Froufrou Bridal Boutique are having their first ever sale on Saturday 9th June 2012, from 9am to 5pm. Sample designer gowns available include Matthew Williamson, David Fielden, Lyn Ashworth and Stewart Parvin.
Nicole and Helena told us “At Froufrou we like to keep things fresh and hate to see beautiful gowns overlooked on the rails which is why we are giving brides the chance to purchase stunning designer gowns with huge savings.”
The special sale day is by appointment only so make sure you contact the ladies to book a slot.
We recommend you don’t miss it!
Ps See our previous blog post on Froufrou Bridal
We first met the ladies behind Froufrou last year at the Leeds Castle Wedding Show. Since then their bridal boutique in Tunbridge Wells has gone from strength to strength. Their stunning range of bridal wear includes contemporary vintage inspired gowns as well as a unique collection of original vintage dresses. And if you still can’t decide from what’s on offer they will do their best to source your perfect dress for you.
We caught up with owners, Helena and Nicole, to find out more about them and how they chose their collection of dresses.
How did you become bridal shop owners?
We are old school friends and having travelled through life’s ups and downs together it put us in good stead for a business partnership. Growing up we both loved anything to do with fashion and although we have very different styles we generally agree on most things. With backgrounds in graphic design, fashion photography, fashion styling and hair and make-up we have put our talents together and our passion for all things beautiful to create a bridal boutique with a difference.
In the early planning stages we started jotting down ideas, looking at different inspirations and creating mood boards, from there our dream just snowballed. We are not really sure how we got to this point as we now have a stunning boutique full of beautiful gowns and an eclectic mix of vintage and vintage inspired accessories. What’s not to love! We really do feel very lucky.
How did you choose the designers for the boutique?
We quickly discovered what we probably always new; we have very expensive taste! We initially loved the idea of stocking British designers whose dresses were made in the UK. We needed designers who complimented each other and covered a range of styles. We straight away had our hearts set on Stewart Parvin and David Fielden and after a first hand look at their dresses they were both a must. The classic couture designs and tailoring of Stewart’s work is a dream for any bride lusting after timeless perfection in a gown. David Fielden’s work was just as alluring with his high fashion take on a traditional wedding gown, often with elements of a bygone era. For a girl who is led more by fashion these gowns will not disappoint. These two designers had set the bar for the boutique. We then added to our collection with gowns by Lyn Ashworth, as well as Matthew Williamson’s debut bridal collection.
It wasn’t until after we had opened and were contacted by two American designers, Sarah Seven and Ivy&Aster, that we considered stocking gowns from across the pond and we haven’t looked back. Girls are loving the American styles and we are very proud of being the only UK stockist.
What are your top three tips for brides when choosing a dress?
Be open-minded. You can’t tell by looking at a dress on the hanger if it will suit your body shape. Often brides surprise themselves by pushing their boundaries and end up with a dress they would never have initially picked out.
Wear good underwear! At your fitting wear a strapless bra and knickers in a neutral shade. This will totally help you get a better vision of how a dress will look. It still surprises us when girls turn up with their usual black Wonderbra!
Be decisive. Many girls always dream of finding the one perfect dress! And they might well have but it completely passes them by due to their inability to know what style they are looking for, or how they want to be perceived on the big day. We see so many girls who have turned into serial wedding dress shoppers, trying on hundreds but still not finding “the one”. Our advice is to visit a selection of bridal boutiques and try on enough dresses to satisfy yourself that you have found what looks good on you. Just keep in mind if you put on a dress that makes everyone cry STOP LOOKING, you are not going to top it!
So thanks to the ladies for taking some time out to talk with us. For further info on how to make your dedicated two-hour appointment visit their website. With gorgeous dresses, professional and friendly guidance, as well as champagne, organic teas and delicious locally baked cupcakes on offer prepare to be spoilt – we know you will be!
Off we went to the luxury wedding show this weekend which was held at the Saatchi Gallery on London’s Kings Road.
The venue was fabulous for a wedding show as it’s white walls and calming influence made the show feel serene and plush and not at all overwhelming. The suppliers were a really friendly and welcoming bunch and ready to help with an array of answers to any wedding question you could ask.
Tickets were £50 a pop (and then theres the train fare to factor in) but if you needed high-end inspiration you had come to the right place.
The ticket price included the all important goody bag (Opi Nail Polish, 3 Elemis Anti-Wrinkle Creams, Cleansing Oil, Gui Flapjack bar, 3 perfume samples and Pearl Drops toothpaste) and entrance into the catwalk show with complimentary glass of Pommery.
The catwalk show was one of the slickest we had seen all year with a great collection of dresses from Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood, David Fielden, Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Temperley London, Delphine Manivet, Carolina Herrera, Peter Langner, Charlotte Casadejus, Luella’s Boudoir, Candy Anthony, Kula Tsurdiu, Angelina Colarusso and The State of Grace – we’d have dared you not to find your perfect dress amongst them!
Even if you don’t have a huge budget the show is perfect for taking inspiration from some of the biggest names in the wedding industry.
Our verdict? Save your money on other wedding show entrance fees and come here – you won’t be disappointed!
The pics are a selection of our favourites from the catwalk show by Christoper Dadey (with thanks to Smith & Monger)