• How did Minster Bride come about?

I worked in the field of fashion design and tailoring in Germany. When I came to the UK I started making changes for bridal shops in Dorset. I loved working with wedding dresses because every dress and bride was so individual. I really wanted to have my own bridal shop, but the risk was huge. But then I found my first shop in Wimborne. The shop is very small and I really wanted to have more collections to offer brides. I was thinking of a second store, but the timing was never quite right. Until now.

• Your boutique is in Tangmere on the site of the old village shops. Why did you choose this place?

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Because the space is perfect. Open, there are three very spacious dressing rooms and even space for a catwalk for wedding shows. I knew what it should look like, but my partner Stephen helped me a lot and brought it all into 3D. There is also parking right in front of the door.

• What kind of clothes do you wear?

We have exclusive designers in our boutique. When choosing collections, we think about what will work for us and our brides. I am currently working with many renowned Australian designers. It’s hard to choose. A colleague and I recently spent a full day choosing four collections!

• What should brides consider when looking at dresses?

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It’s easier to work with a bride who is open-minded and who trusts us as stylists. That way we can take into account their body shape and skin tone and find something that really works for them. Make a mood board for inspiration, of course, but be ready to move away from it. And pay attention to who you bring with you; Mom and maybe a sister or best friend, but people whose opinions you trust and value. Also, remember that wedding dresses take a long time to arrive and be changed. Ideally, start 12 to 18 months in advance.

• Should brides choose this dress before anything else?

First choose the venue. Choosing a venue will help you choose your dress. For example, if you were to get married in a castle, you would not be wearing a bohemian style dress. So choose your venue and then book your dress appointments.

• What are the highlights of your job?

When the bride says yes to the dress! We cry happy tears often, but it’s a job that is full of joy. Buying a wedding dress is a real experience for a bride and we want to make sure they feel it.

• Do royal weddings influence trends?

In addition to the dress she wore for the ceremony, Meghan wore a halter neck in the evening. Both were copied immediately. But while girls love to try them on, they don’t always buy them.

• And the ultimate question: do you like wedding cake?

More information is available at www.minsterbridal.co.uk

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