Our Designers…Essense of Australia

The focal point of any Bridal shop is of course, the dresses it stocks. Years ago a wedding dress was often just a necessity, with women opting purely for what they can afford over a specific style or design. With TV shows such as Don’t Tell the Bride and Say Yes to Dress becoming more popular, “the dress” is now one of the main features of the wedding and after the venue, is one of the first and most thought about purchases a bride will make.

So, for us our dresses and designers are hugely important and with 15 years of experience in Bridal wear we like to think we have one of the biggest and best collections in the area.

This week we will be looking at one of our most popular selling designers, Essense of Australia. We have stocked Essense dresses for around 8 years now and they continue to be one of the most asked about collections we have. They offer a mixture of classic and modern styles in a range of fabrics, which combined with a superb fit and finish sets them apart from many other designers. Each gown features beautiful fabrics ranging from sumptuous satin to alluring laces and the use of authentic Swarovski Crystals and diamantes adds a subtle touch of sparkle to the gowns.

The dresses also come with various finishing options to suit the Brides requirements, such as lace or zip back and some of the gowns also offer a choice of colours ranging from blush and mocha to traditional ivory or white.

Here are a few of the Essense of Australia gowns we currently have hanging in store, with more available to view in the designers section on our website. D1875_gallery

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To view the full collection, give us a call to make an appointment on 01772 515090 or click here to enquire online

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Birthday Celebrations and Award Evenings

Its been a busy weekend of celebrations here at Dreamcatcher! Friday evening saw the team at Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens for the Radio Wave Culture & Lifestyle Awards 2015. We all enjoy getting glammed up, so we didn’t need much of an excuse to don our ball gowns and tuxes and the fact it was our 15th Birthday on the very same day made it a perfect reason to celebrate anyway!

We were lucky enough to be shortlisted for the Boutique award, facing competition from a selection of other local stores (not just bridal either!) and so the last few weeks have seen us campaigning for votes from our dear friends, family and most importantly all of our customers, past, present, old and new.

The evening started with a drinks reception and a wonder around Illuminasia in the foyer of the Winter Gardens, followed by a sumptuous dinner served by Rowley’s Offside Catering.

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Our wonderful seamstress Helen with her husband Richard outside Illuminasia

The awards came shortly after and by this point we were all more than a little nervous for our category to come around. To our utter delight, we were announced as the winners of the Boutique award – hurrah!

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Image courtesy of H2 Photography

What a perfect way to celebrate our 15th year of trading, we were so thrilled to take home the award as we were up against some strong competition.  A huge thank you to all of our friends, family and customers who not only voted for us, but have supported us over the years.

Lots of love,

Gill, Georgina, Angela, Charlotte and Helen x


The Dreamcatcher Sample Sale – All you need to know!

As the last appointments book up for this weekends Flash Sample Sale we have put together a few handy ‘need to know’ snippets of information to let you know what to expect. Equally, if you have previously ruled out buying your wedding dress from a sample sale – this may help convince you that its worth a look at least! With savings of up to 50% off the full price it’s an excellent opportunity to grab yourself a bargain if you have not already found ‘The One’ (and we mean dress, not future husband!)

 

What is a sample sale?

In a nutshell – a sample sale is what it says on the tin! When we buy our gowns, we are sent a sample dress to display in the store. This is the dress that you will come and try on when looking for your wedding dress and once you have decided then we order a brand new one for you from the designer. We only have a limited amount of space in the shop so in order to make room for new collections, every so often we will hold a sample sale event with the sample gowns marked down to a fraction of the original price.

What prices are the sample gowns?

The prices range by designer, however all gowns will have up to 50% off the RRP price.

Will I be guaranteed a dress in my size?

