will go with you? And what kind of style do you think you might go for? Well, fear not, we’ve put together a list of everything you need to think about.

1. Set your budget

Once you’ve planned your wedding budget, you’ll need to decide what portion of that to spend on your dress. Don’t forget to include accessory items such as a veil, shoes, hair accessories and alterations as these are not normally include the cost of your gown.

wedding dress shopping

2. Pick out some inspiration

You might not know what kind of wedding dress style you like, so finding some photos of styles you like can help you in your mission. Wedding magazines and websites like Pinterest are fantastic place for wedding inspiration, from gowns and head pieces to flowers and venue ideas. Don’t forget to take your ideas when you have your wedding dress appointments!d2352-4new

3. Make a list of wedding dress boutiques to visit

Finding out what wedding dress shops are in your local area is a great place to start your search. Unlike most retailers, wedding boutiques normally require you to make an appointment, so don’t forget to ring them and book in before you visit. While it can be tempting to only visit the boutiques that stock the designers you like the look of, you might be pleasantly surprised by trying on something you hadn’t considered.

4. Make sure you go shopping in good time

When you shop for a wedding dress you need to plan much further ahead. This is because wedding dresses are often very ornate with lots of intricate detailing and specialist fabrics and can take many months to make. Leaving your shopping expedition could mean that you miss out on your dream dress – so get arranging those appointments as soon as you can!


5. Think about the customer service you want

The dress and boutique go hand in hand so when choosing your wedding gown remember it isn’t a one visit event, you will revisit the boutique time and time again during the period leading up to your wedding. At Georgina Scott Bridal we pride ourselves on impeccable customer service and strive to make everyone feel comfortable within the boutique as entering a bridal boutique can be a daunting prospect.
If you are in search of the perfect wedding dress, please call us to book an appointment on 01384 892656. Every bride has a dedicated team member to help them choose ‘the one’.

Join us for the Georgina Scott Bridal Showcase

We’re giving you the chance to beat the January blues and get ahead with your wedding planning as we host a bridal showcase at Blakelands Country House later this month.  It’s a popular event in the Georgina Scott Bridal calendar, as each year we transport virtually the entire contents of our bridal shop to the Blakelands Country House and Restaurant in Staffordshire.

bridal showcase

It’s the perfect opportunity for Brides to Be to browse and try on gowns from our various designers and have a look around the house – possibly sorting the dress and venue in one go!

This year’s showcase takes place on:

Day:      Sunday 28th January

Time:    12.00 to 16.00

Venue: Blakelands Country House, Halfpenny Green, DY7 5DP

Our visitors will have the chance to try on and purchase dresses from us at this free to attend event, and with tea and coffee being served and the Blakelands bar open, it is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a little wedding shopping ahead of your 2018 or 2019 big day.

3 reasons why you should attend our Bridal Showcase

  1. To make a personal connection – you will probably be spending the next 6-18 months planning your wedding, so it is important that you like, trust and get on with the people providing your wedding services. By meeting the Georgina Scott Bridal team in person now, you can rest assured that we’ve got the expertise, experience and friendly faces to ensure your dress shopping is a huge success.
  2. To find out what is popular – you may have a wedding theme in mind or have seen designers that you like, but until you see the different styles of dresses available and try them on you won’t know what suits you or what will be in keeping with the theme you have planned. Our bridal showcase is the ideal opportunity to view the latest ranges from a wide variety of designers, inspired by everything from vintage to contemporary styles.
  3. To get advice – if you are new to wedding planning (which you probably are!) then chances are you won’t have much information in terms of timescales or what to anticipate when choosing a bridal gown. Our showcase event is a good opportunity to ask questions about what happens after your have chosen your dress, so you know what to expect in the run up to your big day.

If you can’t attend our Bridal Showcase on the 28th don’t worry as you can call us on 01384 893656 or connect with us on Facebook, to book an appointment at our Stourbridge store.

Wedding Trends for 2018

A new year is on the horizon and with it is sure to come a new wave of wedding trends to inspire brides across the country. From new ideas on flower colours to different types of venue, we’ve come up with a list of what we expect to be hot, with our wedding trends for 2018.

  1. Mixing funky florals with eclectic glassware

Move over soft pink, 2018 is going to be a year of dark, moody flowers paired with eclectic, vintage cut glassware for an edgy feel. Meanwhile, the widely loved flower crown is making way for a new kid on the block – the flower tiara. Although these are much smaller than the traditional headpiece, they still create a statement look that adds a natural vibe to your wedding attire.

