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
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)
Being a size 18 or more can be very frustrating for a bride to be when she goes shopping for her wedding dress. With many shops having sample dresses which only go up to a 14 or 16, I have had brides come to my shop who have been left very disheartened (or sometimes even distressed) after a previous appointment when they arrived to find that the other shop didn’t have any dresses to fit them, and they were forced to either squeeze into dresses that are 3 or 4 sizes too small, hold a dress up in front of them, or get their friend or sister to try the dresses on to see what it looked like. I tell each bride who comes to our shop that they should always pick the dress that makes them feel the most beautiful and special – the one that they feel a million dollars in!! How can anyone feel special on a dress that they can’t even try on?
At Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, we try our best to cater for all different shapes and sizes, and with dresses ranging in size from 10 to 30, we’d like to think that we have dresses that the vast majority of brides can try on. Approximately 20% of customers who visit our shop are in what is termed as the ‘plus size’ category, and to reflect this, we keep approximately 20% of our stock in sizes 18+, but there are always those dresses that we have in size 10 or 12 that a curvier bride wants to try on and we just don’t have them in her size.
At the trunk show, our selection of size 18+ dresses will double, and Maggie Sottero will be sending us an additional selection of dresses on loan, many of which we already have in smaller sizes in our shop which we wouldn’t normally have for curvier brides to try on.
Here are a few tips for fuller figured brides looking to go shopping for their wedding dress.
If you're a bride with those extra curves and you’re worried about going shopping, you’ll find that coming to our ‘curvy couture’ event will be perfect for you and you’ll have a much better 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 6 -7 months (if time allows!!) 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 seventh Curvy Couture weekend and they do book up fast if past events are anything to go by, so book early to avoid disappointment. The feedback from past Curvy Couture 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book in or with any queries.
Hope to see lots of you lovely ladies at the event .