Wedding Journal Online meets Julie-Anne Cairns, owner of Julie-Anne Bridal Boutique, to find out everything you need to know about her bespoke service.
Tell us a bit about your bridal boutique and what makes it different..
“We offer the best customer service, the staff will work tirelessly to ensure that you are satisfied with your big day. There is the option for an after-hours service booked by appointment, for those working brides with busy schedules. As the boutique is appointment only, each bride and her party will have the boutique to themselves and they will not be disturbed by other clients.
“There is also a bespoke design service offered to brides who want to feel truly unique on their big day. Our bespoke sesigners are the fabulous Stephanie Nutt and myself, who will design a one-off dress specially for you, to meet your requirements and wishes. We also offer a bespoke hand crafted jewellery service by Tiaras and Trinkets, a designer based on the North Coast. .
“At Julie-Anne Bridal Boutique we not only look after the bride but we also cater for the bridesmaids and the very important mother of the bride/groom. We also stock shoes and accessories so all your outfit worries can be taken care of under one roof.”
What inspired you to open your shop?
“It was something I have wanted since I was 14. Growing up when a teacher asked ‘what would you like to be when you grow up?’, my reply was always a designer. It wasn’t until my cousin’s wedding back in 2004 that the whole wedding thing captured my imagination. Since then I was always doodling and designing wedding dresses. I had a fantastic art teacher at the time, Mrs Moffatt from Dunclug College, who instantly recognised I had a passion for this and helped me learn how to sew and sketch proper illustrations, also with my cousins help I put together my first portfolio by the age of 15, and it snowballed from there, my future was set, I wanted my own bridal boutique and become a bridal designer.”
What style of dresses do you stock?
We stock 4 very different bridal labels. Hollywood Dreams is one of the most distinctive signatures in bridal design, they consistently produce wonderfully romantic dresses with fabulous beadwork and embellishments. Chic is also by Hollywood Dreams but is their more contemporary range. Demetrios, a Milan based label, offers brides spectacular and high fashion gowns in versatile styles. Johanna Hehir is also London based and has established herself over the past 10 years as one of London’s leading bridal designers. Her signature style is clean, unfussy, classic cuts with romantic detailing. We also stock Mark Lesley bridemaids, Veromia Dress Code Occasion wear, bespoke and handmade accessories from Tiaras and Trinkets, shoes from Verdon.
What sizes do you offer?
We hold samples sizes in store for try-on purposes, we can order any of these styles in store from size 8 up to a size 20 in bridal, mother of the bride Dress Code outfits are available from size 8-18. Dressed up is coming soon size 14-28 available.
What price are your dresses?
Bridal ranges from £700-£3615.
Tell us about your favourite wedding dress in the shop?
It is such a hard question as they all offer something completely different, If I had to choose it would be ‘Zendbia’ by Hollywood Dreams. Red silk, dramatic and the embellishment is to such a high quality, it makes you simply say ‘wow’, it certainly makes an impact.
What sort of experience do you offer brides?
We believe every bride is unique, so they will be treated as that. We are welcoming, warm, and professional and we truly care about our brides. We work on an appointment only basis so that we can deliver the best customer service possible, we will look after our brides, mothers of the bride/groom and the all-important maids. You will have our undivided attention for your appointment. We aim to ease the stress of your finding your dream dress and aim to sort all your outfit worries under one roof.
What advice would you offer brides before they go wedding dress shopping?
You will know when you find the dress, you look and move differently and the smile will be a big give away. But the main thing is you will know by how you feel wearing it. Finding your wedding dress is like finding a man, when you find the one you stop looking, the same advice applies to the dress, once you find it, stop looking.
Do brides need to book an appointment with you?
Yes they do, it is compulsory as it enables us to deliver the best customer service possible to our clients.