  1. Industrial style wedding venues

More and more brides are ditching grand wedding venues in favour for industrial, minimalistic ones that act as a blank canvas. Think converted mills, Edison bulbs, exposed brickwork and an abundance of copper, geometric shapes and handmade goodies.

  1. Nearly naked cakes

Naked cakes have been extremely popular, but after realising that they can dry out quickly, brides have turned their attention to nearly naked cakes. While these appear similar to the original naked cake, they have a thin scraping of buttercream on the outside to keep them moist for longer.

  1. Mobile bars

From converted camper vans to converted fire engines and refurbished horse boxes, mobile bar settings are becoming ever more quirky. Combine that with the recent trends for prosecco, gin and craft ale and you’re sure to set the scene for an amazing party!

  1. Relaxed wedding dresses

Depending on your style, shape and desires, an experienced wedding dress shop will help you pick your dream dress – whether that’s an A-line gown or a jewel studded ballgown. But one of the types of wedding dress that’s sure to explode in popularity throughout 2018 will be the relaxed wedding dress. This style of semi-formal, non-fussy dress is perfect for the laid back bride that doesn’t want too much fuss. Here are a few of our favourites:

Maggie Sottero – Chandler

Wedding Trends 2018 - Maggie Sottero Chandler

Brighton Belle – Billie

Brighton Belle Billie

Eliza Jane Howell – Carole

Eliza Jane Howell Carole

While it can be tempting to go for all the latest wedding trends, it’s important to remember that your photos will be with you forever. Therefore, going for a good mixture of trendy and timeless can ensure you’re happy with your look years down the line.

If you’re getting married in 2018 and looking for the wedding dress of your dreams, why not call us to book an appointment on: 01384 892656. All brides have a dedicated team member to help them pick the dress of their dreams and are sure to find ‘the one.’

Exciting news for Georgina Scott Bridal

This year is shaping up to be one of the best yet – not only have we won awards, appeared on BBC News and embarked on a superb new prom venture at our sister store Kingswinford Bridal, we’ve also been named as finalists in two categories in the English Wedding Awards 2017.

We fought off stiff competition to be shortlisted in Wedding Boutique of the Year and Wedding Accessories Supplier of the Year, demonstrating all the hard work we put in to creating the most wonderful weddings possible.

Georgina Scott Bridal wedding awards

The English Wedding Awards 2017 aim to recognise and reward those in the wedding industry that work towards making your special day perfect. The remaining winners, voted for by the public, will be unveiled at an event on the 27th November at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

This month we were also regional finalists in the Best Bridal Retailer at the Wedding Industry Awards – another fantastic accolade to add to our collection.

If you’re looking for ‘the’ wedding dress, or need wedding accessory inspiration, why not come and see us? With all brides having a dedicated team member on hand, we can suggest a range of beautiful dresses based on your vision, desires and shape. To book your appointment, please call: 01384 893656.

We Take to the Road with your Perfect Wedding Dress this Autumn!

October is shaping up to be a busy month for the Georgina Scott Bridal team, as we take a selection of our gorgeous bridal gowns to a number of wedding fayres and events in the region. If you are getting married next year or even in 2019, then an autumn fayre provides the perfect opportunity to find your perfect wedding dress.

we take to the road with your perfect wedding dress this autumn

Here’s a rundown of where we will be and when, so you can make sure you don’t miss out on the hottest gowns and latest bridal trends:

October Wedding Fayres and Events

Date:     Sunday 15th October 2017

Event:   SMD Photography & Floral Secrets Wedding Fayre

Venue: Blakelands Country House, Halfpenny Green

What to expect: A great opportunity not only to see the gorgeous Blakelands venue decked out in all its marital splendour, but also the chance to meet the Georgina Scott Bridal team and view some of the gowns from our most popular and exquisite collections.


Date:     Monday 16th October 2017, 6pm to 9pm

Event:   Dunsley Hall Hotel Autumn Wedding Fayre

Venue: Dunsley Hall Hotel, Stourbridge

What to expect: A chance to explore the luxury romantic hideaway that this wedding venue offers as well as the chance to visit the exhibitors – including of course, the Georgina Scott Bridal team, who will be waiting to speak to you about your big day and showcase some of our gorgeous gowns


Date:     22nd October 2017

Event:   Wedding Showcase

Venue: Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove

What to expect: Chat with the helpful team at the Holiday Inn about your plans and explore the venue and then join us to look at some of our stunning wedding dresses to see if we can help you find the perfect gown for your big day.

