Appointments, Outfit Pick-Ups and Everything In Between!
Hello everyone, hope you have all had a good week so far. Don’t worry, it's almost the weekend!
For this post, we thought it would be good to take you through the appointment process we have here at House of Ollichon. We get quite a lot of questions about how long each step takes and how the appointments work so we will be explaining each step in detail to hopefully answer some of those!
Below, I have highlighted each appointment to explain them in detail:
- Bridal Appointment.
This appointment can be booked here via our booking system. This gives you all of our availability and asks you a few questions. When booking your slot, we would like to know the date of your wedding, how many guests will accompany you and any notes or ideas you have regarding your outfit (usually we allow a maximum of 3 guests). This is just so we can gauge an idea for time frame and what we can chat about on the day of your appointment.
We offer an hour and a half appointment for you to try on as many pieces from our collection as you like for £25. You read correctly, as many pieces as you like! This also includes a glass of Prosecco for you and your guests (we also have teas and coffee available if you would prefer).
Firstly, we like to have a chat about your wedding day. Where are you getting married? Do you have any ideas on what you would like to wear, any inspiration? Would you like to try Jumpsuits, two pieces or both?
This is for us to really understand your vision.
All of our pieces are available in UK size 6-16, but if you don’t fit any of these sizes perfectly, we also have the Bespoke Made to Measure option. This means that if you like the trousers of one jumpsuit but prefer the top of another, let's merge them! We create your outfit exactly to your measurements and specifications. The world is your oyster and we can pretty much create which ever design mash up you like. This also includes fabric sourcing if you would prefer a fabric we don’t stock.
So, let's say you find the perfect outfit, we then take a 50% deposit of the overall outfit total. This is so we can confirm your order and book you in for your next appointments.
2. Design Consultation and Measurements
Welcome back! For this appointment, if you have chosen our Made to Measure option, is really important for us to finalise any design ideas for your outfit. Before this appointment, we would have been in touch with you to source any fabrics you would like to experiment with so we can bring some samples with us to show you. This speeds the process up for us as we can then order which ever fabric you choose after your appointment to ensure it is ready within our 4 month lead time.
This is also an opportunity to talk about fit. We make your outfit exactly to your measurements, which means that we can make the pieces fit how you want them to. We can make tops shorter, longer, add sleeves, bring up the neckline, anything you like! We want you to be 100% comfortable on your wedding day.
For this consultation, we always recommend to have the underwear you plan to wear on your wedding day. Underwear can really impact your sizing depending on the style you go for so to make sure your outfit fits like a glove, we like to take your measurements with you wearing it. If you haven’t quite decided, bring several options so you can try them on with your outfit.
Another thing we like to have an idea of, is your shoe choice for the day. This will impact the length or your Jumpsuit or Skirt depending on the height of your shoes so its super important to bear this in mind. Again, no biggie if you do not have these straight away, we can add a little extra to your hem to account for this.
When all of your measurements have been taken and all design specifications have been noted we are good to go! We will go away, and make your outfit ready to try on in your next appointment.
3. Fittings / Outfit Pick Up
You finally get to try on your actual outfit. Woo!
We are at the stage now where we want to be 100% accurate. Ideally, you will have your underwear, shoes and everything in between regarding your outfit. This is a good chance to try on any accessories so you can really get a feel of how the outfit will all tie together on the day.
Fingers crossed, everything should fit amazingly and we just have a few tweaks here and there. Our most common alterations are usually strap lengths and hem changes. But don’t worry, we will still have time at this point if everything isn’t quite right.
On average, 2 fittings usually does the trick. When all the alterations are done, your outfit is ready to take away! You can come to collect this in person so you can have a last try on and we provide you with a branded House of Ollichon garment bag and hangers. If you can’t get to us for any reason, we can also post your outfit to you with Royal Mail Signed For Delivery (this usually arrives to you the next day) in one of our HoO garment boxes.
We hope this has answered a lot of questions you may have. We are so glad you are on this journey with us and we are here to guide you along every step of the way. If there are any questions you have about anything you have read here or something we have missed, send us an email or send us a DM on Facebook/ Instagram. We are here to help!
In the next few weeks, we will be posting a lot of our real brides on instagram. Not one outfit has been the same and we love sharing them with everyone. We pride ourselves in creating one of a kind outfits which captures our brand value,
“ Be a special version of your normal self”.
For our next blog post we will be talking about how to style your bridal outfit for a Christmas or New Years Eve wedding.
Thanks for reading!