• John Lally

Bridal Boutique at Chilham | Bridal Boutique, In Kent | Supplier Spotlight

In the week following Boris Johnson's optimistic outlook on summer weddings in 2021, it is with great pleasure we introduce our supplier spotlight for the week, Kent's 'go to' luxury bridal boutique, Chilham Bridal.

1. Tell us about yourself and how you got started?

My background is in marketing, and I left my job and home in London 6 years ago to move back to Kent and open up Bridal Boutique at Chilham with my sister.

She had the idea of opening up a beautiful, luxury feel bridal shop, which sells pre-loved discounted designer dresses, and found the premises for the boutique. And we decided to go for it together.

We felt it was very important that the bride-to-be has a special and memorable wedding dress shopping experience, even if she is buying a discounted second-hand or ex-sample dress. So we wanted the boutique to be beautiful and the experience to be amazing, with stunning dresses- but dresses at affordable prices.

My sister has since left the business and I run it alone now, with two employees Carrie and Amy.

The business has gone from strength to strength- but this year has been very tough, for obvious reasons.

"Very friendly and helpful staff. I felt comfortable shopping here, not pressured or rushed. Good advice and a good choice of dresses. Totally recommend :) xx" - Nathalie De Solminihac

2. Where are you based and do you have a physical shop?

We are based in Chilham, which is a gorgeous rural village situated in between Canterbury and Ashford. Our boutique is within the beautiful 17th century Bagham Barn.

3. Do your brides need to book an appointment to visit?

Yes they do, we are an appointment only bridal boutique.

"I was made to feel so at ease - such good service and such a stunning range of dresses to try on, highly recommend!" - Robyn Keynes

4. Last minute wedding! Do you sell sample dresses or can you accommodate rush orders?

We work differently to normal bridal shops and all our dresses are either ex-sample or pre-loved and are all sold off the rail. So if a bride-to-be comes in and falls in love with one of our dresses, she can buy and take home the very same day. So perfect for brides in a hurry- that don't have time to wait 6 months for an ordered dress to come in (which is the average lead time on an ordered in dress).

5. Tell us about the range of styles you stock?

We have over 60 dresses in the boutique, and stock a wide variety of top bridal-wear designers including Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Essense of Australia, Modeca, Mori Lee, Justin Alexander and many more.

Dresses are prices £600 - £1500, with the majority being priced under £1000. And all the dresses have really good discounts- at up to 60% OFF the original selling price.

We stock all the latest trends and must have bridal looks.

"Lovely relaxed atmosphere and very helpful staff." - Hannah Rose

6. What timeframe do you usually work on?

With us you can buy and take home the very same day!

7. Tell us something unique about your service!

What makes us unique is that we sell only off the rail dresses- and all have amazing discounts. We offer sale prices everyday at Chilham Bridal!

"We had a lovely experience. Carly was very nice and the dresses are beautiful. The setting was very intimate and my daughter was very happy with her time there." - Tracey Freeman

8. Where can we see more of your work?