Meet the Marriage Makers | Bride by Design
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Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!
We are a small family-run business, run by Mother and Daughter team, Clare and Lisa.
Based in the small market town of Warminster, Wiltshire, situated halfway between the cities of Bath and Salisbury, we also cover parts of Somerset and Dorset too, with towns including Frome, Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Westbury, Trowbridge and Melksham.Having a direct train line into Warminster means we also get lots of Brides travelling from London to come to us too.
We opened our boutique in January 2013, so we've just started our 7th year of trading. We specialise in offering a beautiful range of designer wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and bridal accessories such as shoes, jewellery, veils and hair accessories.
We were one of three finalists in the Wedding Industry Awards 2018 for ‘Best Bridal Retailer- South West’. Sadly, we didn’t win but we were very proud to have been in the top three and have our fingers crossed again for the next industry awards!
What is your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?
Our favourite thing about working in the wedding industry is helping our customers find their dresses of course! Seeing their reaction when their dress arrives and it’s all hanging up in the changing room waiting for them is just great! Weddings are such a happy occasion, so we love being involved and helping our ladies' plans come to life.
Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?
We are noticing a huge change in dress colours. When we first opened we were selling lots of white dresses, whereas now our ladies are asking for golds, champagnes, blush pinks and ivory. A few trends for next year’s Brides include lots of lace and shaped trains (when is lace not on trend for weddings!!) We do have some stunning plainer styles in store too, as we have noticed more and more customers wanting something just as beautiful but a little more understated.
What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you special?
I think the main difference between us and our competitors and what makes us special is the fact we can have bespoke dresses made by one of our suppliers. This gives our ladies the chance to make their dress completely unique and their own - it means if they find a dress which they love, but would like to add an illusion neckline of sleeves etc, then that’s exactly what we can do. Even the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. We are renowned in our area for giving excellent customer service too - nothing is ever too much trouble and we are here to help our customers every step of the way, from the moment they book an appointment with us right up until their wedding day! Our website testimonials speak for themselves and we are very proud to have such wonderful comments left about people’s experiences with us!
What five words would you use to describe your business?
Friendly, professional, accommodating, reliable and honest!
What top tips would you like to share with our lovely Brides to-be planning their big day?
A few top tips for wedding dress shopping… be open minded when trying on dresses, you may fall in love with a dress which you would never have imagined choosing - but that’s OK and happens all the time! They look completely different on the hanger so be brave and try them. Don’t start looking for your dress until around a year before your wedding (unless you are just super organised). Looking too early will result in you possibly falling in love with a dress which will not be available to order nearer your wedding. Dresses usually have a 6-month order time, so coming a year before is perfect. Another top tip we have learnt over the years is not to take too many people with you dress shopping (no more than 3). Too many opinions makes it impossible and ultimately it’s your dress and you have to have what you love, you can always bring your friends back to see your chosen dress another time.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about?
Being based in a military town we offer a 10% discount for military personnel, so please bring proof of this to your appointment and we will be more than happy to offer this to you. Please follow us on instagram and facebook, which will give you a little more insight in to your bridal experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you soon.