At Scarlet Poppy we offer one-to-one Bridal consultations in a boutique setting and each bride will have a dedicated stylist for each appointment. Hannah and her team like to get to know all of the brides in this family friendly bridal boutique. It is recommended to book an appointment in advance so that you receive the full undivided attention of your Stylist who will work with you in your selection of dress design and style for your special day.
The Scarlet Poppy Bridal team will assist you in every aspect from finding your dream dress to ensuring the perfect fit for you. We always try to be as flexible as possible in accommodating you with a preferred time and date for your appointment and recommend approximately 1 and a half hours for your appointment. Scarlet Poppy have been nominated for the Wedding Industry awards for our relaxed approach, you’ll never be pushed into a purchase here.
Hannah and Dave are delighted to welcome you into our beautiful boutique! Scarlet Poppy in Pudsey was established in 1994 and has proudly been serving beautiful brides to be ever since. Scarlet Poppy has built its reputation on honest advice, quality bridal gowns and exceptional customer service.
Over the years Scarlet Poppy has offered brides to be with a vast array of elegant and sophisticated wedding dresses from leading designers. In addition to this, the boutique has afforded brides with the unique opportunity to customise and bespoke elements of their gowns, retaining the services of our talented dressmaker and seamstress. We believe that your wedding starts as soon as you step through our door!
We are a small dedicated team who are committed to our brides and to Scarlet Poppy’s flawless reputation. We ensure that the service, atmosphere and, of course, the gown itself exceeds all your expectations. We will be with you every step of the way in the build up to your wedding, on hand to reassure with help and advice.
In 2015, after lovingly dedicating 17 years to Scarlet Poppy’s brides, Jo Anderson handed over the reigns to new owners, Hannah and Dave Spink. Although having backgrounds in the legal and financial sectors, in 2008 Hannah and Dave established Dave Spink Photography which, following its rapid expansion, now specialises in wedding photography, videography, and photo booths. Established now in the wedding industry Hannah and Dave have a sound understanding of the wedding industry and the needs of brides and grooms. Dave himself has been shortlisted for various national wedding industry awards and in 2015 & 2018 was a finalist for ‘Videographer of the Year’. For Hannah and Dave it seemed a natural progression to move into bridal wear to and, being a Pudsey girl, Hannah couldn’t be prouder to be the new face behind Scarlet Poppy.
We are extremely passionate about what we do, with many years of experience in the bridal industry, and we listen and care about every bride to be. Our focus is on delivering a first-class service to each and every bride and to ensure that our brides and their families have an amazing and unforgettable experience, but don’t just take our word for it, feel free to browse our reviews and testimonials.
You will be sure to find ‘The One’ right here at Scarlet Poppy. With our hand-picked selection of beautiful gowns from some of the very best bridal designers, we have something for everyone in our boutique, from Princess fairy-tale to simple and understated classic designs. All of our gowns are made to the very highest standard with sumptuous fabrics and corsetry which will flatter every shape, and our collections of couture wedding dresses not only allow brides the opportunity to meet top British wedding dress designers, but you can also discuss design changes and create a gown which is unique for your wedding day. We look forward to seeing you soon!
A hands on boss! After spending 14 years in Family Law, Hannah is no stranger to a bit of drama! Hannah has a very calming and understanding nature, nothing is ever too much trouble and wants all brides to feel at ease, welcome and valued regardless of budget. She has high expectations of her staff to deliver exceptional levels of customer service, ensure they know our products and designers inside and out and that the boutique is a ‘happy place’ to be for brides and staff alike.
If there is anything this lady doesn’t know about bridal, its not worth knowing! Dee has over 12 years experience as a bridal consultant and has seen it all over the years. The care she gives our brides is second to none and enjoys nothing more than having that special moment with a bride when she finds ’the one’. Known as the Queen of steaming, no gown gets signed off by Dee until its absolutely perfect.
Paige may well be the girliest girl you will ever meet! Before life at Scarlet Poppy, Paige was flying high in the skies as cabin crew. She brings to Scarlet Poppy an infectious warmth, fabulous customer service skills, a great eye for fashion and a kind and honest heart. She’s an absolute asset to our team and keeps us laughing all day long!
Do I need an Appointment?
While we are sometimes able to facilitate 'Walk-Ins' to view dresses through the week, we strongly advise making an appointment - or at least calling ahead - to ensure that there is a member of staff available to greet you. Making an appointment ensures that you have exclusive use of our changing facilities during your 90 minute appointment, as well as someone on hand to help you in and out of gowns.
Is there parking near the boutique?
Our boutique is located on Fartown in Pudsey, where there are lots of spaces available on the main road, as well as on some of the side streets. There are also a number of buses that stop right outside the stop.
What sizes do you stock?
All of our samples range from a UK size 10-24. Most of our samples fall around a size 14. We will have a number of dresses for you to try on, if you are within this range.
When should I start looking for THE dress?
We advise anything from 18 months to a year. A brand new gown will take anywhere between 3 - 6 months to make for you. With this in mind we then need to add 6 - 8 weeks for alterations and a little bit of wiggle room just in case. So ideally with time to shop around we suggest 12 - 18 months before the wedding. We do have options for short notice brides with our off-the-peg gowns and designer stock, but the shorter notice it is, the more limited your options might be!
Can I bring my Mum and a group of friends with me to help choose my dress?
Yes, our aim is to offer an inviting, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Choosing your wedding dress should be fun and we hope to make it an enjoyable experience. Sometimes, it can be better just to bring one or two people whose opinion you really trust and value, rather than involving too many people with conflicting ideas. Remember it's YOUR gown! We can facilitate some larger groups in the boutique, but our fitting areas are designed to comfortably seat 4-5 at most.
How do I know what style will suit me?
