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Do you have your wedding dress fitting fast approaching?

Do you have your wedding dress fitting fast approaching? Don’t forget your shoes, bra and most importantly your hoop/underskirt/petticoat!

The majority of wedding dresses will benefit from a good quality underskirt. It helps to keep the layers of your dress away from your legs keeping you cool and able to walk freely. Underskirts also hold the natural shape of your dress just like in the designers commercial photo’s !

We know the temptation is to cost cut on the items which nobody else will see, and this is where ebay is the normal port of call if your friends won’t fit, but why risk ruining the look of your dress with a cheap crinoline import from China when we offer high quality wedding dress hoops at very reasonable prices.

On top of this we’ve got very experienced bridal consultants who will recommend the correct wedding dress hoop based on either your dress code or picture.

We know they’re not the prettiest of wedding day garments but the benefits outweigh their appearance. Don’t let your dress down with a cheap hoop. Come to us for free advice, free postage and high quality products.

(Here’s an extra bit of interesting info about the history of the underskirt, petticoat or hoop!)

The petticoat has varying different names……. underskirt, hoop, slip and the practice of wearing petticoats as undergarments was well established by 1585.

Petticoats were worn throughout history by women who wanted to have the currently fashionable shape created by their clothing. The petticoat(s), if sufficiently full or stiff, would hold the overskirt out in a pleasingly domed shape and give the impression of a smaller waist than the wearer actually had. It would also complement the desired large bust. (Which woman wouldn’t want this look ?!)

In more recent years and specifically in the bridal industry underskirts have been used to again provide fullness in the skirt of a wedding gown, but more to provide comfort to the bride.  Until you’ve been in a wedding dress you won’t appreciate the ventilation it provides and also the freedom to walk easily!

http://weddingunderskirtsdirect.co.uk/

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Do I need to wear a bra with my wedding dress?

Do I need to wear a bra with my wedding dress?

Well it’s all a matter of preference!  If you’re like me and wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without a bra then you may cringe at the thought of being bra-less on your wedding day.  However less is more when it comes to wedding day underwear.

Most wedding gowns these days are very well structured with boned bodices and sometimes even built in cups.  If you add a bra under this kind of dress you may find it’s actually uncomfortable or ruins the appearance of your gown with unsightly skin bulges and noticeable lines.

The in-fashion low or open back wedding dress can cause a challenge too.  Trying to find an appropriate bra to wear with your wedding dress which won’t show above the back is sometimes impossible.  My advice with open or statement back dresses would be to go bra-less.  If you still feel the need for some lift and support then speak to any good seamstress who will happily sew in bra cups.

If you have a low back but still want to wear a bra then a clever little idea is to ask your seamstress to sew in bra carrier loops to the inside of the dress.  These are like small belt loops which you feed your bra through before fastening up your dress.  This then means the loops will prevent your bra strap from rising above the line of the dress.

If you wedding dress is lightweight or unstructured you will most likely need to wear a bra.

If you’re in any doubt my advice would be to buy a bra (keep the labels on it and your receipt) and try with and without at your dress fitting.

Hopefully this gives you some pointers as to whether you need to wear a bra with your wedding dress.

The final piece of vital underwear for you wedding day is your underskirt.  We know they’re not the prettiest of wedding accessories but they’re essential for holding the natural shape of your wedding dress and making it easy to walk on your big day !

http://weddingunderskirtsdirect.co.uk/

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Where can I buy an off the peg wedding dress?

So where can you buy an off the peg wedding dress?

Well in truth most bridal shops will have some form of off the peg dress option, and is usually stock which is due to be replaced by the new six monthly range that bridal shops work with their suppliers on, or is excess stock that they’re keen to move on at a much reduced rate.

Most bridal shops need six months to order in new dresses but the beauty of the off the peg dress is you buy, try and take it away! and is perfect for those brides amongst you who want a quick service with the chance to grab a designer gown at a lower cost.

So off the peg wedding dress shopping has many benefits for those of you that just want to be in and out with a dress in the same day, however the flipside of this is due to the nature this type of sale no extra’s are potentially offered (apart from good service hopefully which everyone should offer!! ) so what normally happens is you’ll just come away with a dress and that’s it – but is that it?

Well no, clearly there are lots more accessories you may need for your dress and one of the most important is the wedding underskirt/petticoat or hoop. In nearly all commercial pictures of models in wedding dresses they’ll be wearing an underskirt, but in lots of off the peg wedding dress sales the buying process can be fairly speedy, and as such this vital accessory is missed.

So think hard, do you want to look as close as possible to the model in the pictures???

Then you’d best get in touch with us!

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Need a fishtail underskirt for your wedding dress?

Do you need a fishtail underskirt for your wedding dress? well look no further you’ve found it!

Introducing you to our Imogen underskirt and our Hollie underskirt, both are fishtail underskirts and both slightly differ in terms of what they offer.

