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Frequently Asked Questions We Hear In Our Stores

When should I look for my outfit?
We carry stock all year round, however January is when the main delivery for the year comes in, so if your wedding is pre July, this is the best time to look. We then have another top up delivery around May-June for weddings later in the year, however the deliveries tend to be in smaller quantities so earlier is generally better.

Help, I loved an outfit but my size was out of stock?
Unfortunately the majority of designers don’t make to order to keep an exclusivity to their garments and labels. We generally receive one in each size and then once sold we are unable to obtain more.

I am a young modern mum and do not want the traditional look​?
Don’t panic, we have ranges to cater for mums of any age and style. Things can tend to look older on the hanger, and it’s not until they are on a person that they come to life. The best advice I can give is to be completely open and try things you would never normally try. What is there to lose?

Can I bring my family and friends with me?
You are more than welcome to bring whoever you wish, however we would say people are most successful with limited numbers, as it can be overwhelming the more people you bring.

Should I stick to the bridesmaids’ colours?
This is slightly trickier and each wedding theme is different. We generally suggest going with a colour that compliments the bridesmaids’ colours rather than trying to match, as it is unlikely you will get an exact match.

The wedding is in a venue, not a Church, can I still wear a Hatinator?
Absolutely! This special occasion will only happen once, just because it’s not in a Church doesn’t mean you can’t wear a hat. Guests tend to still wear fascinators so you will not look out of place. Embrace and enjoy the experience.

Mine is a winter wedding; do the outfits come in heavier fabrics?
All of our outfits are in transitional fabrics that can be worn all year round. Some come with jackets and some are standalone dresses, which can easily be teamed with a fake fur wrap or short jacket to take the chill away.

I prefer brightly coloured outfits but they seem to be mainly light or neutrals?
The majority of wedding outfits are focused on soft muted tones, as they tend to complement the bridal party and ensure some stunning photo opportunities. Don’t worry, although you may feel you do not suit lighter colours, it is about finding the right tone for your complexion.

It’s a black tie wedding, but I can’t find long dresses.
Unfortunately, long dresses are hard to come across in the UK as the demand is not as high and we are unable to offer a wide enough range for you to be able to find the perfect dress. 

I’m trying to lose weight so I look and feel my best on the big day, so can I wait until closer to the date?
The great news is that in both boutiques we have a full alteration service. We always advise to go with the size that currently fits as we can take anything in to achieve the perfect fit. However, the dresses do not have any seam allowance to let out.

Do you offer alterations?
Each boutique has a full alteration service to ensure the perfect fit on the day.

How much time should I allow to try on?
Please allow at least two hours when visiting our London or Manchester boutiques. There is a vast range of styles and colours, and the average mum tries between 6-8 dresses - it’s better to have time rather than feel rushed and make a wrong decision.

Do I need an appointment? If not, can I still make one?
We offer a no-appointment policy, this is to ensure you do not feel rushed into making a decision so quickly. It is best to take your time and not feel pressured.

What sizes do you stock?
We stock sizes 6-20, with a wide range within these sizes.

I’ve had mastectomy surgery. I feel self conscious and I’m nervous about coming in.
A mastectomy is devastating for any woman and I can not imagine how you feel. Please don’t feel shy or uncomfortable mentioning it when it comes to trying on and selecting an outfit. Our seamstresses in both London and Manchester regularly see ladies who have had a mastectomy and can make any necessary alterations to help you look and feel great on the day. Here are some tips for dressing post-mastectomy, which I hope are helpful.

What mums said about us …

Just to say a big thank you to you all at Nigel Rayment for helping me put together an outfit for my son's wedding last Saturday. I came along just after christmas 2012 and picked out a Paul Vasseur three piece suit in a particularly bright pink. The suit itself was quite plain, it was the colour that was so attractive. You teamed it up for me with a beautiful bright pink fascinator (which went really well with my short, grey hair) and silver shoes and bag. When I put it on for the wedding, I felt really special and (although I say it myself) so many people have commented on how great the outfit looked that I'm sure it must have looked as good as it felt. In fact, my "special" friend, who works in our local Sainsbury store and who attended the wedding, took the photos into her work on Monday and when I went to do shopping today I was greeted by so many staff saying how stunning the outfit looked I was quite taken aback. Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled. I just couldn't not drop you a few words to thank you for your help and making a very special day, even more so. Thanks to you all. Janis Jarvis
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