|Poppet approves of my gift bag.|
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!|