Posts Tagged: David’s Bridal


12
Jan 14

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is a group of two beautiful bridal boutiques, located in Islington and Crouch End. A far cry from the realms of David’s Bridal, (the first store I visited in Stratford), Mirror Mirror is different on so many levels. As well as its lux décor, plush furnishings and intimate feel, the store stocks designers such as Cymbeline, Hera, Yolancris and Pronovias, and has tended to a host of celebrity brides including Zoe Ball, Amanda Holden and Tamsin Outhwaite.

mirror mirror

Mirror Mirror, Islington

I booked an appointment with my mum to visit the Islington branch of Mirror Mirror and was instantly blown away on entering the boutique. Not only did the store ooze style, luxury and sophistication, but I instantly knew that I’d definitely stumble across a potential gown here.

 

Mirror Mirror is very intimate; only two ‘brides’ are seen to at a time and each are given their own consultant to discuss their budgets, themes and requirements. My consultant was Meb; a helpful, flame-haired beauty that discussed my every need. My process of elimination in the previous store meant that I had a clearer idea of what I was looking for this time around, so Meb and I started by selecting dresses together, which were helpfully arranged by style and fabric type. In total, I picked five stunning gowns.

 

The first dress I tried on was from a design house called Intuzuri. Meb gave me a bra and a pair of heels to try on before pinning me firmly into the dress. As soon as I stepped back from behind the curtain, I heard a gasp of, “oh my gosh” followed by a “look at you……you look so beautiful,” which was then followed by tears. Bingo! Now that was the kind of reaction that I was looking for……and a tearful Mummy X!

 

I tried my hardest not to be swayed by my mums reaction – this was the first dress that I’d tried on and loved, so I wanted to stay level headed, but deep down I knew this was the dress I wanted. Everything about it was beautiful; the style, the fit, the detailing, even the fabric wasn’t too structured. I only had one problem; the price. Even without alterations, it was slightly over budget, and as James and I are paying for this wedding ourselves, this was a real problem.

 

I went on to try a series of other stunning gowns on, but my (and my mum’s,) mind kept casting back to the Intuzuri gown that I’d previously tried on. My mum was adamant that I should hand over my credit card immediately, and was even happy to pay for the dress herself, but I knew how annoyed James would be if I went behind his back and paid above my budget. Plus I wouldn’t want to start off married life on the wrong foot, so I sadly left empty handed.

 

As this was the second store that I’d been to, I figured that I should visit some other bridal shops to see what else took my fancy, and failing that, try grovelling to James about increasing my bridal wear budget!

 

Mirror Mirror Angel,
56 Penton Street,
London,
N1 9QA

Tel: 020 7713 9022

www.mirrormirror.uk.com


22
Dec 13

David’s Bridal

I can’t tell you how exciting it is to go dress shopping for the first time. To have a mother-daughter day out and try on wedding dresses for the first time together– it’s a rite of passage, isn’t it? Saying that, it’s difficult to know where to start; which stores to visit, which styles of dresses to try on, which fabrics and colours…there are so many different factors to consider.

Rather than visiting the first store with a very specific idea in mind, I wanted to keep my options completely open and try on a range of different styles that I would never normally consider. This way, I wouldn’t be searching for a specific dress that doesn’t actually exist (well, at least for my budget, anyway)!

So where to start? After a quick Google search, I stumbled across a new bridal boutique that had recently opened at Westfield, Stratford; David’s Bridal. Already popular in the US, the boutique houses two floors of glitzy, ready to wear dresses. Prices are VERY affordable; the most expensive was a princess Vera Wang ball gown style dress (from her diffusion ‘White Collection’ range) which was just £1600. Bargain…..for a Vera Wang, anyway! Those on a tighter budget can pick up a dress from just £200, without having to wait 4-6 months for the dress to be made and shipped to the UK.

The store itself is laid out in a very clear manor; each rail has just one style of dress on, but in a range of sizes, so it’s easy to see what’s available. The store stocks designers such as Oleg Casini, Melissa Sweet and Galina, and also offers a huge range of veils and bridal accessories, plus dresses for bridesmaids.

My consultant was a lovely girl called Panna. She did a fantastic job at asking me all the right questions, i.e. the theme of the wedding, whether there was a part of my body that I didn’t like/wanted to cover. She also did a great job at staying patient whilst my mother and I were bickering over which dress to try on next. Big thumbs up there.

I pretty much gave Panna free-reign to dress me as she wished for the hour, and I can tell you, it was bloody brilliant. I tried on ball gowns, backless and strapless dresses, floaty styles that made me look like I gained 2 stone and one rather special number than made me look like I was an extra in Strictly. It was a great way to open my mind to different dresses and to consider (briefly) styles and details that I wouldn’t have gone near before.

Me in a Vera Wang (for the first and last time)

Me in a Vera Wang (for the first and last time)

For the top heavy bride (i.e. not me)!

Flamenco, anyone?

Pretty….but not quite right.

I didn’t find my ‘dream’ dress here, but it’s definitely a fantastic store for brides on a budget, or those who have opted for a last minute ceremony.

David’s Bridal
The Street
Westfield Stratford City
Montfichet Road
London E20 1EN

0208 519 4083

www.davidsbridal.co.uk

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