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How long before the wedding should a bride start looking for her wedding dress? Obviously this depends on how much time you’ve got... The ideal time to start choosing your dress is around eight to nine months before your wedding. The later you order your dress, the later it will arrive in the shop. Most dresses have an order time of four months, so if you place your order six months before your wedding, your dress should arrive in the shop approximately eight weeks before your big day. Although this sounds like a long time now, you’ll be amazed at how quickly those eight weeks will go in the countdown to the wedding, particularly with so many things to organise. If the dress arrives any later than this your stress levels will probably start to rise – especially if your well meaning friends keep asking if your dress has arrived yet! What if I only have a couple of months to organise my wedding dress and I’m on a tight budget? Don’t panic! Although your options are more limited there are several different avenues open to you. If you are a standard size then it is generally possible to buy a sample dress from off the rail. This means that the dress may have been tried on several times before and could possibly have a few small marks. However, you will often find that the price is greatly reduced and will more than cover the cost of dry cleaning. A sample dress is a great way to grab yourself a bargain! Many of our sample dresses are half price, which means that maybe that designer dress you’ve been dreaming of is not out of your price range after all. The other option is to have a dress made and designed for you. Although under normal circumstances we recommend that you allow six to eight months to have a dress made, we have been known to make a dress in less than three weeks... the lady in question had been let down by another bridal shop so we obviously did everything we could to help. The final result was beautiful and collected by the bride four days before her wedding. Made to measure dresses are not always as expensive as you think – at Temptations By Design our prices start at £700.

Sposa by Amanda Wakeley

Dulcie by Stephanie Allin

Temptations By Design occupies a charming old building in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The shop has a warm feel to it, with wooden floors throughout and antique French furniture. Huge gilded mirrors and antique sofas give the shop the elegance of a faded Italian villa. Established 22 years ago by designer Tania Potter, the shop overflows with a range of pure silk gowns from which the bride-to-be can make her selection. Temptations By Design is perhaps most widely recognised for a stunning range of Medieval designs, however, many other styles are also catered for. The overriding look and feel of the gowns is one of understated elegance. Classic designs using only the best quality silks and laces fill the rails. Until four years ago all the dresses were made by Tania and her team of talented seamstresses. As family commitments beckoned – namely the arrival a little boy – Tania decided to broaden the range to include some of Britain’s most talented designers such as Stephanie Allin and Alan Hannah. La Sposa, a Spanish label, was also added to give a slightly European flavour. Temptations By Design 10 Compton Ashbourne DE6 1DA Tel: 01335 344900

Sposa by Amanda Wakeley

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