Looking for wedding dresses in Chesterfield? This week we’ve been speaking to Annabelle at The Bridal Collection, by Belle.
Tell us what you sell
Hi there, we are The Bridal Collection, by Belle based in the heart of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. We offer brides exclusive ‘Off the Peg’ luxury wedding dresses, perfect for someone who is looking for the dress and not the high price tag! We also hand select designers’ styles for our collection, meaning we only stock one of each design – have to be quick to get the beauties!
Tell us why you started your business, and how long you have been running
My name is Annabelle and I started The Bridal Collection, by Belle in the middle of the pandemic last year! Crazy idea I know! Owning a bridal business was always a little girl dream, and I’ve had opportunities to work within the industry for a few years, and every time I have worn a gown my heart has fluttered. Swishing round in a dress has been so memorable, and one evening I decided it was now or never, and with some spare time on my hands I began the journey with The Bridal Collection, and a few months on here we are!
What is your favourite wedding dress style?
Can I like them all? Working in bridal means every dress has a different story, different designers’ work, the materials used, the lace or the simplicity of a gown. I love anything flowy, layered, with lots of elements such as buttons or a little sparkle in the train, I’m a sucker for sparkle!
What is it about your job that you love the most?
I love when a bride says “Yes” to the dress, its an emotional moment for all, Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride too! When she slips into ‘the’ dress and she just knows… normally with tears of joy and butterflies. The confidence she oozes, with this being one of the biggest days of her life shopping for the gown she will walk down the aisle in!
How many people work at your business (and what do they do)?
It’s just me, Belle! Meaning it’s the same person attending to our social media, our emails, the wedding fayres and of course your bridal appointment. I am able to offer all my knowledge and experience throughout your appointment meaning it’s private, intimate and special. You may see a few of my friends on the socials and wedding fayres, I think they secretly love meeting you all, and handing out goodiebags too!
Tell us a bit about your pricing. What is included?
Our pricing is nice and straightforward, you find your dress and the price will be significantly cheaper than on a High Street… why is that? Because we are an off-the-peg store, it means the dresses have been discontinued from the designer, making the dress available to purchase as a final sample; this often means the prices are a lot less, giving you a real saving and still getting the perfect dress! The collection is priced between £300 – £1000, with the majority having a 50% saving! Meaning you can maybe have two dresses, or simply putting that money towards extra little things for your wedding!
How do brides order from you?
Dropping us a message on either our social media or an email is the best way to book an appointment with us, check the diary and find a time/day that suits you and your bridal party.
Do they have to pay in full on booking, or do you take a deposit?
You can have the option, we are happy to accept full payment on the day you say yes to your dress, meaning you can take it home the very same day, or we can look at taking at 50% deposit, and then the final balance before alterations begin, making the cost significantly easer to split across the months prior to your wedding.
Do you have premises that clients can visit/samples they can see?
Absolutely! Whilst we aren’t on the High Street, currently The Bridal Collection is based at my home, a new build in the centre of Chesterfield with accessible parking and a gorgeous bridal room, full of beautiful dresses, comfy chairs, and plenty of sparkling fizz!
Anything else you want to tell us?
Why not check out our website where you can see the full collection that we have in stock at the moment, with plenty more on their way! We also stock bespoke headpieces, headwear, veils and accessories! If you spot something and wish to try it on, drop us a message I would love to hear from you, you never know become a BC bride!
And now, a few fun questions!
Hot chocolate or mint tea? Hot chocolate, got to be, with cream and marshmallows too!
Pastels or brights? Ooh pastels, dreamy pinks and creams are my vibe!
Red, white or rose? Rose
Boho & relaxed or elegant & glamourous? Elegant and glamourous, more the better I’d say, haha!
Early starts or late nights? Definitely not an early bird!
Relaxing on the beach or taking in the sights? Relaxing on the beach. I love Caribbean islands and could not think of anywhere else in the world I’d like to be right now!
What do you do to relax in your spare time? I love music, can listen to pretty much anything, so probably outside, sunshine, nice drink and music playing!
And finally, here’s how to get in touch with Annabelle at The Bridal Collection, by Belle
Address: Heritage Green, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0UN
Phone: 07547 239 834