What we have discovered at Blue Lace since our launch two months ago is that, understandably, clients are under the impression that a bridal shop runs exactly like a normal clothes shop. However, given the importance and time requirements necessary in choosing a wedding dress it is essential that each of our prospective brides has our absolute attention and focus for anything up to two hours on a first appointment. Therefore, you will appreciate that we can only see three brides in any one day and even though we are open seven days a week, this appears to be quite challenging. If possible it would be most beneficial to contact us to schedule your appointment as soon as you can as our diary tends to fill up around two weeks in advance.
We can be contacted by phone, email, Facebook, Instagram and our online booking system, and we work diligently to provide for you as much information as possible to help you decide if we are the experience you are looking for!
Occasionally when we have a free Sunday afternoon, we have come up with our “Step in Sunday” which runs from 1pm-5pm, where you are welcome to walk in without an appointment, meet us, see our shop and preview a selection of gowns from our collections. This event will be advertised on our social media the week previous if it is scheduled for that Sunday. This is a great opportunity for us to have a relaxed chat, a nice glass of Prosecco, and smooth out any reservations you may have about trying on dresses. This is a fun way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, so do not hesitate to pop in if you are starting to plan your fairytale.
At Blue Lace we are incredibly proud of our seven talented designers and are just delighted with our show stopping collection of ninety gowns! We feel it is important to explain to our prospective brides the process of how trying on sample gowns actually works.
In the lead up to your appointment we will have discussed with you any possible ideas of styles or designs that you have in mind, your average, normal dress size and a rough estimate of the budget that you are comfortable spending. From this we can choose a selection of dresses for your first appointment but it is important to acknowledge that, unlike normal dress shops, it is impossible to carry a selection of sizes in each gown. Various bridal shops have different ideas of how they manage their dress sizes. Some shops only carry their sample dresses in a size 10/12 and have very particular dress styles in mind for the image of their particular boutique. At Blue Lace, our image is orientated around the perfect fairytale wedding! Our boutique is styled in a very luxurious, classic design which follows through in our choice of dresses and fabrics. However, we are very keen to cater for every bride’s vision of how she wishes to look on her wedding day! Therefore style, size and budget are not our priority but to fulfil our bride’s dream is our optimum goal. So, on a more practical level, our sample dresses are on average a 14/16, however we do have gowns from a size 8 to a size 32.
As I have explained, these gowns are not only beautiful and fragile but are acquired from our designers and have to be maintained to a high level to ensure they are fresh and beautiful for every bride! It is not important that we don’t carry your exact size in every dress as, within a fairly flexible margin, dresses can either be easily clamped in if the dress is too large, or filled out if they are slightly small. Both will still give a very accurate idea of how the dress will look and feel! Needless to say, your dress will be ordered made to measure and further altered when it arrives to give you the perfect fit for your perfect day. So do not be thrown off when all the sample dresses you wish to try are not your exact fit, some will fit and some will not, but this is no baring on your appointment.
As I mentioned earlier about keeping our sample gowns clean and fresh for every bride, we therefore respectfully request that on your first appointment you wear no fake tan and a minimal amount of makeup as you may be trying on numerous gowns at this stage. However, on your follow up appointments were you are down to just a couple of dresses, we feel it is beneficial to wear your makeup how you think you would like it on the day to give you a better idea of how the entire image will come together!
So, given this practical information, it is important to come along with an open mind and a sense of excitement at a rare opportunity to try on a range of such amazing dresses!
I thought it would be productive today to talk about the process of ordering your wedding dress! It has become clear to me that most girls are unaware of the length of time and the number of steps involved between choosing your dress and walking down the aisle in it, inevitably feeling like a million dollars! To be fair, how could you? This is a process most women will only go through once in a lifetime, so here we go!
The first thing to acknowledge is that most designers will take between four and six months to produce your dress. This is due to the fact that good designers will be taking dress orders from across the globe and that these gowns are generally made abroad, namely China, Europe, America, and with that comes the extra time involved in shipping and customs. So what you need to consider is how far ahead your wedding day is and allow six months from choosing your dress until it arrives back at your chosen bridal boutique. At this point your dress will most certainly need two appointments with your chosen seamstress to ensure that the dress is the perfect fit and still allow two weeks grace to take the dress home for some final preparation before the big day! A good seamstress will need to be booked up to six months before your wedding to ensure your time slot and will require approximately a month to guarantee the quality of work necessary for such an important gown. Given this it is important to order your dress eight months before your wedding!
