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 (4 or 5 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 huge 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. A strapless bra and big knickers are often good choices to wear. 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 remember that about half 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 from size 10 to 26. 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.
Happy Sale shopping!!!
Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Greysteel, Co Derry - Tel 028718 13682
When it comes to your wedding day, we understand the importance of ensuring everything is perfect. We also know that as every couple wants to get married, each bride and groom will have their own ideas for their big day and that ultimately, every wedding day is unique.
Organising weddings can be stressful, in the beginning it may seem exciting, but the planning can soon take its toll and become part of your daily panicking about whether you’ve forgotten something important. It’s important that you try to relax and enjoy the process of planning your wedding, after all it will be one of the most significant days of your life.
Anyway, not to worry, we have you covered, simply look at these top tips to help you make sure you don’t miss anything!
Timing plays a big role when it comes to your wedding, this includes the planning process, leading up to the big day and the event itself. From booking your wedding venue in the beginning, through to knowing the time the wedding ceremony will begin.
Should you have a close network of friends and family, this can be helpful as they can assist with the organising. People who have planned a wedding before are also great as they can use their experiences to help you make decisions.
When it comes to your appearance, it’s one of the biggest things when it comes to getting married, especially for the bride. From deciding how to have your hair and make-up, to your dress, it all has a huge role in wedding preparations. This also adds extra pressure aside from the usual pressures of getting married.
It’s always important to prepare yourself well in advance, especially if you really care about the way you look. It’s challenging but, joining the gym early is always a wise idea if you are looking to lose weight. This will also give you enough time to get in shape and make sure you feel good about yourself.
Another important part of your special day is your wedding dress , for a bride, finding the right wedding dress for the big day is vital. With a large selection of dresses to choose from, finding the one to suit your style and you day can be a big task, involving lots of test runs and trying on a number of outfits. After you’ve chosen the dress, there’s also the accessories to consider - your shoes, jewellery and whether you’d like a veil or head piece. There are a variety of wedding dress shops out there, solely dedicated to helping you look great on your big day, most wedding shops will have a team of helpful staff who can assist and make all your wedding dress dreams come true!
Once you’ve sat down and sorted out your guest list with your other half, you will have decided on who you’d like to invite to your wedding and your invitations have been sent out. You may have had responses or you may not have, some people are unorganised and forgetful, so they may have not saved the date like you wished. However, just because someone hasn’t responded, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t coming, they may just have forgotten to reply.
A good idea is to contact your guests before the wedding day, a fortnight before is probably about right, as it’s a close enough time that they shouldn’t forget their plans and be able to move them around should they be otherwise engaged. Those who are attending may require a reminder of the times, transport, location, colour schemes or important roles.
Another crucial part of your big day is your wedding transport, how you arrive at your wedding is one of the most significant points. A great idea is to compare the different types of wedding transport early. There’s plenty of wedding car hire companies out there, so by planning ahead you can book early in order to get the best deals for the transport that suits your wedding and budget.
The earlier you book your wedding transport, the more organised you can be. This makes for a much smoother, hassle-free planning process than if you were to leave things until the last minute.
We are recruiting!!
At Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage in Greysteel, we are looking for a Saturday Sales assistant to join our small close-knit family run team and provide the exceptional, personalised and genuine service that we are known for.
The position will suit an enthusiastic, self-motivated and hardworking applicant, preferably with previous retail experience. A dedication and love for high-end customer service and bridal is a must.
The role will see you working hands-on with our brides to provide tailored services as they search for the dress of their dreams. This suits well presented applicants with a flair for fashion and eye for detail and who can build an instant rapport with our customers and put them at ease. You'll also be expected to answer the phone and deal with queries and taking bookings as well as helping with keeping the shop tidy.
Applicants should be available for Saturdays from 9.30am until at least 5.30pm (with occasional additional hours to help with holiday cover and occasional Sunday wedding fayres once or twice per year)
In order to be considered please APPLY NOW with the following:
Your CV, a cover letter showing us why you are our match made in heaven and your availability. Please send these to our shop at Unit 10 Vale Centre Business Park, Greysteel, BT47 3GE or email to email@example.com
Closing date: Friday 15th September at 4pm.
(For decency reasons and the fact that the job involves working with brides who will be in a undressed state, we can only accept female applicants for this post. This ruling is exempt from the equality act 2010)