23 Bridal Boutiques Reopening After Lockdown (London, The South, Central & North): Book Your Wedding Dress Appointment

This feels like a wonderful ‘good news’ feature and we are excited to share it with you. When non-essential retail closed way back in March, none of us had any idea that bridal boutiques and accessory showrooms would have to close their doors for so long.

But, as we take tentative steps from lockdown, lots of our favourite boutiques and designers are preparing excitedly to welcome you back. And what a treat this will be! We’ve spoken to lots of the boutiques and designers that we’re proud to support in Little Book, our wedding venue and supplier directory and it’s been heartening to hear their plans.

Below, you’ll find all the dates and details you’ll need to be able to book yourself an appointment. There’s also a look at the measures that everyone is implementing to keep you safe when you visit. Yes, things might be a little different but the passion the businesses and the people who make them special are exactly the same. They are brilliant, committed and dedicated and they totally deserve our love and support right now.

Let’s see who’s opening and when, shall we?

Boutiques in London

Behuli by Sanyukta Shrestha + Follow

Re-opening end of June

Initial appointments will now take place via phone or video call and then your second appointment will take place in the boutique itself, following strict safety rules. You’ll be asked to bring just one person with you and wear a mask from arrival and staff will also wear PPE, whilst maintaining social distancing as much as possible.

We are excited to welcome our brides back to our boutique. Navigating together through what is going to be ‘the new normal’, we are responsibly going to follow the health and safety guidelines and we are ready to work hard to stand by our brides. We are looking forward to making more brides happy and beautiful. Sanyukta, designer

Visit sanyuktashrestha.com
To book your appointment, email [email protected] or call 020 7385 9927.

 

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Eliza Jane Howell + Follow

Re-opening 15th June

Re-opening by appointment only, the team at Eliza Jane Howell are very much looking forward to welcoming you to their Connaught Street boutique. They ask that you bring just one guest with you and that both of you wear gloves and face masks. Between each appointment, the boutique will be completely sanitised and stylists will wear gloves and face masks during appointments too.

Love is love and weddings will always find a way. Gill Harvey, designer

Visit elizajanehowell.com
To book your appointment, email [email protected] or call 0207 436 2992

Halfpenny London + Follow

Re-opening 1st July

Halfpenny London will be following government guidelines at every step – they’ve installed hand sanitiser dispensers and their stylists will also be wearing PPE. When you arrive, you’ll be provided with masks and you’ll also be asked to wash your hands. Before your visit, one of the Halfpenny London stylists will be in touch with you so that designs are ready to try on and although you’re only able to bring one guest from your own household with you, the rest of the bridal party are welcome to join in with the appointment via Zoom or FaceTime.

“It’s been a very difficult time for everyone and my heart goes out to those brides who had to postpone their wedding. We’re here to offer styling advice and look after our brides throughout all of this. When the big day finally comes around, it’ll be even more full of love and magic. We absolutely can’t wait to see all of our lovely brides again! It feels like it’s been so long… Our business is all about relationships and it’s been so bizarre being closed and not having that physical contact like we normally do. We’ve been thinking about re-opening for a while and were already preparing so we’re raring to go. Yes, it’ll be different but all we can do is embrace it and go with the flow as I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a small price to pay for everyone’s health. We’ll find a new normal together. Kate Halfpenny

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Book your appointment at Halfpenny London here

 

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Heart Aflutter + Follow

Re-opening 2nd July

We have missed our brides so much, the sheer joy of being part of such an important moment of their life is what brings us back to this job time and time again! It’s time to make some lifelong memories once again! Cecilia Di Vita, owner

Following a pre-appointment Zoom where you’ll be able to pre-select dresses, everything will be ready for you when you arrive. On arrival, there’s hand sanitiser available and you’ll be asked to wear a face covering when social distancing can’t be observed. The team will let you get in and out of the dresses yourself but they will clip the dresses from behind for you once you’re out of the changing room space. You’ll be able to bring one guest with you and video call anyone else you’d like from the boutique.