Whatever date you have set and whatever style of dress you are dreaming of, it always pays to look at what is available, particularly if you haven’t found ‘the one’ yet.  So, if you can’t join us this October at any of the fayres we are attending, why not book an appointment at our bridal boutique in Stourbridge?  To make an appointment please give our team a call on 01384 893656 or email us at


EssenseComing Soon…

Don’t miss our Essense of Australia Designer Show, taking place on the weekend of the 28th and 29th October, right here at Georgina Scott Bridal, where we will be previewing the Spring Collection from this popular, romantic bridalwear designer.

Wedding Dress Disaster? We can save the day!

It’s every bride-to-be’s nightmare – you’ve found your dream dress but something goes wrong before your big day.  Thankfully, these last-minute wedding dress disasters are very few and far between and we are here to help and reassure you that everything will be alright on your special day.

how to avoid a wedding dress disaster

If you want added reassurance that you won’t experience any problems with your wedding dress ahead of your wedding day, here’s our advice:

Go to a new bridal shop with a great reputation

At Georgina Scott Bridal we’ve had a number of incidents where we’ve been able to help out a bride-to-be in distress. From other shops going out of business to poor quality dresses bought online, there isn’t much we haven’t seen.  If you’re not happy with the dress you have chosen, give us a call to see how we can help.

How we can help

At Georgina Scott Bridal, we don’t just have the ability to order a wide range of designer wedding dresses, we also have fully qualified seamstresses who can make any gown for you.  Furthermore, we have our sale shop – Kingswinford Bridal Boutique – where our sample gowns can be found at a fraction of the original price.

If you need a gorgeous gown fast then contact us on 01384 893656 and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Essense of Australia launches new wedding dress collection

Calling all brides to be! Get ready to find the wedding dress of your dreams with Essense of Australia’s new Fall 2017 collection that will take your breath away and embrace and enhance your true essence.

Essense of Australia is one of the fastest growing fashion houses within the bridal industry thanks to its superb collections of sumptuous gowns.

The Brand’s new season features a simple and sophisticated category fashioned out of elegant materials such as satin, crepe and tulle. These fashion-forward fabrics have been combined with the classic gown look to offer completely unique pieces that are sure to make you feel fantastic.

At Georgina Scott Bridal, we were totally blown away when we saw Essense of Australia’s new collection and are sure that no matter what you want for your special day, you’re almost certain to find it here. Here’s our top pick:

Dramatic Vintage Wedding Gown – D2323

Taking cues from the past, this dramatic, laser cut lace number offers a long cathedral length train that really is the star of the show. This vintage-inspired, fit and flare wedding gown has floating back straps that meet at the end of a very low back and are finished with illusion lace. The beautifully delicate rococo beading mixes with lattice lines that give an amazing silhouette and scream ‘classic chic.’

Essense of Australia wedding dress

Sheer beach wedding dress – D2326

This stunning beach wedding dress is sure to stand out from the crowd. With its delicate lace and crepe arrangement it offers a sleek and modern column silhouette that has sexy side cut-outs and a plunging neckline. Although this is a fashion-forward piece, it also has a vintage twist thanks to its lacy back.

Essense of Australia wedding dress


Textured Princess Wedding Dress – D2343

The soft textures in this stunning princess dress make it ideal for dancing the night away. The lace softly falls from the glimmering bodice onto a full skirt, giving a flirty and feminine feel. Floating straps meet on the low, illusion back and the floral embroidered lace adds the perfect finishing touch.

textured princess wedding dress

Short Plus Size Wedding Dress with High-Low Skirt – D2189+

If you’re after a short wedding dress, there’s nothing more show stopping than this gorgeous plus size number that is crafted from lace, tulle and organza with a strapless, sweetheart neckline. The high-low skirt lengthens the body and makes it fabulously flatting, while the lace detail on the body frames the figure in a flattering way. This dress is also available in standard sizing.

Essense of Australia short wedding dress


Modern Silk Ballgown with Illusion Neckline – D2311

This sleek and stylish silk ballgown wedding dress is made for the bride who wants to make a style statement. With a particularly unique illusion tulle and sweetheart neckline, it gives a modern and structured silhouette guaranteed to flatter any figure. Fabric covered buttons line the length of the train, which offers dainty and elegant finishing touch. This dress is also available in plus sizes.

modern silk ballgown wedding dress


If you feel inspired by Essense of Australia’s latest collection, why not pop into one of our store to try some on? Our bridal experts are sure to be able to find the dress of your dreams. To book an appointment at our Stourbridge store please call 01384 893656.