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Frequently Asked Questions 

Here is a list of our frequently asked questions, we will keep adding to this list, so if you cannot find the answer below, please contact us where we will be happy to help  

When should I start shopping for my bridal gown? 

The ideal time to start looking for your dress is 18 months – 1 year before the big day! Most bridal designers have a lead time of around 5-6 months for delivery of their gowns, so it’s important that you order your dress with us well in advance to avoid any last minute panics! If you’re on a shorter timescale there are still plenty of options for you, just let us know prior to your appointment and we’ll work our magic! 

What should I bring to my appointment? 

An open mind! We’ve found that a high proportion of brides often end up choosing the exact opposite of what they had in mind! Fancy a fishtail? - then you might actually fall in love with a ball gown! 
Your nearest and dearest. Too many opinions can cause confusion when shopping for your wedding dress, so we recommend bringing 2-3 family members or close friends whose opinions you value and trust. 
The right underwear. Nude or white underwear makes the world of difference when trying on bridal gowns. Also don’t forget your multiway/strapless bra, as we have many different necklines for you to try! 

What do I need to bring to a fitting? 

To ensure that you get the best possible fit and length, we advise that you bring the underwear you intend on wearing under your dress on the big day as well as your wedding shoes. This helps our in-house seamstress to alter your dress perfectly! If you haven’t yet bought your wedding shoes, we recommend that you bring a pair of heels of the same height that you intend on wearing, so that we can take up your dress just the right amount! 

Do you sell bridal accessories? 

Yes! We are very proud to stock a broad range of veils, hair accessories and jewellery for your big day. Why not book an accessory appointment at Mirage Couture so that you’re all set for your bridal hair trial? 

Do you sell bridesmaid dresses? 

Of course we do! We stock hundreds of styles from the award-winning Dessy brand. And with prices starting at just £145, you can afford to have as many bridesmaids as your heart desires! 

How do I pay for my bridal gown? 

We request a 50% deposit when you order your gown with us, and the remaining 50% is due when your dress arrives in with us. We also offer zero interest payment plans with a minimum deposit of just £100, to help you spread the cost of your dress – please speak to one of us for more details. 

What happens once my gown arrives? 

Don’t panic! We can store your gown free of charge up until your wedding date, and we will also advise you on how to store your gown at home. On top of that, if you’re getting married abroad, we will be more than happy to pack your gown up ready for travel! 
We make sure that every gown leaves us ready for the big day; we steam and prepare your dress to perfection so that you have nothing more to do other than enjoy your wedding day! 
If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us! You can contact us at or 01909 774202 and we’ll be more than happy to help! 
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