Dress Stories: Carla’s figure-hugging Calla Blanche dress with nude under-slip

Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day. Ruby started her dress experience determined to find a cheap dress online but soon discovered the joys and incredible help of the bridal boutiques and their staff. AND THE BRIDE WORE… a beautiful Anna Sorrano princess dress trimmed with Chantilly lace. How did you feel about dress shopping? Did you do much research before you went? Did you have a clear idea in your head before you started looking? How was your shopping experience and who went with you? What was your dress like and why did you choose it? How did you accessorise your dress (jewellery /headwear/ shoes)? Want to tell us your Dress Story? We’d love to hear from you! Just email steph@scottishwedding.co.uk

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Carla didn’t have long to find her dream dress but luckily she had a clear idea of what she didn’t want, making dress shopping a cinch!

AND THE BRIDE WORE… a head-turning Calla Blanche lace dress with nude slip under and cathedral length veil.

Catching the Moments - Dress Stories

How did you feel about dress shopping? Did you do much research before you went? Did you have a clear idea in your head before you started looking?

I was looking forward to dress shopping but knew I didn’t have much time to pick what I wanted.

I knew I wanted something a little bit different to the usual brides dresses that you see.

Before I went I wanted to try on a very plain and simple dress or have something completely different.

Instead of knowing what I wanted I decided to know what I didn’t want which I feel is a much better way to work and you are able to eliminate before you go into the bridal shop.

I only tried on two dresses and knew straight away.

Catching the Moments - Dress Stories

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

I loved dress shopping. I only went to one shop and picked it on the same day.

I took my mum with me as it was so last minute and my mum knows me best and is very honest like myself so it worked out really well.

I went to Sophia Grace Couture in Haddington, the boutique and staff are incredible.

We joke now that I’ll just come back in now and then because we had such a laugh being there with all the fittings.

Catching the Moments - Dress Stories

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

My dress was made my Calla Blanche. It was fitted naturally to my body and subtly flowed out into the train.

It had a nude slip dress underneath with fine layers of patterned lace over it so almost looked like it was just lying on my skin.

As I am small, plain white material was too harsh on me and drowned me so this had a very natural look to it.

Catching the Moments - Dress Stories

How did you accessorise your dress (jewellery /headwear/ shoes)?

I accessorised with a cathedral length veil which was only one layer again so it was very fine to complement the dress.

My shoes were my second favourite item to my dress.

They were Jimmy Choo ‘Sacora’ sandals with pearls all over!

I wore diamond drop earrings and received a diamond bracelet on the wedding morning as a gift from Christophe that I chose to wear on the day.

Catching the Moments - Dress Stories

Want to tell us your Dress Story?

We’d love to hear from you! Just email steph@scottishwedding.co.uk

 

You can now buy style blogger Florals and Corals’ wedding dress!

Lucy Florals Corals Suzanne Neville Wedding Dress

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When we featured style blogger Lucy of Florals and Corals’ wedding in Scottish Wedding magazine earlier this year, the entire SW team was more than a little bit obsessed with one detail in particular: her dress.

Lucy Florals Corals Suzanne Neville Wedding Dress

Designed by celebrity favourite Suzanne Neville, the custom gown incorporated an amalgamation of different design elements Lucy loved but had been unable to find in one dress.

“I originally wanted a Vera Wang or Monique Lhuillier gown for that romantic and statement feel,” Lucy told us.

“I went to London and felt that each one I tried drowned my small frame. I tried on one simple Peter Langner gown and was shocked by how much I loved it.

“Then I realised that 90% of my Pinterest wedding dress boards were filled with simple statement dresses.

“The next morning I went to Suzanne Neville and she told me she could make me a bespoke gown by putting together different aspects of different dresses that I loved, so I was sold!”

Lucy Florals Corals Suzanne Neville Wedding Dress

With its elegant halterneck, full skirt, belt and pockets, the chic design had a timeless quality that perfectly complemented the location of Lucy’s wedding: Paris.

The Scottish style blogger accessorised with a pair of Jimmy Choo ‘Aveline’ heels and a headband.

“I wanted to keep everything minimal; I felt like the dress spoke for itself,” she explains.

Lucy’s wedding dress was so beautiful that we weren’t surprised to see designer Suzanne Neville has included it in her 2021 Modern Love collection.

