11 Reasons to Hire a Bridal Dresser

There’s so much more to being a Bridal Dresser than just helping the bride into her dress. Whether you are familiar with what we do or not, here are 11 reasons to hire a bridal dresser to make your big day that extra bit special and far more relaxing!

Reasons to Hire a Bridal Dresser | The Bridal Dresser

Image courtesy of Tobiah Tayo Photography

#1 The bridesmaids don’t have to fret about getting you into that dress!

The dress – it’s the one thing that really has to be perfect! Your girls know this, so asking them to help you into your bridal gown (especially if they have never had any experience before) could be quite worrying for them. Having dressed literally hundreds of brides in many different dress styles over the years, we really are pros at what we do. We’ve seen it all, know how to do up the most complex of fastenings and can do so in good time, leaving you and your girls to relax and have fun!

#2 Bridal Dressers are a pro at doing up those complex dress fastenings

Having dressed literally hundreds of brides in many different dress styles over the years, we really are pros at what we do. We’ve seen it all, know how to do up the most complex of fastenings and can do so in good time!

#2 Mum will be more relaxed knowing there’s an extra pair of hands

It’s only natural for your mum to feel anxious on your wedding day – she wants everything to be perfect for her little girl! Having that extra pair of hands will help to put her mind to rest, that it’s not all up to her to manage the bridal party on the morning of the wedding!

#4 You’ll have someone on hand to fix any dress malfunctions

From missing buttons to broken dress straps and undone hems – it may feel like the end of the world on your wedding day, but these minor dress malfunctions will be fixed before you know it!

#5 Any last minute steaming or ironing is sorted

Don’t spend the morning of your wedding doing chores! Hand the steamer over to your bridal dresser who will perfectly press any outfits needed for the day.

#6 Don’t worry about that stubborn necklace fastening

It’s a gift from your Grandmother and you absolutely adore it, but damn that fastening is difficult! Now try fastening it after a glass or two of Prosecco. As much as we love a glass of fizz we won’t be drinking on your big day, giving us the steady hands and sharp focus to tackle your bling!

#7 No one has to worry about anyone but themselves

With a Bridal Dresser around to help everyone get dressed, there’s no need to worry about anyone but yourself! Giving you the freedom and opportunity to relax and enjoy the moment!

Tobiah Tayo Photography | The Bridal Dresser

Image courtesy of Tobiah Tayo Photography

#8 We can offer invaluable advice about your dress throughout the day

From when to put the dress on and how, to loosen the lace up back before food and how to bustle the train; we have invaluable advice on how to look and feel the best in your dress throughout the day.

#9 Your Prosecco will remain topped up (but we’ll make sure you don’t over do it)

The morning of the wedding wouldn’t be complete without a glass or two of bubbles, but in all the excitement, we all know how easy it is to have a little too much without realising it! We’ll make sure your glass is topped up, but can also keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking to ensure you’re all gliding and not stumbling down the aisle!

#10 You will look your best in the ‘getting ready’ photographs

If you choose to have a photographer present on the morning of the wedding capturing the getting ready process, a bridal dresser is a fab person to have around to make sure that everyone is looking their best and the train is sitting perfectly!

Tobiah Tayo Photography | The Bridal Dresser

Image courtesy of Tobiah Tayo Photography

#11 It’s good to have a neutral person on hand if emotions run high

Whilst it’s rare for arguments to happen on the morning of the wedding, it’s not uncommon for nerves and anxiety to get the better of people. Having a neutral mediator on hand to diffuse tense situations is always a plus!

#12 it’s like having a mini wedding planner on the morning of your wedding!

Basically, a Bridal dresser is like having a wedding planner just for the morning of your wedding! Whilst I have listed the main reasons to hire a Bridal Dresser, there is so much more we can do for you. We are here to wait on you hand and foot, to make you and your bridal party look perfect and to ensure that the morning of your wedding is the perfect start to such an important and special day!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want a Bridal Dresser for your big day or if you have any questions about the service – we’d love to hear from you!

Lucy x

Poppy Dover ‘The Love Stories’ Collection

I first met bespoke bridal wear designer Poppy Dover in February at the National Wedding Show in London. It was the ‘Thousand Hearts Veil Top’ with it’s delicately embroidered hearts that scattered the delicate tulle, that stopped me in my tracks. This beautiful and ethereal top hung alone with an almost ghostly and angelic quality and was everything a bridal garment should be – effortlessly understated, delicate, feminine and hopelessly romantic.

