The Top Ten Things Every Bride Should Know...about finding #thedress

So you’ve just got engaged, you’re beyond yourself with excitement (of course!!) and you simply can’t wait to start looking for the perfect wedding dress!!

We’ve put ourselves into your (amazing) shoes and put together a few Q&A’s to hopefully make finding the #dreamdress most enjoyable and so you know what to expect!

When do I start to look for my wedding dress?

Our #twgbridetribe tend to prioritise #thedress and start looking around 10-12 months before their wedding date.

When do all the new season collections arrive?

The 2018 collections have ALL now arrived…these stunning collections have been arriving during October / November months. We only update our collections once a year so the 2019 styles will launch in the boutique in October / November next year!

How many boutiques should I make appointments with?

We recommend 3-4 boutiques is more than enough – do your research and visit boutiques that stock designers that you are most interested in trying on!

How long does it take for a wedding dress to arrive once I’ve placed my order?

The approx. lead time is 6-9 months with our designers and in an ideal world we love to have your dress here at least six weeks prior to your wedding – so don’t leave ordering too late!!

What if I don’t have 6-9 months?

We are very sensitive to the fact that some brides don’t have the luxury of time and for those brides we do our best to work with our designers to ensure we can get a dress here within a tighter time-frame. We also have a fab #secretsale room dedicated to gorgeous dresses that you can purchase ‘off the rail’.

So, I’ve ordered my dress – what’s next?

We love helping our brides with any other styling advice so keep in touch with us and we will do the same!! We’ll advise you when your dress is due in closer to the time and will get you booked in your first fitting.

Where and when do fittings take place?

Your first fitting is approx. 6 weeks prior to your wedding (if you order well in advance and your dress comes in you are welcome to come try it on!!!). We have our very own in-house seamstress (who is amazing!) and you meet her here at the boutique. Fittings can be arranged in advance and any time between 9am-5pm Monday – Friday.

How many fittings are there?

It’s fundamentally important that you come prepared to your first fitting –by that we mean have your shoes and lingerie with you. At your next fitting if your dress fits perfectly then that is your final fitting! Occasionally there still may be a few minor alterations required, and if our seamstress can do those at this fitting she will, otherwise we arrange another date to come back for final fitting.

Do I pay for alterations?

We are one of the few bridal boutiques that have our own in-house seamstress and we extend that service to all our brides who purchase a new dress. There is a fee for alterations and you can expect to pay between £150 - £300 depending on each bride’s requests.

What is the best piece of advice you can give me?

You want to be the best possible version of yourself on your wedding day – so please yourself first and foremost, choose a dress that you absolutely love, want to keep on all day and sleep in! Consider your budget before booking appointments and be open to trying on something the stylist would choose for you!!

Winter Wedding Inspiration

We will soon be in what is ultimately my favourite season….Winter! In wedding terms it’s not one of the most popular seasons to get married…however it is one of the busiest times of the year for girls shopping for their dream dress! It’s a time that brings much excitement; our new collections arrive into the boutique - which is always met with great anticipation! This season brings lots of new engagements and of course Christmas – my favourite time!

Perhaps Autumn/ Winter weddings are less popular here because of the dark evenings (shorter photographic opportunities) and the usually cold and wet weather!  I have found some beautiful images that may just sway a few people to reconsider the date they chose for their wedding!

There are so many beautiful colours (we have a burgundy obsession at TWG) and textures that epitomise the Autumn / Winter season…you are literally spoilt for choice for styling your wedding during these months!

Aine & Kieran's Autumnal wedding

Sitting here swooning over our gorgeous bride Aine and her romantic wedding …Aine knew exactly how she wanted to look on her wedding day and quickly knew her wedding dress was ‘the one’. Aine first visited the boutique with her #bridetribe and fell totally in love with the gorgeous Bukowski by Laure de Sagazan.  She was quick to make a second appointment and brought along her nearest and dearest to confirm her choice!

We just adore the photography from her big day and found it so difficult to pick our favourites! 

