The Charlotte Balbier Bridal brand has a great love of the finest fabrics and beautiful detailing is evident in every collection. Every collection is diverse, versatile, beautiful and always with the Charlotte Balbier signature style. Gorgeous gowns in an array of styles, colours and fabrics that capture both a brides heart and imagination.
By becoming a Charlotte Balbier bride you are supporting the independents and the Great British high street with the reassurance that from your initial bridal consultation through to your final fittings your bridal journey is being carried out by a knowledgeable, experienced and trusted bridal boutique.
About Your Appointment
How many people can I bring with me?
We don’t really have a rule on this. Our bridal suite is beautiful and can comfortably seat 4/5, but please just let us know and we can pull up extra chairs….and bubbles!
When should I start looking for a dress?
As a loose guide, 6-8 months before your wedding. This allows time for you to try several different shops, for the dress to be ordered, delivered and then altered. However, peace of mind in being early, and excitement in a rush order!! Dresses can also be bought ‘off the hanger’ for a real deadline.
How long is an appointment?
We normally allow 75 minutes. However, if it is your first appointment in a bridal shop, time allowing we would book 90minutes as we want you to feel comfortable and it can be overwhelming to start with, it’s a very special moment! If you would like longer than 75 minutes regardless of how many times you have been, just let us know prior to your appointment, we will always try and accommodate your requests.
What should I wear?
Think underwear! White or nude is best, but don’t let it worry you if you forget! Wear shoes and clothes that are easy to get in and out of, especially if you are visiting more than one bridal shop on the day.
What price and size are your dresses?
Our lowest priced dress is £630 and the most expensive £2070. All of our prices include VAT and are displayed on the dresses. We will never try and hide anything from you.
Most of the dresses are a 12 or 14. Dresses can be pinned to facilitate those who are an 8 or 10 and dresses undone, especially corset backed dresses can reflect the style on a sized 16 – 18 lady.
If I decide on a dress, do I have to pay for it then?
You find a dress, hurrah! Sadly, it does need paying for. However, to make things slightly easier you do have a choice. If you like to get things over and done with, you can pay for the whole thing. Alternatively, you can pay for 70% of the cost once you have decided, and the remainder 30 days later.
Do you charge for appointments?
We currently do not charge. However, we do ask that you please be mindful that an appointment is a good chunk of time which if you no longer require, could be given to someone else. Please do let us know if you do change your mind, even if it is on the day. We won’t bite!
If you would like to really treat your bridal party, a celebratory afternoon tea/brunch can be arranged. In my opinion, every special occasion should be enjoyed with croissants or cake! This costs £35 and can be added any time up until the morning of your appointment.