What we also need to take into account is how many dresses you may want to try on and how many boutiques you will want to visit. This could take anything from two to six months, unless of course you know exactly what you are looking for and where you are going to find it.
So girls, a valuable piece of advice from Blue Lace is- allow yourself a year to start the search for your gown! This will help to avoid stress and disappointment, but most importantly we recommend that choosing your wedding dress should be lots of fun and make you feel as special as every bride should!
We have been having amazing success with our stunning “Beautiful Brides +” Collection from Special Day! We are finding that these gowns are so beautifully cut and so well structured, giving the ultimate blend of glamour and elegance for our fuller figured brides looking for their perfect fit.
Our Beautiful Brides + Collection is specially designed and cut to celebrate real curves. Each gown is designed with couture construction to flatter every shape!
At Blue Lace we are all about Fairytales and are confident that we have the wedding dress that you have always dreamed of! The Beautiful Brides + gowns range from a size 6 – 36 and our brides are enjoying the opportunity to try on a variation of styles, from flouncy tulle ballgowns to sleek mikado fit n flares. The gowns themselves are corseted and boned in a way that allows amazing support and flexibility whilst remaining flattering and comfortable. The detailing is absolutely exquisite with adornments of Swarovski crystals, beads and intricate appliqués! We also have a selection of more classic, understated gowns in luxurious mikado and chiffon with a more subtle embellishment.
The feedback we have received since introducing this collection has been incredible, with girls feeling confident, glamorous and feminine, and not afraid to flaunt their lovely curves!
Not only are these gowns amazing quality, they are also competitively priced- definitely worth some consideration!
We have worked hard to ensure that the environment of Blue Lace provides our brides with a fun, relaxed and luxurious experience. We warmly invite you to visit us and relax during our two hour appointment slots, giving you that extra time to get a feel for what you love!
When we first stepped into Harrogate Bridal Show last September, Blue Lace was still in its infancy and it was time to embark on the journey of choosing our designers. Confident that we had excelled in creating the environment for Blue Lace, we now needed to bring in the designs that would launch us into the spotlight and complete our signature bridal experience. Undoubtedly Harrogate is the largest and most important event on the bridal calendar, and just walking through the doors we were in no doubt that this would lead us to the collection of gowns that would perfectly create the image we were aspiring to. Our dream has been to offer our brides a choice of contemporary, classic, elegant styles with a full range of fabrics, cuts and finishes. Undoubtedly the collection of designers at Blue Lace has every element required to accommodate even the most discerning brides.
So, let’s meet our designers!
I’m going to kick things of with the incredible Lazaro! Lazaro Perez, a talented designer originally from Cuba, truly is the Mozart of fairytale gowns.
Lazaro’s collection is a sumptuous mix of dreamy romance, timeless elegance and just a sprinkle of diva glam. Designed to enchant and seduce, Lazaro creates frothy ball gowns to sculptured trumpets. Goddess gowns in luxurious fabrics shimmer and bedazzle.
Lazaro creates perfection for a brides evening under the stars, an opulent ballroom bathed in golden light, or a magical destination far far away.
Need I say more?
Next up we have the fabulous Demetrios! Demetrios James Elias, originally from Greece but now living and designing in Milan, is the master of romantic, ethereal, dreamy gowns.
Where dreams begin and style is forever!
We are carrying an amazing selection from both the “Starlight” and the “Platinum: Clair de Lune” Collections. These luxurious, dazzling dresses will guarantee an entrance that nobody will forget and a true statement for your special day.
A real must see, ladies!
And now for the most trusted source in the bridal industry, Randy Fenoli! Originally from Illinois, USA, Randy progressed to become fashion director at the infamous Kleinfeld Bridal Salon in New York City. Today he is the star of “Say Yes to the Dress” seen by millions of viewers every week!
Randy’s mission is to educate, elevate and empower a bride to choose the most important dress in her life and to realise her own personal beauty.