Lucy Florals Corals Suzanne Neville Wedding Dress Lovanna

The ‘Lovanna’ gown boasts the designer’s signature sleek and streamlined aesthetic and is one of several in the collection that we’ve fallen hard for.

Check out Lucy from Florals and Corals’ stunning Parisian wedding

Dress Stories: The Suzanne Neville ‘Gianni’ dress, an embellished, fitted wedding gown

Suzanne Neville Gianni Dress

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Karoline lives in Orkney, and flew to Edinburgh to find the perfect dress to wear to her DIY wedding at home (which you can read more about here).

AND THE BRIDE WORE… The Suzanne Neville ‘Gianni’ dress, a fitted gown with a stunning embellished bodice.

Orkney wedding with white, gold and greenery theme

 

How did you feel about dress shopping? 

I was very excited but also nervous to go dress shopping.

I had bought numerous magazines and trawled Instagram and Pinterest.

I really loved Suzanne Neville so was keen to try on her dresses. I was scared and nervous I wouldn’t find anything that was me.

Did you have a clear idea of what you wanted?

I knew or thought I wanted something fitted, with a bit of sparkle on top, and didn’t want strapless.

Although I knew what I wanted, my mum persuaded me to try on all different styles to make sure I didn’t like them.

How many dress shops did you go to, and who went with you? How was your shopping experience? 

We flew from Orkney to Edinburgh on the Friday. We went to three shops that day and I tried on three or four dresses in each shop.

I think I ended up ‘dress drunk’ at the end of that day and a bit deflated as although most dresses were nice or fine, I hadn’t found anything that I loved or had that wow factor.

Where did you eventually find your dress? 

That night we went to Rachel Scott Couture‘s launch of the 2019 Suzanne Neville collection at the Balmoral and that’s where I saw the dress for the first time.

The next day we went to her store and I got a personal appointment with Suzanne herself, which was very special.

I tried on the ‘Gianni’ dress and Suzanne herself said it looked like it was made for me. I loved the fit, the material and the style – it had everything on my check list!

The only thing we did was add extra length to the train for that extra wow factor.

Suzanne Neville Gianni

How did you accessorise your dress?

As my dress had a lot of sparkle on the bodice I didn’t need a necklace but my fiancé designed me a bespoke pair of sapphire and diamond earrings (handy having a jeweller as a fiancé!).

Rachel Scott made me the most stunning three-part head piece and my veil was bespoke from Rachel Scott Couture by Alan Hannah.

I really struggled with shoes. I’m 5’5 and Steven is 6’3 so I wanted a higher heel and it’s difficult to get comfort and height.

Rachel then put me in touch with Harriet Wilde who were amazing. I liked their ‘Arabella Block’ blossom but I added extra embellishment to the back as well as our wedding date and a K+S in a circle added to the bottom which tied in with our stationery.

They were so comfortable and looked amazing.

Orkney wedding with white, gold and greenery theme


What advice would you offer brides-to-be who haven’t gone wedding dress shopping yet? 

My advice would be to not try on too many different styles in one day to avoid getting dress drunk.

Trust the designer/stylist as they have seen many brides and will not let you buy something that doesn’t look good on you.

If you’re lucky enough to find someone like Rachel then use her knowledge as much as you can – she was amazing and covered every single detail to produce the exact look I wanted.

But at the end of the day don’t panic – your fiancé will think you look beautiful in whatever you choose to wear!

Read more Dress Stories from real Scottish brides

The prettiest flat wedding shoes for brides

On Instagram you might see a bride posing in her impossibly beautiful Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, but the reality is that the high heels will often be kicked off after the first dance (if they’ve even lasted that long) in favour of a pair of bridal flats.

It used to be the case that flat bridal shoes were a bit boring, and there wasn’t much in the way of choice for stylish brides that don’t feel comfortable in a pair of heels.

These days, though, there’s a staggering selection of wedding flats available. Plus, there’s not so much pressure on women to bow to convention (check out this bride who wore Dr Martens on her wedding day!).

Flat wedding shoes are no longer the humdrum second-rate option and can be just as beautiful as their towering, feet-pinching counterparts.

And they are way easier to dance in!

Whether you’re looking for bridal sandals or brogues, wedding trainers or the timeless ballet slipper, we’ve found the prettiest bridal flats for brides on all budgets.

 

The Scottish Wedding edit: Flat wedding shoes for brides

flat wedding shoes

Perfect for a beach wedding, these designer dupe slip-on bridal sandals are also ideal for your honeymoon wardrobe.

