What People Say About Us

‘Stepping into Helena Fortley to find my wedding dress was the most amazing experience! I wasn’t sure what I wanted and (to be honest) I thought I was going to be pretty difficult to please! However, your warmth and infectious smile immediately put me at ease and I knew I was going to have the best time. You made me feel so special during the appointment and it really kick-started the celebrations for me. I think it can easily be said that, hands down, you have one of the most beautiful and unique collections of bridal gowns and it is so evident how much care and attention goes into selecting dresses that will suit a range of venues, styles, budgets and brides! I just wanted to try them all on! My Wtoo dress is gorgeous! As cliché as it sounds, I felt like a million dollars on our wedding day and I had so many wonderful comments from friends and relatives about how stunning my dress was. It is such a beautiful dress. Honestly, I would not recommend anywhere other than Helena Fortley! Thank you for being amazing!’

“I came into Helena Fortley probably 18 months prior to my wedding to get some sort of idea of what dress I might want.
I had no idea what I wanted and what would suit me and felt quite overwhelmed with having to choose THE DRESS!
My appointment with Sally was amazing, it is a day I would love to do all over again. She completely put me at ease with her bubbly and warm personality and lovely smile, I was made to feel so welcome and special. 
I tried on quite a lot of different styles of dresses and whereas some shops may have said I looked amazing in all of them just to get a sale Sally was fantastic in giving me advice and suggesting different styles to try. She was so patient and made the whole appointment incredibly enjoyable.
I came away from the appointment having fallen in love with a dress which I ended up picking. 
The quality and range of dresses are so incredible and beautiful it beats any boutique in Central London!
Afterwards, I made an appointment to choose some Bridesmaid dresses. We picked a style and my girls tried them on and that was it! Again they were so perfect and beautiful. 
I thought it was going to be a really difficult day but again Sally made it so easy for me. we bought the bridesmaid dresses there and then.
I also had a Best Woman dress to find and I found the perfect one in Helena Fortley again. It tied in with my Bridesmaids and the Best Men impeccably.  
All the alteration appointments were so easy and Sally organised them with all of my Bridesmaids and Best Woman to take the stress off of me.
Anna took so much time with me to make sure my Wedding Dress fitted without a hitch and to make sure I felt comfortable all day wearing it. 
Thank you is not a big enough word to express how truly grateful I am to Sally and all her lovely ladies that work in Helena Fortley.
The service is second to none and I am so lucky I found such an amazing dress shop with such amazing people to help me along my dress searching journey. 
The only negative point I have to make is that I will miss visiting the shop and Sally a great deal.”

“Helena Fortley is an AMAZING shop with uniquely beautiful dresses! After shopping around the same old dress shops we came across Helena Fortley. Sally, was amazing and put me at ease straight away. The dresses were all unique and not the same old style we had found in many of the dress shops. Sally was so helpful and made me feel special, she helped me with all my accessories and veil as well! I could not recommend Sally or her shop enough! The whole experience Sally gave made me feel like a real bride and my dress was amazing! Everyone commented on how unique and gorgeous it was! The shop too has been decorated beautifully which just added to the whole experience. Everything was perfect from the moment I walked into the shop to the moment I picked it up! I couldn’t recommend Helena Fortley enough! Thank you x ”


“Helena Fortley is a gorgeous boutique with an amazing selection of dresses. Sally who owns the shop is so helpful and never makes you feel rushed or pressured. I ordered a gorgeous dress from the Mikaella range; along with Sally’s guidance and Anna who did my alterations we made a few tweaks to make the dress special to me. I had so many compliments on the wedding day and couldn’t have been happier with my dress or choice of boutique.”