Visit heartaflutterbridal.co.uk
To book your appointment, click here

Hermione de Paula + Follow

Re-opening 17th June

Before your appointment, you’ll be invited to a virtual consultation where you can start sharing ideas for your dream gown. There’ll also be a few questions to answer before you arrive and if you’re able to travel by taxi, car, bike or on foot to your appointment, the team would be super grateful. You’re able to bring one guest and when you arrive, you’ll be given a face mask (your stylist will also be wearing gloves and a mask). There will be gowns ready to try on and plenty of time to chat further and your stylist will take photos of each dress you try on and these will be shared with you after your appointment. Dresses will be hot steamed in between appointments and the townhouse will be cleaned and sanitised before and after each client as well.

We are so excited to welcome our beautiful brides back into the atelier and allow our creativity to bloom together again. Within the new environment, virtual meetings have become a part of our daily lives. This has allowed us to build new relationships with brides and develop existing ones from our own homes. Therefore, by embracing the ‘new normal’ of virtually meeting, we will now be offering a 30min complimentary call or Zoom as an important first step in our process prior to a physical fitting. We hope for this to help our brides feel at ease and be welcomed as a new friend of the HdeP family into our Spitalfields Townhouse as soon as they are comfortable to do so. Hermione, designer

Visit hermionedepaula.com
To book your appointment, email [email protected]

 

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Indiebride London + Follow

Re-opening 17th June

Miina will be meeting brides on Wednesdays and Saturday and a maximum of three appointments are available each day so there’s time to clean the studio before the next bride arrives. Please only bring one friend or family member with you and Miina will provide disposable gloves and masks for you to wear (she’ll also be wearing gloves and a mask). On arrival, you’ll be provided with hand sanitiser and you can also wash your hands in the showroom before putting on your gloves. Social distancing rules will be observed and, as always, all appointments are completely private.

I’m looking forward to meeting all the lovely brides who can finally continue planning their wedding. Your appointment with us might not be as usual because of the restrictions we have to follow but the beautiful and peaceful setting will make sure your appointment is as cosy and unforgettable as it would be without masks and gloves. I’m happy to answer any enquiries or worries about visiting us or the procedures we follow, please get in touch. Hope to meet you all soon! Miina, designer

Visit indiebridelondon.co.uk
Book your appointment here, or email Miina dirctly on [email protected]

Hermione Harbutt Couture Accessories + Follow

Re-opening 4th July

We very much look forward to welcoming you into the showrooms and to make your appointment as special as ever. Hermione, designer

Once you’ve booked your appointment, the team will be in touch with you just to check that you’re well and symptom-free before you visit. When you arrive, you’ll be invited to wash your hands and use hand sanitiser and there will be gloves available in you’d like. Doors and windows will remain open if possible to allow fresh air to circulate and you’ll also be asked to wear a mask (the team will be wearing masks and visors throughout). All appointments will be well spaced out so that the showroom can be cleaned safely before the next bride arrives. Although you won’t be able to bring anyone with you, video calls and WhatsApp messaging with friends and family throughout your appointment is positively encouraged.

Visit hermioneharbutt.com
Book your appointment via [email protected]

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture + Follow

Re-opening 15th June

Kate Edmondson will be offering three bridal consultation appointments per week and Kate asks that just the bride attends. You’ll be provided with a face mask on arrival after you’ve washed your hands with sanitiser and all points of contact will be sanitised after each appointment. 2020 and 2021 brides with secured dates will be given priority and the team recommend booking your consultation soon as 2021 is going to be very busy for weddings! Your initial consultation will be an in-depth conversation about your wedding dress and you’ll be able to discuss everything in great detail from fabrics and budgets to the bespoke process itself. When it comes to fittings, face masks and gloves will also be worn for safety.

Visit kateedmondsonbridal.co.uk
Book your consultation via [email protected], or call 07870 918776

 

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Mirror Mirror Bridal Boutique + Follow

Re-opening 4th July

We are booking appointments now for our boutique opening on the 4th July. Just email Maria at [email protected] Beautiful classics, new 2021 designs and stunning samples (ready to take away if you are in a hurry) will be available.

We’ve missed you! Thrilled to be planning the opening of the boutique and get back to what we love doing. There will be beautiful classics, new designs and a range of samples available to take away immediately if you are in a hurry!  Maria, Manager

Visit mirrormirror.uk.com
To book your appointment, please email Maria at [email protected]

 

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Sally Bean Couture + Follow

Re-opening 26th June

Sally is limiting appointments to one per day and PPE will be available to you as soon as you arrive (Sally will also be similarly protected). Dresses are left for 72 hours after being tried on and will also be steam cleaned. The showroom will be thoroughly cleaned before and after appointments and Sally will message you the night before your appointment so that she’s able to order in any hot drinks that you would like. You’re also welcome to Skype your family and friends during your appointment and Sally will take photos and send them to you for your reference too.

