It’s that day you’ve always dreamed of growing up, the day you celebrate spending the rest of your life with the love of your life, and the day you get to be the centre of attention and revel in sheer, utter bridal bliss!
So…..in order to avoid a serious case of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ and leave the decision in the hands of anyone else but your beautiful self, Magpie is on hand to help you choose the perfect wedding dress for your special day!
Pop on the kettle, sit back, relax and make a date to gather your bride tribe for a road trip to finding that dream dress!
THE WHITE GALLERY
Take Me to: Co. Antrim
The Boutique: Archive 12, Conway Mill, 5-7 Conway St, Belfast, Co Antrim.
The Designer: Exclusive Stockist of Minna Hepburn
Price range: €1200 – €1350
Aimed at: The Wild, Cool, Romantic Bride-to-Be
The Boutique: The White Gallery, 14a Upper Burren Rd, Burren, Warrenpoint, Co Down.
The Designer: Exclusive Stockist to French-Israeli designer Liz Martinez. Liz is one of the youngest designers of wedding dresses to take the world by storm. Sexy-yet-elegant is the trademark of this stunning collection.
Price range: Prices from €5,000 / €7,000
Aimed at: The Modern, Stylish, Fashion-forward Bride-to-Be who wants to look like herself – only even more amazing!!
Tell me More: This beautiful boutique in Co Down is packed full of A-list style with gowns to make you swoon. With a stunning range from eight unique designers from Laure de Sagazan to Yolan Cris to amazing creations from Liz Martinez, there’s huge choice for eco luxe-loving ladies.
Bridesmaids and flower girls are catered for too with chic accessories from the likes of Luna Bea and Eliza & Vale. Luna Bea – a luxurious avant-garde London-based bridal label describes their pieces as future heirlooms that return to the celebration of female sensuality from another world, place and time…we love the sound of that!!
The White Gallery was founded to create a beautiful, but relaxed environment for brides full of unique, romantic, and stylish gowns.
Need to Know: Pop onto The White Gallery website and keep your eyes peeled for their Secret Sale section – fantastic discounts on their designer dress brands!
Look Up: www.thewhitegalleryboutique.co.uk
Dial a Dress Date: +44 (0) 7565221331/Make an firstname.lastname@example.org
Take me to: Co. Donegal
The Boutique: McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, Co Donegal.
The Designer: Hayley Paige
The Price Range: €1,500-€7,500
Aimed at: The Fresh, Lively, and Confident Bride-to-Be, embracing sweet femininity with a touch of edginess
Tell me More: One of Ireland’s traditional favourites, with a great reputation for customer service and large choice of brands and price points, the family-run McElhinneys has been serving customers since 1971. The large store can fit out the bride and the mother of the bride in classic, beautiful styles.
They showcase stunning collections from leading designers such as Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Justin Alexander, Art Couture, Eternity Bride, Mori Lee, Oronovias, Rembo Styling and Special Day. They have exclusivity on the glamorous Hayley Page collection and slinky Julie Vino dresses and a great range of accessories.
Weekend appointments can book up to six weeks in advance.
Need to Know: The 2018 Pronovious Barcelona Collection is now available for viewing online @mcelhinneysbridalrooms.com and it’s beyond maravilloso!!
Look Up: www.mcelhinneysbridalrooms.com
Dial a Dress: (074) 913 1217
LAMELIA BRIDAL STUDIO
Take Me to: Co. Sligo
The Boutique: Lamelia Bridal Studio, Beltra, Co. Sligo
The Designer: Irish Stockist of ‘Art Couture’ – a fashion forward collection of designer wedding dresses, designed co-operatively by an amazing international team
The Price Range: €900 – €2,600
Aimed at: The Fashion Forward Contemporary Bride-to-Be wanting something a little different
Tell Me More: Recently nominated for the Mrs2be.ie Brides Choice Awards 2017, Lamelia Bridal Studio is Connacht’s premier bridal studio conveniently situated outside Sligo town Their exclusive studio is overlooking a private tranquil lake: close to Knocknarea Mountain.