Buy them now // Novia diamante slip-on sandals (£99) Dune

One of the indisputable queens of bridal shoes, Sophia Webster caters for all brides. We love the Butterfly flats, which come in an assortment of colours.

Buy them now // Butterfly broderie flat pump (£295) Sophia Webster

We couldn’t love these elegant backless mules more. A chic pointed toe and embellished strap make them perfect for glam brides.

Buy them now // Princely white leather shoes (£139) Kurt Geiger

White wedding trainers

These luxe quilted trainers put paid to the idea that trainers are casual-wear only, and will ensure you’re the last one standing on the dance floor. As it should be!

Buy them now // Groeria white quilted trainers (£55) Aldo

flat wedding shoes

We love the idea of wearing a pair of brogues on your wedding day and they don’t come much prettier than this light, lacy pair.

Buy them now // Lisa bridal brogues (£265) Florence

flat wedding shoes

Chic and simple, these flip flops are made from genuine leather, making them a steal for the price.

Buy them now // Premium quality white leather flip-flops (£24.99) H&M

Pearls are obv a classic style choice but they’ve enjoyed a resurgence in popularity lately, and these are among the most gorgeous pearl wedding shoes we’ve seen.

Buy them now // Indigo pearl shoes (£170) Charlotte Mills

flat wedding louboutins

Not every pair of Louboutins has a skyscraper heel, ya know. These studded ballet bridal flats mean you can still get in on the Louby action even if you prefer flat shoes (and yes, they do have the iconic red sole).

Buy them now // White Anjalina studded leather point-toe flats (£565) Net A Porter

wedding flat shoes bridal doc martens

Flat wedding shoes needn’t be girlie. Give your wedding dress an edge by teaming it with these amazing white Dr Martens. Don’t forget to break them in before the big day!

Buy them now // 1460 Mono white leather boots (£149) Dr Martens

Loafers always look totally chic, and are the perfect accompaniment to a slick tailored bridal suit or a wedding jumpsuit.

Buy them now // Raid Clareta loafers (£24.99) ASOS

flat wedding shoes

Aren’t these Emmy London flat bridal shoes just dreamy? If your wedding dress has a bow, co-ordinate with these beauties for a whimsical, feminine look.

Buy them now // Florence flat wedding shoes (£395) Emmy London

 

Find the rest of your bridal accessories in our online directory 

Want a sustainable wedding dress? This ethical designer has arrived in Edinburgh

sustainable wedding dress scotland

It’s no secret that sustainability is a big concern for our generation, with even members of the royal family – from Princess Eugenie with her plastic-free big day to Princess Beatrice and her upcycled wedding dress – putting eco-friendly weddings on the map. Yet sustainable wedding dress designers are still pretty thin on the ground.

The pre-loved wedding dress is of course an option for those trying to make their wedding more green, but what if vintage isn’t really your style?

Enter Rolling In Roses, an indie bridalwear label that specialises in gorgeous, boho-leaning and responsibly made dresses for the free-spirited bride.

Looking at the designs, you’d never guess the source of the fabric, which has the soft fluidity of silk.

Rose petals, orange peel, bamboo and even plastic bottles are among the surprising resources used to create the soft, draped material of the vegan-friendly wedding dresses.

 

Each gown is handmade in York by a small team of seamstresses and, excitingly, Rolling In Roses dresses will be available to order soon from Rachel Scott Couture in Edinburgh.

“I was drawn to Rolling In Roses not just because of their beautifully off-beat, bohemian creations, and use of such intriguing and innovative fabrics, but also because of their admirably ethical approach,” says boutique owner Rachel Snedden.

“We’ve been working hard as a brand to become more sustainable and eco-friendly in everything we do within the higher end luxury bridal dress industry.

“So to be able to offer our brides a collection of sustainable, ethically produced dresses of such outstanding quality is so exciting.”

Because Rolling In Roses is a tight-knit team with a small-scale ethical production, all gowns are made to order and can be customised by brides who would like to make tweaks to the designs.

There are no size restrictions either, which means all brides from petite to plus-size can have a wedding dress that fits them perfectly.

Want to see the dresses for yourself?

The collection will launch at Rachel Scott Couture from Thursday 13th to Monday 17th August, and appointments can be made to view, try on or order a dress by calling 0131 556 1520 or emailing.