More often than not, the samples come in to us in sizes 8 to 14 and we are not able to pick the sizes we get sent. This means if you are purchasing from a sample sale unfortunately we only have certain sizes that are going to be available to you. There is a small amount of room for the gowns to be altered however if you are a size 14 and want to purchase a size 10 sample gown then it cannot be let out to fit. On the other hand, although our gowns can be taken in, if you are a size 8 and purchase a size 14 gown it will never look as it would do if it was purchased in the correct size. We would recommend only trying on gowns that are in your size to avoid the disappointment of falling in love with a gown that isn’t going to fit (even if you are planning on pounding the treadmill!).

When do I need to make a decision on the dress I want to purchase?

The nature of a sample sale means that unfortunately we will only have one of each dress. This means they are sold on a first come first serve basis. If you come and try on and then go away to think about it, it is possible the dress could then be sold in the meantime. Until we have received payment on a dress we are not able to reserve anything so we would suggest making a decision as quickly as possible to ensure you get what you want and are not left disappointed.

What about alterations?

We do have an in house seamstress, Helen and she is excellent at what she does. We offer an alteration and preparation package which includes minor alterations such as reducing the length of the gown and adjusting it slightly to ensure it fits the bride perfectly. Any major changes made to the dress, including customisation and deviating from the original design will be an additional cost and charged on a per hour basis for seamstress’ time. Once the gown fits perfectly it will then be steamed or pressed and ready to take away. You are in no way obliged to take our alteration and preparation package if you have a seamstress of your own that you prefer to use.

When will I collect my dress?

With all our sample sale gowns we ask that you take them away with you once you have purchased. This is due to the limited space we have to store the dresses. If you take out our alteration and preparation package you will bring your gown back in around 12 weeks before your wedding for fittings. We will keep hold of it then while our seamstress works on it until it is fully fitted and ready to be worn on your big day!

Some of the prices seem too good to be true! Are there any extra costs that I need to know about?

You will obviously need to factor in your alteration costs to the overall price of your gown. Our in house alteration and preparation package is £200.00. Some of the gowns with a fuller skirt may also require a hoop underneath to help keep the layers from catching as you walk and to enhance the shape of the skirt. These are completely optional and we do not include them in the price of the dress, however we do always have them in stock.

We do handle our sample dresses very well therefore we do not include dry cleaning in the price of the sample. If you would prefer to have your chosen sample sale gown dry cleaned we can provide quotations and arrange this for you – or you are welcome to do this yourself.

A final thought….

Come with an open mind! If you have not tried on any wedding dresses previously then it is worth trying on a few different styles and cuts. Even if you said you would never ever go for a particular style its worth trying it in as you may be pleasantly surprised!

To enquire about an appointment please call us on 01772 515090 or click here to register online.

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Bridal Showcase Evening – Thursday 19th March 2015

As most of you will probably know (we have been going on about it for WEEKS now!), we held our highly anticipated Bridal Showcase Evening here at Dreamcatcher on Thursday. And what a night it was! It was as successful as we had hoped for and we all had a fabulous evening meeting lots of prospective brides and their guests, along with some of our most favourite industry experts. We were very pleased to welcome photographer James Jebson to our beautiful shop, who came along with his camera in tow and captured the evening for us to share with you!

We had spent the afternoon busily preparing the shop for the evening, ensuring all of our gowns were perfectly prepared and ready to show off. Here we are all ready to welcome our guests!

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Meet the team!

From left to right, Charlotte, Georgina and Gill, Angela and our fabulous seamstress Helen.

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Not forgetting our very own Bride to Be Heather, who’s due to be married next year (we can’t wait to see what dress she decides on – she is spoilt for choice!).

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We were so pleased to welcome some of our favourite suppliers, who are all just fantastic at what they do! Jane and Jason came along from Flower Design, bringing along a simply divine display for our window along with some sample wedding bouquets and buttonholes. We loved all of them and couldn’t pick a favourite. Jane and Jason were on hand to answer questions throughout the evening and their beautiful blooms certainly got lots of attention!