Lamelia promises to make your dress viewing a truly memorable and pleasurable one. Every bride that comes through the door of Lamelia Bridal Studio will be given the undivided attention of their experienced bridal advisors. The Studio offers brides a range of wedding and bridesmaid dresses from world renowned design houses such as Allure, Benjamin Roberts, Demetrios, Karen George, Sophia Tolli, Tia and Veromia.
Need to Know: Lamelia’s Bridal Boutique offer a unique Wedding Dress Workshop you will gain invaluable, honest advice on all aspects involved in finding your perfect dress. The Workshop is an enjoyable two hours, where you and your bestie will be treated to afternoon tea and prosecco in a relaxed environment – sounds fabulous!!
Look Up: www.lameliabridalstudiosligo.ie
Dial a Dress Date: +353 (0) 87-2927240 / +353 (0) 71-9310561
WHITETHORN BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
Take Me to: Co. Mayo
The Boutique: Whitethorn Bridal Boutique, 20 Spencer St, Gorteendrunagh, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
The Designer: Dutch Bridal Designer Modeca
The Price Range: €1300 – €2000
Aimed at: The Bride-to-Be who wants to shine with happiness and self-confidence in her dress.
Tell me more: At Whitethorn Bridal Boutique, they stock beautiful, contemporary, elegant and unique Bridal gowns and accessories. Experience the warm, friendly and professional service at Whitethorn Bridal and view dresses from designer collections such as Luna Novias, Modeca, Ronald Joyce and Nicole Sposa.
Need to Know: Whitethorn Bridal are hosting an upcoming Trunk Show Extravaganza in aid of Women’s Support Services taking place on August 11th 2017 from 7pm – 9pm. Peruse some stunning dresses, sip on Prosecco and nibble on Canapes and who knows, you may just find the dress of your dreams. First 30 brides to book an appointment will get a goodie bag !
Look Up: Facebook: @whitethornbridal1/
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 94 903 4537
VINTAGE PEARL BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
Take me to: Co. Galway
The Boutique: Vintage Pearl Bridal Boutique, 34 Eglinton House, Dominick St, Galway.
The Designer: House of Mooshki
The Price Range: €1800 – €3000
Aimed at: The Elegant, Romantic, Modern Vintage Bride-to-Be
Tell Me More: Located in a beautiful Georgian building in Galway’s West End, Vintage Pearl offers brides a fun, relaxed experience. Owner Michelle Burke looks after all her brides, with one-to-one consultations that take you through her lovely collections.
Alongside vintage-inspired designs by Latvian designer Katya Katya Shehurina, French designer Cymbeline, and 1950s-inspired tea-length dresses by House of Mooshki, she also stocks original vintage wedding dresses. Rachel Simpson’s 1920s-inspired shoes, veils, bespoke headpieces and 100% real dried floral crowns & accessories by Emmy McCormick complete the offering.
Need to Know: To celebrate the recent opening of their accessory showroom, Vintage Pearl Bridal are giving away a €100 accessory voucher to every bride with all new dress orders placed in the month of July!
Look Up: www.vintagepearlbridal.ie
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 86 868 1499
THE LACE BOUTIQUE
Take me to: Co Clare
The Boutique: The Lace Boutique
The Designer: Wtoo by Watters
The Price Range: €900 – €1600
Aimed at: The Luxurious, Exquisite, Feminine Bride-to-Be
Tell me More: The Lace Boutique is one of Ireland’s newest bridal ventures in the Boutique capital of Ireland Ennis, Co. Clare offering a unique and memorable bridal experience for both the bride to be and their entourage.
The Lace Boutique is run by the sister double act of Jordanna and Janeanne O’Loughlin. Their ethos is to ensure every bride finds the dress they have been dreaming about with designers being handpicked from all over the world to ensure a luxurious experience and one of a kind collection.
The boutique is proud stockists of Rembo Styling, WTOO by Watters, Marylise, Ti-Adora by Alvina Valenta, Tarik Ediz, Pour un Oui “Cymbeline” and Modeca. They are constantly inspired by runway trends from New York, Paris, London and Milan and attentive to changing bridal trends and influences making sure their collection lives up to every girls wedding dreams.
