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McElhinneys

Main Street, Ballybofey, Donegal
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Established in 1971, McElhinneys is Ireland's leading Independent Department Store. With 48 years of experience, we know the customer comes first, and we strive to bring a little bit of McElhinneys Magic to our customers every day.


At the heart of our family owned business is our main store in Ballybofey, which employs over 200 people that are passionately committed to providing all our customers with genuine and honest customer service. At McElhinneys, we pride ourselves in the fact that we are completely independent and source all our own product. Our team of experienced buyers, travel the globe to bring our customers, both in-store and online, only the most unique and individual range of brands and designers. Every item is handpicked with our customer’s needs and desires in mind. At McElhinneys in-store and online, we believe the customer comes first and we want you to feel a little bit of the ‘McElhinneys Magic’ when you shop with us. 


McElhinneys Bridal Rooms


McElhinneys Bridal Rooms is a leading Bridal Store in Ireland, housing an exclusive designer collection of wedding dresses and accessories within their custom-designed opulent and spacious private Boudoir-style consultation rooms. Our expert team will guide you one-on-one through our amazing array of dresses of every style, cut and colour that you could imagine. At McElhinneys, we understand that every bride is unique, and deserves a world-class treatment, which is exactly what you will receive in our Bridal Rooms & across the entire Store.


Suit Hire


McElhinneys Suit Hire, located in our Men's Department, is proud to offer our customers a wide selection of the most up to date suiting styles available for rent and purchase, offering everything from traditional morning suits, to more contemporary slim fitted suit styles. Our expert team will advise you on options allowing you to colour match the cravat or tie and handkerchief with the Bridal colour scheme or bridal accessories.


Mother of the Bride/Groom Occasionwear


Priding ourselves on 47 years of business, style expertise and fashion knowledge, we are confident that within our dedicated Occasionwear Department you will find the perfect Mother of the Bride or Groom outfit from our unrivalled collection. From classic cut suiting to the perfect dress, we make sure you will feel comfortable in your new outfit, but most importantly look and feel your best! Having won the prestigious Mother of the Bride Retailer of the Year for the last 4 years running (2014-2018), our expert Occasionwear team have 30+ years' experience, and we are confident that you will find your perfect Outfit from our amazing range of choice. We pride ourselves on our range of choice, from colour and cut, to style and size - we aim to have the perfect collection that will ensure everyone find what they are looking for.


Awards


2018

Winner: Mother of the Bride Retailer of the Year 2018 by Wedding Journal Reader Awards

Finalist: Groomswear Supplier of the Year 2018 by the Wedding Journal Reader Awards

Nominated: Bridal Retailer of the Year 2018 by the Wedding Journal Reader Awards

Nominated: Best Bridal Boutique 2018 by the Image Boutique Awards

2017

Winner: Mother of the Bride Retailer of the Year 2017 by Wedding Journal Reader Awards

Winner: Wedding Boutique of the Year (Borders) at The Irish Wedding Awards 2017

2016

Winner: Bridalwear Supplier of the Year 2016 by Weddings Online Awards

Winner: Mother of the Bride Retailer of the Year 2016 by Wedding Journal Reader Awards

Winner: Best Bridal Retailer 2016 by Xposé Frockadvisor Awards

Finalist: Bridal Retailer of the Year 2016 by the Wedding Journal Reader Awards

Top 30 Retailers in Ireland 2016 by Retail Excellence Ireland 2016

2015

Winner: Mother of the Bride Retailer of the Year 2015 by Wedding Journal Reader Awards

Winner: Best Independent Department Store UK and Ireland 2015 by Drapers

2014

Winner: Bridal Retailer of the Year 2014 by Wedding Journal Reader Awards

McElhinneys is a Department Store in Donegal servicing weddings throughout the local area including the North West of Ireland.

McElhinneys is a reputable Store that has been part of the Clothing, Beauty & Homeware industry since 1971 specialising in Occasionwear, Bridal & Suiting.

