Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage Blog

By C DUDDY 17 May, 2016
All dresses in the sale are dresses which have been used as sample dresses, and will be reduced by AT LEAST 50%, with discounts of up to 75% (starting at £195).  The selection of dresses will include current season dresses (reduced for that day only and then reverting to full price) and discontinued dresses.  Most dresses will be Maggie Sottero gown and  Essense of Australia, with some by  Special Day, Mori Lee and White One.

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Thursday 19th May 2016

 Many dresses will be from our current collection and will only be reduced for the 1-day sale and will then revert to full price once the sale is over.  Full price dresses will not be on show that day - just the sale dresses, so if you want to see non-sale dresses, please book an appointment for a different day.


People always ask me about sale days and what advice I would give anyone looking to come to one, so here's a list of top tips that I've put together which should help you to on your quest to find a dream dress at a bargain price!

Top tips for attending a sample sale..

1. Get out beforehand and try dresses on.
Try not to make a sample sale your first bridal shopping trip.  The girls who come prepared with ideas from trying on beforehand are the girls who have the most success at getting a bargain.  You will be restricted to the number of dresses you can try on (5 max in your allocated time slot!!)  so you don't get the normal private consultation to try and figure out what shapes and styles you prefer and which ones flatter your figure.  When you come to a bridal sample sale, you should already have a good idea of what style you are looking for, what size you need and what suits your shape.

2. Bring a friend
Don’t bring a whole entourage, but bring someone who will be brutally honest. Weddings are expensive and any discount you can get, especially if it’s on your dress, is well worth it - but only if you will be happy with it. Brief your friend to be brutally honest and listen to  her (or him!)  And remember that on a 1 day sale,  you can't go for a look and come back again the next week.  
So if you need your friend/sister/mum with you to help you make the final decision, then make sure she comes with you to the sale event.

3. Wear the right underwear

This is a wedding dress appointment necessity regardless, but make sure you wear the right undies! You need to do everything you can to see how the dress will fit you.   Plus, we ask for no fake tan, and that only light make-up be worn.

4. Bring your purse!!!!!!!!!!!
You'd be surprised at how many people don't think about this one - remember,  it's a one day sale, and we don't hold items over .  So bring your purse (we accept all major credit/debit cards) so that if you do find 'the one' then you can actually buy it!!! (and many of the dresses will be reverting to full price after the event).

5.  Ask the sales assistants about sizing.
Bridal sizes are generally a bit smaller than high street sizes, so when you are looking, bear that in mind.  But also, don't be afraid of looking at dresses which are a little bit bigger as they can always be taken in.  If in doubt, ask one of our sales assistants for guidance on the sizes when you are looking through the dresses.   All dresses will be grouped in sizes to make it easier.  The majority of dresses will be in sizes 12, 14 and 16, but we still have a good selection of smaller and larger dresses (it just means that the 12-16 bride will have a better picking choice!)

Please note that the vast majority of dresses will be ex-sample dresses, which means that they have been tried on in our shop and/or have been worn in fashion photoshoots/catwalk shows.  They may have minor issues that need addressed, for example, some may need dry cleaned or spot cleaned or may have a few missing beads or buttons, and we have priced each dress accordingly to take this into account.   You are getting a genuine designer dresses for a fraction of the full retail price and are able to see them and try them on , unlike shopping online where many of the 'bargains' are in fact poorly made copies of designer dresses, made with inferior materials.  
By C DUDDY 13 Apr, 2016
Some tips and points for those who have booked appointments to come and visit us!!!  Please note that we normally allocate a 75 minute slot for each bride for a first visit, and we normally have to stick strictly to this as we'll have other brides booked in to accommodate.  


Getting yourself prepared: 

- bring a strapless bra if you have one.  Alternatively, a white or nude bra if you can.  We will have to come into the fitting room with you, so just a heads up too on that in case you'd be embarrassed in skimpy underwear and would feel more comfortable in your big knickers!! 

- please keep make-up to a minimum.  Heavy foundation, lipstick and rub-off fake tan often stain our dresses.  Some light make up is fine though (we all feel a little better with a bit on!!)  but just keep it light! 

