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Discover our beautiful Ivory Secret brides, in our new Friday Feature.

Here they tell their bridal story, reviewing their dress and shopping experience with us. We hope seeing the dresses loved and worn by fellow brides will be a source of unlimited wedding inspiration!

 

Lovely April chose an Annasul Y gown for her church ceremony, marrying Christopher in July 2019. ..

Q1: Which designer or style did you go for and what was the main reason for it being your winner?

I really wanted a dress that had sleeves, a low back, looked timeless and was unusual, which I definitely got as lots of the guests commented that they hasn’t seen a dress like mine. It was my winner as it ticked all of my boxes and the lace was just amazing.

Q2 : Did you buy any accessories from us? If so, what were they?

I didn’t, as my mum lent me her veil.

Q3 : How did you feel in your outfit on the big day?

I absolutely loved it, it fitted like a glove and was extremely comfy.

Q4 : How many dresses did you try on before you found ‘the one’?

Probably about 23! I had a vision of what I wanted and only found it at The Ivory Secret.

Q5 : What did you enjoy most about your experience at The Ivory Secret?

Eleanor is extremely friendly and not at all pushy in sales which made the process really enjoyable. She’s an expert in her field and so when I tried on my dress at my final fitting the dress fitted perfectly.

Q6 : Do you have any other thoughts or feedback about your experience ?

No just a big thank you for all of your help.

Q7 : Do you have any wedding suppliers you would recommend to other brides-to-be?

Oaktree occasions (caterers) and Michael Wells (photographer)

 

If you are an Ivory Secret bride and you’d like to appear in our Friday Feature, just drop us an email to info@theivorysecret.co.uk

 

#FRIDAYFEATURE is our new series of blog posts, sharing the experiences of our Ivory Secret brides.

Here they tell their bridal story, reviewing their dress and shopping experience with us. We hope seeing the dresses loved and worn by fellow brides will be a source of unlimited wedding inspiration!

 

Here is the lovely Natalie, who became wife to Luke in June 2018. Her beautiful outdoor photoshoot is everything!

Q1: Which designer or style did you go for and what was the main reason for it being your winner?

Catherine Deane’s Tamsin Blush dress. For me it just felt right the moment i put the dress on. It was quite unique for a wedding dress and i thought something different with the blush tones. I wanted something more floaty and relaxed then fitted and tight. It was the perfect dress, so beautiful, floaty and stunning and so comfortable. I did not feel completely swamped in the dress at all. It really fitted the theme of our day perfectly. I felt truly amazing in the dress.

Q2 : Did you buy any accessories from us?

If so, what were they? Yes I did, my shoes were Rachel Simpson (style name Isla) They were stunning and really went well with my chosen dress. I also purchased some beautiful copper style hair slides (copper rose hair pins from Agnes Walker)

Q3 : How did you feel in your outfit on the big day?

Amazing, breathtaking, genuinely like a million dollars!

Q4 : How many dresses did you try on before you found ‘the one’?

Not too many actually! I think counting other dresses from other stores i think this was maybe the 6th or 7th dress but it was one of a few i tried on in my first visit to Ivory Secret.

Q5 : What did you enjoy most about your experience at The Ivory Secret?

The whole experience with Eleanor was fab. Relaxing, and having the boutique to yourself whilst trying on dresses makes the experience feel special and more intimate, you can focus and relax more without other shoppers around.

Q6 : Do you have any other thoughts or feedback about your experience ?

I love The Ivory Secret, the whole experience i received was fantastic and customer service brilliant. The experience was as i imagined it would be and should be and more. Eleanor was so lovely, helpful and really has a very thorough knowledge of all the dresses and suppliers. Just a fantastic experience.

Q7 : Do you have any wedding suppliers you would recommend to other brides-to-be?

Absolutely – lots! Catherine Deane, Rachel Simpson, all our wonderful suppliers, including the talented Mimosa Photography who captured our amazing day.

If you are an Ivory Secret bride and you’d like to appear in our Friday Feature, just drop us an email to info@theivorysecret.co.uk

 

Discover our beautiful Ivory Secret brides, in our new Friday Feature.

Here they tell their bridal story, reviewing their dress and shopping experience with us. We hope seeing the dresses loved and worn by fellow brides will be a source of unlimited wedding inspiration!

 

First up is our real bride Katie, who married Phil in July 2017 in a beautiful church ceremony…

Q1: Which designer or style did you go for and what was the main reason for it being your winner?

