In The Spotlight: Silk & Maple
04 May 2022
Roberta Lambert and Tegan Patmore, owners of Silk & Maple, tell us about their bridal fashion business in Suffolk
Which designers do you stock?
Rebecca Ingram, L’amour by Calla Blanche, Nicole Milano and It was all a Dream by Savin London
What should brides keep in mind when looking for their wedding dress?
Do some research before shopping. Find some styles that you love the look of, work out your budget and choose a boutique that you’d be incredibly happy to ‘say yes to the dress’ at.
When should brides start their wedding dress shopping?
12-18 months before their big day.
What should brides bring with them when they are looking for their wedding dress?
Some nude and seamless underwear is ideal, but anything that isn’t too vibrant works just fine.
How many people do you recommend to bring dress shopping?
One to four people is perfect.
How many dresses should a bride try on?
This is a really tricky question as it’s so different for each bride. Seven to ten is probably the perfect number, but this isn’t always the case. The best advice we can give is to take one shop at a time. If you book in four or five different shops at once and try on seven to ten dresses at each, before you know it, you’ve tried over 50 dresses – which as you can imagine can feel extremely overwhelming.
Organise the shops in order of where you’d like to visit. Sometimes you may not visit the third boutique on your list as you’ve found the one already. It’s not as rare as people think to find your dress in the first shop.
Dresses by Rebecca Ingram (left) and L'amour by Calla Blanche (right) are stocked at Silk & Maple
How will a bride know when she’s found the one?
You don’t want to take it off, you feel like yourself and super confident. More importantly you just love it.
What styles are currently on trend?
Sparkle, ball gowns, pearl details and simplicity.
What is your best tip for wedding dress shopping?
Don’t overthink it and use your gut instinct.
For more wedding dress inspiration, the 2022 edition of Norfolk & Suffolk Bride magazine is FREE to read online now.