Finding “The One” that special dress that you just know will be your perfect wedding gown is always made so much easier when your bridal boutique goes that extra mile.
From that warm welcome as you walk through the door, to special arrangements to open the boutique at a time that fits around your busy lifestyle. This is what 7th Avenue Bridal understand so well, the importance of that personal touch.
Stocking a wide range of gowns in many different styles and silhouettes, together with a range of accessories to compliment your big day look, 7th Avenue Bridal should definitely be on your wedding radar if you are a North West bride to be.
We’ll let proprietor Kirsten tell you so much more about her boutique and her wealth of experience.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
7th Avenue Bridal is a luxurious New York themed boutique carrying a wide variety of wedding gowns, accessories, veils, wedding gifts, and coming soon a new range of bridesmaids, prom, special occasion gowns and flower girl dresses! We have many designer ranges but not too much choice to overwhelm our customers.
The wedding planning itself can be complicated enough, so we do our absolute best to assist clients in finding just the right style for every customer and listening carefully to exactly what they want. Some of the designer names we carry are Beloved by Casablanca, Sweetheart Gowns, Kenneth Winston’s Colour collection, Emmerling, Bianco Evento and English Rose.
We are based in Bolton, Greater Manchester on the A58, with easy access to St Peter’s Way. For brides that multitask, there are even some fabulous florists just steps away from our shop, as well as hair and nail salons.
What motivated you to start your business?
As the owner, I have over a decade of experience in fashion and bridal, with a University degree in Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology located in central Manhattan. I designed and created my own wedding dress, as well as planning my UK wedding while I was still living in the USA; so I understand my customers and the stresses and concerns they face.
Opening a bridal shop of my own was a real aspiration after I spent many years earning my degree, gaining valuable work experience and learning all the complex aspects of running your own company within such a competitive industry. I want to provide my customers and brides to be with a personal and special experience that they’ll remember fondly long after their wedding has passed.
I don’t believe in pushy sales tactics either, because every bride deserves to choose their dress in a comfortable and enjoyable environment without any added pressure.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
We are big fans of social media, so we update our posts online everyday. You can find our newest styles, fashion videos, blogs, events, special offers and more on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and on our website’s news page.
We see to customers at our boutique from Tuesday to Saturday and even accommodate appointments outside our opening hours for busy brides who call to book in advance. We are always updating our products to diversify our selection, for example we’ve invested in a new line of beautiful bridesmaids gowns which will arrive this July from designer Kenneth Winston.
We also will have a new little range of flower girl dresses available, so keep an eye on us, we are always surprising our customers with exciting new styles!
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
Our customers can expect a friendly, warm welcome the moment they arrive at 7th Avenue Bridal. We aim to make every customer feel special by listening carefully to what they are looking for, providing helpful and honest advice, as well as assisting our customers after they collect their gown with alterations advice and local business recommendations.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
I tell all my customers to use their gut instincts. If something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t. Ask as many questions as you like and don’t feel silly for doing so. I expect my customers to have questions because so many of them are getting married for the first time.
We always keep communication open, even after they’ve collected their gown. Your wedding is such an important day and the companies you choose to be a part of that day should all be as helpful as we are.
For this reason, I also have brochures for my brides in the shop with local florists we would recommend, honeymoon travel consultants, makeup artists, local venues, décor hire and more.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with
I have had such great experiences with all my brides, there is no favourite person in particular that I could choose! Every customer is so different, but there’s always that one moment when the bride puts on the dress she’s been searching for and her face lights up! That makes everything worth while for us.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
Our newest collection from Kenneth Winston will consist of not only gowns appropriate for bridesmaids but also proms, black tie events and cruises. We also are hoping to buy in a new Holy Communion range next Autumn.
What have you got planned for 2017?
We will be attending a fantastic Wedding Fair hosted by The Bridal Market on June 11th, at The Fusilier Museum in Bury. At our table we will have a great selection of accessories from our boutique, plus beautiful wedding dresses that customers can purchase and take home on the same day!
This event is so special because it allows us to style our fabulous brides and they don’t have to wait months for their dress to arrive. It is perfect for ladies in a hurry, or those that want a completely fuss free experience. There are not many events like this in the North West, so it’s one you won’t want to miss!
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