After searching for my dress I chose a delicate lace A line Annasul Y wedding gown which was the first dress I tried on! I loved the fit of the dress and the little row of white buttons that I always wanted on the back of The dress. I always wanted a slightly vintage but classic feel to my dress and it delivered on all of these!

Q2 : Did you buy any accessories from us? If so, what were they?

The Ivory Secret had everything I needed to complete the look I wanted. I choose a beautiful vintage (and just the right amount of sparkle) belt to match my cathedral veil (Joyce Jackson, Phoenix veil) and Rachel Simpson shoes (style name Mimosa) – which were fab for dancing the night away in!

 

 

Q3 : How did you feel in your outfit on the big day?

AMAZING. After some time since my last fitting, I was nervous about how the dress would look again. However, as soon as I slipped into the dress I felt a mix of emotions as I was a bride about to get married!

Q4 : How many dresses did you try on before you found ‘the one’?

I can’t remember the exact number but my dress was the first I tried on. I think subconsciously I was comparing others to this dress.

Q5 : What did you enjoy most about your experience at The Ivory Secret?

My whole experience. Eleanor was truly fab in making me feel beautiful and my experience special from having tea in her granny’s tea cups to helping my mum also find accessories for her dress.

 

 

Q6 : Do you have any other thoughts or feedback about your experience ?

Only that I wish I could do it all again! I’ve been lucky enough to go back as my sister has also found her dress at The Ivory Secret as well.

Q7 : Do you have any wedding suppliers you would recommend to other brides-to-be?

Rachel Simpson for her beautiful shoes.
Pynes house – wedding venue
Louise Alway – hair
Nova Photography
Amy Peters – make up
Poppy’s flower studios

 

If you are an Ivory Secret bride and you’d like to appear in our Friday Feature, just drop us an email to info@theivorysecret.co.uk

 

Are you a bride on a budget? Or perhaps you and your partner have decided to have a short engagement. Don’t panic, you can forget about wedding dress arrival times and £££ price tags because we have the event for you!

Our Summer Sample Sale offers dozens of beautiful gowns and shoes that are ready to take away that day, and with up to 50% off the original price!

 

We have wedding dresses from renowned designers – Catherine Deane, Willowby by Watters, Annasul Y and Belle & Bunty; all from just £700!

 

All our gowns and accessories have been cherished and well looked after; so you can be assured that you’re not sacrificing quality or beauty by purchasing a dress at a discounted price.

 

And finally, we do offer an in-house alterations service, so that if the dress you fall in love with isn’t quite the right size, or requires some customisation, we can take care of all of that for you.

To ensure we provide you with the perfect bridal experience, we are running this as an appointment-only event. So what are you waiting for? Call or email the boutique to book your exclusive appointment now!

 

The boutique is preparing to take on the latest collections, and there may even be a new designer in the pipeline! All of this can only mean one thing… SAMPLE SALE!!

Although we always have a few dresses at the boutique that we are willing to sell our samples of, it isn’t very often that we host an official Sample Sale event, as we are very fond of our gowns, and hate to part with them! But as we make space for our new arrivals, we have decided it is time to say goodbye to some of our existing collection; a sort of Spring clean if you will.

We take pride in our stock, and all our samples have been loved and taken care of during their time with us, therefore you can expect them to be in very good condition. We also offer an alterations service at the boutique, so if the sizing or fit isn’t quite right, you can rest assured that your dress is in safe hands with us and we can get it fitting like a dream for your big day!

And the best part – you could bag your dream dress, as well as accessories, for a hugely discounted price – up to 50% off!

This event is for one weekend only, and there is only one of each gown so we recommend that you bring your most trusted advisors with you! We expect lots of interest therefore make sure you call or email the boutique to book your exclusive appointment.

 

 

Dear brides-to-be we have some important dates for your diary – from Saturday 16th February until Saturday 2nd March we have a brand new collection of designer gowns joining us!

ANNA KARA has become a renowned wedding dress designer in quite a short space of time. Her wedding gowns are fashion forward, with an emphasis on feminine beauty and contemporary romanticism. Her collection is currently stocked in only a small selection of boutiques, therefore we are very excited and honoured to be hosting this event exclusively within the South West.

This designer preview is not to be missed! For more information, or to book an appointment, call the boutique on 01363 777500 or email info@theivorysecret.co.uk

 

Over the past few months we have had lots of exciting deliveries from our talented designers, and we are all set for prospective 2019 and 2020 brides!

As we have mentioned previously, we recently took on a new designer label – Willowby by Watters. Following the success of their trunk show a couple of months ago, our own collection is now very much in stock, with a few additional pieces arriving in the new year!