'The Love Stories' Collection by Poppy Dover | The Bridal Dresser

‘Thousand Hearts Veil Top’ and ‘Dreamer Dress’ by Poppy Dover

Poppy is instantly likeable, totally lovely and utterly inspiring. This petite pretty, red head with big blue eyes greeted me warmly and spoke enthusiastically about her designs. She accepted complements about her debut collection as though I was the first person to ever offer them (I highly doubt that!) and she had an infectious passion, which has been beautifully translated into a bespoke bridal wear collection to die for!

I was keen to find out the story behind her collection ‘The Love Stories’, and her journey as a designer, so we organised to meet a couple of months later in London.

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Poppy in her Chelsea studio

We met at Cuisine de Bar By Poilâne near Sloane Square on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon and over a couple of coffees and a spot of lunch, we discussed the ins and outs of her colourful and exciting life as a bridal wear designer.

After graduating with a degree in Fashion design from Kingston University, Poppy spent 7 years designing for high end luxury fashion houses in Italy and London.  Her first taste of designing bridal wear was when she was asked by a friend to create a bespoke bridal top to go over her wedding dress. Poppy enjoyed the process so much that in 2015 she launched the her own brand.

“I am inspired by the idea that, with bridal wear, the garment means so much more than perhaps any item the bride has or will wear again.”

Iconographies of Love

‘The Love Stories’ collection is all about innocent love – love letters, poems and romantic doodles. Cupid arrows, love hearts, curling roses, interlacing initials, butterflies and swallows are the iconographies that are featured heavily in this collection and are all hand drawn by Poppy herself.

'The Love Stories' Collection by Poppy Dover | The Bridal Dresser

Poppy Dover at The National Wedding Show

It is important to Poppy that the bride feels as though the garment ‘wraps you in hug’, so she only uses the finest natural silk, matte crepe, silk organza, chiffon and tulle. Simplistic gown designs can be mixed and matched with intricately embroidered tops to create two looks in one, and all designs feature a white on white embellishment, symbolising the purity of love and the beginning of her collection. Poppy prides herself in only using fabrics designed by herself, offering brides a completely bespoke and unique outfit, that will forever be treasured.

“To give the bride something elegant but unique to wear so that she looks and feels, relaxed and 100% herself on that important day”
'Whole Hearted Dress' by Poppy Dover | The Bridal Dresser

‘Whole Hearted Dress’

The British Raj

“The inspiration for my bridal aesthetic always evolves from my fascination I have with the Colonial Era of the British Raj, during the early 20th century.”

Poppy first visit India when she was 20 years old with her mother and sister and fell completely and utterly in love the country’s opulent culture and elegance. She talked with passion about her fascination with the rich past that England shared with India and how once you’ve been to India it stays with you for weeks afterwards, ingrained in your daily life. It is no surprise really, that it has been such an inspiration for her collection. 

With such an emotional connection to this country, Poppy is proud to say that all of her garments are handmade in India by a talented team of seamstresses who take pride in creating work of the finest quality. Having seen the garments up close, there is no doubt in the truth of this.

“Within the brand aesthetic there is always a sense of this spirit, combining India’s ethereal romance with a touch of British drama and eccentricity.”
Petal Bed Top by Poppy Dover | The Bridal Dresser

‘Petal Bed Top’

Designing ‘The Love Stories’ Collection

When it was time to design the collection Poppy took herself away to her parents house in south Africa for two weeks. Situated in the desert in a town called Prince Albert, she could work uninterrupted by the hustle and bustle of the city. She said designing was the easy part, it’s translating that vision into the finished product that takes the time.  She has a fabulous pattern cutting in the London who creates the samples before they are sent off to India to be made.

Poppy deliberately didn’t look at what other designers were doing or what had  been done previously and takes her inspiration from fashion rather than bridal wear. This alternative and refreshing approach to bridal wear design has resulted in the creation of a stunning and unique collection that gracefully stands out from the crowd.

'Nest of Feathers' top and "Drip Silk Dress' by Poppy Dover | The Bridal Dresser

‘Nest of Feathers Top’ and ‘Drip Silk Dress’

The two-piece concept of the range allows the bride to express her individuality and gives her the option to have two different looks on the day by removing the top. The tops are designed in such a way that they are easily worn again offer longevity in their use.