- bring photos of dresses that you like with you - you can save them on your phone and show us them at the start of the appointment  to give us a good idea of what you are liking.  Have a browse on our website and Facebook page for some inspiration!! 

- bring some helpers if you need them, but  we only have seating for three people (we can squeeze in 4 at a push) and remember to bring people with you who are good at seeing things from your point of view and will help guide you in a positive way.  Bringing negative people with very different opinions to you on what you should wear can really make the whole process more difficult!

- we welcome babies and children in our shop, but find that in general, it's a long sit for younger children and toddlers and they often get bored and want to go exploring around the shop.  We have a toy box which will keep them entertained for a while, but we often find that trying to run around a bridal shop trying to keep an active young child in tow can be stressful for the bride and for her helpers and is often distracting.  If you can, try to get a baby sitter - you'll feel more relaxed and focused if you do, and it just makes it a nicer experience! (but if you can't, don't be worrying!!) 

- if you can't make it  (for any reason, whether you found your dress elsewhere, or you're ill or something has come up) just remember to get in touch by phone, email or Facebook messenger and let us know that you can't make it.  We often have other brides looking for last minute appointments, so it always nice to know in advance if someone can't come to their allocated slot.


And remember to keep positive!!!!   Almost half of  brides-to-be  find their dress in their first shop - it's a lot more common than you think!!!  The vast majority will find their dress within the first three shops, but even if you've visited more shops than this, don't get disheartened and keep looking!!  I firmly believe that everyone will find a dress that makes them feel beautiful and when they find it, they will know!!    And remember that we offer payment plans which we can discuss with you should you find your dress to help you spread cost of the deposit and the dress itself (subject to time frames!) 


Looking forward to seeing you!!

Ciara 


There's a link to our google maps page in the comments section below so you can check where we are going beforehand.  Our postcode is BT47 3GE for those using Sat Nav.  (please don't enter Clooney Road as the address on a Sat Nav as it is will take you to the beginning of Clooney Road which is about 7 miles away!!!) 





By C DUDDY 11 Mar, 2016
We were delighted to pick up the award for Bridal Boutique of the Year (western region) at the Europa Hotel on the 22nd February this year - we had a great night (organised by Oceanic events) and we were thrilled to take home this award for our shop - we had some stiff competition!!!  Just need to get it up on the wall now!!!!  Ciara x
By C DUDDY 03 Feb, 2016
You've said 'I will', the ring is on your finger, you've set your date, and after hours of looking through magazines and scrolling through bridal shops' websites, you decide it's time to go shopping for your wedding dress. But where do you start? I'm sure you have loads of questions, and hopefully this blog will give you a few answers! 

Here's everything you need to know to get started.


1. Make sure you are ready to buy before you go shopping.
Wedding dress shops have stock which changes all the time.  Between getting in new dresses, to dresses going discontinued and getting sold off the peg, the collection each shop carries is always evolving.  If you are not going to be ready to buy until a year before your wedding, then wait until a year before the wedding.  If you go two (or even three) years in advance, the sales consultant will be working with the dresses that she has on that given day when she is helping you to find your dress, and she won't know what is going to be in next year so  only go early if you're content to pick from the current selection of dresses.    And don't leave it too late either or you may not be able to order in your dream dress.  The dresses you try on in the shops are what we call our 'sample dresses', but each bride gets a dress made to order for her and this takes time.   If you leave it until  6 or 7 months or less before your wedding, you won't have the same choice as a bride who comes out earlier.

2. Book in advance.
Most bridal shops work by private appointment  in order to give a professional one-to-one consultation. If you just show up, there's a very good chance that another bride is already there and you will won't get to try dresses on.  A quick phone call or email will ensure you won't have a  wasted trip.

3. Ask questions when you are booking.
If you are looking for something specific, be sure to ask before you arrive.   For example, if you are looking for a specific designer, make sure you check that the shop you are booking with carries that label.  Or if you are adamant that you want a tea-length wedding dress or a destination wedding dress, don't assume that all shops will have a selection for you to try on.  Check first.  The same goes for plus sizes.  Some shops only carry wedding dresses from size to 8 - 14, whist others (such as our shop) carry a wide range of size 18+ dresses up to a size 32.  If you are a plus size bride and arrive to a shop which doesn't have anything over a size 14, you are going to very disappointed when you won't be able to try any dresses on, so run this by the shop first when you are at the booking in stage. 
Also, if you have a friend or relative who has purchased their dress in the shop you are visiting, make sure the staff are told about this in advance so they can hide that other bride's dress before you come in - you don't want to pick the same dress as your future sister-in-law, so let the bridal shop know her name when booking so they can get organised to make sure this doesn't happen!