Venue - Nuremore Hotel & Country Club

Photographer - ELmotions Photgrpahy & Video

Florist - Anne McCarron

Hair - A Capello Hair Design

Makeup - Ella Makeup (Bride's makeup) & Emma McQuaid 

Kathryn and Connor’s colourful boho inspired wedding

Excitement levels are through the roof this week at the boutique! Everyday we’re receiving photos into our inbox from our stylish brides…crickey they are all friggin' gorgeous!!

This week we are hoping to inspire you with our gorgeous boho-babe Kathryn and Connor’s wedding at Drumhalla House, Donegal.  We’ll always remember Kathryn’s first appointment at our boutique. Her sophisticated and beautiful Aunt Frances had been in the boutique earlier that day and found her perfect wedding dress by Halfpenny London! So everyone was in fabulous form! Kathryn was a super-confident bride whose vision was to have a bohemian-inspired wedding bursting with colour, textures and most importantly relaxed and fun!!

Kathryn herself thanks us for picking out the Haze gown by Rue de Seine for her which turned out to be ‘the dress’. She styled it with a Juliette cap fingertip veil which complimented the stunning silk/cotton fabric with abstract/asymmetric design. We adore Kathryn’s natural makeup and her bridesmaids too...and guess what...they only did their own makeup!!! Kathryn's tousled hair was styled by Fusion Hair in Ramelton.

Kathryn’s bride tribe embraced the boho vibe with the individual dresses in different colours which looked totally awesome!! Set to be a big trend, Kathryn was ahead of floral fashion with her ‘floral hoop’ created by one of our fav creatives Aoife Doherty, Sass & Halo! Stepping away from the traditional bouquets – the floral hoops epitomised Kathryn’s overall vibe for her wedding day! So sit back with your coffee and chocolates (of course) and enjoy these pics we’ve chosen from K&C’s wedding captured so beautifully by Paula Gillespie Photography!

Can you pic a favourite? We struggled!!

Love, TWG xx #twgbridetribe (send us your pics to get featured right here!)

The Secret is out....

Have you heard the exciting news that we have opened The Secret Room upstairs at The White Gallery?

The Secret Room contains lots of hidden gems…all the dresses from last season that we have had to remove from the main boutique to make way for our new season collection. These fab dresses are in excellent condition, all half price or less and all available to take home on the day!! The Secret Room is brilliant for a bride who is time restricted and needs to find her perfect dress quickly! All of the dresses are a size UK 10 or UK 12 and can be altered to fit size 6/8 or 10…we can recommend lots of amazing seamstresses to do the necessary alterations.  

 Some advice for your Secret Room appointment….

  •     If you have gorgeous shoes that you want to wear on your wedding day make sure you bring these with you….as all the dresses are ready to purchase you might want to check the length
  •      Be sure you bring someone with you who can help advise you but will also allow you to make your own choice….there is only one of each dresses available and once sold we are unable to re-order……so you will want to be pretty decisive on the day.
  •     Remember to bring money in case you fall in love with your dream dress….as the dresses are a one off we cannot hold without a deposit.

The Secret Room has dresses by Rime Arodaky, Laure de Sagazan, Yolan Cris, Halfpenny London, Divine Atelier and many more! Book your appointment with us today and see if we can help you find your perfect dress!

 

 

Katrina & Conor's Autumnal Wedding

We're so totally spoilt here at The White Gallery as we get to help the most beautiful bunch of brides style their look for their wedding day...and we simply love receiving their photos as we get to see how they've styled the rest of their special day!

 

It's the attention to detail of Katrina & Conor's wedding that we are excited to share with you...Katrina chose a stunning embroidered silk organza gown by Halfpenny London and styled with an Emmy London belt and cashmere cardigan for her autumn wedding. Her sister wore a goregous GHOST Dye to Order dress. Their wedding was at Larchfield Estate, beyond stunning espeically at this time of year! Some of our favourite people were involved in her big day - Jennifer Ireland (MAU), Lynette Murray Hair, Rosehip & Berry (flowers),  Forever Social (videographer), Posh Nosh (caterers), The Hitmen Trio (music) and all captured on camera by Gather & Tides photography....and a special mention to the groom's mum and Katrina's cousin who made the cake...wait to you see it!