 

 

These gowns are multi-faceted – elegant, a little bit sexy but with a playful edge; perfect for the free-spirited bride.

 

 

Another of our designers – Catherine Deane – has been a firm favourite of ours for a few years, and each season she impresses us with a stunning range of gowns.

 

 

The Spring 2019 gowns feature plenty of her signature lace, as well as some simpler, more structured numbers and of course the versatile range of bridal separates, making it a very fashion-forward collection. This designer will also be sending us some additional pieces in January-March.

 

 

So whether you are newly engaged, or you’ve been putting off your hunt for the dress, the new year will definitely be an exciting time to go wedding dress shopping at The Ivory Secret!

You can view the full collections on our website, or pop in for a browse. You can also follow us on facebook, twitter, and/or instagram to keep up with our latest news, as we will be sure to announce on our social media channels when the other new gowns and separates arrive.

We do recommend making an appointment if you wish to try some dresses on, so that we can offer you an exclusive service and free rein of the boutique for you and your guests to browse and try. Just give us a call or an email; we hope to see you soon!

 

The Ivory Secret team x

 

 

 

Here at The Ivory Secret, we are getting very excited to be new stockists of the fabulous Willowby by Watters label. With our new gowns arriving next month, there is also the chance to try on others from the collection as we host a designer trunk show on the 10th & 11th of August!

We think you’ll find that within this collection there is a wedding dress for every discerning bride, no matter what your style, theme or figure! Don’t believe us? Have a peek for yourselves…

 

If it’s a BOHO beauty you’re looking for, these are just two of the gowns from the collection that would suit a bohemian bride or wedding theme. Cool, comfortable and laid-back yet undeniably beautiful, we could see these being worn for a beach wedding, in a pretty woodland or even a festival style field!

 

 

Speaking of beaches, what about a DESTINATION WEDDING? These next two dresses are so soft and light, they would be perfect for a wedding abroad, keeping you cool in sunnier climes. Floaty styles will make for beautiful photos blowing in the breeze! But if you’ve got your heart set on embellishment or lace, the next style still has a relaxed fit, and the detail is so lightweight, it won’t weigh you down.

 

 

If you’re after a more contemporary look, there are several gowns with more of a MODERN TWIST – the style on the left juxtaposes a traditional lace fabric with a more modern design featuring a dramatic split up the centre. Meanwhile the other style below contrasts a floaty princess-style skirt, with a chic structured bodice with exposed boning. Perfect for a bride who wants an edgy look for her big day.

 

 

If you’re more of a traditional bride and have your eye on a ROMANTIC design, there are plenty to choose from in the Willowby collection. Combining delicate laces or intricate beading with layers of soft frothy tulle, these two are utterly dreamy! We can envisage these brides floating down the stairs of a country manor or emerging from a walled garden.

 

 

And finally, there are also lots of slinky, fitted options to wow your groom and guests with a SEXY look on your wedding day. If sultry and alluring is more your thing, these gowns don’t disappoint! We particularly love the delicate straps and low back of the gown on the left. While the right-hand design uses clean lines and simple fabrics to emphasise the bride’s figure, reserving the laser-cut embellishment for the bodice and hem

 

 

We hope you lovely brides-to-be have spotted something here that you like! And remember, there are even more styles that we just didn’t have the space to feature. Keep an eye on our social media for more previews. But of course the best way to appreciate these gowns is in person. We will only have them at the boutique for two days! So make sure you call or email us soon to book your exclusive appointment, as the event has been proving popular already.

 

Willowby by Watters Designer Trunk Show

Date: Friday 10th & Saturday 11th August 2018

Location: The Ivory Secret bridal boutique, 2 High St Crediton, EX17 3AE

How to book: Call 01363 777500 or email info@theivorysecret.co.uk

 

So you’ve found your wedding dress, now it’s time to consider your accessories! The Ivory Secret holds a selection of accessories to compliment and complete your look. The boutique is adorned with sparkling bridal headpieces, jewellery, veils, shoes and handbags alongside a selection of bespoke sashes and boleros.

We have long been a stockist of Exeter-based jewellery designer Kye Tew and with good reason. Each of her pieces is unique – often using original vintage pieces and reworking them with the addition of freshwater pearls and decorative fastenings to create intricate headpieces, glittering earrings and statement bracelets. A Kye Tew accessory is a beautiful way to incorporate the ‘something old’ bridal tradition. You could even commission a bespoke piece, such as a back necklace to embellish an open-back gown.