The Imogen fishtail underskirt is one of our best sellers and works well with all fishtail, mermaid, trumpet and fit & flare style wedding dresses.

If you’re still not sure and need some re-assurance then have a look at our 5/5 review score from our customers on this beautiful underskirt.

Imogen Underskirt

Still not sure? send us a picture of your dress or the designer style or code and we’ll recommend the right fishtail underskirt for you

The Hollie fishtail underskirt is slightly different as it includes support for fishtails with a train, and works well with mermaid and fishtail styles with full trains and also fit & flare/trumpet style gowns.

Hollie Underskirt

So what will the fishtail underskirt/petticoat or hoop do for your wedding dress?

All of this!!

  • It’ll hold your dress away from your legs, stopping you from getting tangled up in it (not a good look)
  • It’ll provide much needed ventilation!
  • The main benefit though is it’ll hold the natural shape of your dress giving it the look as modelled in the commercial dress pictures

Hope this little blog has helped!

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Wedding Underskirts Direct Needs You!!

That’s right – wedding underskirts direct needs you! we love speaking personally to all our customers and that’s what really makes us stand out above our competitors.

So what makes us different? the answer is that we’re real people just like you! we’re not saying that the big boys aren’t run by real people, but the sheer numbers they run through means that as much as they try they can’t give you the level of the customer service and personal touch that we can.

we offer all of this and ask that you give us a try – you won’t be disappointed!

  • A free advice service from our bridal consultants, just send us in the designer code or picture of your dress and we’ll give you free advice on what will work for you (along with any other wedding advice you might need )
  • Our customer service is outstanding ( as rated by you ! ) just look at our 5/5 reviews on both our facebook page and our own website to see how how much we care http://www.weddingunderskirtsdirect.co.uk
  • Our underskirts are same ones as supplied to many bridal boutiques throughout the UK
  • Our quick and easy website means you can order and checkout within a few simple clicks
  • Every order we send out will have a free gift inside – what will yours be?
  • If for any reason your not happy with your underskirt we have a no quibble 14 day returns policy

Give us a quick look, at wedding underskirts direct we guarantee we won’t let you down.

 

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Can I use my friends wedding dress hoop?

Now this is a tough one! can you use your friends wedding dress hoop?

In all honesty if you’ve both got, or had very similar dress types then in reality you could potentially use the same one, but remember if they aren’t then it just won’t work. You’ve spent hundreds if not thousands on the dress of your dreams so don’t ruin in by trying to force a round peg into a square hole!

We know the wedding dress hoop is probably one of least interesting wedding purchases you’ll make but it really is one of the most important, with the below three being the key points;

  • It’ll hold your dress away from your legs, stopping you from getting tangled up in it (not a good look)
  • It’ll provide much needed ventilation!
  • The main benefit though is it’ll hold the natural shape of your dress giving it the look as modelled in the commercial dress pictures

So back to the key question – can i use my friends wedding hoop?

We know the temptation is to cost cut on the items which nobody else will see, and this is where ebay is the normal port of call if your friends won’t fit, but why risk ruining the look of your dress with a cheap crinoline import from China when we offer high quality wedding dress hoops at very reasonable prices.

http://weddingunderskirtsdirect.co.uk/

On top of this we’ve got very experienced bridal consultants who will recommend the correct wedding dress hoop based on either your dress code or picture.

So in summary think long and hard about using a friends old hoop – is it worth risking your dress looking naff for the sake of saving a few pounds?

The choice is yours!!

 

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Plus size bridal gown or plus size wedding dress needed?

Are you looking for a plus size wedding dress but are struggling to find the dress of your dreams?

We know your pain at wedding underskirts direct and we’re on a crusade to make sure all those amazing curvy ladies out there find the bridal gown they absolutely love.

We’ve put together a list of plus size bridal gown shops up and down the country who offer fantastic service and amazing plus size dresses – now read on!

Confetti and Lace Curves – Leeds (Yorkshire)

http://www.confetti-and-lace.com/

Curves and Couture – Marden Ash (Essex)

http://curvesandcouture.co.uk/

Elderberry Bride Plus – Basingstoke (Hampshire)

http://www.plussizebridal.co.uk/

Plus Size Bridal Outlet – Birmingham (West Midlands)

http://www.plussizebridaloutlet.co.uk/

Daisy Love – Slough (Berkshire)

http://www.daisylovebridal.co.uk/

Edith & Winston Bridalwear – Knutsford (Cheshire)

http://www.edithwinston.co.uk/

Love Your Curves Bridal – Glasgow (Scotland)

http://www.loveyourcurvesbridal.com/

Just The Way You Are – Whitely Bay (Northumberland)

http://www.justthewayyouarebridal.co.uk/

Hopefully this gives you a good start, I’ve based their inclusion on the reviews I’ve seen for them so they’re doing the right thing by the looks!

Don’t forget your underskirt,petticoat or hoop – most good bridal shops should offer you one but take a look at our plus size range as well, all we need is a picture of your dress or the style code and we’ll recommend the right one for you.

