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Designer bridalwear for Island Brides

Isle of Wight wedding dress designers


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Looking for your wedding dress shouldn’t be the first thing on your list (ideally wedding budget decisions, guest numbers, date and choosing a wedding venue should come first) but let’s face it, it’s always going to be one of the first things on a bride’s mind. There are so many styles, colours and lengths available, even the most sorted Bridezilla would find it hard to make a decision between: lace or silk; white, ivory or fuchsia (they come in every colour!); strapless or backless; T-length or floor length – there seems to be endless options. There are some brides out there who have a shoebox full of dogeared cut outs of wedding dresses from magazines of yesteryear and know exactly what they are looking for. Others won’t have taken time to think about marriage, never mind the wedding dress. Whichever bride you are, fear not, there are plenty of people to help you on the Isle of Wight.


As you and your groom will be the centre of attention all day, it is essential that you feel comfortable and beautiful in your wedding dress - you wanna be blushing for the right reasons. You should choose something that is flattering to your body shape and is in a style that expresses your personality and keeps in with the theme of your day. Then again, ‘theme schmeeme’, you may want to just choose a wedding dress you love and feel amazing in and throw theme out of window. When wedding dress shopping it’s best to have had a think about what styles you know suit you, as well the type of dress you fancy. When shopping, pick a limited number of family and friends to go with you who will give you an honest opinion but won’t put you off a dress you like; sometimes too many opinions can be overwhelming and it shouldn’t be a frustrating experience.  

Choosing your wedding dress is a big decision that involves, in most cases, a sizeable chunk of the budget so it shouldn’t be made in haste. It also shouldn’t be made without seeing and trying on quite a few different dresses. Sometimes what you had in mind for your wedding dress, even though you have cherished that cut-out, isn’t quite as you expected when you’ve tried it on and had a good twirl. Don’t forget there are friendly people in wedding dress shops who have experience in helping brides choose a dress that suits them and fits well - they are usually experts in it. Try to listen to all opinions but be true to what your instincts say when making a final decision.


On the Isle of Wight you will find a few great wedding dress shops; one of those is Forget-Me-Not designs, based in Ryde. Operating since 1989 they have a number of years experience in designing, altering and selling wedding dresses and accessories to brides and their wedding party from the Isle of Wight as well as the Mainland.

Forget-Me-Not is a bridal shop that allows you to design your own dress by trying on individual elements of a variety of dresses. You can choose to cover up as much flesh as you like with a vast array of different types of lace or silk, or show off as much as you like with a more revealing design. The choice is yours - Forget-Me-Not designs are able to create your dress on-site to your specifications. 

We asked Forget-Me-Not designs a little bit more about where they started, what they offer and what the future is. They very kindly answered our following questions:


When did Forget-Me-Not Designs start and why?

Gerry originally opened the shop as LACE in 1989 and changed name to Forget-Me-Not in 1992 when we started our own name label.


Why did you decide to base your business on the Isle of Wight?

We are local people born and bred, apart from a few years away at college we have always lived here.

How has Forget-Me-Not Designs grown since you started?

We originally only rented the 2 rooms on the ground floor but we out grew it quickly and were able to buy the building in 1992, which gave us access to 4 rooms downstairs in the basement. Then we were able to wholesale our designs to bridal shops around the country to grow the label and we were able to keep all the production on the premises. We have since expanded again into next doors basement doubling our lower floor space. It’s a bit like a rabbit warren underground.


Who are the team behind Forget-Me-Not Designs?

Geraldine Tulloch and Katrina Rigby are sisters and we now employ 10 staff.


What are the main wedding services you offer couples?

Made to measure designer bridalwear, bridesmaids dresses, headdresses and veils.


Do you offer anything that a client might not know about and may be of interest?

All of our designs can be tweaked to accommodate the Brides ideas and we can re-shape a design to flatter her body. Plus we can make tiaras and headdresses to match the dress using the same lace and beads.


What is the future for Forget-Me-Not Designs, any new developments for the future? 

Having been in the wholesale Bridalwear industry for over 20 years and supplied gowns to 50 stores across the UK and Europe, we have decided to slow down a little and return to grass roots, returning the emphasis to retail sales, and the brides that walk through our own front door.  We have been attending the National Wedding Show in London for the past 4 seasons to encourage London brides to the Island to buy their wedding dress and encouraging them to shop and dine in the town on their visit.


What do you think differentiates you from other Bridal Wear designers? 

We recently entered the Wedding Industry Awards 2013 and were shortlisted for the London and South East region final. We didn’t win, but from the comments that people sent in with their votes they all agree that we are good at listening to what they want for their special day and interpreting their ideas into the dress of their dreams. Essentially because we make to measure the fit is perfect and much cheaper than many realise.


We think it is great to be able to go into a wedding dress shop, try on dresses and then make requests as to which parts you would like to keep. That is a service you don’t get with many bridal boutiques and certainly not with online shopping

We are pleased to be able to feature Forget-Me-Not designs and are proud to have such great in-house experiences for brides and their bridesmaids on the Isle of Wight. Their Ryde shop is located on Cross Street, which is also home to a number of other wedding suppliers, which would make for a great efficient use of wedding panning time.

If you would like to contact Forget-Me-Not designs then please do use the direct enquiry button on their profile in the directory, Katrina or Geraldine would be pleased to hear from you.  


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