A Bespoke Service For Brides

“A confidence is growing among brides to stand out and express themselves more which makes the collaborative part of my job that much more enjoyablE”

Poppy Dover prides herself in offering not only a stunning collection, but the option to collaborate with her for a more hands on, made to order or bespoke service. She encourages brides to personlise their outfit with a hidden message or their partners initials embroidered into the garment and even offers one off original artwork of the outfit as a sentimental keepsake.

Find out more about ‘The Love Stories’ collection and Poppy Dover here.

Fabulous Flat Wedding Shoes

Whilst brides that want to wear heels on their wedding day are spoilt for choice,  fabulous flat wedding shoes are a little more difficult to come by. For women that need a second pair of comfy shoes for the evening, want to avoid towering over their other half or simply prefer a flat shoe, finding a pair that makes you go ‘ohhhhhhh’ isn’t an easy job, so I’ve done the hard work for you! I have scoured the shops high and low to bring you the most beautiful, ‘got to have them’ flats that would make Cinderella jealous!

Many brides choose to treat themselves  to an extra special pair of shoes for their wedding day and Jimmy Choo’s are more often than not the shoe of choice! These satin pointy toe flats with a chunky crystal broach, are effortlessly beautiful and elegant and the perfect option for a bride who loves her labels.

Available in a range of colours and in a closed toe option, these rose pink Aruna Seth peep toes with Swarovski butterfly embellishment are a subtle option if you don’t want to opt for a classic ivory or white wedding shoe.

 

Louboutin may be known for their killer heels, but they also boast some super cute flats including these adorable patent heart pumps, which are also available in black and red. Get the matching clutch to complete look!

 

With a heel height of 25mm these aren’t strictly flats, but they’re so pretty!! French Chantilly lace, duchess silk, freshwater pearls and sparkling crystals, these peep toe wedding shoes ooze a vintage vibe.

This ivory leather, pale gold leather and champagne glitter heart sandal features Charlotte’s signature silver sixpence and the leather embossed sole with the phrase “Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something Blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe”. A very special pair of shoes for a spring or summer wedding.

Simple yet timeless and elegant, these super sleek, handmade bridal ballet flats can come with either classic satin or lace ankle ribbons to compliment your wedding dress.

It was the subtle floral print and rose gold bows that made me fall in love with these pretty pumps! With an OrthoLite padded insole these are not only super cute but comfy too and would look divine if you had a pastel themed wedding.

If you adore all things that glitter these Kurt Geiger ballet pump with mesh sides and sophisticated nude trim, is encrusted with delicate, sparkling crystals – perfect for a pair of twinkle toes!!

If comfort is key, you’ll adore these satin Rainbow Club pumps with their ‘bliss’ padded lining, Trimmed with a subtle shimmer trim these satin slippers are simple and classy and can even be dyed to the colour of your choice!

These ivory and crystal, leather flip flops are perfect for a beach or summer wedding or simply for throwing on in the evening to give your feet a break from your heels. Their neutral and subtle design makes them a pair that can easily be worn again on your honeymoon and holidays.

If bling is not your thing perhaps Dune’s white filigree sandals will appeal to you. Easily worn again with a smart or casual outfit, these pretty flats are perfect for a boho bride.

I’m a sucker for a floral trim and at only £18.99 these super pretty, feminine t-bar sandals had to go on the list! For brides looking for a bargain pair of sandals but don’t want to compromise on style, these are the shoes for you.

These folding pocket shoes make a fantastic second pair of shoes for dancing the night away in on your wedding day. They can be ordered with a personalised carry case making them a great gift for your bridesmaids or for taking on a night out!

Valentine’s Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Slab

Valentine's Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Slab | thebridaldresser.co.uk

I am a hopeless romantic so it is no surprise that I love Valentine’s Day! Not only am I a great believer that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach (and the way to mine too), I also think the most thoughtful way to show how much someone really means to you is with something made from the heart.  With this in mind I decided to enlist the help of my favourite food blogger, Anyonita Nibbles, to create a very special Valentines treat. The brief was short and sweet – it had to be romantic and gluten and dairy free.

Valentine's Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Slab| thebridaldresser.co.uk

I am fortunate that I do not have a gluten or dairy intolerance, but I have many friends that do, so it was important to me that anyone could enjoy this indulgent treat and what a job Anyonita did! Combining the two classics of valentines day, chocolate and roses, she created this beautiful Valentine’s gluten free dairy free chocolate slab!

