When we noticed our stockist posting gorgeous photos of their store on Instagram we had to get in touch to find out more from the lovely owner Kirsty… Hi Kirsty, what a BEAUTIFUL store you have! What can you tell us about it? Welcome to our beautiful bridal boutique, DREAM BRIDES Situated in the quaint coastal town of Irvine on the scenic west coast of Scotland. We are a private appointment Bridal Boutique spread over two floors; our ground floor is dedicated to our gorgeous exclusive Bridal lounge with a large selection of size inclusive bridal gowns and accessories to compliment. Our upper floor contains our fabulous Prom & Bridesmaids department. DREAM BRIDES was established in 1998 and has become an Ayrshire institution serving thousands of Brides and their families over the past 23 years! I took over the business in 2017 and although maintaining the long-standing reputation we have modernised everything and given the boutique a modern fresh & up to date feel. Who can we expect to see in store when we visit? The Dream Team includes me; Kirsty the store Owner, Ruth our long time served bridal floor & admin manager, Chloe our fashion student and bridal assistant and Charlotte our new Bridal stylist and social media assistant. We also work closely with our independent alteration experts at Elizabeth Wallace Bridal to provide a seamless and stress-free service for our brides. Why did you get into bridal and what do you love about your job? I am a very creative person and I have always been passionate about fashion; I collected and previously ran in my spare time an online designer vintage website collecting rare vintage clothing from around the world including wedding dresses. I also have a background in marketing and sales and when the opportunity came up to take over Dream Brides it felt like the perfect fit for me and I have never looked back, I literally eat, sleep, and dream bridal! What can a bride to be expect when she visits? Brides and their guest can expect to be welcomed into the boutique and made to feel right at home, I have a laid-back pressure free ethos where I want brides to relax and enjoy the experience – it’s all about them. The bride and her guests have the full private use of the bridal lounge and professional stylist for the duration of their 90 minute appointment, this is a very personal experience and we build wonderful relationships with all our brides and their families. What sort of gowns are popular in your store? We have a large selection of varying bridal styles and silhouettes to suit everyone and tastes always vary. However, I would say that girls still always have a fondness for the traditional ball gown. What trends do you predict for this season’s weddings? I think that brides will want to sparkle! After a long time of stillness and restrictions. I predict brides will want to express themselves stand out and make a statement! Embellishments, coloured hues and patterned dresses will be big. We may even see more vibrant extravagant choices for bridesmaids and wedding decor, it’s going to be a time of real celebration! Tell us about your bridal boutique décor, it looks amazing! Our Silver lining, after dealing with the uncertainties of last year and everything the pandemic has thrown at us and our industry, we were still staying very positive and looking forward to re-opening whenever that would be. Then disaster struck we had a burst pipe in the boutique causing heartbreak and devastation! We managed to rescue most of our precious stock, but the building had suffered severe structural damage and needed completely ripped out! I was struggling to see a light at the end of the tunnel, it was so overwhelming the scale of it all, but every cloud as they say. It meant that I could put my own stamp on things, and everything would be new a real chance to fully refurbish boutique, and it really has been a silver lining and I am so grateful for all the help and support we have received. I have so many favourite bits of the new boutique, but I really love our new three mirrors where brides can see themselves from every angle, they are fabulous!
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us Kirsty. The refurb looks amazing! All the best for re-opening. To keep an eye on what Dream Brides are up to you can follow them on Instagram @dreambrides_irvine