I am so excited to meet my new clients when we reopen. It is such a wonderful time of your life choosing and dressmaking your wedding dress, I promise that we will still create magic and an utterly stunning wedding dress for you. My calling in life is to make beautifully fitted original wedding dresses and I will not let the current situation get in the way of our gorgeous creations.  designer Sally Bean

Visit sallybean.co.uk
To book your appointment, please email [email protected]

 

Boutiques in the South

From East Sussex and Surrey over to Bristol and up to Hertfordshire plus everywhere in between, there are plenty of owners and designers who can’t wait to welcome brides back soon. Please take some time to explore all the listings below – your support means everything right now and you’ll be made so very, very welcome.

Bridal Indulgence, Hampshire + Follow

Re-opening 4th July

Kerri and the team ask you to arrive on time for your appointment and if you’re early, you will be asked to wait outside while they finish cleaning. There’s a fab seating area with beautiful countryside views. Inside, you’ll have the boutique to yourself and visors will be provided. You’ll be able to browse the collection and there’s plenty of space inside too. You’ll only be able to bring one guest with you but Bridal Indulgence have a new Facebook portal to allow you to connect with friends and family during your appointment.

Wedding dress shopping has changed and appointments are going to be limited.  The best bit of advice that I can give is to do your research before booking your bridal appointment to ensure that the dresses we supply are to your style.  At Bridal Indulgence, our style is relaxed, bohemian and modern, so if that’s your style we hope to see you for an appointment soon. Kerri, owner

Visit bridalindulgence.co.uk
To book your appointment, email [email protected]

Brides of Winchester (Hampshire) + Follow

Re-opening 15th June

Brides of Winchester will be booking fewer appointments each day so there’s time for cleaning in between each visitor and the boutique is now open strictly be appointment only. Laura asks that you arrive on time and bring no more than two guests (one for fittings with the seamstress). Gloves and masks will be provided and you’ll be asked to sanitise and wash your hands on arrival. There will be regular cleaning of all touch points but if you or your guests are immune-compromised, please speak to the team in confidence before your appointment so that they can be extra careful about cleaning the boutique before you arrive. The team will also be wearing gloves and a mask for all appointments and social distancing will be maintained as much as possible.

I would just like to thank all the brides who put their trust in Brides of Winchester in the coming months and help support our independent business. We are all very grateful! Laura, owner

Visit bridesofwinchester.co.uk
To book your appointment, email [email protected]

Fross Wedding Collections (East Sussex) + Follow

Re-opening 15th June

Together we will remain strong and united, so we can overcome anything that comes our way. Fross, owner

When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be able to sanitise your hands and there are also masks and gloves available. You’ll see 2m reminders throughout the boutique and the team ask that you only bring one guest with you when you visit.

Visit frossweddingcollections.co.uk
To book your appointment, click here

 

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Heartfelt Vintage (Bristol) + Follow

Re-opening 7th July

Before you visit the boutique, you’ll be able to pick out up to four dresses to try on during a virtual bridal appointment and these dresses will be waiting for you when you arrive. You’ll be able to bring one lucky guest with you and you’ll be asked to wear masks and gloves when you arrive. There’s now a changing screen in the boutique so you don’t have to touch door handles in the changing rooms and dresses will be steamed and the shop will be cleaned in between each appointment.

We are really looking forward to welcoming brides back into the shop. We have very much missed seeing you all and can’t wait to help you find a dress you love for your wedding day. We know things are going to be a little bit different, but despite this we’ll still be ready to give you a warm welcome and lots of support and guidance. Kate, owner

Visit heartfeltvintage.co.uk
To book, email [email protected], or call 0117 904 2898

 

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Hermione Harbutt (Bristol) + Follow

Re-opening 4th July

Once you’ve booked your appointment, the team will be in touch with you just to check that you’re well and symptom-free before you visit. When you arrive, you’ll be invited to wash your hands and use hand sanitiser and there will be gloves available in you’d like. Doors and windows will remain open if possible for allow fresh air to circulate and you’ll also be asked to wear a mask (the team will be wearing masks and visors throughout). All appointments will be well spaced out so that the showroom can be cleaned safely before the next bride arrives. Although you won’t be able to bring anyone with you, video calls and WhatsApp messaging with friends and family throughout your appointment is positively encouraged.