Need to Know: To celebrate the start of #weddingseason, The Lace Boutique are running a competition for all gorgeous “Brides-To-Be” for July and August. Check out their Facebook Page @TheLaceBoutique for more details
Look Up: www.thelaceboutique.ie
Dial a Dress: (065) 679 9005
ALICE MAY BRIDAL
Take Me To: Co Dublin
The Boutique: Alice May Bridal, The Kilternan Gallery, Enniskerry Road, Kilternan, Co Dublin.
The Designer: Catherine Deane – an exquisite adaptation of time-honoured techniques combined with contemporary design elements.
The Price Range: €1800 – €4600
Aimed at: The Timeless, Elegant Sophisticated Bride-to-Be
Tell me More: One of the country’s newest boutiques, Alison Daly’s carefully curated selection of bridal labels has seen Alice May Bridal win immediate fans from fashion-forward brides. With Dublin area exclusivity on Savin London, Catherine Deane, Willowby by Watters and Tara Keely, they also stock Atelier Emelia, Nicola Ann and Raimon Bundo’s elegantly embellished gowns and new arrivals from TiaDora.
Catherine Deane wedding dresses have an ethereal beauty with very feminine silhouettes and beautiful fabrics. Maria Senvo dresses have a trendy fashion forward bride in mind while Nicola Anne dresses have a real sense of timelessness.
Tara Keely wedding dresses with their lush tulles and detailed laces offer brides the ideal romantic vision whereas Raimon Bundo’s appeal lies in their classic cuts and wonderful use of laces, brocades, tulle and silk.
Lastly but definitely not least Love Marley wedding dresses are all about easy, breezy, fabulous and flowy bridal gowns. The luxurious shop has lots of room for a comfortable shopping and fitting experience, with parking outside the door.
Bridesmaid dresses are stocked alongside bridal headpieces, veils, shoes, bags, jewellery and belts. Appointments can be booked online too.
Need to Know: The Alice May Bridal website offers an extremely helpful free wedding e-book/guide which is all about the first things you need to plan after getting engaged, what you need to book, preparation for the night before, etc !
Look Up: www.alicemay.ie
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 1 295 0006
THE WHIITE ROOM
Take Me to: Co. Westmeath
The Boutique: The White Room, 3D Lough Sheever Corporate Park, Robinstown, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
The Designer: Exclusive Stockist of Daalarna Couture
The Price Range: €1,000 – €4,500
Aimed at: The Simple, Sophisticated, Sensual, Feminine Bride-to-Be
Tell me more: The Bridal collection at The White Room is eclectic, offering a range of designers to suit every type of bride, ceremony and budget. They have carefully selected top designers from around the world to offer you a comprehensive selection of gowns under one roof.
With best-sellers like Pronovias, Enzoani, Jesus Peiro, Paloma Blanca, Mikaella, Rembo Styling, Charlotte Balbier, there’s a dress for every bride! You have the comfort of large private fitting rooms while trying on dresses and expert help is on hand during your time there. The White Room are currently exclusive stockists of Daalarna Couture for Ireland.
The boutique is centrally located in the midlands town of Mullingar and is one hour from Dublin and less than two hours from Galway.
Need to Know: Pop onto The White Room website and have a browse through their sample dresses – Prices start at €200!
Look Up: www.thewhiteroom.ie
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 44 9347661
Take me to: Co. Kildare
The Boutique: Ruben Bridal
The Designer: The Unforgettable Collection at Bonny Bridal
The Price Range: €750 – €2,500
Aimed at: Beautifully handpicked collections to complement and enhance the fuller figured Bride-to-Be
Tell Me More: Established in 2007 and run by Catherine McCann and Janet Wall, Ruben Bridal is an award winning exclusive plus size bridal boutique,It’s situated in the picturesque village of Calverstown, Co.Kildare, just 20 minutes’ drive from Dublin.
They stock a beautiful collection of wedding dresses in sizes 16-32 including designers Alfred Angelo, Bonny Bridal, Tamem Michael, Venus woman, Venus Angel and Tradition. It doesn’t stop there, to complete your Bridal look, Ruben Bridal stock an exquisite range of veils, headdresses, including a selection of wide fitting bridal shoes.