See our guide to planning an ethical and sustainable wedding in Scotland

Dress Stories: Emma’s Ella Rosa for Kenneth Winston blush pink wedding dress

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Emma got married at The Cruin Loch Lomond, but stays down south, where she found her dream dress at a local bridal boutique.

And the bride wore… Ella Rosa for Kenneth Winston Style BE404 in blush pink from Darcy’s Bridal & Occasions, Newcastle.

Did you have a clear idea in your head before you started looking for your wedding dress?

I’d had a very specific idea in my head about what style of wedding dress I wanted.

I was looking for something figure hugging with a low back.

I’d visited a couple of shops with a friend and tried on lots of this style but none of them were quite ‘the one’. They were beautiful but there was always something I wasn’t keen on.

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

I went shopping with my mum Jo and my sister Issy and we visited Darcy’s Bridal & Occasions in Newcastle. Again, I tried on lots of the same figure-hugging dresses but still none felt like the one.

Jennifer who worked there asked if I’d tried on anything a bit ‘bigger’. Being quite small I really didn’t see myself in a big dress. She suggested I try one on as I had nothing to lose and then at least I would know for sure. So, mainly to be polite, me and my sister had a look.

We found one on the hanger that was stunning but having disregarded that style in my head, I really wasn’t convinced. It was strapless and A-line with a big train. The skirt had a lace overlay with a very soft blush tone and ivory buttons all the way down the back.

With Jennifer’s help, I tried it on. She pulled back the curtain for the ‘reveal’ and my mum and sister’s faces said it all. I couldn’t believe it but it was the one. My mum isn’t often emotional but even she looked like she might cry! I couldn’t really explain it but it just felt perfect.

What dress did you wear, and how did you accessorise it?

The designer was Ella Rosa for Kenneth Winston and it was style BE404 in blush pink. In order for the back detailing to be seen I paired it with a very light single full-length veil.

I wanted to keep my jewellery simple so I wore a small heart-shaped pendant necklace, a gift from my parents a few years ago.

As I wore my hair up I went a little bigger for my earrings. My dad and his side of my family are Welsh and I chose teardrop crystals that were handmade in Wales.

My Taid (my Welsh grandpa) passed away five months before the wedding so for my ‘borrowed’ I had his pocket square sewn into the hem of my dress, and for my something blue I had my great grandma’s sapphire ring.

It took me ages to find shoes I liked. Fraser is 6’4 and I’m quite little so I wanted a pair that would give me a bit more height without killing my feet!

I also found it hard to find a pair that weren’t four figures in price!

I ended up finding a pair in Ted Baker. They were ivory stilettos with bows and rose gold detailing and they were surprisingly comfy (although I did switch to flats when we went for our photography on the pebbly beach!).

The Cruin Loch Lomond Wedding

What dress shopping advice would you offer other brides-to-be?

I’d found my dress over a year in advance and honestly Instagram became my worst enemy.

There are so many incredible dresses out there that I kept second guessing my decision, mainly because it was so different to what I thought I’d go for!

But when I went back for my fittings and had it on, all worries were out the window. My advice would be don’t go in with any pre-conceived ideas because you’ll surprise yourself. Oh and listen to what the assistants suggest – they really do know what they’re doing!

Read Emma and Fraser’s full wedding story.

See more from our Dress Stories series

Dress Stories: Aisling’s champagne David Fielden two-piece wedding dress

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Aisling had to change her plans when it turned out her dream wedding dress designer wasn’t her style after all.

And the bride wore… David Fielden from Anne Priscilla Bridal, Glasgow.

How did you feel about dress shopping? Did you do much research before you went? Did you have a clear idea in your head before you started looking?

I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to wear when I first went dress shopping. For years I always imagined wearing a Jenny Packham dress. But when I finally had the chance to try a few of them on, they didn’t suit my figure at all!

I then visited Anne Priscilla Bridal and ended up getting the first dress that I tried on (well, it was actually a skirt and top!). I had decided after trying the Jenny Packham dresses that I really didn’t want a typical white or ivory dress. The cowl neck top was so unusual and the dressmaker fitted poppers to the inside of the skirt so that the top wouldn’t move during the day. She did an amazing job!

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

One of my closest friends Ashley went shopping with me. She is one of these people that will always give an honest answer. She totally agreed with me that the Jenny Packham dresses were not for me. She fell in love with the dress I eventually chose – she and I and an assistant at Anne Priscilla all ended up crying in the dressing room when I first tried the dress on!

