I like to shop around to get the best when I make a purchase. I take time over a menu in an expensive restaurant; I deliberate over shoes, sometimes the most cost effective is not the cheapest long term option. Expensive shoes tend to stand the test of time and serve as design classics. I recently attended Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton, which lead me to question would I spend more on a bespoke design? It was the boutiques 4th Birthday and crikey did we celebrate! Champagne was provided by Leonie and her lovely team. Canapés and 3 tiers of cup cakes were supplied courtesy of Jam Queen. They were so yummy that this honest woman may have had more than one!
The really exciting bit is that I talked to Sarah Arnett about her bespoke service. Sarah explained that she sits down and goes through your ideas, next she sketches up your ideas and illustrates a couple of options. The bespoke service is obviously a little more expensive than the ready to wear current bride collection. I feel so excited at the prospect of a bespoke gown! (Cue another high pitched squeal!). Because I’m getting married in church and the reception will be held at Seaham Hall I want a dress that fits the venue. So I’ve made an appointment to talk to Sarah in Leonie’s boutique next week. Thanks Leonie for a fab evening and delicious goodie bag packed with ideas, advice and tips. Feeling pretty pampered right now!
So all I’ve done for the past few months is think wedding dresses. I’ve even dreamt of them. Never have I been so excited as I was earlier in the week to receive an invite to a re-launch party at Leonie Claire Bridal. Leonie is throwing a birthday party for her beautiful Brighton boutique which has been going now for 4 years! (Que high piched squeal!)
Added to that award winning local designer Sarah Arnett is offering a unique bespoke service at the shop. So not only can you now buy form her new bridal collection but you can have a new dress deigned from scratch to boot!
I’m very excited about going to the party tomorrow. Champagne and canapés are promised though I think I’ll be giddy just from looking at the dresses! X
I’m fast learning that planning a wedding has many stages and with it come many decisions. Booking the church and Seaham Hall were the first 2 major decisions. Though, I have a feeling that this next stage for me may be the most enjoyable. Choosing THE DRESS! (insert small but very high pitched scream!)
I’ve loved fashion from a young age; I think I learnt to say ‘la Croix’ just after mama & dada. Well maybe not that early but certainly after Ab Fab. I’ve been drawing dresses ever since I can remember so I knew as soon as the question was popped that the wedding dress had got to be special.
I booked an appointment at Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton. Leonie suggested coming in with a friend on an afternoon so that I could spend a couple of hours tying on. So armed with my bridesmaid Rhonda I began the search. I tried a few big dresses to rule them in or out….and I surprisingly really liked them. So I tried fishtails and loved them…slinky’s next, ditto…..in fact I practically loved every dress in the shop!
Leonie was understanding and offered advice…..”try your favourites on again, when you do you’ll know the one.”….so I did. First I tried the Suzanne Neville….amazing corsetry; I found the waist I never knew I had! I cried. This must be the one. I tried the David Fielden, all slinky with delicately sequined bust to try and rule it out but oh no more tears! Finally a Sarah Arnett dress, I must say I felt more affinity with the Sarah Arnett perhaps because she is locally based in Brighton and I’ve worn her dresses before. I loved the slinky plunge neckline and pleating, and I had some more tears.
Leonie had more advice. “Take some time off”, she said. She sent me off with another appointment in a few weeks time. I haven’t made my mind up yet but I can’t wait to go back and try them again maybe with my mum. I’ll bring the tissues! x www.leonieclaire.com