I had a very exciting start to the year after Elliott ‘popped the question’ back in January. Since then, we’ve spent our weekends scouting potential venues, tasting every flavour of sponge known to man (oh the shame!) and delving into the magical world of floristry *note to self – flowers are not cheap!*
However, there’s one thing he’s managed to escape – for obvious reasons – and that’s the dress shopping. After months of searching for ‘the one’, I recently had my real-life fairytale moment and said yes to the dress. And although David Emanuel wasn’t part of this experience (boo), I’ve had the pleasure of stepping foot into some of the most beautiful bridal boutiques. So with this in mind, I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you.
This was the first bridal shop I went to, so it’s only fair it’s at the top of the list! I was looked after by the wonderful Katie, who immediately put me at ease. This beautiful, down-to-earth store has a fantastic range of gowns to suit all budgets and body shapes.
Designers: Mikaella, Enzoani, Charlotte Balbier, True Bride, Catherine Parry
Address: 29 Park St, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN
On street parking available
Modern brides look no further! The fashion-forward Victoria Lou Bridal is filled with carefully selected one-of-a-kind gowns. Victoria provides a professional, friendly service, and knows exactly how to make those finishing touches. The boutique also offers a stunning ready-to-wear collection for soon to be brides.
Designers: Berta PRIVEE, Blush by Hayley Paige, Lazaro, Tara Keeley
Address: Unit 22a Bell Ct, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EX
Parking at Bell Court’s NCP Carpark
Owned by the lovely Amber-Louise, Louise Victoria is simply perfect in every way. The enchanted showroom is filled with breathtakingly beautiful gowns to suit brides of all shapes and sizes. And it’s not just the dresses you’ll fall for; the boutique also offers a variety of extras for you to hire as part of your big day including: blossom trees, hanging cake stands, sweet carts and centrepieces.
Designers: Blue by Enzoani, Randy Fenoli, Nicole Spose, Eddy K
Address: Frazier House, Main Street, Tiddington, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7AN
Free parking outside
This newly renovated boutique offers a stylish, spacious shopping experience. The friendly team will do everything to make you feel as relaxed as possible, and have a fantastic range of designers exclusive to the area.
Designers: St Patrick, Ian Patrick, Maggie Sottero, Martina Liana
Address: 16 Brighton Rd, Derby DE24 8SY
Free on street parking
Lori G Bridal Studio is a relaxed, down-to-earth boutique, which offers bespoke services to help you find your perfect dress. With a background in fashion, Lorraine knows exactly what to do when it comes to personalising your gown.
Designers: Riki Dalal, Watters, True Bride, Brighton Belle
Address: 125 Blenheim Dr, Derby DE22 2LF
Free parking outside