FAQs

Where is the Honeybomb boutique?

Following the arrival of our son Freddie, we decided to take a break from running the boutique in Chester and we’re currently only available for online purchases. The prices have been reduced considerably to take this into account so grab yourself a bargain!

Are all your dresses and accessories pictured on the website?

Yes, everything currently in stock is listed for sale on the website.

Do you have any dresses in my size?

We stock a wide range of dresses from approximately a UK 6 to 16. Vintage dresses tend to be on the small side and many of them were made to measure so it’s difficult to size them accurately using today’s size range. We can recommend a fabulous seamstress based in the North West who can usually reduce/increase a dress by 2 or 3 sizes and can re-model a dress to fit larger sizes. With vintage, we find it’s always best to find the dress of your dreams and alter it than to just limit yourself to dresses in your size. If in doubt, please ask us and we’ll let you know what’s possible.

What if I’m getting married really soon!?

You’ve come to the right place! The advantage of having a vintage wedding dress is that the dress you see on the website is the dress you wear on your wedding day. There’s no 6 month delay while we order a new one in for you... it’s available for delivery within a matter of days. Some dresses require some alterations, but we can recommend a seamstress who can work to very tight deadlines so we can get you looking perfect in time for your big day.

What condition the dresses are in?

In keeping with guidance from The Vintage Fashion Guild, we try to avoid the use of the term ‘in good vintage condition’ as it doesn’t tell you an awful lot really. Instead, we try to give as much information we can in the comments on the ‘Our Dresses’ page and we’ll also be happy to send you any close up pictures of any marks, blemishes or damage to the fabric. Most vintage dresses require some repair work and/or cleaning and we can recommend a seamstress who can take care of this while she’s doing your alterations. However, many of our dresses are in immaculate condition and absolutely pristine. Please ask for additional photos or a short video if you’re at all unsure before your purchase.

Do you accept returns?

Yes, no problem! We understand that while the boutique isn’t open, you may buy the dress online and find it’s not exactly right when you try it on at home. We’re happy to accept returns and a full refund will be issued, but as a small business we’re not able to cover the cost of return postage sorry.

What’s ‘Va Va Voom Vintage’?

Each Honeybomb dress is a stunning illustration of a bygone era; the very fibres of the fabric are steeped in fashion history. The term vintage is generally used to describe anything over 50 years old and the Honeybomb Va Va Voom vintage collection ranges right back from the turn of the century to the 1960’s and we cover ever era in between. All of these dresses are 100% authentic, genuine vintage gorgeousness.

What’s ‘Retro Luscious’?

According to the experts, ‘retro’ can actually mean two things - either clothing between 20 and 50 years old or a brand new item which references a style of the past. Our retro collection is a combination of both pre-loved and brand new dresses in keeping with the style of our authentic vintage collection... so it’s the vintage of the future!

What happens once I’ve bought my Honeybomb dress?

Firstly, congratulations... this is just the start of the fun! It’s likely that your dress will need at least some alterations so we can put you in touch with an experienced bridal seamstress. You will already have paid for your dress upfront and then any alteration costs will be payable directly to the seamstress. Please contact us for postage costs and information and we’ll ensure your dress is delivered really quickly.

What’s the significance of the Honeybomb bow?

As we wave a fond farewell to our gorgeous gowns, we’re delighted that they will be brought to life by their new owner and we’re very proud to have found the dress of your dreams, but at the same time, because we love them so much, we’re a little teary to see them fly the nest ...so in our last moments together with our dresses, we hand sew a little blue Honeybomb bow into the lining as a memento of your experience with us. This is your ‘something blue’ and a wish for you from everyone at Honeybomb for a wonderful wedding day and a long and very happy marriage.

What if I have any questions you’ve not covered on your website?

We’re happy to answer any of your questions, please contact us and we’ll respond within 24 hours.