So the lovely ladies at Froufrou have been jet setting over to New York City (ooh a teensy bit jealous everyone?) on a buying trip and now have to make way in their boutique for all their new arrivals. So it’s good news for Brides-to-be if you’re looking for a stunning dress at a fabulous price!
This latest sale includes dresses from current collections showing huge savings of well over £1000! With samples from designers including Caroline Castigliano, Stewart Parvin, Lusan Mandongus, Sarah Seven, Ivy & Aster, Sanyukta Shrestha, Matthew Williamson, David Fielden and Lyn Ashworth.
So whether you’re after something full or slinky, traditional or relaxed the girls will have it all!
Elbows at the ready as all sale items are sold on a first come first served basis and must be paid for in full at time of purchase. Any dresses purchased can be taken away on the day so the price does not include any alterations. Fittings can be done upon request.
No need to book an appointment just make sure you set your alarm early as the sale starts at 9am on Saturday 22nd June and will close at 6pm.
In our third part of our dream job series today with chat with Bridal Boutique Manager at Go Bridal, Lola Sands. Lola’s entry into wedding world was a unique one so let’s find out more….
How did you get your dream wedding job?
Quite by accident! I worked as a Customer Services Manager for a large department store and then after an early mid-life crisis, I ran away to sea! I worked in promotions on a cruise liner for a while and then I wasn’t really sure what to do. I came across a sign in the window of The Pantiles Bride for an administration person and ended up becoming the Boutique’s manager before moving to their sister shop, Go Bridal.
How would you describe your boutiques style?
Go Bridal was once a house and is spread over three floors. It’s a tardis and many Brides comment on how deceptive it’s appearance is from the outside. We have a very relaxed atmosphere with scented candles and soft music and a turquoise and silver colour scheme. We have gowns to cater for every budget, style and size.
What personality traits do you need to be a good wedding dress stylist?
Firstly the love of all things bridal and sparkly! Being really patient and organised is a must – a fitting room full of excitable girls do occasionally need to concentrate on the task in hand if they are going to end up with the dress of their dreams! It’s also important to really listen to your customer as she will give you the clues you need to help you suggest the perfect dress.
What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The best part is helping to find that special gown for the most important day of a girls life! There aren’t too many downsides but dealing with high expectations and tight deadlines can be quite stressful.
What is your best piece of business advice to aspiring Boutique Stylists?
That it’s not all “dress-up” and drinking champagne! There’s lots of administration and co-ordinating behind the scenes and really busy fitting days can be mega tiring.
What has been your best moment as a boutique stylist so far?
I’ve had many lovely moments with Brides over the years but the best feeling is always when a bride turns to you at the end of the appointment and says “I would never have picked this gown myself but you seemed to know instinctively what suited me”. It makes all the hard work worth it.
Thanks Lola for sharing your dream job with us. If you want to find out more about Dream Wedding Jobs here’s the series so far:
Part One: Wedding Photographer
Part Two: Wedding Planner
Part Three: Wedding Florist
Look out next week for the part five of our Dream Jobs series.
Myself and Joanne were majorly excited when we happily skipped off to take a look around the Tunbridge Wells regency townhouse that is the gorgeous setting for bridal boutique, Isabella Grace. With a recent expansion the boutique is welcoming more brides than ever through their very elegant front door.
Looking through the front window you get just a tantalising peek of the gorgeousness thats waiting for you inside. Owner, Rebecca Doyle, is no stranger to weddings as she also runs multi-award winning bridal accessory brand, Chez Bec, but had always dreamed of opening her own boutique.
She told us “It is only 14 months since we opened Isabella Grace and it is hard to believe how far our and our brides’ expectations have been exceeded. We literally tripled in size within a year of opening and now have four floors with three private fitting suites, two showrooms and a separate alterations suite.
“I was delighted when one of our brides coined the phrase “The Isabella Grace Experience” to express how happy she had been with the service – it was the ultimate shopping experience for her and this was our aim from the very start. Choosing the dress you wear on your wedding day is a girl’s most important shopping decision – we not only go the extra mile, we outstrip it!
“Our brides very much become part of the Isabella Grace family and they leave hugging and kissing us – some even in tears when their Isabella Grace experience comes to an end!”
Collections include Paloma Blanca, So Sassi, LM by Lusan Mangonus, Enzoani, Nicola Anne, Sophia Tolli, Martina Liana and Charlotte Balbier with prices ranging from £1000 to £2,500.
We loved the ambiance, atmosphere and luxurious feel of Isabella Grace that really makes this boutique stand out from the crowd. But Brides nearly always say its the exceptional quality of customer service that means they would recommend this boutique time and time again.
Go take a look – you won’t be disappointed!
All images copyright: Isabella Grace