4. Keep an open mind
Many brides come in knowing exactly the sort of dress they want to wear on their wedding day. Many of them will end up wearing that sort of dress, but many more will wear something very different, so be prepared to  allow yourself some flexibility and don't rule anything out  because it's not what you imagined yourself wearing.  The brides who come in with open minds almost always find that they have a better shopping experience!  

5. Getting yourself prepared for trying on dresses on the day.....
If possible, wear a strapless bra.   If you don't have one, try to wear a white or nude bra.  You will have a consultant in the room with you, helping you in and out of dresses, so wear knickers that you are comfortable being seen in!   If you're going to feel embarrassed in a skimpy thong, then wear your Bridget Jones pants!   If you feel more comfortable wearing opaque tights, then that's no problem!   If possible, try not to come straight after the gym or after a hard day's physical work on a hot day!!  Staff will have to get up close and personal with you, so bear this in mind, and feel free to ask for baby wipes or deodorant.  Most bridal shops keep a supply for brides wishing to freshen up if you don't have your own and are only to happy to let you use them.

Also, you will be expected to come  fake-tan-free so that you don't soil the dresses, and make-up should be kept very light  (no heavy foundation or lipstick.)   Bring heels if you wish (although you can always borrow a pair of ours if you forget) - but we have a box for you to stand on if the dresses are too long.

6. Bring your essential helpers with you.
If your mum needs to be there to help you pick your dress, make sure she is with you when you are going looking.  Or your best friend or sister. Some brides come on their own, but most don't feel confident to say 'yes to the dress' without a certain close person by their side to give their approval.   If they are essential to helping you pick your dress, make sure they are with you.   Equally, be careful not to bring too many people.  Too many people normally means too many opinions, and that can make things more difficult, especially if any of the helpers are seeing things from different viewpoints.  Bring one or two helpers, and make sure you are all on the same wavelength!

7. Get babysitters if you can.
We understand that this isn't always possible, and at Beautiful Day, we are very happy to let you bring babies and well behaved children to our shop, but not all bridal shops allow children on the premises (be sure to check with each shop). Young children and toddlers get bored easily if they have to sit in the same place for an appointment that lasts over an hour, and a bridal shop full of expensive dresses, mannequins, sparkly tiaras and shop displays aren't really designed for children to play with (our toy box can only keep some children entertained for so long!!).   If they do need to be constantly supervised, it can be very distracting for the bride   and her helpers.  We've had brides who have cut appointments short getting stressed with toddlers having tantrums or children toppling over mannequins.   Each bride should feel relaxed so she can focus on finding her wedding dress ,  so try to organise bridal shopping around babysitters if possible to make the whole process easier and more enjoyable!

8. Bring your purse!!
You wouldn't go to buy a new handbag or shoes without bringing your purse - the same goes for wedding dress shopping.   If you find a dress, you'll have to put down a deposit (at Beautiful Day, we can even take a partial deposit which you can pay up for if time permits) so come prepared. If you don't want to be carrying cash around with you,  make sure you have a debit or credit card so that if you do find the one, you'll be able to get it ordere d  and relax knowing that it's all done.

9. Don't book too many appointments to start with.
See how the first one or two goes and take it from there.  Some brides book numerous appointments together as they think that they need to visit loads of shops in order to find 'the one'.  In reality, 75% of brides will find her wedding dress in her first or second shop visit .  If you don't find one you love, then certainly, book more appointments in additional shops.  And  the trick is to stop once you find one you love !!  
Some brides keep looking at more and more dresses and accumulate a list of dresses they love, and each time they raise their bar of expectations higher and higher -  and this is when they get confused and often get overwhelmed and find themselves second-guessing themselves.  And remember,  it's ok to fall in love with the first dress - it happens quite a lot!  

