Crazy In Love Bridal FAQs

HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BRIDAL BOUTIQUES?

We stock sassy, unique and exclusive bridal wear that you will be hard pressed to find in the UK. We are the only stockists of some designers in the whole of the UK, and the only stockists of them in the Essex area. This means that unlike the more 'well known' brands, there will be few brides to be in your bridal wear. We also offer competitive pricing which means you will not need to break the bank in order to find your dream bridal wear. We also have great lead times for our made to order dresses with many of our designers being able to deliver these between 10 - 16 weeks.

We offer a really relaxed and cool atmosphere in a summer house setting which means you and your guests will have our undivided attention. We stock over 60 unique, exclusive and stunning dresses so you will be spoilt for choice but not overwhelmed by it. To make it easier for you to pre select styles,  all our dresses are available to view on our website and some from the Casuals Collection to buy online. We want all brides to get their special bridal experience by feeling relaxed and at ease. From start to finish you will be at the centre of the appointment.

We also understand there are brides to be who aren't interested in the the common bridal boutique experience and would be more comfortable and confident purchasing their dress online - and that's pretty cool too as we're here to help you every step of the way :)

WHAT IF I AM GETTING MARRIED IN THE NEXT 8 WEEKS?

Never fear! We always have sample bridal wear available online and in the boutique to take home straight away! Many of our designers offer Rush Orders and Made to Measure orders meaning you could get your new bridal wear in 3 - 4 weeks - please get in touch with first to ensure the exact bridal wear you are after is availble on Rush Order.

WHAT IF YOU DON'T STOCK THE BRIDAL WEAR I AM LOOKING FOR?

If there is specific bridal wear from one of our designers that you love but we don't stock, we are more than happy to order this in for you with a 100% non refundable payment. If you are in the boutique we will take your measurements and if you are purchasing online, you will need to send accurate measurements to us. We can help guide you with this. Once this payment has been made, the order will be placed and you can come to the boutique to try it on and take home, or we will happily send the bridal wear to you.

WHERE IS CRAZY IN LOVE BRIDAL?

We are based in a small town in Essex called Hockley. It's 50 mins by train from London Liverpool Street, 60 minutes drive from London (off the A127). We are a 4 min walk from Hockley Train Station so we're easily accessible. There is also parking available.

I LIVE OVER TWO HOURS AWAY – IS THERE ANYWHERE CLOSE BY TO VISIT?

Absolutely – we are a few train stations away and about a 20 min drive from Southend On Sea so it's definitely worth incorporating a visit to the seafront when visiting us, especially if you're after one of the exclusive designers we stock.

WHEN SHOULD I START LOOKING FOR MY BRIDAL WEAR?

We recommend you start to gather your ideas at least 12 months before your wedding. You should aim to refine these around 9 months before the wedding as it can take from 10 - 16 weeks for bridal wear to arrive as they are all handmade. You may also need alterations, which can take another few months.

If you are getting married sooner, don't worry as we do our very best to accommodate last minute brides to be. We have a collection of  'Sample' bridal wear in a variety of styles & sizes that can be purchased on the day or online. Most of our designers also offer 'Rush Orders' for a small fee.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR SIZING?

We embrace all our brides to be and offer a personal service specifically tailored to meet each brides’ needs, in a relaxed, non-judgmental and friendly atmosphere. There is no body shape or body image issue that we have not seen here. Bridal sizing is notoriously small, and we strive to stock bridal wear which is true to size but we would advise you to ignore the size on the label!

WHAT IF I AM SIZE 16+?

Don't worry if you are size 16+, we have a stunning Curve Range where all boutique samples are available to try on in sizes 18 - 24. These are just as gorgeous, modern and stylish as all our other dresses. If you are worried, do get in touch to talk through your concerns, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible. If the dress you love is not available in your size to try, it's likely we will have a similar style in the Curve Range so you can see how it'll fit so please don't hold back in your choices as most bridal wear can be ordered up to size 26.

 

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes please, scheduling an appointment with us is easy and allows us to fully dedicate ourselves to you, ensuring that your experience is everything it should be. We offer appointments at a time to suit you, day, evening or weekend. If you cannot find a time in the calendar, please get in touch as we can usually slot you in.

HOW LONG DO APPOINTMENTS LAST?

Your appointment will last two hours, that gives about 90 mins to find that dream bridal wear and another 30 mins to do all our measuring and paperwork. All brides are different, some like to make quick decisions and some need second (or third!) appointments. Please remember, there is no rush and no pressure to make a decision, we understand it's an important decision so take your time and relax. 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Your bridal appointment will be an incredible experience for you and your 2 guests. Top of our list of what to bring – an open mind! If you are unsure, we can try on a few silhouettes and styles to help you discover what you love.  Saved posts on Instagram and Facebook are also super useful. We will send you a 'Pre-Appointment' form so we can get some more information on the bridal wear in our collections that you love which means your appointment is less likely to be filled trying on styles you don't like or are out of budget.

Some brides prefer to wear a strapless bra and some like to wear tummy-tuckers but neither is essential, just try and steer away from the black undies as they will show up underneath bridal gowns. Just be comfortable and we will do the rest! The shoes you are going to wear on the day and nude underwear is always helpful to give you a good image of what the bridal wear will look like on the day.

HOW DO I CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT?

We understand that things crop up but if you are unable to make your appointment please contact us at least 72 hours before. We take time and care to set up each appointment so your advance notice is appreciated. You can cancel online or give us a call.

HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO SPEND WITH YOU FOR MY GOWN?

Crazy In Love Bridal caters to all different budgets with bridal wear and separates ranging from £349 – £2250. Let us know what you are comfortable spending and we will show you a variety of amazing gowns to fit your needs. We really believe that your wedding day is important but not a reason to put yourself into any financial difficulties.

I’M ON A TIGHT BUDGET, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO?

We always have a selection of stunning samples available to take away the same day, these are sometimes available with up to 75% off the RRP!

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I 'SAY HELL YEAH TO MY BRIDAL WEAR'?

Firstly we take your measurements and discuss any potential changes. Many of our dresses can be customised. We ask for a 50% initial deposit and we ask that you pay the remaining 50% when your dress arrives (usually around 14 weeks before your wedding). We will then invite you back to try on the dress again or there is also the delivery option for those of you that live further afield.

It is likely that your gown will need a few tweaks. We do not currently offer alterations so you will need to arrange this locally. As a guide, this usually takes place 8 weeks before the big day! This is something we are looking to offer in the future. It's important you use a bridal seamstress to ensure your dress is altered correctly and to a high standard. Some bridal wear can also be 'Made to Measure' for a small fee, which means no alterations will be needed and your bridal wear is ready as soon as it arrives!

Finally it’s time to become a Real Crazy In Love Bride on your wedding day – don’t forget to send us snaps and tag us #crazyinlovebridal on our Instagram. When your professional photos arrive please send them in and we would love to feature you on our website.