If it’s not being offered to you then the shop are giving you poor service! most dresses need an underskirt to stop the dress from getting wrapped around your legs and provide natural shape for your dress. One final major plus point is the underskirt provides much needed ventilation, nobody wants to be excessively sweating on their wedding day!

Keep coming back to our blog for more plus size bridal updates ( including details of a plus size wedding fair we’re planning for later this year! ).

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Looking for a plus size wedding dress?

Are you looking for a plus size wedding dress but are frustrated by the lack of decent options? then read on….

We know after speaking to many plus size brides that they’re getting poor treatment from a large percentage of the bridal boutiques out there, telling us that when they go they’re ushered to the back of the shop where a handful of naff plus size wedding dresses are shoved in the corner. What we also know is due these lack of options these poor girls end up with a dress which they don’t really want but feel they have to take.

We firmly believe this is a disgrace!

We supply Confetti and Lace Curves in Leeds with their wedding underskirts, and they now have a dedicated plus size shop ( not a rail like most others!! ) which we’ve been into and it’s fantastic. It’s plus size only with size’s starting from 18 and upwards, and has a range of over 50 plus size wedding dresses! The lady who looks after you is called Karen and she’s got a real passion for wanting to make your experience as amazing as it should be, numerous brides have told us how happy they’ve been after dealing Karen and the Confetti and Lace Curves shop.

So if you’re in the Yorkshire area then give them a call – from what we’ve heard you won’t be disappointed.

If you can’t make it to Leeds then have a look on the internet and look for a specialist plus size bridal shop ( I’m going to put a blog post out shortly with a list of retailers ) and go get the dress and experience you deserve.

One last note – don’t forget your wedding underskirt/petticoat or hoop, we have a range of plus size ones available so make sure you come and see us!

http://weddingunderskirtsdirect.co.uk/

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Can I pack my wedding dress in a suitcase or hand luggage?

Well the simple answer to the question is yes to both! however let us give you some pointers…

If you pack your wedding dress in your suitcase then you can be pretty much guaranteed to be able to get it into a standard suitcase fairly easily, the massive downside to this is your suitcase doesn’t turn up at the airport your flying to – cue mass bridal party hysteria and major hysterics!

Bridal boxes are also an option when flying abroad but again not our preferred way –  do you think the baggage handlers and loaders really care that you’ve got your prize wedding dress in there? erm no.

Now most wedding dresses can surprisingly be packed into your hand luggage ( you gasp! ), no it’s true, and lots of bridal shops will actually do it for you if you ask. For some of the bigger dresses it is a two person job with loads of tight folding and rolling, but along with some carefully placed neutral tissue paper is all that’s needed ( don’t use coloured tissue paper – it could stain your dress ).

If you are going to do it yourself then there are some useful videos online, however beware of some of the ones you watch, the people in them look like they’re wrestling a crocodile with the amount of effort they’re putting in due to incorrect packing.

Your best bet is to ask your bridal shop basically, alternatively if you’re in the Leeds area get in touch with us as we can advise you on trained bridal consultants who will come and pack them for you at a small fee.

A couple of final tips are to remember to take a good strong coat hanger for your dress, we’ve all been to hotels remember and they’ve got the ones that you can’t remove out of the wardrobe!!?

Also get in touch with the airline and ask them if they’ll make an extra allowance for your dress in terms of hand luggage.

Lastly don’t forget to ask your wedding planner in the country your getting married in on how she’ll be able to help you get the creases out of your dress ( hanging it in a steamed bathroom really won’t cut the mustard! ).

On a final note don’t forget your underskirt if our getting married abroad – do you really want to be sweaty all day with your dress tangled around you legs? thought not!

http://weddingunderskirtsdirect.co.uk/

 

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Plus size bride? Plus size wedding dress?

Are you a plus size bride who’s found it hard to get your dream wedding dress? we’ve come across numerous brides who’ve had terrible experiences due to their size and it’s not on!

We supply plus size underskirts to Confetti and Lace Curves in Leeds who have now converted one of their stores into plus size bridal only, and it’s been getting rave reviews.

Plus Size Alexia Underskirt

If you’re in the Yorkshire area we heavily recommend them based on some great feedback we’ve heard from brides about the service they’ve had there.

http://www.confetti-and-lace.com/news/

When it comes to underskirts we know that many plus size brides turn to Ebay to make their purchase, and again from our research we can see that these amazing curvy women are again getting a raw deal – one of the main Ebay sellers advertises that their one size will fit an 18 to a 30!! how can this ever be right??!! however they’re selling bucket-loads so lots of ladies out there must be paying for an underskirt that’s not right, and will ultimately ruin the natural look of your dress.

We have trained bridal consultants at wedding underskirts direct who based on your dress can give you professional advice on which of our range will match your dress perfectly.

So if you’re a plus size bride let us help you and make sure your dress looks as good as it should do.