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Back Detailing and Accessorising

Posted on 4 February, 2017 at 9:40 Comments comments (1)

We are all unique so we will all have that ONE perfect dress that will make us look and feel amazing on our wedding day. For some, that dress may have not been made yet…. I am a true fan of adapting and styling wedding dresses, which can make that dress as individual as you are! Once you have found an amazing shape and fabric, you can source amazing accessories to make it your own.

You could add a belt – these come in different colours, widths, fabrics, embellishments. My favourite addition to The Bridal lounge, which incorporates lace, silver sparkle detailing and a small hint of blush colour is just below. It secures at the back with a soft ribbon bow – adding more detail to your back.

 

I just love low backed dresses, and have recent added to the shops collection – a selection of back jewelry, which are proving very popular. These are secured on the straps, or back of your dress and drape down your back – emphasising the low back detail of the dress.

And i couldnt sign off without showing you this, just stunning, rose gold headpiece....


What a busy Summer, moving into our Autumn SALE

Posted on 21 October, 2016 at 8:30 Comments comments (0)

What a busy summer we have had… it’s been great seeing so many of our brides get married. And as we move through the autumn months, here at our Suffolk based bridal shop nestled in Hadleigh High Street, we are helping brides-to-be find their perfect dress for weddings ranging from December 2016 through to Summer 2018.

I get asked these questions a lot “when should I start looking for my dress?” or “when should I buy my dress?”

There is no one right answer! I tell everyone to buy their dress when they are ready. But there are a few things to think about….

If you try on a dress and love it, but don’t buy it, it may not be in the shop the next time you go back – most shops need to sell their current collections to make way for newer collections. I would suggest starting shopping for your wedding dress when you are actually ready to buy your dress. If your wedding is within 6 months, it maybe an idea to look at dresses you can buy ‘off the peg’ or at a sale day. Dresses are usually the shops ex samples, so will have been tried on, but they are hugely reduced and usually in really good condition, so you can nab yourself a savvy purchase.

Our next SALE is coming up very soon… all the dresses will be available to purchase at 50% or more off their normal price. We do only have one of each dress, and once it has gone – its gone! If you would like to find your perfect dress at a hugely reduced price, please pop along to the shop between 9am and 5pm on Friday 28th or Saturday 29th October.

Picking Your Wedding Dress

Posted on 4 May, 2016 at 6:50 Comments comments (1)

Most people have concerns over ‘how they will know it’s the one’… picking one dress to wear on your wedding day is, for some, something we have never experienced before. And your wedding dress is probably the single most expensive item of clothing you will purchase, so you want it to be perfect and a memorable experience.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting an abundance of wonderful brides to be and helped them find their wedding dress. What I have can safely say is that – everyone is different. So please don’t feel you have to try on one dress and think ‘it’s the one’ , just because your friend had that experience, or try 50 dresses because people keep saying ‘you’ll know when it’s the one’ … don’t feel it has to be a ‘love at first sight/wearing’ moment…. Not everyone has that ‘WOW – this is THE one’ moment – its ok to be different.

Starting your search: I would advise thinking about what you would like to wear on your wedding day, how you envisage your overall look, what time of year you are getting married, which country and venue, and also what your partner would like to see you in. Once you have an idea in your head, research your local area and look at each shops collection of dresses and designers they stock. Or look up specific designers and locate there nearest stockist. When selecting which shop(s) to book appointments at, be mindful of your budget and what price range each shop stocks. Here at The Bridal Lounge our dresses start from £619, you are able to pay monthly, spreading the cost of your dress (please note – we do NOT charge any more for this, and no interest is charged).

Shops usually change their collection of dresses once or even twice a year, i would advise starting wedding dress shoping when you are ready to purchase your dress, otherwise you could be disappointed if you return to the shop in e.g 6 months time to find they no longer sell the specific dress you wanted. Dresses can take some months to be made, and you need to allow time for alterations, purchasing your dress a minimum of 6 months before your wedding date is advisable. Personally i would start researching 12-18 months prior to your wedding date.

I would suggest visiting one shop at a time. A cup of tea and slice of cake after your appointment can help you mull over what you thought of the dresses you have just tried on. Set aside about an hour for your appointment. This will give you plenty of time to try a nice selection of dresses on (if I had to give a number I would suggest 4 to 7 dresses), and be sure to try on what you like the look of from any research you have done prior to your appointment. Feel free to book another appointment to try on your favorite one (or two) dress(es), a week or two after your initial appointment – a second fitting can help you decide (either way). At the second appointment you could create the overall look you want on your wedding day by having a similar hairstyle and makeup.

