Welcome back this gorgeous surrey bridal boutique nestled in Caterham, into the Nu Bride family; Helena Fortley. Founded and owned by the very passionate Sally, who was keen to create a luxurious boutique and a wedding dress shopping experience that was inclusive and enjoyable for an eclectic mix of delightful stylish women.
Getting to know you
We are a small, friendly boutique with a large range of dresses for a variety of tastes, from Paloma Blanca to Calla Branche. Some designs are very distinctive and quite unusual. For us the bridal shopping experience is all about bride feel amazing in her chosen wedding dress and we love helping her along the way.
When was your business founded and what was the inspiration in getting started?
Helena Fortley opened in February 2014. The company is fondly named after my grandmother and it is something my lovely mother and I always dreamed of doing. The main aim was to create a warm, friendly, fun environment so that the bride and her guests can relax and enjoy the process rather than feeling overwhelmed or pressured by it.
Where is your business based?
We are based on a vibrant high street in Caterham, Surrey.
One common mistake couples should avoid when choosing a wedding dress?
Keep an open mind.
Everything from the designers you pick, to the styles you try and whether they truly suit you.
If you find some designs you like online, always visit a shop to try some on, then start to narrow down your search from there. You might be surprised with what you end up choosing…
One top tip to share with couples planning their wedding day?
Never forget ‘this’ is all about you two. Keep that in mind.
Laugh, smile and enjoy the whole experience. It is like nothing else you will ever do.
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