What to Expect

Everything you should know about your Vow Appointment.
We want you to get the very best from your wedding dress appointment. 

We hope you find the following useful:

Here at Vow we like to spend as much time and effort on the groom as we do our brides. It is important that the groom gets the look he wants to suit his own personal style as well as the overall style of the wedding. So whether it’s a full on traditional look you’re wanting, or a sharper cooler look which requires a bit more planning, we’re happy to help. We strive to be ahead of the game in terms of styles and cut of suit and accessories.

As we only run one appointment at a time to give you a dedicated experience in the gallery, we ask that you book an appointment rather than just turn up. If we’ve got an appointment going on we won’t be able to spend time with you so we don’t want you to have a wasted trip.

With our ‘bachelor cool’ menswear department you are sure of a warm welcome and we will provide a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere with the aim of finding you your perfect suits. Your private appointment will last around an hour and a half. You will spend quality time with Dave who will demonstrate his expertise by helping you find the style combination to match the look you’re wanting to achieve and any colour/pattern matching you may need help with. This way you get a balance between support from your family and friends alongside professional styling advice from us.

For your first appointment we suggest you make it a small gathering with just your decision makers coming along! So whether that’s you and your fiancée or you and your best man, we’re able to just concentrate on the styling.

Once you’ve made your decision and want to go ahead with the order we can get the rest of the gang over for sizing fittings.

It’s your appointment so bring who you want following the above pointers. However, we would recommend that you don’t bring small children with you. Whilst it is a very unique experience for you, we always find that small children do not find it as exciting as you do! And, as a result often keeping the children ‘entertained’ becomes a big distraction and removes the focus from you. Remember your appointment is all about you, no one else!

The best time to find your dress is when you have the space & time, so the earlier in your wedding planning the better! All our wedding dresses are made to order and so we need to ensure there is sufficient lead in time. Usually a year in advance is a great time to find your dress as it gives you all the flexibility you need.

As a result of our close relationship with our designers you can order your dress well in advance and we can time the delivery to nearer your wedding date. If you’re concerned about sizing then we can always take final measurements nearer the time.

Although that’s the ideal timeframe, we can of course get dresses made in much less time so please ask us to find out what is possible – you never know what might be doable at a certain time!

We don’t stop you taking photographs but would prefer you didn’t. In most cases your smart phone will not do the dress or yourself justice. Believe us, a photo really isn’t the best way to make a decision, and certainly don’t send any photos to someone not present at your appointment.  Remember that famous saying “never judge a wedding dress by an iPhone photo”!  Why not wait until the big day and leave it to the professionals?

We will give you a glass of fizz!  Relax, enjoy, congratulate yourself – you’ve done the hard bit now!  On a practical level we will need a 50% non-refundable deposit to order your dress. If you’re buying a dress as a sample then we’ll need 100% payment.  We hear so many times “oh I never expected to find the dress today” so people aren’t always as prepared as they could be.  Why not be able to snap up your dress as soon as you find it, especially if it’s in the sample sale as you don’t want to risk losing it.

We will agree all your measurements and pencil in dates for any alterations that you may require near to your wedding date.

You can now start to plan the rest of your perfect day around your perfect dress! We will keep you up to date on your further appointments for sizing or alterations and of course help you where we can with bridal accessories, bridesmaids dresses and/or suits for the guys.


We understand that in certain instances you may have to cancel your appointment with us. We don’t charge for your appointment and we won’t judge you for cancelling so all we ask is that you please let us know as soon as you can so that we can offer the appointment to another excited bride. Time is precious, with appointments very much sought after, so if you no longer want to visit then please give us the opportunity to help someone else instead…

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