Ava Designers

Bridal Awards 2013 Finalist for Best Bridal retailer in the North
Retails Bridal Association


Once your gown has arrived in the boutique and been thoroughly checked, we will contact you by letter with all the details of what you need to do next.  Your first appointment will be for your accessories.  This is a great chance to try on anything you have to go with the gown, or to order anything that you may need from us, we have an excellent choice of tiaras, veils and jewellery to suit every style. 

At this point we will then arrange for you to have the alterations done.  It is extremely rare that a gown will not need altering as they are not made to measure but ordered from a size chart to suit your measurements.  The number of fittings will vary from bride to bride but we will see you as many times as needed to make your gown fit perfectly. We offer an alteration package when you order your gown, which means that no matter how much work we do to the gown, you only pay one set amount.  Our highly qualified seamstress works on the premises so you can be assured your pinning and alterations will be done to the highest standard.

Whenever our seamstress has done any work on the gown, we will need you to come back and check the alterations are perfect. Many brides count these fittings as one of their highlights in the lead up to their big day.

It is important that you bring the underwear and shoes that you are wearing on the day to every fitting.  We cannot do any alterations without these as they will affect the fit of the gown.

As the fitting process is just as special as choosing the gown in the first place, we ask that you limit the number of people you bring with you.  Plus, we have learnt that crisp new gowns, pins and scissors do not mix with small children, where ever possible please do not bring them to your fittings.

Our fittings are carried out mid week, not on Saturdays.  This is due to the fact that Saturdays are very busy and lots of people may be walking around the shop.  We don’t want your beautiful new gown out with lots of people around.  We do open a late evening for brides to come after work to have their alterations done if this is more convenient.

Throughout the fitting process, your gown will be stored on the premises in a special dress bag, before being steamed and titivated before you collect it.

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