We very much look forward to welcoming you into the showrooms and to make your appointment as special as ever! Hermione Harbutt, designer

Visit hermioneharbutt.com
Book you appointment via the website, or email [email protected]

Joanne Fleming Design (East Sussex) + Follow

Re-opening 16th June

For your initial appointment, you’ll be able to bring one other member of your household with you to Joanne’s studio and samples will be available to view and try on. Joanne won’t be able to help you into your gown but perhaps your guest will be able to assist! There will only be one appointment available every three days so that gowns can be set aside for 72 hours before being handled again and the premises will be carefully disinfected before and after each appointment. Hand sanitiser will be available and the studio’s back door will be open for ventilation. Masks are optional but social distancing will be carefully observed. For appointments in June, Joanne requests that only brides living within a 40 mile radius of her studio in Brighton attend to avoid any potential spread between areas and she’s also encouraging people to avoid public transport. From July onwards, she may open up consultations to visitors from further afield, subject to a review of the latest scientific advice.

Visit joanneflemingdesign.com
To book your appointment, click here

 

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Miss Bush Bridal (Surrey) + Follow

Re-opening 15th June

Wow, 2020, what can you say? Last year, we only worried about rain and this year, I have been privy to my clients’ most personal anxieties and emotional distress. I realised that Miss Bush had achieved its aim of building a community and becoming more than a shop. Although I wish this theory hadn’t been tested in such extreme circumstances, I can let nervous brides know we are now experts in reassurance. I can say we are infinitely safer than a supermarket and easier to access than a counsellor with life-affirming power to provide you with a great dress.  Emma, owner

The layout of the famous Chapel has been completely re-configured so that social distancing is much easier and the space’s good natural airflow is another important safety plus-point. You’ll receive information about safety procedures before your appointment and you’ll be able to bring one guest with you. Your details will be securely held for Track and Trace purposes and please only attend if you and your guest are well and symptom free. Masks will be worn but the transformative effect of a great dress stays the same and Emma still plans to dress brides herself. There will be plenty of hand sanitiser and there’ll be lots of cleaning in between appointments too. Please note that to keep everyone safe, the number of appointments available each day will be very reduced so please book well in advance.

Visit missbush.co.uk
To book your appointment, click here

Emma Marshall, Owner, Miss Bush, Surrey

My Eden (Oxfordshire) + Follow

Re-opening 6th July

My Eden will be welcoming two brides per day to their Oxfordshire studio with appointments available Monday to Saturday. The studio will be fully cleaned in between appointments and surfaces and measuring tapes are disinfected between meetings. You won’t be able to bring anyone with you to your appointment and masks will be worn too. It goes without saying that there’ll also be frequent handwashing!

Visit my-eden.co.uk
To book your appointment, email [email protected]

The Bride (Hertfordshire) + Follow

Re-opening 3rd July

The Bride will continue to operate by appointment only when they re-open but they have reduced the number of appointments available each day. During your appointment, you’ll be able to have one guest with you and you’ll be asked to wear gloves whilst browsing dresses and gloves and masks whilst in the fitting area. Hand sanitiser is available for you to use as you arrive and if you can arrive bang on time, that would definitely help to avoid any crossover between groups.

Although the current situation is still at the forefront of everyone’s mind, we want your appointment to be a time where you forget about the current reality and look forward to better things to come. Obviously, we are taking the safety measures very seriously, but we don’t want those to overtake the appointment in any way. The team at The Bride

Visit the-bride.co.uk
To book your appointment, just click here

Victoria Percival Accessories (Buckinghamshire) + Follow

Re-opening 15th June

For your appointment, you’ll be able to bring one guest with you and both of you will have your temperatures checked with a non-contact thermometer on arrival. The studio will be cleaned and sanitised before and after each appointment and you’ll be asked to wear gloves while you handle the accessories and all items will be put into quarantine between visits. Masks are available if you’d like and hand sanitiser will also be provided. As always, Victoria will be with you to advise and sit and chat to sketch designs if you’d like a bespoke piece. You’re also welcome to bring your own bubbles or beverage of choice too.