We agree with Randy that no matter what size, age or shape EVERY woman is beautiful and we can overcome any challenge. We are thrilled to be carrying some beautiful gowns from Randy’s Silver Springs Collection, a good mix of styles with an understanding of what works for real women.
A gentleman and superstar!
Next we have the classic, traditional elegance that is Grace Philips. Grace and Phil are two innovative young designers from Durham in the south of England who excel at designing and creating gowns that are fit for a royal wedding! Similar to what we have seen on Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie in the last two years, these dresses exude regal, high end opulence.
Grace Philips designs are not just wedding dresses. The structure and cut, coupled with amazing fabrics such as duchesse satin and mikado contour your body and scream glamour.
These signature silhouettes are fishtail and full ball gowns. Extravagant, yet understated, these wedding dresses have no fuss or flounce but clean lines and amazing trains with pure red carpet glamour.
To follow that, we have Anny Lin, an inspirational designer originally from Vietnam. Anny Lin comes from a long line of bridal designers and has built up a growing following in the last few years.
Inspired by tradition the Anny Lin collection weaves together modern and classic designs, incorporating contemporary tailoring, unique modern style with elegant and innovative flair.
As the only stockist of Anny Lin in Northern Ireland, we are confident that these gowns represent originality and are a real breath of fresh air in the bridal market.
Last, but certainly not least, we have our wonderful Special Day. For over forty years Special Day has been designing beautiful, high quality bridal gowns to the Irish and international markets. Designed by the lovely Joanne McFadden, we are pleased to stock their three bridal collections- The Claddagh Collection, The European Collection and The Beautiful Brides + Collection.
The Claddagh dresses feature classic and modern designs with high quality finish and exquisite fabrics. The European Collection is more affordable without compromising the designs and fabrics. These dresses come with a wide choice of styles from fifty’s inspired tea lengths, to soft flowing chiffons. The Beautiful Brides + is an amazing collection of award winning dresses that are specially designed and cut to celebrate real curves. Each gown is designed with couture construction to flatter every shape.
Stunning dresses to accommodate all budgets!
Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog on our beautiful bridesmaid and flower girl gowns!
Since opening our doors on Saturday 25th May 2019 we have had an amazing reaction to our wonderful new store and our extensive collection of beautiful gowns. (Oh my goodness, you girls are loving the Lazaro shimmer tulle)
We have had the pleasure of meeting some really lovely brides-to-be and even though it’s been exceptionally busy and hectic it is just amazing to be apart of their journey as we also embark on our own.
At Blue Lace we pride ourselves in offering an exclusive service were we provide our clients with as much time, space and attention to detail as necessary to allow them to relax and maximise this important experience.
We truly are having so much fun and we hope you girls are too!
Blue Lace is excited and thrilled to announce that we will be stocking the full Hayley Paige Occasions spring 2019 bridesmaid collection! This collection has twenty gowns in a range of stunning colours, styles and fabrics. These dresses will add to our existing collections from Special Day and Kanali K making our selection of bridesmaid gowns extensive, eclectic and appealing to a wide spectrum of ladies.
The full collection will be in store in Coleraine from the third week of June 2019 and we would be delighted to welcome all bridal parties to experience our brand new store and view these beautiful gowns.
Feel free to get in touch and make your appointment! Our contact details are available on our website, Facebook page and Instagram!
We have just returned from London Bridal Fashion Week where we not only got to meet the amazing Randy Fenoli, but have picked up his phenomenal Silver Springs Collection!
Meeting Randy was truly inspiring! He is charming, charismatic, authentic and a true professional. Randy designs his dresses with obvious passion but, moreover, a real understanding of what women not only want in a wedding dress but require as an individual. A Randy Fenoli gown comes with the confidence that he has a lifetime of bridal and design experience at his disposal which makes it an obvious choice when trying to choose such an important dress. He was very warm, approachable and helpful and it was a pleasure choosing the dresses that Blue Lace will carry from his collection.
The Silver Springs dresses truly are exquisite! The cut, the fabric and the styles reflect Randy’s talent and fun personality. Each gown is accompanied by a detailed video clip where Randy describes his inspiration behind each style.