So if you’re still looking for a delicious and unique way to say ‘I love you’ (or simply because you want to treat yourself), here’s a quick and easy recipe which you can whip up in time for the most romantic day of the year.

How to Make Valentine’s Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Slab

Ingredients

400g good quality (dairy free) milk chocolate
150g good quality (dairy free)  white chocolate
2 tablespoons edible rose petals

How to

  1. Melt the milk chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water (don’t let the bowl touch the water) and melt gently.
  2. Pour the chocolate onto a sheet of baking parchment and use a rubber spatula to shape into a slab or other shape.
  3. Let the chocolate set (either at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. While the milk chocolate sets, melt the white chocolate and drizzle or pipe over the milk chocolate and sprinkle the rose petals over.
  5. Let the white chocolate set and enjoy!

You should feel free to use this recipe as a base and substitute the dairy free chocolate for regular chocolate and rose petals for any other toppings you’d like!

Happy Valentines Day from Anyonita Nibbles & The Bridal Dresser xx

Valentine's Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Slab | thebridaldresser.co.uk

What is a Bridal Dresser and Why do I Need One?

When I began talking to my friends and family about how I’d had this great idea to become a bridal dresser no one really quite understood what it meant. Even after explaining to them that it was a service to help the bride and her bridal party get ready on the morning of their wedding, I could tell they still didn’t really get it.

“Aren’t they capable of dressing themselves?”

“Isn’t that what the bridesmaids are for?

Obviously adults are capable of dressing themselves; but wedding dresses are a whole different ball game and yes, your bridesmaids are there to help, but during the getting ready process they won’t be able to offer 100% of their attention to the bride.

Photography by Jodie Cooling Photography

Photography by Jodie Cooling Photography

Let’s set the scene – It’s the morning of your wedding and after months, if not years of planning one of the most special days of your life you’re likely to be feeling an array of emotions! You’ll be excited that the big day is finally here and that you will be marrying the love of your life, but also nervous and anxious that all your hard work is going to pay off and the day runs without a hitch. Add a splash of prosecco, the process of getting ready, a couple of over excited bridesmaids and a anxious mother, and the morning of your wedding is already looking rather eventful!

During this hectic time when the mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaids will likely be at their most stressed, nervous and distracted with getting themselves ready, I can step in to do up dresses, fasten necklaces and shoes, top up glasses and ensure everyone has what they need for the day ahead.

Jodie Cooling Photography | thebridaldresser.co.uk

Image courtesy of Jodie Cooling Photography

Whilst bridal dressing is about helping the bride and her bridal party to get ready, I pride myself in offering a personalised service and expect that each bride may need the service customised to suit their needs. With this in mind I am open to extending my duties in other areas. With a degree in fashion design I’m a dab hand with a needle and can fix any last minute minor wardrobe malfunctions, steam or iron clothing and am available to assist the photographer with photographs, making sure that the train is sat perfectly. I can even dash over to check on the grooms party and make sure the best man has the rings! You could say I’m a bit like a wedding planner for the morning of your wedding!

A bride once told me that because she was the only person in her bridal party that knew how to lace up dresses, she had to help her 5 bridesmaids before getting dressed herself. This caused a lot of stress and in the commotion she forgot all her jewellery! I am a strong believer that no bride should go through this unnecessary type of pressure on the morning of her wedding.

To find out more about my services and experience please click here for more information and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at lucy@thebridaldresser.co.uk.

The Victoria Warehouse Wedding Showcase

When I think of wedding fairs (brace yourself I’m going to be blunt) I think of dated hotels, cliche instrumental wedding music, bored looking suppliers and uninspired looking couples. However the name alone – ‘Showcase‘ – suggested that I shouldn’t expect the usual at this wedding event. The fact that it was being held at The Victoria Warehouse (a converted 1930s warehouse) and was being hosted by Bridal Chic in the City (an uber cool  social media based wedding magazine) I knew this was a ‘wedding fair’ worth checking out!

Hollywood Letters | thebridaldresser.co.uk

‘L O V E’ letters by Hollywood Letters

Bridal Chic in the City’s objective is to provide couples with quirky and unique inspiration for their wedding day and is an advocate of unique local wedding businesses; so it was no surprise to me that Bridal Chic was the first to jump on board to host a wedding event at the Victoria Warehouse, which hasn’t even celebrated it’s first birthday as a wedding venue yet!

