Bride’s Guide : Pre-wedding Party

Once the happy couple have taken the decision to wed and set a date, the hard work really begins. It is a well-known fact that weddings really bring out the best in people who are well organised and able to delegate. Management professionals often have the smoothest running nuptials, thanks to their expertise in this area.

But don’t worry if management doesn’t come naturally, having the ability to compile lists and take the time to nail the details serve just as well when planning a dream wedding. From the wedding gown to the accessories and bridesmaids dresses, to the church flowers and the catering, everything needs attending to with greatest possible care; after all, it’s a very special day.

Get the dress right and everything else tends to fall into place without too much trouble. The style of gown is very much down to personal taste; something all brides have very strong feelings about. The range of high quality wedding gowns available today means there is something gorgeous to suit all physiques and tastes. Whether it’s a classic vintage style, a backless number or a dramatic diva look, designers such as Ian Stuart, Pronovias, Mark Lesley and Mori Lee are all safe bets when starting the search for that dream dress. With so many to choose from, decision making can be difficult, so it really helps to take a trusted friend or family member along to the wedding boutique for support and honest feedback.

Whilst you are there don’t forget to look at the accessories. Beautiful veils, head dresses, garlands, fascinators, tiaras and more can be sourced from renowned bridal designers such as Warren York, Richard Designs and Benjamin Adams.

Once the bride has decided on her dress she is free to concentrate on other matters. Having announced the wedding, lots of pre-wedding parties and social events leading up to the special day seem to emerge. Social occasions, ranging from engagement parties to bridesmaids luncheons and rehearsal dinners, all feature in the run up to the nuptials.

Increasingly, brides and their grooms are opting for pre-wedding parties close to the day of the wedding. This can be a fun way of getting to see all the long lost friends and relations that it may be hard to connect with in the blur of the actual wedding day.

Pre-wedding parties can take on many forms, some being large formal affairs hosted by the couple’s parents, others more intimate evenings with a casual, laid back, atmosphere. Couples choosing to host informal pre-wedding events should remember to reserve a suitable venue well in advance and make sure that details of the party are included in the invitation pack sent out to all the guests. Organising catering, wine glasses, entertainment and decorations should all be factored into the already busy wedding timetable. It sounds like a great deal of effort, but pre-wedding parties are usually great fun and do a good job of soothing any last minute nerves.

Getting married should only happen once, so it is important to get it exactly right. Finding the perfect dress, organising the social side and of course choosing the right partner, will ensure all the hard work is worth it. One final piece of advice, remember to enjoy the day.


  • It was my first bridal gown consultation and I was very nervous, thinking it would be a very stressful process and I wouldn’t be able to find anything that suited me. It turned out to be a delight. Lauren and the seamstress were extremely helpful and pleasant. Lauren in particular is an expert in bridal gowns and she gave me a lot of great advice, and she answered any questions I had thoroughly. They made it a super fun and exciting experience not only for me but also for my friends who accompanied me. I would strongly recommend Always & Forever Bridal.

    Huyen Dau
  • Marisa was an absolute pleasure to deal with, she showed me her complete attention from our first interaction, understood my vision and helped me find my dream dress. The experience felt comfortable and easy from the start, she was patient, concise and non pressuring throughout my consult and showed a genuine passion for her work. The boutique had an impeccable variety of dresses on offer and completely exceeded my expectations. Thank you to Marisa and the other ladies for delivering such a beautiful experience and for helping me to find my dream gown!!

    Jessica Fearn
  • My consultant was very helpful and patient. She was kind and gave good advice. The wedding dresses were beautiful with a good variety. Would definitely recommend the Always and Forever to others!

    Jia Lin Lee
  • After going to another bridal boutique I felt deflated and feeling like I’ll never find a dress because I wasn’t a size 8. The person at this boutique was trying to pressure me into buying a dress that did not flatter me in any way and told me that the dresses I liked wouldn’t look good on someone my size, I had a baby 3 months ago and still getting used to my new body so my confidence was shattered. This was until I met Cecelia. She made me feel more confident. She picked me up off the ground (figuratively) and made me feel like I could be a beautiful bride. I went in with minimal direction from me and even with that she found me THE dress and most importantly made me feel beautiful. I can not thank her enough for her help and making me feel like a human and not a sale.

    Jamie Horn
  • Thank you for a great experience. I didn’t feel rushed. My consultant made me feel very comfortable. I had put on weight and trying on wedding dresses has not been enjoyable experience but my consultant was very helpful and understanding and I had fun trying on the dresses with her.

    Mary Ann Dobran
  • Thank you Always and Forever Bridal in helping me to find my perfect gown!!!

    Firstly, all of the staff at your store are absolutely amazing and go out of there way to make you feel welcome. My consultant was CC and she truly went above and beyond to help make shopping for my wedding dress a special experience. CC was supportive, kind and had a great sense of humor which made the whole dress shopping experience relaxing and fun. CC listened to what I had to say and helped to translate my wedding vision into a dress (even taking the time to construct a mock bouquet in my wedding colours!). I am a larger girl and CC took so much care to help me look beautiful in every gown I tried on, putting in the effort to ensure the fit of each dress was “just right” (having been to three other store before Always and Forever, I know that not all consultants or stores do this). CC took the time to make me (and my family) feel special and I cant express how my grateful I am for the help she has given me.

    Secondly, I was very impressed by the variety of gowns the store stocks. I loved that all the dresses were layed out by silhouette, it helped to make it easy to find the style you were looking for.

    All in all, I would rate and recommend Always and Forever Bridal – amazing from start to finish!

    Victoria Snibson
  • Tamara Aguirre was such a delight.
    She was very patient and attentive. I am a returned customer I purchased my first dress in March and decided to purchase the second dress as I will be having two receptions.
    I am obsessed with the second dress I purchased today. Thanks to Tamara, she listened to what I wanted in a dress. She is a great value to your business. I cannot wait to wear this gown in November.

    Sulianna Oen

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