Sarah F

“I was very lucky that I found Sally at Helena Fortley with my first wedding dress trip and didn’t need to go anywhere else (in fact I bought a dress on my first visit!). She is a fantastic combination of someone who makes you feel comfortable but also knows what will suit you. Her choices of designers are particularly good for those who want something funky but with a classic vintage feel and suit all ages. She will make you look classically glamorous but also has the sort of thing you can wear on a beach. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation”


“I cannot recommend this boutique highly enough. After trying on many dresses at other bridal shops I was starting to feel quite dejected that I hadn’t found ‘the one’. That all changed when I came to Helena Fortley! I was very fortunate to be assisted by Irena. She made me feel comfortable from the onset, had a great eye for what suited me and I really valued her opinion. Together we found the most stunning Paloma Blanca dress for my wedding and I couldn’t be happier. I am so excited to go back for my fittings. The girls at the boutique are absolutely fantastic and make you feel truly incredible”


“great personal service lots of beautiful dresses to try on would definitely recommend”


“I wish I found this shop first when I started looking for my dress, after going to several others with small collections not much to offer and snooty staff, I thought I would never find a dress. I then found Helena Fortley thank God, because then everything was perfect. The collection of dresses is ample so many different designs and all the dresses are all stunning! First visit I tried on at least twenty dress’ got it down to two but I couldn’t decide. I needed some time to think about it and bring someone else along for another opion this was asolutely no problem for them there was no pressure applied you ‘must decided now’, which I had in at least two other shops. We was also offered drinks throughout all visits. My dress was the talk of the wedding every guest including the men all had said they never seen a dress like it, it’s the best wedding dress they have ever seen. It was so unique not one you could just pick up anywhere. The seamstress did a fantastic job in alterations and literally works magic! Don’t bother going anywhere else, but here it will save you so much time and hassel and you will find your wonderful beautiful wedding dress at this shop which will then be altered to suit you how you want”


“I went to a lot of wedding dress shops and this was by far (by miles and miles) the best place I visited. The shop was immaculately clean and beautiful and Sally was absolutely lovely, the experience was really special and you can see they take so much pride (and fun) in what they do. Nothing was too much. When I went to get my dress tailored they were so professional and relaxing and they did an absolutely fabulous job, my dress was amazing. It was such an amazing experience coming here to buy my dress. So sad they only sell wedding dresses as I would love the see the shop again. Must get married again! I would highly highly recommend this place, not only to get an amazing dress but to get a really special experience”


“Sally & Sharon went above and beyond in tracking down a Paloma Blanca dress that I had seen and was desperate to try on – it ended up being the dress of my dreams for my Big Day! Having spoken to quite a few bridal shops in the hope of finding somewhere with The Dress, I can hand-on-heart say that Sally & Sharon are by far the most helpful, friendliest, most lovely people you could wish for in making you feel perfect on your special day! xxx”


“Choosing my dress was the most enjoyable part of the wedding preparations. Sally is very friendly and she would go the extra mile to find the model and accessories that suit you best. Living in Caterham, I thought Helena Fortley was the most convenient place to go for my dress. However, based on my experience, I would strongly recommend a visit to Sally’s bridal boutique no matter where you live. A big thank you to Sally for making me looking so beautiful on my wedding day””


“Sally, thank you so much for this morning… So many beautiful dresses to choose from, you made Emma feel so comfortable and special.”


“Helena Fortley wedding dress shop is a wonderful place to be, Sally the owner is friendly and welcoming.
Her dresses and accessories are of the highest quality and are lovely.

I was an older bride who did not want to get married in white or cream and Sally helped to choose the perfect Blush colour for me. There is no hard pushy sale she just makes you feel special.

My experience had not been a good one until I walked into Helena Fortley on her Opening day. Young or old Sally seems to know whats suits you, I would recommend her shop to anyone looking for their wedding dress as you will not be disappointed.

My wedding was one of the best days of my life and I felt like a million dollars in my dress.”

Denise Vandersteen

“It was great to come and look around your lovely shop today, a sneak peek before the grand opening… oh and I found my perfect dress!! Roll on July so everyone can see it, Thank you for all your help Sally xxx”


“I just wanted to say thank you for making my first experience trying on wedding dresses such a lovely and memorable experience. My mum and I spent all evening talking about the shop, the dresses and how comfortable you both made us feel. Your choices for me to try were perfect, so now I have not one but 3 dresses I can’t stop dreaming of! , As I said I’m the first of my friends but once any more get engaged I would definitely recommend they book an appointment with you.”


“Thank you for providing such a beautiful dress to Sarah, she looked lovely on the day and loved the dress.”