If you’re unable to visit, video appointments are available or you could order a Sparkle Box, a beautifully boxed selection of pieces, sent to you by courier for you to try on in the comfort and safety of your own home.

Visit victoriapercival.com
To book an appointment, arrange a video call or enquire about Sparkle Boxes, email [email protected]

 

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Central & North

To complete our tour of the wonderful boutiques that are re-opening over the coming weeks, we’re heading north. As we’ve said before, we are in absolute awe of everything bridal boutiques and designers have done to prepare for a safe re-opening that still gives you that special, unique and individual experience. We’re sending love to everyone below and indeed to all of the designers and boutiques that you’ll find in Little Book, our directory that’s overflowing with superb and talented suppliers.

Enjoy shopping for your wedding dress – the experience might have changed a little but the feelings that dress elicits when you put it will be as special as always.

Perfect Daze Bridal (West Yorkshire) + Follow

Re-opening 22nd June

To prepare for re-opening, Perfect Daze has been completely refurbished to give two large fitting rooms and a showroom to provide brides with their own dedicated space. The team will wear visors for fittings and they’ve opted for visors so that you can still see facial expressions and smiles because, as we all know, the emotional side of choosing your dress is so important and the team didn’t want to compromise on this. As you’d expect, there will be plenty of hand sanitiser available and there’s extra time between each appointment so that a thorough cleaning can take place.

I’m determined to retain the luxury in every appointment. There’ll be chat over a cuppa or bubbles, then a look through the dresses followed by the all-important trying-on. Our brides won’t be rushed or stressed and we’ll be as friendly as always. This is luxury bridal in a chic setting. Emma, owner

Visit perfectdazebridal.co.uk
To book your appointment, email [email protected] or call 01484 766880

 

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Bijou Bridal Boutique (West Yorkshire) + Follow

Re-opening 4th July

Bijou has always been an ‘appointment only’ boutique and now, appointments have been extended to two hours to allow extra time for each bride. You’ll be able to bring two guests with you and additional guests can join in the fun via WhatsApp or Facebook. Face masks are available, and optional, and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations around the boutique too. In between appointments, dresses are sprayed with anti-viral fabric spray and then aired before being returned to the rails and the boutique will be cleaned before the next bride arrives. There will still be yummy individually wrapped sweets to enjoy and refreshments will now be ‘takeaway style’!

Our appointments will still be truly magical! You’ll still receive a very personal one-to-one styling experience and although we have to socially distance wherever possible but the excitement of finding your dream dress will still be the highlight of each exclusive appointment. Our boutique is light and spacious and full of beautiful dreamy collections from our fabulous British designers. You’re sure to find your perfect style. Kerensa, owner

Visit bijoubridalboutique.co.uk
To book your appointment, click here

Susanna Greening Designs (Derbyshire) + Follow

Re-opening 11th July

Appointments at Susanna’s beautiful studio will be strictly limited to allow her to clean thoroughly after each appointment and retain the wonderful experience that she offers. You’ll be able to bring one guest with you and there will be plenty of time to comfortably discuss ideas and try on dresses in a safe and spacious environment that still offers a luxurious experience. Dresses that are tried on will be steam cleaned and quarantined before they are tried on by any other brides. Hand sanitiser is available as you enter the studio and masks and gloves are also supplied.

I am so excited to be able to open my gorgeous new studio to brides, set in an old mill surrounded by the Derbyshire countryside it’s the most beautiful location to come to, and have a one-to-one appointment to discuss your wedding dress. It will be a new experience for us all but I will make sure you feel comfortable, relaxed and most importantly safe during your time spent with me. I have missed working with my brides dearly and am so sad for all the postponements that have had to happen due to the current situation, but we can start to create some new memories and look forward to the wonderful celebrations that lie ahead. Susanna, designer

Visit susannagreening.com
To book your appointment, click here

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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She has a passion for photography, walking, yoga, nature, and loves to support talented artists and creative businesses. In 2013, she became a published author. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters Eska and Leanora and menagerie of furry hounds. Annabel supports Philip in the running of the family flower farm at at Moonwind Flowers. She is also co-founder of What About Weddings.

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