Until the next time peeps xxx

Those shoes!!!

Those shoes!!!

Lynette Murray Hair doing her thing!

Lynette Murray Hair doing her thing!

Jennifer Ireland MUA doing the finishing touches to Katrina's flawless, natural make-up

Jennifer Ireland MUA doing the finishing touches to Katrina's flawless, natural make-up

One of our favourite pics...the colours are awesome and moody x  

One of our favourite pics...the colours are awesome and moody x

 

Nice suit!

Nice suit!

Katrina with her super stylish mum 

Katrina with her super stylish mum 

Liz Martinez Trunk Show 13th - 15th January

We are thrilled that the exclusive launch of the 2017 collection from notable French-Israeli bridal designer, Liz Martinez, will take place at a special trunk show at our boutique next month.

Taking place from the 13th -15th January at The White Gallery boutique, the three-day trunk show will include selected pieces from the new Liz Martinez 2017 collection, as well as a small handful of iconic gowns from the previous collection, due to the high demand. This trunk show will be the first opportunity for brides-to-be from Ireland to view the 2017 collection.

The Liz Martinez 2017 bridal collection showcases the young virtuoso designer’s ability to create a wide range of unique individual pieces while maintaining a distinctive, sexy-yet-elegant look that has become her trademark. The collection images were shot in the beautiful Moroccan backdrop, providing an urban backdrop for this dreamlike high fashion shoot.

Viewing of the Liz Martinez 2017 bridal collection is by appointment only and due to high demand, booking in advance is recommended.

Please use this link to view the 2017 collection and if you see a dress you would love to try on please contact us to request this dress is included in the trunk show.

http://lizmartinez.co.il/portfolio/2017/

Appointments can be made by contacting The White Gallery on 0044 7565 221331, via appointment@thewhitegalleryboutique.co.uk or by using the contact page on our website.

 

When Jennifer got married to Jonny Flash (McFetridge)...coolest couple ever!

When you work in the bridal industry you have the pleasure of getting to know some of the most creative and talented people around...one of those persons is Jennifer Ireland, a truly wonderful make-up artist who I've had the pleasure of working with on photo shoots and editorials. So, when Jennifer chose her dress from our boutique we were rather flattered that we had been given the privilege of helping her pick the perfect dress for her that reflected Jennifer's personal style and vibe that she was going for on her wedding day.

I'd like to share with all you brides-to-be details of the super suppliers that created and captured the magic of Jennifer & Jonny's Day... Paula O Hara Photography, Story of Eve (videographer), Lynette Murray Hair, Ashley Morhej Make-Up (for the bridesmaid & mother of the bride... Jennifer did her own, obviously!), Blue Meadow (bespoke hairpiece & veil) and Floral Earth (amazing flowers).

Grab a coffee, some chocolate (of course!) and sit back and enjoy this beautiful wedding xxxx

Claire & Tony's Cliffs Of Moher Wedding

If you are looking for inspiration for a fun, marquee-style wedding then look no further than Claire & Tony's wedding in Doolin, Ireland...the attention to detail is crazy! Absolutely stunning! And where else only in Ireland would the groom and his besties go for a dip in the ocean on the morning of the wedding!!!!! Claire chose a romantic and dreamy wedding dress by Divine Atelier. Images captured by www.Mrsreadhead-foto.com ...enjoy! xx  

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Goodbye 2015...you've been amazing!

Where did 2015 go? Time really does go by quickly...especially when you're having as much fun at work as we do! We've had the pleasure of assisting some of the most beautiful brides from across Ireland, Europe and further afield to find their wedding dress. We love what we do and it's all because of the designers we work with, which are all exclusive to our boutique in N Ireland and Ireland, and because of these stunning brides...here are just a few of the gorgeous girls who found their wedding dress at The White Gallery! We'd like to take this opportunity to wish all our brides past, present and future the most wonderful 2016...make sure it's one to remember! xxx