We also got to preview the brand new 2020 Demetrios collection which gave us food for thought on which styles we will add to the Blue Lace Collection next year. It was great to meet the team and have a chat with the lovely Demetrios himself.
As expected, the Lazaro displays were phenomenal and we felt great excitement at the prospect of seeing them in Blue Lace when we launch at the start of May.
All in all, LBFW was exciting, glamorous and spectacular, giving us great inspiration for what we want to achieve for our brides.
Most newly engaged women just cannot wait to begin the search for the dress of their dreams, however others feel under pressure from family, friends and even the wedding industry to start dress shopping straight away. Some girls feel they may want to lose weight, leave it until nearer the time, or just feel overwhelmed by the whole experience.
Here at Blue Lace, we try to understand how real women feel and not just railroad ahead with what is current trend or what we think is best. Instead we like to sit down and get to know our brides so that we can have a better understanding of what will make them feel special and beautiful.
We think it is important and most beneficial on your first appointment to come in without the pressure of “I must choose a dress today”. Instead just relax, talk through your likes and dislikes, your absolute “must haves” and your “definitely nots”, have a look at some styles and, if you wish, try on a few dresses. However, at this point, some girls may have more clarity and some may need more time to process, and that is just fine!
But most importantly- you just need to have fun!
On appointment day, choose a date that gives you lots of time as the average appointment is between one and a half and two hours. We understand that there will be numerous people you want to share this experience with, however we suggest on your first appointment that you keep your guests to two or three people maximum. Sometimes too many opinions can have a negative effect on your experience and sabotage your entire appointment. We all know our loved ones mean well, but often tend to forget it’s your day and not theirs, so bring those whose opinion you truly value. Perhaps, bring a different party to your follow up appointments so that everyone feels included. We are aware that it is unusual to bring dads, brothers and fiancés to appointments, however what makes you comfortable and happy is very important to us and we will be delighted to welcome them!
Should you find some dresses that you wish to try on, we will take your measurements at this point which allows us to select dresses as close to your fit as possible. We have a full size dressing room allowing plenty of room and breathing space as trying on wedding dresses can often be a strenuous process. Thankfully we have comfy chairs and refreshments at the ready! Once in your gown, our dressing room opens into our splendid runway room where your guests will await with a little glass of fizz or a calming cup of tea. This is the time to relax and truly enjoy the experience- we know there’s a princess inside of all of us and this is your time!
It is important to focus on how each dress, not only makes you look, but how it makes you feel. It will be very clear when you try the right gown but more important to us that when you arrive at your wedding that you are feeling like the very best version of you. When you feel good you look good and the world will see that too!
At this point you may have made a decision or you may need more time to consider. Blue Lace will be happy to support you on whichever choice you make. If you have found your dream dress, the next step is to put down your deposit so that we can place you in our schedule as dresses can take up to five months to arrive. Things may feel like they’ve gone quiet after this point, but don’t worry, this will give you time to organise the multitude of other wedding preparations.
When your dress arrives, your next appointment will involve fine tuning your initial fitting and considering any necessary alterations. It is best to leave your final fitting until a month before your wedding where we can be sure every detail is just perfect.
We will remain at your disposal until after your wedding day so if you have any concerns, no matter how small, do not hesitate to ask! We feel so privileged to be apart of your magical journey, and we will be there to support you for as long as you need us.
Hello, my name is Sarah Eccles, and I’m the daughter of Blue Lace Bridal’s mother and daughter duo.
Blue Lace is a Victorian style bridal boutique located in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Our extensive period building is the perfect place to bring to life your happily ever after! Approaching our grand opening at the beginning of May we are extremely excited and delighted to introduce our extraordinary dress collection in our fairytale setting!
So to all you girls out there, do not hesitate to come and visit us, have a look around, get to know us in person, and I truly believe you will not be disappointed. Likewise we are eagerly anticipating meeting all the lovely ladies to come through our door! Our passion is to make all our brides feel comfortable, happy and confident, ensuring a completely magical experience.
Our research has taught us that the wedding world can be intimidating, daunting and overwhelming. It is our priority to help you dream up something that is uniquely you and make this not the most important or the most expensive dress, but the happiest dress that you will ever wear!