To get the most out of your shopping trip it is worth doing a little research first.
Find out the colour scheme of the wedding, particularly the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and the colour that the other Mum has chosen. Look in your wardrobe and make a note of the colours that really suit you.
Look in our online shop before you come, and get an idea of the styles that you like. We also have a price range on each designer collection, so if you are on a budget please let us know and we will attempt to stay within your set budget when trying on styles. We also usually have a sale rail with some half price bargains on.
Come with an open mind and try on things that might be out of your normal comfort zone. It is good to reject outfits as well as putting them on a favourite list, but only if you have tried them on. Even the most expensive clothes do not look very flattering when on a hanger; they need a body inside them. It is not uncommon for a lady to walk out with an outfit that , without our help, she would have rejected on the hanger.
All the designs that are stocked at Manor Fashions are specifically designed for Mother of the bride/groom and therefore the designs have ladies of a certain age in mind. You will find that there are a lot of myths in the fashion world. For instance, you may have heard that anything horizontal makes you look big but horizontal ruching and pleats are very flattering and hide just the right parts. Unlike the high Street our designs are all on or below the knee, with some designs being midi or ankle length.
The length of a dress is not an issue as our seamstress service can adjust this. Many of our clients need slight adjustments on fit and again this can all be done by our seamstress service. Although some mother of the bride shops advertise a petite range there is no such range but there will be styles that are more suited to petite ladies and we can advise on this and any alterations that may be necessary.
There is no need to be worried about wearing a hat as we have a range of hats, discs and fascinators. Some ladies say that they don’t suit a hat but that is usually because the hats have not been properly adjusted for fit and perhaps have been tried on out of context e.g. wearing jeans and T shirt. As you try on different outfits we will try on you the headgear that goes with each outfit. You can then get a feel for which type of hat you prefer and feel comfortable in.
Many ladies find the task of shopping for the special day is daunting but you will be welcomed into a calm atmosphere in our shop. Having made an appointment, you will have the privacy of the whole mother of the bride department to yourself and up to two companions, which may be a friend or your husband and daughter etc. We give you individual 1:1 attention and can offer advice on any aspect of dressing for your son or daughter’s wedding.
Larger ladies needn’t be embarrassed at coming into the shop as we stock up to a size 30. However, it is worth bearing in mind that what suits a size 10 may not suit a size 24 and therefore not all styles will be available in all sizes.
Try to enjoy the experience of buying your outfit and we will be guiding you to find that perfect dress with the perfect fit that you feel wonderful in.