December Update

So the one night my daughter goes to bed at a normal bed time and my hubby wants an early night, I forget to bring my laptop home .. as I can always do some work! Apparently there’s a saying called ‘chill out’ but I’m just not very good at it!! I get so bored so quickly, but to be honest the weather is so bad at the moment I don’t want to step out my front door! Having a one and a half year old changes everything, getting showered, breakkie and out the door is a job in itself – never mind emptying the dish washer, hoovering and general tidying! Being a mum and a business owner, is always going to be busy! So I am extra prepared this Christmas – we have lots and lots of brides booked in for alterations for the New Year. My poor dress maker is getting some much needed rest before her absolutely crazy season starts again! 

We have lots organised for the New Year. We have a big sample sale organised for the first weekend in February and lots of Designer Weekends already booked in (details below). And we will be continuing to add to Willow & Thread! I CANNOT wait to meet Baby Number 2, but I CANNOT wait to fit normal clothes again so I can wear the clothes from Willow & Thread!!!

Sample Sale

One date not to be missed if you want a bargain, is the Collaborative Sample Sale that we do every year with six other bridal boutiques! We will have hundreds of wedding dresses from as little as £100, as well as accessories, veils and brooch bouquets. It’ll be at Malone Lodge Hotel – keep your eye on our Facebook Page for more details.

7th February 2016

Designer Weekends

Sally Eagle : a beautiful American designer, who we will have in the boutique for a very limited time! This will be her first time in Ireland, so get an appointment quick.
22nd – 24th January 2016

Anna Campbell THE GOSSAMER COLLECTION : yes you read that right, we have the beautiful Anna Campbell Gossamer Collection in the boutique for one weekend only! We get soo many e-mails about this collection, we just can’t wait until this weekend! 
29th – 31st January 2016

Catherine Deane
12th – 14th February 2016

Flora Bridal
19th – 21st February 2016

For now, though, let’s concentrate on Christmas (it’s the most wonderful time of the year).

Christmas Opening Hours

22nd : Open 10am – 5pm
23rd – 28th : Closed
29th : Open 10am – 5pm
30th : Closed
31st : Closed
1st : Closed

Then from the 2nd January on, we will be back to our normal opening hours!

Oh and did I mention there’s £120 Gift Voucher for Willow & Thread for every dress purchased in December. T&C apply.

Love Kate

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2015 Sample Sale

We don’t have Sample Sales very often at Ivory & Pearl, so now is your chance to get a couture wedding gown at a fantastic price. This Sunday, 15th February 2015 we are having a Sample Sale from 1pm – 4pm. Please note there is no appointment necessary, however, it might be a little crazy on the day and it will not be like our normal appointments which are private and individual. Here is a little insight on how to make the most out of a Sample Sale.

1. If you have never tried on wedding gowns before, a Sample Sale might not be for you. The wedding dresses we have this Sunday are priced to sell, so knowing what you’re looking for and what looks good on you is extremely important. 

2. Our samples range from size 10 – 14, although dresses can be brought in 1-2 sizes depending on the gown.

3. It’s important to bring with you someone who’s opinion you value and trust, be that your mum or BFF, as once the wedding dresses are gone, there is no way to get them back or order them. Unfortunately we can’t hold any gowns over, so having someone who knows your personal style best to help you make a quick decision is important.

4. If you are a bride on a budget, have a tight deadline, then a Sample Sale is definitely for you!

Please note that although we keep our wedding gowns in immaculate condition, a few of them do need a little extra TLC, such as a dry clean, however, they have been priced accordingly. Don’t let this put you off though, as we can recommend dry cleaners who we use personally and recommend our dress maker to make it “your” dream dress.

On Sunday, we will have a rail in which all gowns are £500 or less, other gowns up to 70% off and even some 2015 gowns priced up to 30% off. We won’t have the final decision as to what gowns are going into our Sample Sale until the morning of the sale.

We have over 40 dresses in our Sample Sale so we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Love Kate


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A Gorgeous Claire Pettibone Bride

I hope you’re all having a lovely relaxing Sunday!! We have had a great Sunday, Daisy slept from midnight through to 8am, up for 20mins and down again until 11am… which was just what I needed!! We then walked through St. George’s Market, bought a few prints from Mark Graham Fine Art and Daisy’s first Christmas decoration from Gail Gilmore Ceramics… then we ventured on into Belfast, bought socks, bottles and all those really exciting things!! Then off for dinner with my family to Scalini’s, my dad is in Russia at the moment and returns tomorrow, which I can’t wait for! Home to X Factor Results.. yes, I admit it, I follow it!! And now I thought I’d treat you all to a blog of Niamh’s wedding.. she was a real treat to have in the boutique! Every time she came in, I asked where she’d bought her outfit as she was dressed amazingly! Niamh looked just amazing in this gown, the first time she tried it on we all just fell in love with it, and the second time she visited, she tried on lots (just to make sure).. looked amazing in them all and then popped on Viola again and we all just knew it was the one!


Love Kate

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Photography by 4EVER PHOTOS
‘Here comes the Bride’ sign from Sprinkles of Love

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