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

It was David Fielden dress from the Sposa collection. It was a cowl neck top and this suited my figure and I love its relaxed vibe. The skirt emphasised my waistline and I loved the colours. The top and underskirt was a stone champagne colour, with a cream voile overskirt.

How did you accessorise your dress (jewellery /headwear/ shoes)?

I wore a vine that I got from Etsy.  There are lots of independent sellers on Etsy and I got in touch with a girl from Lithuania who had some beautiful styles on her page.

I splashed out on my shoes, and I got Manolo Blahniks! They were silver and sparkly, and it was just the right amount of glam to add to the outfit.

Want to tell us your Dress Story?

We’d love to hear from you! Just email natasha@scottishwedding.co.uk.

Dress Stories: Kim’s Sassi Holford ‘Verity’ dress: a wedding dress with pockets

Sassi Holford Verity

IMAGES | Weddings by Hayley and Craig

 

Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Kim loved the extra sass the deep V’s at the front and back gave this stunning number.

AND THE BRIDE WORE… the beautiful textured silk Sassi Holford ‘Verity’ ballgown, accessorised with Jimmy Choos.

 

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

How did you feel about wedding dress shopping? 

I had no idea what style I was going for which made dress shopping challenging at the beginning.

Especially because I just loved them all!

I did a lot of research on Instagram and reading magazines but found that I really had to decide on the style of wedding I was going for too.

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

My mum came to all the appointments but we also went with Andy’s mum, my auntie and one of the bridesmaids.

As two of them live in Dublin we ended up video calling during the fittings!

Sassi Holford Verity

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

My dress was “Verity” by Sassi Holford, which I bought from Ivory Grace in Aberdeen.

I fell in love with the textured silk fabric as it was so luxurious and almost understated.

I loved the shape of the deep V at the front and back, just to add some sass to the more traditional look of the dress.

Obviously the pockets were an added bonus.

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

How did you accessorise your dress?

My shoes were Jimmy Choo and the only jewellery I wore were the earrings my bridesmaids got me as a gift.

They are by an Irish designer called Chupi who I love, and they are amazing.

My hairpiece was a vine from Etsy and the junior bridesmaid had a matching piece.

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

Sassi Holford Verity

 

See more Dress Stories from real Scottish brides!

Scottish wedding dress shops are reopening – here’s what you need to know

coronavirus wedding dress shopping

One of the most exciting aspects of planning a wedding is, of course, the part where you get to shop for your wedding dress – but Scottish brides have had to put this on hold for the past few months due to coronavirus closing down the non-essential retail sector.

The good news is that street-access retail spaces can open back up again in Scotland which means that many Scottish wedding dress shops are preparing to reopen their doors this week to brides-to-be.

So let’s get wedding dress shopping!

What restrictions will be in place?

It won’t be the exact same wedding dress shopping experience as normal, but it won’t be too far from it – even in the pre-covid world, lots of bridal boutiques operated on an appointment-only basis and would have only a handful of people in the shop at any one time. This will still be the case.

However, there will be some additional hygiene safety measures.

The Scottish Government has advised that shops can reopen with physical distancing, hygiene measures and controls on the number of people who enter.

As of Friday 10th July, face coverings will be mandatory in all indoor shops, so make sure you bring one with you.

Each bridal boutique will likely vary in terms of the number of people that can attend an appointment, but we’ve noticed that most are advising you bring just one or two people with you, and many will not allow children to attend.

Most boutiques will be happy for you to video call any friends or family that can’t be there, however!

What should I bring?

As mentioned, face masks are a must. Bring gloves too, and a pair of your own heels with you for when you try the dresses on.

Between appointments, boutique staff will disinfect the store and steam and sanitise any gowns that were tried on by a previous customer to ensure your safety.

Some boutiques may also take your temperature before you enter the shop.

Here’s our guide to which Scottish bridal boutiques are opening and when.

ABERDEEN WEDDING DRESS SHOPS

Ivory Grace Bridal

Where: Ivory Grace Bridal, 364 Great Western Road, Aberdeen.

When’s it opening? Monday, 29th June.

How to book: Email info@ivorygrace.co.uk for your private appointment.

Perfect Bridal Rooms

Where: Perfect Bridal Rooms, 265-267 Holburn Street, Aberdeen.

When’s it opening? Monday, 29th June.

How to book: Email info@perfectbridalrooms.com.