Ruben bridal carry out all alterations in house by our fully qualified seamstress for the perfect fit.
Need to Know: Keep an eye on The Ruben Bridal Facebook pages for up to date news on designers, dress ranges and if you would prefer a pop of colour on your dress for your special day, you might just find it here!
Look Up: www.rubenbridal.ie
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 45485849/+353 (0) 86 0857997
THE ATTIC BRIDAL
The County: Limerick
The Boutique: The Attic Bridal Wear Boutique, 8 Roches Street, Limerick, Ireland
The Designer: Exclusive stockist of Elbeth Gillis
The Price Range: €1100 – €3750
Aimed at: The Unique, Chic and Serendipitous Bride-to-Be
Tell me More: The Attic Bridal Boutique is a unique Bridal Store situated in a discreet and private setting in a beautiful old building above Esquire and Serendipity, and is in the heart of Limerick City.
Tea is served in vintage mix match china cups to you and your bridal party in a garden themed viewing corner. A real treat in the experience at The Attic, is the feel you will get for the dress, walking around the large space as the natural light pours in the large sash windows.
The Attic has a stunning range of carefully selected wedding dresses, including two bespoke South African Labels Elbeth Gillis & Anna Georgina both of which are exclusive to The Attic in Ireland. In addition to these, The Attic features design collections from Adrianna Papell, Margarett & Madison James.
Orlaith Carroll, Award- winning designer and Owner of The Attic has worked with amazing designers such as Alexander McQueen and Derek Lam in the past. With Orlaith’s design and technical experience in fashion, you are in very good hands in your mission to finding the perfect silhouette and style for your body shape.
A very special attribute to The Attic is the alternative option offered by Orlaith to create a bespoke, one of a kind dress, made especially for you!
Need to Know: Keep your Diary free on September 23rd 2017! The Attic Bridal Wear Boutique are holding a designer weekend showcasing the new collection from Designer Elbeth Gillis for all Brides-to-Be! ……plus, rumour has it there will be discounts for any Bride who wants to ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ right there and then!
Look Up: www.theatticbridalwearboutique.com
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 61 314655 / +353 (0) 85 7071918
HOUSE OF DELPHINE
Take me to: Co Kerry
The Boutique: House of Delphine, Kinvara Lodge, The Spa, Tralee, Co. Kerry
The Designer: Delphine Grandjouan
The Price Range: On Consultation
Aimed at: The Incomparable, Decadently luxurious, Thoroughly Modern Art Deco Bride-to-Be
Tell Me More: Delphine Grandjouan is an established Irish based award-winning French designer of couture bridal, cocktail and occasionwear. Delphine’s service is very special, it is exclusively developed for each customer. She employs only the most skilful couture techniques to reflect your individual personality and style.
Delphine is a member of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers. She was awarded Bridal Designer of the year two years running. Her designs have been chosen to close the gala show at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, and Dublin ARC show among other prestigious Irish Fashion Events and have featured on the pages of every Irish national newspaper and magazine.
Because of the bespoke nature of Delphine Grandjouan’s award winning bridal designs, only a limited number of fittings are scheduled each year in Kerry and Dublin. Delphine’s Wedding Dresses are sculpted individually from the finest Silk Satin, Silk Crepes and French Laces!
Need to Know: Delphine’s bespoke, stunning collections available for viewing on The House of Delphine website including two new collections ‘Dreams’ and the unique designs in ‘Heart of Gold’ modelled by Thalia Heffernan–highly recommended!
Look Up: www.houseofdelphine.com
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 87 648 8901
Take Me to: Co. Cork
The Boutique: The Moderne Bridal Boutique 13-14 French Church Street, Cork,
The Designer: Maggie Sottero
The Price Range: €1000 – €2,500
Aimed at: For Today’s Classic Bride-to-Be, Channelling Ethereal Grace and Modern Romance
Tell Me More: In business for over 100 years and set over three luxurious floors, The Moderne Bridal provides an elegant and comfortable space for you to find their perfect dress.
They stock over 500 dresses from international designers such as Mori Lee, Maggie Sottero, Special Day, Sottero & Midgley and Ronald Joyce. Brides are invited to make an appointment for a free private consultation with one of their expert stylists.