Remember, if you do buy and have a future appointment booked in another shop, remember to cancel the appointment - the staff there will be very grateful for the heads up!! 

Once you find a dress and order it, the worst thing to do is to keep looking at pictures of other dresses (or worse still, to go looking in other shops!!) And  don't look at pictures of the dress you picked  either unless absolutely necessary. If you look at it too much, it will lose a little bit of its magic, and  you still want to feel special and magical wearing it on your wedding day .  Try to remember that feeling you got when you were looking at yourself in the mirror  in the shop.  You're not going to get that same emotional feeling about your dress on a Monday morning looking at a picture of it on your mobile phone, so don't panic if you do look at a picture and don't get excited about it.  This happens quite a lot and sends some brides into panic mode!!  But each and every one of our brides love their dress just as much, if not more, when they come back to see their actual dress when it arrives.

Happy shopping ladies, and I hope this blog has given you some food for thought.  Remember to stay positive, don't focus on things that you see as negative about yourself, and remember that a wedding isn't a competition about who has the most amazing dress - just focus on being a beautiful bride and being yourself!   Be true to yourself and remember to step back and look at the big picture and  remind yourself to keep it real!    

You want to feel beautiful and to look your best - not for the neighbours or relatives or for your circle of friends, but for  you  (and to impress your future spouse of course!) and remember to   follow your heart  when deciding on which one to grace the aisle with and I promise you won't go wrong if you do that! 


Ciara

To book an appointment at Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, tel  02871 813682 (or 04871 813682 from the Republic of Ireland) or go to our booking form on the 'contact us' page of our website 
By C DUDDY 03 Feb, 2016
Not only do we have gorgeous wedding dresses at Beautiful Day, but we also keep a wide variety of bridesmaids in lots of different styles to compliment your wedding dress.  The colour range is amazing, with many of the dresses coming in up to 90 colours!!  Book your bridesmaid consultation with us today and let us help you find the perfect bridesmaid dresses.  And remember, we sell bridesmaid dresses to all brides, not just those who have purchased their wedding dress with us!  With styles from Wtoo, Special Day, Eden maids and Ebony Rose, we're sure you'll not be disappointed! 
By C DUDDY 17 Dec, 2015
We're really excited to announce that we are now taking bookings for our Curvy Girls event which will be on the 9th January 2016.    We  only get to do one of these a year, and our event at the start of January last year too was a huge success!!


At Beautiful Day, we are well known for keeping samples in a wide range of sizes with well over 20% of our stock aimed at the size 18+ bride, with many from Special Day's Beautiful Brides Plus collection as well as Julietta by Mori Lee and some Maggie Sottero and Essense gowns.  However, at our Curvy Girls event, we will be getting an extra range of plus sized Maggie Sottero dresses on loan for one weekend only which will give our brides an even wider range to choose from.  At the event, we also give 10% discount to anyone who places a deposit on a wedding dress plus a £50 accessory credit, and the good thing is that even if you are not ready to get measured or to pay the usual 50% deposit, you can pay a smaller £200 deposit and revisit us approx  7 months before the big day and get the size finalised and the rest of the deposit paid.   Also, none of our designers charge extra for the size 18+ dresses unlike many other wedding dress designers, so you won't have any nasty little hidden extras added on to your bill.


This is our sixth Curvy Girls weekend and they do book up fast if past events are anything to go by.  The feedback from past Curvy Girls weekends has been fantastic and all the brides who come to this event comment on how impressed they are with the choice of styles.


Tel us on 02871 813682 or email us on beautifuldaybrides@hotmail.com to book in or with any queries.






By C DUDDY 09 Dec, 2015

All dresses in the sale are dresses which have been used as sample dresses, and will be reduced by AT LEAST 50%, with discounts of up to 75% (starting at £195).  The selection of dresses will include current season dresses (reduced for that day only and then reverting to full price) and discontinued dresses.  Most dresses will be Maggie Sottero gowns and  Essense of Australia, with some by  Special Day, Mori Lee and White One.


