Contact Karen Forte

Karen Forte first opened her doors in 1999 and is now one of the regions most established and reputable bridal shops in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, serving hundreds of brides every year. In 2017 Bridal Wear by Karen Forte was nominated for a prestigious Bridal Buyer award for ‘Best Longstanding Bridal Retailer in the UK’. We are proud to be one of 15 nationwide shops to be shortlisted for the award and the only one in Cambridgeshire.

Finding the Boutique

Situated on the main A1198 at Bassingbourn between Royston and Huntingdon, and only 13 miles South West from the centre of Cambridge, the shop is easily accessible. The nearest train station is Royston which is a 5 minute drive & there is also a large free car park at the rear of the shop. Click here to get directions to the shop. Feel free to call or email us if you need any advice or have any questions about the styles on our website. Our boutique is open Wednesday to Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. We are also open Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

One-to-One Service

We offer a highly personal and friendly service for all our customers and their guests. We are a family run independent bridal shop based in Hertfordshire and have been lucky enough to look after brides across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London for over 20 years. Finding your wedding dress or mother of the bride outfit is a special and exciting journey. With a long-standing reputation we are one of the leading bridal shops in Hertfordshire.

Bridal Appointments

To ensure we offer every bride visiting our boutique the best experience possible we work on an appointment basis. Appointments last for an hour and a half, to two hours, allowing you to relax and enjoy the experience without feeling rushed for time. When you arrive at our boutique you will be greeted by one of our friendly and experienced team members who will take you through to a private fitting room and look after you and your guests from start to finish.

If you are wanting to book a weekend appointment with us we do kindly ask for a £10 appointment fee, which is redeemable against the purchase of your wedding dress. Appointment fees can be made by card over the phone, or bank transfer at point of booking. Weekends are typically our busiest period, if you would prefer to visit us when it is a little bit quieter we recommend making an appointment for a weekday. Any weekday appointments are FREE from charge.

Booking an appointment can be done over the phone on 01763 242790 during shop hours. For out of hours appointment enquiries please use our email

Should you need to cancel your appointment we ask that you give us as much notice as possible for weekend consultations we require 4 days notice prior to the appointment and we will refund your fee. Unfortunately without this notice period we are unable to process a refund.

Mother-of-the-Bride Appointments

If you are a Mother of the Bride or Bride to be living in the Cambridge or Hertfordshire area you do not need to make an appointment prior to visiting our Occasion Wear department you are more than welcome to pop along during our shops opening hours, which are Wednesday-Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 10am-4:00pm.

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