Whether you’re a start-up or fully established, don’t miss these top tips for creatively customising your bridal boutique. Carrie Marsden is back with even more tips…
Beat the Buck!
A statement bouquet of flowers every three to five days a little out of your price range? Diffusers are a longer-lasting and cost-effective alternative, and they come in a delicious range of scents to set the mood.
Flea markets are your friend! Second-hand wardrobes and chest of drawers can be picked up at a steal and then repainted in Farrow and Ball for a transformative way to display accessories and headdresses. Especially wonderful for sourcing beautiful and unusual drawer handles (do mix and match!), and unique but inexpensive flutes for your welcome drink.
A polished wooden floor in deep mahogany will both set the white dresses off in all their glory, and ensure the gowns ‘flow’ when being worn and aren’t snagged by any bulky fibres. Plus, a reclaimed flooring will certainly be less expensive than carpet.
Faux pas, ne pas!
Don’t stack dresses in heavy-duty plastic zip bags. Not only do they obscure the dresses, they also carry a distinctly ‘we’re at the mortuary’ vibe. And let’s face it, wherever you are, that’s never a good vibe.
Don’t carry mix-and-match hangers (such as different sizes, or some plastic, some wooden). This looks tacky and distinctly amateurish. If you’re using hangers, invest in a standardised look, but one that says luxe.
Don’t make tea/Prosecco/Peach Bellinis in front of your guests. This needs forward-thinking prep, discretion and, preferably, a back room somewhere to conceal the mess. Cracking open a packet of bourbons right there and then can kill a bespoke boutique vibe!
So, your checklist…
- A selection of headdresses, accessories, shoes in a range of sizes, and veils – all essential Bridal Imagination tools
- A fridge complete with your signature drink, always in stock, but out of sight
- An endless supply of top-notch tissues when emotions run high!
- Afternoon tea, excellent shortbread, fine bone china
- Copies of Love Our Wedding in store for inspiration!