Reviews

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I had a fantastic experience in the McElhinney's Bridal Room. They helped me find my dream dress and were so friendly and helpful throughout the experience. The dress was unlike anything I saw anywhere else, Ronald Joyce Victoria Jane dress with detachable train. I still continue to received daily compliments on the amazing dress. Thank you all at McElhinney's Bridal :)
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I had a very enjoyable and fun time in mc elhinneys bridal department felt so relaxed I went in having a very different idea in what dress I would like to having picked a complete different style which I fell in love with the staff were amazing so helpful in making my dress just perfect for me I would highly recommend mc elhinneys as they are top class at there jobs ????
Response from McElhinneys
Hi Christine, thank you so much. We had a great time with you and your Mum helping you choose your dream dress - and what a stunning bride you will be! Roll on 2017! Best of luck with all your planning from everyone at the Bridal Rooms x
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I can't thank the bridal team at McElhinneys enough for looking after me in the run up to the wedding. The bridal rooms themselves are stunning, by far the most luxurious and well set up of any I came across. The team themselves are professional and kind and catered to my every need. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Response from McElhinneys
Hi Margaret, thank you so much for your lovely review! We love getting feedback and are delighted that you enjoyed your McElhinneys experience. It was our pleasure to help you choose the perfect dress for your big day. We wish you both a happy healthy 2017 and all the best for the future - The Bridal Team x
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As soon as I got engaged I was on the Bridal rooms website, which is the perfect start to organising a wedding. Their website has a feature which allows you to save your favourite dresses and then share them with your bridal party! It meant the search had already begun even before visiting the store. On arriving in the Bridal Rooms, I was met with a glass of bubbly for my bridal party and myself. The decor instore is absolutely amazing with a personalised 'Welcome' note on the door made me feel extra special. The girls made me feel so relaxed in choosing a dress. Once I had picked my dress (the third one to try on) they all knew it was the one judging by my reaction. I cannot begin to describe the level of service, friendliness and professionalism McElhinneys Bridal Room offers along with the largest selection of dresses and styles I have ever seen. Choosing my dress with McElhinneys was the perfect base to begin my wedding planning.
Response from McElhinneys
Hi Rionach, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a complimentary review of your experience with our Bridal Rooms. We love helping our brides find their dream dress and we enjoy the process as much as you do! Roll on September 2016 until you get to wear that stunning dress! Enjoy the rest of your planning. The Bridal Rooms Team x
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Excellent service, a great choice of dresses and lovely, friendly staff.
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McElhinneys were very helpful at the initial appointment and at future appointments. They have recently refurbished the bridal rooms and they have a really special feel to them now. They don't offer alteration services but they can give you the names of some local dressmakers.
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Well what can I say only how thrilled I was that I got my dress in McElhinneys. Although I did look elsewhere I always had it in my head that I would get my dress from McElhinneys. From my very first appointment with Caroline I knew this would be the case. She (and all the other girls) was so pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful and honest, which I loved. I was pleasantly surprised with the little gift they presented me with when I went to pick up my dress. I hope one day (if I am lucky enough to have a daughter) that I will get to experience it all over again. Many many thanks for adding the "Oh My God reactions" when i walked up the aisle. Patricia x
Response from McElhinneys
Hello Patrica, thank you kindly for such wonderful feedback and your really kind words about the bridal rooms team. I am thrilled to hear that you experienced the 'McElhinneys Magic' on your visits to the store, and we hope to look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Have a great Christmas, the bridal rooms team. X
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I had the best time with the girls in the bridal dept getting ready for my big day. Caroline actually picked my dress for me after I had tried on & cast aside many beautiful dress from my list. The girls were amazing & always there to help out. Alterations were minimal & perfect. We got our bridesmaids dresses & suits with the bridal dept also. Service was great with the girls arranging apts around my working hours. I would def recommend that any bride to be go along. I miss calling in to check out the accessories & having a laugh with the girls, they really made the whole experience so much fun
Response from McElhinneys
Hello Maeve, Thank you so much for such lovely comments and feedback. It is great to hear that you had such an enjoyable experience with the McElhinneys bridal rooms team. We always aim to deliver first class customer service and I am so glad that you experienced that and would recommend us. All the best Maeve, have a wonderful Christmas. McElhinneys bridal rooms team. X
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I got my Pronovias wedding dress and 6 bridsmaids dresses this year in Mc Elhinneys, I got married on 27th August!' All the girls were really helpful and friendly. They had a really big selection of dresses 2. Thank you again for a 5 star service would highly recommend Mc Elhinneys bridal...
Response from McElhinneys
Hi Danielle, thank you for taking the time to write your lovely review. It was always a pleasure to see you and your Mum coming into the Bridal Rooms. You looked amazing in your Pronovias dress and the coral bridesmaids complimented it so well. Best wishes to you both from everyone here in the Bridal Rooms x
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Hi there I had a fabulous experience in mcelhinneys bridal nearly 2 years ago. I popped in and in 45 minutes my dress was picked and purchased. I then got your bridesmaid dresses there also.
