David's Bridal Opening

Poppet approves of my gift bag.
David's Bridal, the powerhouse of American wedding stores, has quite the reputation.  Apparently one in three US brides make their way down the aisle in a David's Bridal gown, and while I was searching for my dress, lots of David's Bridal styles were amongst those I pinned, liked, and lusted after.  Alas, factoring in postage and customs and all that jazz, there was just one little problem.  Or rather, one enormous problem...the Atlantic Ocean.

Imagine my joy, then, when it was announced that David's Bridal was opening their first UK store.  Right about now.  In Stratford, which is a literal hop, skip and jump from my neck of the woods.  Isn't timing a beautiful thing?  My colleague Jo and I went along for our first appointment last month and went along again on Monday....when we bought our dresses!

The details of our frocks are super-top-secret (in my case, especially from Matthew, who reads here, because he's lovely and just a very supportive fiancé), but I thought I would show a few snaps from yesterday, when Jo and I headed back to the store for the 'Grand Opening'.  It was such fun - beautiful dresses and lovely accessories, a real party atmosphere and lots of champagne and canapes.  A very fun way to spend an evening.  It's such fun to have girlfriends who are planning weddings at the same time as you - I'm one of seven 2014 brides in our circle and the note comparing and tip swapping is quite delicious.  Such a special season!

If you are a bride to be, I would heartily recommend visiting the Stratford store - it's a beautiful space and the staff are really lovely!  Well worth a visit, and there are a real selection of pretty, well-made, special gowns for you to try.  The whole process of buying my dress was enjoyable - even giggling at the ones I tried on on a whim that really didn't suit me.  I am in love with my gown and cannot wait to wear it next year!

Chips browsing the bridesmaids section.

Busy!  It's such a beautiful store, though, and the service we've received on all of our visits has been super.  Lovely, knowledgeable staff, and so much time for each bride!

We were most taken with the cupcakes from the Buttercup Cake Shop.  The lovely Kaz is kindly making our wedding cake (thank you, darling!), with help from Vixie, I believe, but if we need some cupcake goodness to keep folk going I may buy a few dozen cakes from here - superb frosting!  Even if we don't contact them for the wedding, I'll be sure to bear them in mind for future parties and book clubs!

The DJs at the event were such fun and really added to the party atmosphere!  They are award winners too, and certainly lived up to their name (Mighty Fine Entertainment).  Really fun, great song choices - they even made me pause and think if we might need a DJ: at the moment we haven't budgeted for one but I am now sorely tempted to at least ask for a quote.  Lovely guys.

Jo with one of the Vera Wang White dresses.  As we won't be sharing the details of our gowns, we though we'd get some other beauties in.  Speaking of beauties, isn't Jo a fab model?

Champagne break!  All the guests were spoiled with fizz and delicious canapes from Party Ingredients.  So many stealable/ borrowable ideas for my next dinner party, haha!

So much choice!

A really fun night - I really hope all the staff are happy with how their big night went!  No disclosure needed for this post either - it was an 'open' opening gala, and all views here are entirely me.  What can I say - I'm a fan!
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  1. I can attest to the fact that it is quite the powerhouse in the States. My sister-in-law's dress was from David's, as were the bridesmaids dresses we wore and those in my best friend's wedding. I also wore a dress from Davids (bought on a MASSIVE discount off the sale rack) for my senior prom :) Sounds like a fantastic time! When is your wedding?

    1. My wedding is next August, we got engaged this April. I'm so enjoying planning (most of the time!).

  2. Funny enough, that is where I got my dress - I just wanted an evening, cocktail-type dress, and I couldn't find one, believe it or not! So I got a more formal red one at David's.

    1. How funny - there are quite a few of us who've bought there, I think. I *adore* my dress. Really, really love it.

  3. So glad you found something you love! Wonderful xx

  4. Glad that your trip to the perfectly-timed, perfectly-located store was super successful.

    Love the picture of Poppet approving.

    Jealous of your champagne. Could go for some myself right now. :)

  5. I think you've been very kind with the pictures you've used featuring the model, Jo. Some of them weren't so flattering...

    From Jo...

  6. Hi Claire - thanks for your lovely words about Mighty Fine - quote coming over soon and I really hope we get the chance to see you again and preform at your wedding. Mx

  7. So glad you found something you love! Wonderful maternity gowns

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