At your appointment: Be really honest with your consultant – we know what dresses we have in the shop and what they look like on (rather than hanging on the hanger), and you may have overlooked one. Remember that seamstresses are very talented... For example – if you really want a button back – this can usually be replicated on dresses, if you want sparkle – this can be added.

It makes for a relaxing and pleasant experience if you ask one or two people to come with you to your appointment (too many opinions can be confusing – it’s great to get constructive, diplomatic comments from just a small number of people who are focused on helping you make the right decisions).

After your appointment, if you do find a perfect dress – that’s great, otherwise you should feel positive about having an understanding of what shape dress you look fantastic in, and what materials and colours work best with your complexion (there are an array of ivories, and even whites). There are never too many questions that you can ask. And never apologise for asking anything or the same question twice, or your body shape, your choice of underwear, your hairstyle, your need to keep your socks on as you forgot to paint your toe nails!

It was your positivity and ability to smile and laugh that helped you find the perfect person to spend the rest of your life with- we encourage that kind of attitude when choosing your wedding dress x

Trunk show

Posted on 2 April, 2016 at 8:50 Comments comments (0)

Some of you may have seen that we are holding an Enzoani Trunk Show, and have an offer not to be missed running 22nd-25th April only….

What is a trunk show? It's a special event at which a wedding dress designer lends our bridal boutique a selection of wedding dresses from their current collection (that we don’t usually have in the shop). Below is a selection of the dresses that will be available over the trunk show weekend to try on and purchase.

To book your appointment, please call 01473 871834 or Email [email protected]

We will be offering a FREE glass of prosecco to every blushing bride-to-be over the trunk show weekend.

And here’s the best bit…. We are running a prize draw for one lucky bride-to-be to

**** win 50% off her dress **** (t&c’s apply, available on our web page)

Date: 22nd – 25th April (thats right...we're open Friday, Saturday AND Sunday, Monday).

Keep an eye out on our designers page ‘Enzoani: Trunk Show’ and follow us on facebook to see which dresses will be available 22nd-25th April www.facebook.com/bridalounge

Stephanie Allin: unique dresses that we love

Posted on 9 March, 2016 at 6:25 Comments comments (1)

One of the first dresses I purchased from Stephanie Allin, to add to our collection here at The Bridal Lounge, was Freya (pictured below). In this dress, Stephanie has incorporated her amazing corsetry (so you feel secure), and also designed the back so it is low, which allows the beautiful lace straps and a perfectly placed back necklace to decorate your back, and ensure you look amazing from every angle.

 

Every one of Stephanies dresses are designed and made here in the UK, from lace fitted fishtail dresses like Lily, to a full tulle skirted dress with a square neck like Nicola (picture below). Nicola and another of my favourite dresses – Grace, can be accessoried with a pearl or sparkly belt or a coloured sash – styling your dress to just the way you had envisaged.

Stephanie has been designing and making wedding dresses for over 20 years. Her experience and knowledge is reflected in the unique dresses she designs and creates. I’m so proud to be one of the select number of wedding dress shops to have the pleasure of stocking Stephanie Allin dresses, whilst supporting the British Bridal market.

These designer dresses start from £2080. You are welcome to pay monthly for your dress (at no extra cost). Each year we pick new dresses that Stephanie has created, her 2017 collection will most likely arrive into the shop around November/December 2016. Please note that some of our Stephanie Allin samples from previous collections including her 2016 collection, will be available to buy at a significantly reduced price in our sample sale day: 20th March 2016 10am-4pm.

The New Shop, Before, During and After....

Posted on 18 February, 2016 at 5:15 Comments comments (2)

Back in the summer of 2015, I was scouting the web for beautiful dresses – I always like to keep an eye out for new designers to add to our collection, and thought I would have 5 minutes for a cuppa and look on the internet for any properties/ shops that were available in Hadleigh… When I set the Bridal Lounge up, back in February 2013, I had always wanted a shop on Hadleigh High Street, but the perfect place wasn’t available at the time.

That sunny summer afternoon, I was in luck - 83 High Street was staring me in the face and vacant! Soon after my cuppa, I was on the phone arranging a viewing. My first thoughts were – it smells, its unloved, its cold…. I LOVED IT!

But then my business brain kicked in, so later that night and for about 2 weeks, I worked out the cost of repairs and changing it from a butchers to a Bridal shop. My imagination ran wild, then reality set in – it was a listed building so I had to be careful with what I wanted to do.

 


After serious consideration I decided it was 'the one' ... November came round pretty swiftly and I collected the keys, and then the real fun began….. My family were amazing –they came over every weekend, sometimes during the week, and helped me remove all the butchers equipment. My new neighbors were understanding of our early starts and a bit of noise, even bringing over cups of tea, cakes and mulled wine! 