Don't worry; many brides are perplexed as to what style is right for their shape and size. Our experienced and friendly staff are able to offer honest expert advice and will soon help you find a style that's right for you. We want you to feel relaxed and enjoy the whole wedding dress experience regardless of shape, size or budget.
Can I bring my own shoes and accessories when picking my gown?
Of course you can! We do have a selection of shoes available for while you're selecting your gown, but if you already have some picked out then feel free to bring them along!
When will the fitting take place?
When your dress arrives in store, we'll contact you and invite you to book your first fitting. We usually advise starting the alterations 6 weeks before the wedding. For brides who are experiencing weight change or fluctuations, we advise letting it stabilise before you begin your alterations.
What do I have to bring with me for my final fittings?
It is essential that you have your shoes, and ideally the underwear you plan to wear for the day - especially if it's anything that might change the fit of the dress like shapewear!
How much can a dress be altered?
As a general rule of thumb, we advise no more than two sizes down and one size up. This does vary dependent on the gown materials and shape. Alterations are not included in the dress price.
What should I bring for an appointment?
Just yourself and a smile! The best thing is to come with is an open mind and a willingness to experiment and play with different styles. Underwear wise - a strapless bra and undies in white are best but again not essential, most of our gowns won't require you to wear a bra on the day. Make sure you're comfortable in whatever you're wearing! You won't need to bring any heels as we have a range of sizes in each of our fitting rooms.
What are alterations for and will I need them?
Most of our gowns will come in standard sizes. This means when you order you dress you will measured for that dress and sized according to the specific size chart that matches that specific dress. With this is mind, to make sure that you look amazing on your big day, you will most probably need some alterations with a seamstress. In-store our seamstresses will ensure the length of your dress is perfect as well as the fit. Other alterations can be made also so that you do not need to wear a bra and can loop the train up for the evening - we can discuss this in store with you at the time of order.
I'm getting married in two weeks and haven't got my dress yet, can you help me?
We will certainly try! With a variety of gowns available in store to try and purchase off the peg, there is a good chance we will be able to help. A selection of our dresses are held in stock and can be purchased with a 7 day delivery to store.
Do you only do white wedding dresses?
Actually, we don't have any white samples! Most of our gowns are ivory, which is slightly softer than white, but still traditional. That said, we also have a lot of gowns in store in champagne, blush, latte, sand and mocha, which adds a depth and contrast to the gown. Most of our wedding dresses have more than one colour option, typically most offer ivory, white and usually one other option such as champagne, blush, etc. All of our dresses display the colour options available on the tag.
How do I transport my wedding dress?
Your wedding dress will come in one of our 'Scarlet Poppy' gown bags. If you are travelling abroad we can offer travel boxes and we will pack your wedding dress for you.
When will my dress arrive?
We usually have dresses delivered to the boutique about 3 months before the wedding so that we have time for alterations. Before this they are stored by the designer. If you wish for your dress to be stored by us instead please advise on ordering.
When do I have to pay?
For a new to order gown, the deposit is 50% with the order which puts the gown into production. The remainder of the balance falls due when your dress arrives into the boutique. If you're purchasing the sample gown, we require the full amount upfront.
I am getting married abroad in the sun what will work?
We usually recommend our international brides (we're very jealous!) go for gowns that are lightweight and comfortable. Enzoani is a popular designer amongst our beach brides. Usually a more fitted or soft A-line silhouette is best, but if a princess skirt is your dream, we can look at stripping out some of the tulle and weight of the dress and replacing it with a hoop for practicality.
At Scarlet Poppy we are proud to be able to offer in-house alterations by our amazing seamstress Louise. We are able to offer a fixed fee standard alterations package through our independent onsite seamstress, this covers all changes needed to make your dress fit inch perfectly for your big day. We can also include a bustle that will keep your train out of the way in the evening.
WEDDING DRESS ALTERATIONS
Here are a few examples of common alterations we have undertaken to change the look of a dress. We can always buy additional materials directly from the designer so any alterations we undertake will seamlessly match the rest of the dress.
Bespoke packages are available for anyone with the vision to re-model their chosen gown; whether it is changing a neckline, adding additional detailing, adding sleeves or filling in an open back. Talk to us when choosing your gown and we can quote accordingly.
THE ALTERATION PROCESS
People often ask how many appointments they will need to get their gown fitting perfectly, as a guideline we generally say 2-3 appointments however each process is unique to the individual and how much work is required.
In general most brides will come in approximately 3 months prior to their wedding for us to assess how much work there is to be done. Remember you must bring your shoes with you to your 1st fitting so we can see if your hem needs altering. We will pin any areas that require attention, generally starting with the bodice so that the dress is sitting in the correct place. If there is a substantial amount to be taken in we will aim to see you again in 2-3 weeks, so that we can check the fit and tweak accordingly. Once the bodice is fitting correctly you would generally have 1 more appointment to do the hem and then come back for a final try on to check everything over and have a good walk round in your gown so that you are confident on the day.
We will then steam and prepare the dress ready for collection.
ADDITION OF SLEEVES
Whether it is extending a cap sleeve to a full length or building up a strapless gown to include an illusion neckline & sleeves there are many ways in which we can add sleeves to a gown if that is what you are looking for. Keep this in mind when shopping with us, as your dream dress may just not have sleeves…yet!
FILLING IN AN OPEN BACK
If an illusion back is what you are looking for or simply just some more coverage then take a look at the examples below for an idea of what we can do to achieve this.
If you are just not quite finding what you are looking for it is always worth remembering that we can tweak the detailing of a dress for you. This can include but not limited to: adding additional lace appliques to the skirt or bodice, adding a lace boarder to finish off a plain skirt or adding a touch of sparkle by beading a dress. See below for some examples.