Response from McElhinneys
Hi Lindsay, thank you so much for your review. Delighted to hear that you had such a fabulous experience with McElhinneys bridal rooms. You and your bridesmaids all looked stunning on your special day. All the best for the future. Kind Regards, bridal rooms team X
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From the 1st visit the girls were very friendly & professional, taking time to understand my needs. The selection of gowns was amazing. I would recommend McElhinneys to every bride to be.
Response from McElhinneys
Hi Amanda, thank you for sharing your kind review of your experience with our Bridal Rooms. We are so proud of the selection of gowns that we have to offer brides and its great to hear such positive feedback. Thanks so much The Bridal Rooms Team x
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From the minute we decided to get married I knew there was no other place I wanted to get my dress only McElhinneys. I had been a bridesmaid twice before and we got the dresses from McElhinneys so I knew that I was going to get such a great service, and Carina and the girls did not disappoint. From the moment you walk through the doors it is such a fab experience and you really are treated like royalty. I have been in other bridal shops and NONE compare to the Bridal Rooms. The effort and professionalism that goes into every appointment is just beyond what anyone would expect. From cupcakes and champagne, to running around grabbing dresses, nothing is too much for these girls. They put you completely at ease when you are trying on dresses, and if something doesn't suit they let you know gently and help you find something that does. They know the minute that THE DRESS goes on which one it is, but never push you into picking it. I always dreamed of being a McElhinneys bride and they did not let me down. Only disappointment I have now is I have no reason to go back in to all the dresses!!
Response from McElhinneys
Aw thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed it so much and that we made it an easy process for you. We love what we do and are just as delighted as you when we can help a bride find their dream dress, it really is like being part of the Bridal Party! You can call in and see us anytime, we love to see how our past brides are doing. Best Wishes from everyone here at The Bridal Rooms x
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Lovely staff very helpful an excellent service an much more made my experience magical from start to finish
Response from McElhinneys
Hi Gena, thank you for taking the time to write your lovely review. I will always remember you in that stunning Ronald Joyce dress - just like a princess! I hope you are enjoying married life, best wishes from Carina and all the girls in the Bridal Rooms x
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Ella and all the girls in The Bridal Rooms were fantastic when it came to choosing my wedding gown back in 2011 - it was a gorgeous Ronald Joyce piece that was part of a trunk show in the rooms. I enjoyed my experience so much that when it came time to shop for my bridesmaid dresses, The Bridal Rooms was the first place I thought of. A fantastic selection of dresses and accessories on offer, with great staff to help you make that big decision
Response from McElhinneys
Good afternoon, Thank you kindly for your feedback and your lovely comments about your positive experience with McElhinneys bridal rooms and the bridal rooms team. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed the whole experience. Have a great Christmas, the McElhinneys bridal rooms team. X
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I had the most amazing experience picking my wedding dress in the Ronald Joyce trunk show in McElhinneys Bridal rooms back in 2011. From first watching the show to picking out my dress with Shelley I fell in love with just the 2nd dress that I tried on. The absolute highlight of the day had to be then meeting veni the designer of my wedding dress. I felt like a princess. It was so special for both myself & my mother. Everything was at ease, both shelley and carina's help & advice was both professional & genuine and the bridal rooms were gorgeous. I believe it is even more stunning now. I recommend McElhinneys Bridal rooms to every bride to be. I have friends that have travelled from Wicklow to purchase their dress here. And I hope to return soon with my sister in law to watch her wedding dress dream come true.
Response from McElhinneys
Hello Sophia, so lovely to hear how much you enjoyed your experience with us. Its a special moment in a brides life when she is lucky enough to meet the designer of her dress! We are honoured that Veni Infantino has chosen us as the flagship stockist for her Ronald Joyce Collection in Ireland and its such a treat to have her in store to launch her collection each year! We will look forward to seeing you along with your sister in law in the very near future. All the best from everyone here in the Bridal Rooms x
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Have to say I would recommend mc elhinneys to anyone looking for a wedding dress. I was only going to look and found my dress with the 3rd one i tried on. Definitely couldn't come away without finding a beautiful dress. The staff are brilliant, pleasant and extremely helpful. Thanks for everything you done to make my day so special... will see you all soon as my sister getting married in November! We will find her dress with you on January.
Response from McElhinneys
Hi Michaela, you are very sweet, thank you! Its a pleasure for us to be involved in such a special way and to keep a relationship with our brides. Its a real testament to how much you enjoyed your experience that you are bringing your sister to us to find her dream dress, we will look forward to seeing you both in January! Best wishes from everyone here in the Bridal Rooms x
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The bridal staff were amazing and helped with the right style for my destination wedding. I ended up taking the very first dress I tried on. My husband wouldn't think of going anywhere else for their suits. Every step of the way was made so special and stress free
Response from McElhinneys
Hello Cathy, so lovely to hear that you enjoyed your appointment with us in the Bridal Rooms. Making a brides experience as stress free as possible is at the heart of what we do and its a job well done for us when we hear feedback like yours. Best wishes from The Bridal Rooms Team x

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