Ivory and Co
What Our Couples Love
- Expert professional knowledge and experience
- Uniquely beautiful British and European designers
- Wide range of products and services
- In store Alterations
Frequently asked questions
Do I need an appointment?
In short, yes. If you are planning on making a trip to us, especially to try dresses on, then booking an appointment beforehand is vital. Our private fitting room is always in high demand and we would hate you to make the trip only to find that we are unable to accommodate you. That said, you are always welcome to pop in and browse the rails before you book an appointment if you wish.
How long do appointments take?
Our appointments normally last an 90 minutes. At weekends we are often fully booked so have to stick strictly to the time schedule, however, there is far more flexibility during the week so we always recommend booking in then if you can. This way if there are no appointments booked after you, then there is no rush to end the appointment once the set time has passed. This is always nice if we feel we are on a roll!
Do you charge for appointments?
No we do not charge for appointments.
When should I start shopping for my wedding dress?
We recommend shopping approximately 12 months before the big day and having chosen your gown at least 9 months before. This will allow adequate time for your dress to be ordered in and for us to arrange subsequent accessory appointments and alteration fittings should they be required.
What sizes do you stock?
Our sample dresses in store range between a UK 10 to UK 16, with the average being a 12 or 14 depending on style. We also have a plus size curve collection in store, with samples ranging between UK 18 to UK 26. When ordering your dress, measurements are taken and then the appropriate size is ordered accordingly. You then may need alterations to achieve the perfect fit, which can be arranged once your dress has arrived.
How many people can I bring to my appointment?
We can accommodate up to two guests to join you for your appointment. We recommend bringing along those closest to you whose opinions you value the most. Your guests should understand your true style and offer you supportive feedback.
Can I take photos of my chosen dress?
If you say yes to a dress in store and are placing a deposit that day, we are more than happy for you to take photos of your chosen dress. Photos aren’t allowed to be taken in-store whilst you are trying dresses on though. We are happy to send you professional catalogue photos should you want to remind yourself of what you have tried on during your appointment.
Do you sell wedding veils?
Yes, we have a beautiful selection of veils in varying lengths and finishes.
Do you sell wedding jewellery?
Yes, we sell stunning accessories by Ivory & Co.
Do you sell bridal shoes?
Yes, our shoe range has everything from sparkly heels to bridal trainers and are designed by The Perfect Bridal Company.
Do you sell bridesmaid dresses?
Yes, our bridesmaid collection is by British design house Kelsey Rose.
Do you do alterations?
Yes, we offer in house alterations. We have a professional on site work room where all our alterations are carried out. Nothing is ever sent away and all our customers have a personal one to one consultation with our seamstress Elena.
About Occasions of West Street
Occasions Bridal boutique is Fareham's wedding dress shop, serving brides in Portsmouth, Southampton, Botley, Havant and across Hampshire.
Offering an exquisite range of dresses and accessories to help you prepare for your big day.
Choosing the correct dress for your big day is an important moment and we are here to help make that decision as easy as possible. Your dress should reflect your personality and make you feel incredible. It should be the dress you can’t wait to put on, don’t want to take off and make you feel like you can take over the world. Our handpicked designs do just that and is why so many of our customers say “Yes” to the dress.
We enjoy getting to know our customers, learning about the details of your big day and helping guide you. No matter the style you are going for, whether it be elegant and sophisticated, relaxed and boho, or princess for the day, we are here to help you realize your vision.
We believe in looking after our customers all the way up to their wedding, prom or special event. So as experienced and qualified dressmakers we also carry out all alterations in store in our on-site Atelier. This way we can ensure that your dream dress fits you just perfectly. This service isn’t just exclusively for our own customers either, so should you require alterations on a dress you already own, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will always be more than happy to help.
The boutique itself is a haven of peace and tranquility and full of beautiful items sure to inspire. Nestled amongst other specialist independent businesses within Fareham’s West Street, and is conveniently accessible from nearby cities Portsmouth and Southampton.
Pricing info shown in the listing summary:
Based on a typical wedding gown