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Hair and Make-up is an important part of creating your overall ‘look’ for your big day. It is something we often get asked about particularly when brides are choosing veils and accessories, so we thought it would be nice to bring in the experts for the evening. We welcomed head stylists Sam and Ali from Flossy and Leigh Bridal Hair and Makeup Company, who were on hand to chat to brides, touch up our already gorgeous models and provide demonstrations and advice on hair and makeup.

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From Celebration Cakes we welcomed the lovely Andrea, who was in attendance with some of her stunning looking cakes and some very very scrummy bite size samples (well we had to test them of course!).

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We can’t forget to mention wedding singer extraordinaire, the superb Mr Paul Guard! He provided our guests with entertainment for the evening, singing a selection of swing songs from his extensive repertoire.

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A special thank you again to photographer James Jebson, who captured the evening so perfectly and has allowed us to use his photos on our blog, facebook and websites. He is very talented and very lovely, managing to effortlessly put you at ease and capture images you can treasure for a lifetime.

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We had a fabulous evening showcasing our new collections and we couldn’t have done it so well if it wasn’t for our models. A special thank you goes to Kim, Katy, Stacey and Harriet from Angels Elite, they showed our gowns off beautifully and worked very hard throughout the evening. We are sure you will agree they look beautiful!

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We would like to thank everyone that attended the Showcase, it was a huge success and it was such a treat to spend the evening with so many lovely guests and suppliers. If you attended and want to make an appointment to try on any of the gowns you saw on Thursday please call us in the shop on 01772 515090, we can’t wait to see you again and help you find the perfect dress at Dreamcatcher!

Gill, Georgina, Angela, Charlotte, Heather and Helen x


Dreamcatcher Bridal presents “The Bridal Showcase”

With just days to go until our much anticipated “Bridal Showcase Evening”, we are now making our final preparations for this not to be missed event. The models have all been in to try on a selection of beautiful bridal gowns which we have picked out to showcase to you on the evening, along with a handful of Bridesmaids dresses as well. Our gowns look fantastic even on the hangers so once on our gorgeous models you will be able to appreciate how stunning they look when on! You will be able to browse all of our gowns at your leisure and if any catch your eye we will be on hand to answer any questions and make an appointment for you to return and try them on. Not only do we have some of our most beautiful gowns on display, but we are also pleased to be welcoming some of the area’s most experienced wedding experts to provide advice and chat to you about various aspects of your big day. Here’s what you can expect from the evening…

We will be welcoming the team from Flower Design (www.flowerdesign.co.uk), who, since 1998 have been creating the most stunning of floral displays for events of all sizes. Jane and Jason work effortlessly to ensure every design is of the highest quality and their passion oozes out of every aspect of their work. It is a true pleasure for us to welcome them to our showcase evening!

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the fantastic Mr Paul Guard (www.paulguard.com), wedding singer and all round entertainer extraordinaire! Fabulously talented and with a voice as smooth as some of the silk gowns we have in the boutique, he is as comfortable on stage with his magnificent band backing him as he is mingling in with your guests during your wedding breakfast. It’s a treat to have him join us and we cannot wait!

We are also welcoming along photographer James Jebson (www.jamesjebsonphotography.co.uk) to chat about capturing those everlasting photographs – a very important aspect of your day. James comes very highly recommended and his blog and Facebook page are always well worth a look, featuring all of his latest weddings and shoots. His relaxed attitude will put you at ease and we can’t wait to welcome him to the boutique and view more of his portfolios on Thursday!

We will also be providing scrumptious cakes provided by Andrea from Celebration Cakes (www.celebrationcakesandsugarcraft.co.uk), a glass of fizz with our compliments and some fantastic offers exclusive to our Bridal Showcase guests, including a £50 accessories voucher and 10% off new gowns.  We have two time slots to book on, 6.30pm ’till 8pm and 8pm ’till 9.30pm and we have availability still on both. We do ask due to limited availability that you please register your attendance by either calling us on 01772 515090 or visiting our website www.dreamcatcherbridal.co.uk prior to the event.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano – just one of the designers featured here in the boutique