Based in Trafford in Manchester, not far from where I live, I have driven past this imposing former warehouse many times and never knew what was hidden within it’s walls. I was thrilled that I was finally getting the chance to take a look at what could arguably, be one of the most unique wedding venues in Manchester.

The Victoria Warehouse | thebridaldresser.co.ukTable Decor by Qube | thebridaldresser.co.uk

Qube Events and Production | thebridaldresser.co.ukEvent Styling by Qube | thebridaldresser.co.ukThis multi functional venue, which also hosts clubs nights and doubles up as a hotel (yes it’s big enough to combine all three without disrupting each other!) had me at hello! It’s bare brick walls and raw concrete uprights stay true to the warehouse’s authentic architecture and creates the perfect blank canvas, allowing couples to design a wedding to suit their own personal vision and style.

I was blown away by they styling of the venue which had been beautifully designed by Qube Events and Productions. Not surprisingly, they’ve just snapped up the award for Wedding Stylist of the Year from The 2016 Wedding Industry Awards! They showcased a range of looks proving the versatility of the rooms and drenched the place in fairy light and candles creating the most magical atmosphere. From simple and glamorous, white and gold themed table displays to a natural and rustic woodland look, we were spoilt for inspiration. You could see couples enthusiastically making notes and taking photos as they could see their own visions of their wedding day come to life in this stunning and unique venue.

White Table Decor | thebridaldresser.co.uk

Candle Light | thebridaldresser.co.uk

The Victoria Warehouse Wedding Showcase | thebridaldresser.co.uk

Event Styling by Qube | thebridaldresser.co.ukEvent Styling by Qube | thebridaldresser.co.uk

Top Table Design | thebridaldresser.co.uk

Event Styling by Qube Events and Productions | thebridaldresser.co.uk

Woodland Themed Table Display | thebridaldresser.co.uk

Rustic Wedding Theme | thebridaldresser.co.uk

The Victoria Warehouse Bar | thebridaldresser.co.ukKeep your eyes peeled for more wedding fairs and networking events hosted by Bridal Chic in the City coming soon!

Wedding Suppliers at The Victoria Warehouse Wedding Showcase
Qube Events and Productions | Hollywood Lights | Duo Reul | Marry Me Ink | Gareth Cotrell DJ | Sterling Lighting Company | Captcha Photo Booths | Ella Moore Couture | To and From Wedding Stationary | Satyrion Bespoke Headwear | Temple Spa | Studio54d | Joe Stenson Photography | Dan Hough Photography | Prepared4travel | Nat O’Brien Band | Penny Belle

Photography by Image Suite.

Here’s to a Fabulous 2016!

Marrying in 2016 | The Bridal Dresser

Happy new year and a massive congratulations to all of those who got engaged over the festive period and are marrying in 2016!

I woke up on the 1st of January feeling excited and positive that the year ahead was going to be a great one! Maybe because surprisingly, I didn’t feel even vaguely hung over, but mainly because the business idea that I had had at the back of my mind for the last several years was finally coming into fruition!

I have been in the wedding industry for over 4 and half years and during my time as the manager of a wedding dress shop, I was asked many times by my brides if I could be there on the morning of their wedding to dress them. They wanted someone who was calm and professional to ensure the dress sat right, fastened correctly and felt comfortable. Whilst I would have loved nothing more than to have helped these ladies into the wedding dress I had helped them choose, it just wasn’t possible with the busy weekends at the shop.

In 2014 I made the exciting move from the countryside to the big city! I remained in the wedding industry, but went from a customer facing role in a boutique to an office based job in marketing. As much I loved my job, I desperately missed that one on one interaction with the brides. Seeing the look on their face when I put them in the dress of their dreams and making them feel a million dollars is truly one of the best feelings in the world. I felt so lucky to be a part of their big day!

One night, after a couple of glasses of wine with my boyfriend and an evening of reminiscing about working at the wedding dress shop, I had a light bulb moment! Why not take advantage of that gap in the market and fill that empty void by becoming a bridal dresser?!

After months of deliberating I finally decided to take the plunge and make my dreams of running my own wedding business a reality! So here, I proudly present to you The Bridal Dresser – a friendly, professional and personalised service helping brides and their bridal party get ready on the morning of their wedding.

I can’t wait to meet all those brides that are marrying in 2016, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or to find out more about my services.