Woodsy, bohemian vibes are trending for 2018 weddings, and you can rely on us for the most gorgeous nature-inspired accessories. Agnes Walker creates beautiful hair vines, combs and pins for hairstyle versatility. The Cala Lilly comb and Laurel Leaf vine would particularly suit Spring or Summer weddings, while the Petworth Acorn comb, earrings and necklace make a gorgeous Autumnal accessory set! Made in silver, gold or blush/rose-gold, these pieces are an enduring alternative to a flower crown or foliage that would normally perish.

Are you thinking of wearing a veil? Well this is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wear one. Adding a veil can be the perfect way to frame your wedding dress, and they make for gorgeous photos. Our fairytale Joyce Jackson styles are available in various lengths, AND shades! So you can match the veil to your blush-tone gown if you want to, or go for all the drama with a lace-edged cathedral-length style. Or if you prefer something simpler, our Phoenix veil is made with the softest Italian tulle, with no edging, so that it will just blend into your gown for an ethereal look.

If the catwalks are anything to go by, the convention of ‘less is more’ is no longer relevant to your wedding outfit. Sparkles are everywhere, so why not take advantage of the trend, and go all out with your accessories. One option is to add one of our beaded belts – this can accentuate your waist, blend together a bridal separates outfit, or just add drama and make your bridal look unique.

And finally, your shoes. A short wedding dress demands a fabulous pair of shoes to show off, but if you are wearing a long gown down the aisle, that is no excuse for shoes that don’t feel special! Take a look at our Rainbow Club styles, offering classic satin shoes that could be dyed after the big day and then worn again. And if you purchase a pair of Rainbow Club shoes, you will find a sparkling ‘something blue’ gem on the soles for your magical day. It’s their token of good luck and a mark of design authenticity.

If you think the traditional ivory satin is dated, then make sure to look at our Rachel Simpson shoe collection instead, which are both beautiful and wearable. Made from Spanish leathers, countless brides have commented how comfortable they are, and they look gorgeous too! Still available in traditional ivory, but in sumptuous suede or leather, there are also options to include colour – powder blue, mint green, or the on-trend shade of rose-gold. The soft metallic edging and twinkling embellishments would be real head-turners at your wedding. Dance your heart out in them, and you can even wear them again after.

So there you have it, The Ivory Secret has your accessories covered – from head to toe!
If you have purchased your wedding gown from us, rest assured that we set aside time within your first fitting appointment to try different accessories but for an official accessories consultation please make an appointment or pop into The Ivory Secret. Tel 01363 777500 or email info@theivorysecret.co.uk.

 

The Ivory Secret Christmas Window

Tis the season of Christmas proposals – and for those lucky ladies who are newly engaged, we are here to guide you in the wonderful world of wedding planning and wedding dress shopping!

Embarking on your wedding dress journey is an exciting and often emotional experience. After all, it’s the dress of all dresses; one that will be immortalised in pictures and albums, which can understandably send a many brides into panic mode. But fear not, we are here to ease the pressure of finding ‘the one’, and create an experience that is special and memorable.

Eleanor – boutique owner, and bridal consultant

Our cosy boutique is a tranquil escape from the bustling highstreet and offers a treasure trove of bridal delights for every discerning bride!
Eleanor will host your appointment, and with her background in textile design and over six years experience of styling brides, you are in safe, professional and creative hands.
You and your bridal party will have exclusive access to the boutique and gowns for an hour and a half, during which you will be made to feel pampered. We want to hear all about your wedding – the venue, time of year and smaller details such as flower arrangements are all significant details that we take on board during your consultation.
Whilst giving advice on shapes, styles and fabrics, we will help you find a gown that represents you and celebrates your own personal style. Alternatively, if you have a specific design in mind, or if you can’t find a dress that calls out to you from our collection, we also offer a dress-making service, allowing you to have a one-of-a-kind gown designed and created from scratch.

Bridalwear from top designers Catherine Deane, and Annasul Y

Our rails hold a carefully hand-picked selection of dresses by some of the most exquisite and stylish designers in the industry – a variety that would suit classic church weddings and festival-style celebrations alike. And with our styling expertise, we can help you select accessories to complement your gown and complete your bridal look.

With the recent arrival of new gowns from our designers’ 2018 collections, now is the perfect time to visit us. We also have an extra flurry of gowns visiting the boutique during our Catherine Deane designer weekends on the 15th & 16th of December 2017, and again on the 5th & 6th of January 2018 – offering even more beautiful gowns to choose from!

It all starts with an appointment – call us on 01363 777500 or email info@theivorysecret.co.uk to book yours!