In addition to Bridal dresses, Moderne offer a large range of bridesmaid dresses from designers like Kenneth Winston, Special Day and Dresscode. These can be ordered in a range of colours, and an appointment is only needed if dressing four or more.
Need to Know: It’s competition time at Moderne where you can win a €300 voucher off any Condici outfit from their sister store Moderne Occasionwear on Lavitt’s Quay – Check out @themodernebridal on Facebook for more details!
Look Up: www.themoderne.com
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 21 4270266/ Freephone: 1800 855 835
Something a Little Different
The Boutique: Barnardos, 8 Upper George’s St, Dún Laoghaire/11a Selskar St, Wexford
Tell Me More: Barnardos Bridal Rooms only stock 100% brand new bridal gowns and accessories, all of which are donated by well-known Irish retailers, wholesalers and designers. Each dress is one of a kind, so when you find your perfect dress in Barnardos Bridal Rooms, you really have something uniquely special in your hands.
As well as a stunning selection of bridal gowns, Barnardos also carry accessories, bridesmaid’s dresses and outfits for the mother of the bride.
By choosing a Barnardos Bridal dress, you will not only be getting a fantastic bargain, but you’ll also be making a valuable contribution to Barnardos’ work and helping to change the lives of thousands of children in Ireland.
The Price Range: Prices start from €250
Need to Know: If you would like to continue supporting Barnardos after you have chosen your perfect dress, check out Barnardos Wedding Favours for your special day….A very thoughtful way to add to your big day!
Look Up: www.barnardos.ie/bridaL
Dial a Dress: +353 (0) 1 280 1246/ +353 (0) 53 912 2679
The Boutique: Dirty Fabulous, 21 Wicklow St, Dublin 2.
Tell Me More: Kathy Sherry and Caroline Quinn stock a huge vintage bridal collection from the 1920s to the 1970s, with 1950s tea-length dresses a specialty.
From 1920’s flapper dresses and frocks, 1930’s slipper satin gowns, 1940’s rayon rhinestone drenched wedding dresses, 1950’s full and t-length proms, 1960’s beaded columns and minis to 1970’s diaphanous caped dresses the possibilities are endless. A vintage wedding gown offers decades of choice at affordable prices.
Their wedding dresses are sourced all the way from America; and feature a range of amazing vintage designers such as I. Magnin, Hattie Carnegie, Victoria Royal, Mike Bennet, Malcom Starr, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lilli Ann to name but a few. Not only are these hugely collectable pieces but they are also some of the finest examples of couture quality fashion available.
The Price Range: €350 – €950 (however they may feature a selection of rare and collectable dresses above this).
Need to Know: If you have a style or theme in mind for your wedding and Dirty Fabulous doesn’t have it in stock, they will endeavour to source it for you free of charge and with no obligation to purchase any dress! Their unique bespoke, original vintage and vintage style head pieces and bird cage veils are TO DIE FOR!
Look Up: www.dirtyfabulous.com
Dial a Dress: +353 (0)1 6111842
On a Budget (Who Isn’t)!
Take me to: Debenhams www.debehams.ie
From modern-day elegance to vintage glamour and classic fairy tale gowns, you are sure to find the perfect match with their stunning range of wedding dresses, accessories and lingerie.
Need to Know: Debenhams are currently running a Summer event up to 70% off
Take Me to: Monsoon www.monsoon.co.uK
Discover ‘the one’ among the collection of breath-taking wedding dresses from Monsoon, exclusively designed in London. Embrace the romance of vintage-inspired lace and add a touch of sparkle with beautiful embellishments. Whether you choose a dramatic train or chic short wedding dress, their exquisite collection is expertly-crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Need to know: Monsoon is running a Summer event up to 50% off online – definitely worth a look!
Take Me to: Phase Eight www.phase-eight.com/eu
Phase Eight have a beautiful bridal collection featuring classic floor length styles, the 1950s inspired shorter dresses, styles for the bride who loves vintage design and clean, contemporary silhouettes for the modern bride.
Need to know: Log on to their website and create your wedding wishlist matching accessories with your dress of choice!