Karen Forte first opened her doors in 1999, 16 years ago and is now one of the regions most established and reputable bridal boutiques serving hundreds of brides every year.

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, a five minute drive from the shop. There is also a large free car park at the rear of Karen Forte.

Our Service

  • In-House Seamstress

In-house seamstress and workroom that will complete and tailor your dress for the perfect fit.

  • Over 300 dresses in stock

Free appointment and consultation with one of our highly trained advisors.

  • Exclusive designers

We are proud to stock some of the worlds best designers in our store. Please feel free to look through our collection on the bridal page.

  • Family run business

Karen Forte has been a family run business in Cambridgeshire for 16 years and our expert knowledge in the bridal industry helps us find the perfect dress for you and your bridesmaids.


Most designers deliver dresses between 12-16 weeks and some upto 20 weeks once they have been ordered. All of the delivery dates we are provided with by manufacturers are estimates. Some factories are able to deliver on an express schedule, though they do charge an additional cost. This is usually about £50 per dress but varies between designers. If you are short of time then you can buy a sample.

We deal only with reputable designers who are currently trading in the UK with other retail shops. There are tell-tale signs if a manufacturer is going out of business and we keep a close eye on these with our years of experience and industry contacts. Many of our designers have been trading for decades. Paying by credit card and dealing with shops who are RBA registered (Retail Bridalwear Association), such as ourselves, can provide you with a deposit guarantee in case a business goes into administration. Karen Forte has been trading since 1999 with scores of recommendations from brides and suppliers as a trustworthy, friendly and high quality boutique.

Firstly we can check with the designer to see if your dress has started to be made yet and if it is possible to cancel the order. If not, then the balance of your dress will still remain outstanding and will be due when the dress arrives. Only under exceptional circumstances may a refund may be issued by authorised  member of staff.

There is a large car park to the rear of the shop which is available to all customers. Our address is 36 Old North Road, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, SG8 5JL. If you have any issues finding us just give us a call on 01763242790.

Sundays are avaliable but by appointment only. If your interested in booking a sunday appointment give us a call on 01763242790 or use the contact page.


Karen Forte is a member of the Retail Bridalwear Association, RBA. The RBA is an Association made up of some of the UK’s longest standing Bridal Retailers. All their members have to be experienced financially stable businesses, dedicated to offering the highest levels of service and choice to their customers.

In 2013 Karen Forte has received a nomination of a very prestigious award for Best Bridal Retailer Website 2013 at the Bridal Buyer Awards held annually in March at Harrogate. They are the UK Bridal Industry’s most sought-after awards and to be short-listed is a huge achievement and fantastic to be recognised for our website and the work put into it and answering all the appointment requests and queries that come through daily. .