Good to know: You can bring two people with you.

AYRSHIRE WEDDING DRESS SHOPS

Diane Honeyman

Where: Diane Honeyman, 34 New Bridge Street, Ayr

When’s it opening? Wednesday, 1st July.

How to book: Fill in the online contact form.

Good to know: The boutique has installed an innovative air and surface purification system that inactivates the virus and bacteria. You can bring one guest with you. See more of Diane Honeyman’s guidance here.

Opus Atelier

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Are you worried about the timescale between coming in for an appointment and your wedding day? Well, the fastest turn around our wonderful team have worked to has been 5days!! We have a wonderful selection of dresses that are available to purchase as seen, and are then refurbished and altered to suit you perfectly. If you think this might be an option for you, get in touch with the girls for more info at hello@opusatelier.com xx – – – – – #realopusbride #bridalinspo #bridalinspiration #dreamwedding #weddingphotography #perfect #weddingdress #laceweddingdress #shesaidyes #bertabridal #berta #classicberta #opusatelier #luxuryscottishwedding #scottishwedding #scottishweddingboutique #instabride #pintrestbride #weddingplanning #instagramwedding #realbrides #weddinggoals #stylemepretty #rockandrollbride #vogueweddings #realatelierbride #longsleeveweddingdress #weddinginspo #covidwedding #wedding2020

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Where: Opus Atelier, 28 Ritchie Street, West Kilbride.

When’s it opening? Monday, 6th July.

How to book: Book via the contact form or email hello@opusatelier.com.

Opus Couture

Where: Opus Couture, 23 Ritchie Street, West Kilbride.

When’s it opening? Monday, 6th July.

How to book: Use the online booking system.

Good to know: You can bring one guest with you to your appointment. See more of Opus Couture’s guidance here.

EDINBURGH WEDDING DRESS SHOPS

Catriona Garforth

Where: Catriona Garforth, 45 Frederick Street (2nd Floor), Edinburgh.

When’s it opening? Thursday, 2nd July.

How to book: Email studio@catrionagarforth.com or use the website contact form.

Kavelle Bridal Couture

Where: Kavelle Bridal Couture, 4 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh.

When’s it opening? Friday, 10th July.

How to book: Book online via this contact form.

Good to know: Maximum of three people per party.

Kudos Bridal, Edinburgh

Where: Kudos Bridal, 66 Morningside Road, Edinburgh.

When’s it opening? Saturday, 4th July.

How to book: Email manager@kudosbridal.co.uk.

Pan Pan Bridal

Where: Pan Pan Bridal, 29-31 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh.

When’s it opening? Monday, 29th June.

How to book: Email info@panpanbridal.co.uk.

Pretty Woman

Where: Pretty Woman, 12 Earlston Place, London Road, Edinburgh

When’s it opening? Monday, 29th June.

How to book: Book your appointment online.

Rachel Scott Bridal Couture

Where: Rachel Scott Bridal Couture, 29B Dundas Street, Edinburgh.

When’s it opening? Monday, 29th June.

How to book: Email enquiries@rachelscottcouture.co.uk (virtual appointments are available too!).

Those Were The Days Vintage Bridal Boutique

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We’re so excited to let all you vintage loving brides-to-be know that we’ll be back open again from Wednesday 8 July!! And we’ll have our beautiful new collection of vintage bridal wear in store ready and waiting for you!! We’ve put all the necessary safety steps in place to keep you and ourselves safe (please see our stories / highlights for more information) and to ensure we follow social distancing guidelines. So while there will be some changes for a wee while, such as limiting your guests to just one star guest, and wearing face masks throughout appointments, it’ll still be a relaxed and fun experience to visit us! We’re also now implementing a £20 appointment booking fee which is non refundable, and redeemable against a purchase from the bridal boutique on the day of your appointment. We’re charging this fee because of our specialised one-at-time service and product and our can’t miss vintage bridal experience! Our bookings diary is now open again, so if you’re on our waiting list we’ll be in touch with you very soon, and if you’d like to book in with us please just send us an email to info@thosewerethedaysvintage.com or contact us through the contact form on the bridal section of our website www.thosewerethedaysvintage.com And just to let you know that our sister store @thosewerethedaysvintage will be open up again from Friday 3 July. Just hop on over to that instagram page if you’d like to know anymore info! We can’t wait to get back to work and help you all find your dream vintage wedding dresses 💖

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Where: Those Were The Days Vintage Bridal Boutique, 28 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

When’s it opening? Wednesday, 8th July.