Many dresses will be from our current collection and will only be reduced for the 1-day sale and will then revert to full price once the sale is over.  Full price dresses will not be on show that day - just the sale dresses, so if you want to see non-sale dresses, please book an appointment for a different day.



People always ask me about sale days and what advice I would give anyone looking to come to one, so here's a list of top tips that I've put together which should help you to on your quest to find a dream dress at a bargain price!

Top tips for attending a sample sale..

1. Get out beforehand and try dresses on.
Try not to make a sample sale your first bridal shopping trip.  The girls who come prepared with ideas from trying on beforehand are the girls who have the most success at getting a bargain.  You will be restricted to the number of dresses you can try on (5 or 6 at most in your allocated time slot!!)  so you don't get the normal private consultation to try and figure out what shapes and styles you prefer and which ones flatter your figure.  When you come to a bridal sample sale, you should already have a good idea of what style you are looking for, what size you need and what suits your shape.

2. Bring a friend

Don’t bring a whole entourage, but bring someone who will be honest. Weddings are expensive and any discount you can get, especially if it’s on your dress, is well worth it - but only if you will be happy with it. Brief your friend to be  honest and listen to  her (or him!)  And remember that on a 1 day sale,  you can't go for a look and come back again the next week.   So if you need your friend/sister/mum with you to help you make the final decision, then make sure she comes with you to the sale event.

3. Wear the right underwear
This is a wedding dress appointment necessity regardless, but make sure you wear the right undies! You need to do everything you can to see how the dress will fit you.   Plus, we ask for no fake tan, and that only light make-up be worn.

4. Bring your purse!!!!!!!!!!!

You'd be surprised at how many people don't think about this one - remember,  it's a one day sale, and we don't hold items over .  So bring your purse (we accept all major credit/debit cards) so that if you do find 'the one' then you can actually buy it!!! (and many of the dresses will be reverting to full price after the event).

5.  Ask the sales assistants about sizing.

Bridal sizes are generally a bit smaller than high street sizes, so when you are looking, bear that in mind.  But also, don't be afraid of looking at dresses which are a little bit bigger as they can always be taken in.  If in doubt, ask one of our sales assistants for guidance on the sizes when you are looking through the dresses.   All dresses will be grouped in sizes to make it easier.  The majority of dresses will be in sizes 12, 14 and 16, but we still have a good selection of smaller and larger dresses (it just means that the 12-16 bride will have a better picking choice!)


Please note that the vast majority of dresses will be ex-sample dresses, which means that they have been tried on in our shop and/or have been worn in fashion photo shoots/catwalk shows.  They may have minor issues that need addressed, for example, some may need dry cleaned or spot cleaned or may have a few missing beads or buttons, and we have priced each dress accordingly to take this into account.   You are getting a genuine designer dresses for a fraction of the full retail price and are able to see them and try them on , unlike shopping online where many of the 'bargains' are in fact poorly made copies of designer dresses, made with inferior materials.  


Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Greysteel, Co Derry -  Tel 028718 13682
www.beautifuldaybrides.co.uk

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    Personal service, expert advice and a friendly atmosphere awaits you as you prepare for getting dressed for one of the biggest days in your life with one of our bridal consultations. Do it in style and make our bridal shop your first (and last!) stop in finding the wedding gown of your dreams. Come and let us help you to find that perfect wedding dress.

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  • The wedding experts

    Personal service, expert advice and a friendly atmosphere awaits you as you prepare for getting dressed for one of the biggest days in your life with one of our bridal consultations. Do it in style and make our bridal shop your first (and last!) stop in finding the wedding gown of your dreams. Come and let us help you to find that perfect wedding dress.

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  • The wedding experts

    Personal service, expert advice and a friendly atmosphere awaits you as you prepare for getting dressed for one of the biggest days in your life with one of our bridal consultations. Do it in style and make our bridal shop your first (and last!) stop in finding the wedding gown of your dreams. Come and let us help you to find that perfect wedding dress.

    Contact us
  • The wedding experts

    Personal service, expert advice and a friendly atmosphere awaits you as you prepare for getting dressed for one of the biggest days in your life with one of our bridal consultations. Do it in style and make our bridal shop your first (and last!) stop in finding the wedding gown of your dreams. Come and let us help you to find that perfect wedding dress.

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