 

I worked with what I had, and kept things like the quarry tile floor, and chose rugs to compliment it. We discovered a gorgeous 18/19th century fireplace and removed the render that had hidden it for years, taking it back to the brick work was a real pleasure. Slowly a beautiful, open, light and airy space began to appear. When I finally moved the dresses in, in early February – they looked right at home.


Everyone in Hadleigh has been so welcoming, from other business owners to the lovely 80 year old lady who waves every time she passes the window. I’m pleased to say that so far we have had some lovely customers (as i am accustomed to), come into the shop and have helped a number of blushing brides-to-be find their perfect wedding dress and accessories.

The next few years will hopefully see The Bridal Lounge increase the number of dresses and designers we have to offer and expand into the rest of the building, opening up additional changing areas. We currently only have 1 changing area, so do advise booking an appointment to try any of our dresses on. But if you’re passing – please do pop in and have a look. Our usual opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday 9am- 6pm. We can offer appointments outside of these days/ times – please just ask.

Styling your dress

Posted on 4 August, 2015 at 10:55 Comments comments (0)

After a number of years working with wedding dresses, I empathise with every bride-to-be when it comes to the (hopefully joyful, but some what new) task of finding a perfect dress to wear for your wedding day… Lets be honest – all eyes are on you and your partner, there are copious amounts of photos taken to reminisce over in latter years, so you really do want to be looking your best. And there are so many different elements to think about when it comes to your dress:

Materials; silk, satins, chiffon, lace, tulle, combinations of these,

Necklines; halter, strapless, sweetheart, thin straps, thick straps, cap sleeves, sparkly sleeves,

Length; short, medium, long, train, no train.

We have all had a browse on the internet, and love certain dresses, so you want to try on what you have seen and like the look of. This shape may suit you, and it’s always worth trying a shape you hadn’t considered. When you first come to The Bridal Lounge, I usually suggest trying on dresses of different shapes, so for example - a fuller skirted A-line dress, a column dress and a fishtail dress.

I am a huge fan of the designer Stephanie Allin. Her dresses are made here in the UK, the materials she uses are soft, natural and sit perfectly over the well thought through, feminine structure of her dresses. Her “Shelley” dress is a clear favorite of mine that can be worn on its own or paired with any number of accessories. Here’s a look at Shelley, and with a few added extras…

Once you have found a dress shape that’s flattering on your figure and that you feel comfortable in, I would then suggest looking at different materials. There are so many laces- some plain, some embellished, some with sequins some with pearls. Materials can vary in shades– compare lighter and darker fabrics against your skin tone.

The next part is my favourite… styling your dress. Here is where you really make your dress your own (after all- we are all unique!) - by adding accessories, from capped sleeves in matching or complimenting materials to belts or boleros. Below I have chosen some different looks (which you could actually change throughout your wedding day, creating 2/3 or even 4 different looks)…

Beths two-piece, bespoke 'dress'

Posted on 2 July, 2015 at 11:45 Comments comments (0)

It's such a warming feeling when my friends and family recommend The Bridal Lounge to their friends as a shop where they may well find 'the one' in. I say 'the one', but if you're looking for your wedding dress, you've obviously found 'THE one'- your partner, so technically its 'the two', but that doesn't really have the same ring to it!?

I so easily digress... it must be this lush summer heat.

That warming feeling grows when you have the pleasure of dealing with a bride-to-be like Beth, a good friend of my sister... Her enthusiam was contagious and I just loved working with her on this truly amazing creation. Beth had an idea of what she wanted with regards to her dress, and she knew immediately she wanted a two piece wedding outfit. So of an evening, we set about putting together different ideas and items, to create her one-off, bespoke, two-piece 'dress' for her wedding day.

On finalising the different components, we met with one of the amazingly talented seamstresses, Helen, that I refer people to for alterations and helping to bring ideas like this together. Beth went for a soft flowing chiffon skirt, with countless pleats, and a lace top with a sheer back.

Beth's sister, the oh so lovely Lydia, came along and was quick to offer her opinion on styling and finishing off the look, with a thin belt around Beth's waist which was delicate and flattering. With Helen's eye for precise measurements, the dress was perfectly fitted and complete ready for Beth's big day back in June.

Here's a look at Beth on her wedding day...

(photos by Hampshire based, Monica & Clark www.monandclarkphotography.co.uk/)

A Quick Update

Posted on 10 June, 2015 at 10:20 Comments comments (0)

We've been a little busy updating our website (we hope you like it), & buying new dresses.

We'll be back to blogging, with some inspiration & ideas soon.....


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