How to book: Email info@thosewerethedaysvintage.com

Good to know: You can bring one guest with you, and face masks should be worn.

FIFE, ANGUS AND PERTH

Alison Kirk Bridal

Where: Alison Kirk Bridal has two bridal boutiques: one is at 59-61 Gellatly Street, Dundee, and the other is at 11 South Street, Perth.

When’s it opening? The Dundee boutique will open on Tuesday, 30th June and the Perth bridal outlet will open from Friday, 3rd July.

How to book: Book online, email dundee@alisonkirk.co.uk or info@alisonkirk.co.uk.

Good to know: You can bring one guest with you. See more of Alison Kirk Bridal’s guidance here.

Kudos Bridal, Dunfermline

Where: Kudos Bridal, 45 East Port, Dunfermline.

When’s it opening? Monday, 29th June.

How to book: Email jackie@kudosbridal.co.uk.

Mirka Bridal Couture

Where: Mirka Bridal Couture, 140 Commercial Street, Kirkcaldy.

When’s it opening? Saturday, 4th July.

How to book: The boutique has just launched a brand new online booking system.

Good to know: You can only bring one guest with you. Mirka Bridal Couture sells face masks too (and they’ve been v popular with influencers!). Shop here.

GLASGOW WEDDING DRESS SHOPS

Bibbidi Bobbido Boo Bridal Boutique

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Good Evening Ladies ❤️👰🏻 We are delighted to announce we will be reopening for Bridal appointments from 30th June 😁 Our amazing private, one to one consultation room where you will get the entire bridal suite to yourself this will be a safe and secure environment for all our brides 💕 Our Diary is super busy to avoid disappointment pm us to book in. We have followed all strict hygiene and sanitisation regulations to ensure every room and dress is sanitised between our private appointments! Please be aware we will be adhering to social distancing guidelines. Thankyou to each and every one of you Ladies for your support the past 3 months we cannot wait to get back 💫 This is where the magic will still happen; safely and securely…. 💝 #privateappointments #privatechangingroom #safespace #vipbrides #wherethemagichappens #findingtheone #loveatfirstsight #hereforyou #covid19safetymeasures

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Where: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Bridal Boutique, Main Street, East Kilbride.

When’s it opening? Tuesday, 30th June.

How to book: Use the online booking platform.

Good to know: NHS employees and other key workers can get a 25% discount on their wedding dress.

David’s Bridal

Where: David’s Bridal, Braehead Retail Park, Glasgow

When’s it opening? Thursday, 9th July.

How to book: Make an appointment online.

Good to know: You can bring two guests with you.

Joyce Young Design Studios

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Congratulations to all our lovely brides who found their dresses at the weekend. We would like to give the opportunity to more brides to be to find their dream dress in our sale. So the #sale is continuing until next Sunday! Wedding dresses sizes 10-16 from £50 mainly under £495, Dessy bridesmaid dresses in range of sizes £50, Nicky Macfarlane flower girls less than half price and ex display mother of the bride outfits £495 and Rainbow Shoes from £25. As well as amazing bargains in our sample dresses we are also offering 10% discount on our full price Studio dresses during the sale. Tag your Bridal Party and we will hopefully see you sometime this week! We are open 10am-6pm. Unit 1 1987 Maryhill Road Glasgow G20 0BT. Parking at the door. 0141 942 8900

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Where: Joyce Young Design Studios, 1987 Maryhill Road (Unit 1), Glasgow.

When’s it opening? Saturday, 4th July.

How to book: Book your appointment via the online booking form.

Good to know: You can bring one guest, though two guests may be able to be accommodated by prior request. Disposable masks will be provided. See more of Joyce Young’s guidance here.

June Brides Glasgow

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✨Ladies I would just like to thank you all for the amazing response to our priority waiting list! Over the last two days I have spoken to lots & lots of lovely brides & managed to book their upcoming bridal appointments✨ ✨Our weekends are now fully booked for July and there are only a couple of spaces left for August!!✨ ✨If you haven’t done so already & would like to get booked in for your bridal appointment, our diaries are NOW OPEN & we would love to welcome you in-store & help find your perfect gown!!💕✨ ✨Email info@junebrides.co.uk or telephone the store on 0141 429 4162 to book your appointment!✨ #reopen #bridalbooking #bridalappointment #weddingdress #bridalshop #bridalshopping #junebrides #junebridesglasgow #weddingdressglasgow #weddingdressscotland #bridalboutique #privateappointment #demetriosbride #cosmobellabride #louisebentley #englishrose #casablanca #casablancabridal #lusanmandongus #eternitybride #ivoryandco #loulou #louloubride #whiterose #kelseyrosewhite #kelseyrose #ellisbridals #artcouture #christinawu #adriannapapell

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Where: June Brides, 325-329 Eglinton Street, Glasgow.

When’s it opening? Wednesday, 1st July.

How to book: Email info@junebrides.co.uk.

Good to know: You can have two guests with you. See more of June Brides’ guidance here.

Melle Cloche

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A LITTLE UPDATE… Firstly we hope you’re all keeping safe and healthy and staying home if you can. We’re starting to see an increase in enquiries coming in and wanted to let everyone know that we’re still unsure of when we’ll be able to reopen. We’re following the Scottish Government guidelines and won’t be opening until it’s safe to do so, however it has got us thinking about what that will look like. Part of the experience of buying your dress with us is the emotional connection. The relaxed appointments, laughs, tears and all important hugs are part of our everyday life at Melle Cloche and without that, will it be the same? We still want you all to have a great experience, but safely, so we’re currently making plans about what changes we’ll be making moving forward. In the meantime we now have an appointment wait list so you can email us your name, wedding date and contact details and we’ll call you once we have an opening date. In the meantime stay safe and keep dreaming and planning. Love Jacs & Lisa x x x Image @davidgrantsimpsonphoto #mellecloche #melleclocheshop #stayhomestaysafe #stayhomesavelives #glasgow #glasgowonlockdown #merchantcity

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Where: Melle Cloche, 50 Albion Street, Glasgow.

When’s it opening? Wednesday, 1st July.

How to book: Book online via the contact form.

Good to know: You can bring two guests with you, but one is preferred. Read more on Melle Cloche’s guidance here.

STIRLING AND FALKIRK WEDDING DRESS SHOPS

Bridal Boutique @ Frox of Falkirk

Where: Bridal Boutique @ Frox of Falkirk, 16-18 Newmarket Street, Falkirk.

When’s it opening? Saturday, 4th July.

How to book: Get in touch via the online contact form.

Good to know: You can bring a maximum of two others with you to your appointment.

CKS Bridal

Where: CKS Bridal, 47 West Bridge Street, Falkirk.

When’s it opening? Monday, 29th June.

How to book: Email info@cksbridal.co.uk.

Good to know: You can bring two guests with you, and masks will be provided.

Olivia Cameron Bridal

Where: Olivia Cameron Bridal, 9 Vicar Street, Falkirk.

When’s it opening? Monday, 29th June.

How to book: Email sales@oliviacameronbridal.co.uk

Good to know: You can bring two guests with you, and masks will be provided.

 

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Dress Stories: Michaela’s showstopping fitted lace Enzoani ‘Journey’ dress

Karol Makula wedding at Boclair House - couples shot

IMAGES | Karol Makula Photography

Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Michaela put the research in with a trip to the Scottish Wedding Show to acquaint herself with designers and all the latest trends.

 

AND THE BRIDE WORE… a stunning figure-hugging lace Enzoani Journey dress, teamed with a cathedral length veil.

 

Karol Makula wedding at Boclair House - couple's shoot

How did you feel about dress shopping? 

I felt nervous about shopping for my wedding dress as it is a big deal and I wanted to make sure that I had found The One!

I attended the Scottish Wedding Show to see what styles were in at that time and different designers.

I knew what style I wanted before I started looking.

I tried on similar styles before finding my dress – though I did try on a big princess dress just to see what it felt like and whether I suited it.

Karol Makula wedding at Boclair House - getting ready

Karol Makula wedding at Boclair House - getting ready

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

My shopping experience was perfect, though I was very nervous.

My mum and my mother in law came with me for wedding dress shopping – and were there when I said yes to the dress.

Enzoani Journey

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

My dress was from Opus Couture by Enzoani and it was called ‘Journey’.

My dress was fitted with a long train.

It was lace and had thin straps which were diamante.

Karol Makula wedding at Boclair House - getting ready

How did you accessorise your dress?

I accessorised my dress with long earrings which were like a leaf effect and my shoes were also from Opus Couture.

Enzoani Journey

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