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Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork

Memories Bridal Boutique, Carey House, Albert Street, Cork, Cork
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Welcome to the multi award winning Memories Bridal Boutique - Cork City - Irish Bridal Store of the Year 2018 and now 2019.

We are official and exclusive stockists of the stunning bridal collections available to order from - Watters Wtoo and Willowby, Modeca and Le Papillon by Modeca, Cabotine Novias, San Patrick, Ashley and Justin Bride as well as Wtoo Maids and Motee Maids.

Our carefully curated collections offer brides to be something a little bit different, something unique and a range that is full of surprises.

Watters Wtoo offers a stunning collection blending boho vibes with sophisticated silhouettes. Cabotine Novias brings lux fabrics and old Hollywood glamour. San Patrick by Pronovias fuses timeless elegance with modern bridal necklines. Our Modeca ranges hit all the classic bridal buttons and is the largest in Ireland and we are now the sole and exclusive stockists of both Modeca and Le Papillon by Modeca in Cork. Ashley and Justin Bride bring the bling and Willowby by Watters offers a sensational, high fashion bridal collection at affordable prices.

Nestled in the heart of Cork city, in our new gallery location, Memories Bridal Boutique offers brides a unique and special bridal shopping experience. Our bridal consultants are the best in the country - with a combined experience of over 20 years in bridal. Let yourself be styled by an expert consultant who will offer honest feedback and guidance. At Memories - we don't tell our brides they "look gorgeous" in everything, we work with you to find the dress that makes you feel gorgeous.

Motee Maids and Wtoo Maids are now in store to compliment any bridal gown and all of our bridal accessories are made in Ireland.

For more info our our services find us on facebook or www.memoriesbridalboutique.com

Contact Us today to book your appointment and to find out for yourself why so many of our brides recommend Memories to their friends.

Reviews

4.6/5
47 reviews
Quality of service4.6/5
Value4.7/5
Responsiveness4.5/5
Flexibility4.6/5
Professionalism4.6/5
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I went to 5 shops when looking for my dress - including Memories in Cork and I bought my dress here in Memories in Lucan. it was a dress I had tried in the cork branch and they shipped it to Dublin for me to retry there. I enjoyed my experience in 3 of the 5 shops I went to - 1 was nice,2 were awful but nothing compared to the wonderful serivce and experience I had in Memories. The staff are fabulous, all of them and I sincerely mean it when I say I enjoyed my appointments here very much. They were calm and easy going and obviously know what they are talking about. I have been raving about Memories all week. Thank you so much xx
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Hi Angie - thank you so much for your lovely words - delighted you enjoyed appointment with us and the gown you chose is a wow. Thanks for taking the time to write this review it means alot Karl and team
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I had a fabulous appointment here last Saturday when i found my dream dress. ALl of the staff were fabulous - specially the guy I was working with Carl. Really spot on with his suggestions. Highly recommend any bride to be in Munster to go and see this shop. I can't wait to wear my dress next year - kisses - Denise
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Thank you so much Denise for your lovely review - it really means alot to us xx
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Another delighted B2B here adding her review. Had a fabulous time with Karl in Memories last week. It was my 3rd shop and the experience was the easiet, most comfortable and clearly this guy knows his stuff. Highly recommended to anyone engaged to go to Memories
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
It was our pleasure Vanessa - delighted you are so happy - your dress is a showstopper - congrats again
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Top class service here at Memories. Went to the shop in Cork first and they sent a dress to Dublin for my appointment there to try it on again and others. I picked my dress in Memories Dublin but both shops were fab - Brother and Sister I believe - both excellent and the gowns were just beautiful. I loved my dress - I chose Cabotine and can't wait to wear it next year. Hazel
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Hi Hazel - thank you so much for you lovely feedback. It is so nice to hear from our customers like this. Cabotine is one of our favourite designers - great choice xx
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A bitter ending! - I bought my dress in memories in October 2018. Although the decor of the shop leaves alot to be desired and is very run down looking but there stock of dresses was lovely and the sample dresses were very clean. All was going well until my dress came in, I arrived at the shop full of excitement and couldn't wait to see the dress but I was rather surprised to be asked was I paying cash or card to pay for it in full before I even tried it on. I understand it has to be paid in full but maybe after the bride has it on and is happy with it is probably more appropriate. It came in with the wrong colour belt and it was on the tag that it was ordered in the wrong colour. I paid for extra ribbon to make straps which had to be used to replace the wrong colour (the store covered the cost of putting the belt on the dress but I still had paid for the additional ribbon which was never offered to be refunded to me). I found the seamstress dismissive and disinterested and I wasnt satisfied so I decided not to go with her in the end. The customer service once my dress was paid for in full was appalling. I asked for a swatch of the dress colour to be sent as it was requested by my florist which he assured me it would be sent to my address even though I offered to collect it in store if it was easier than posting, it was never sent. I rang a number of times, I left a voicemail explaining I was concerned about the seamstress recommendations and asked for a call back to give me some clarification and explaining my concerns which I never got a reply to. I had sent 3 emails which were never replied to. I found communicating with the shop difficult with very poor followup leaving me at times frustrated. I ended up using a different seamstress because I was left not confident in the ability of the lady recommended by memories. On the day I had organised to collect my dress he was in the middle of dress fitting with another bride. I was met at the door of the shop with the dress in a bag without even being offered to see the alteration which they had fixed with the wrong belt I was expected to just take it away without even seeing it which I found a little rude. I had to ask for the additional lace and ribbon which I paid for which I actually never got in the end. Rushed off to say the least. Nice dresses, not so nice customer service. I have discussed my opinion with a good few people who have had very similar experiences which is why I chose to write this review.
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Was very happy with customer service provided here. Would highly recommend.
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback xx
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Was not impressed with After Sales of the Bridal Boutique Cork! Could not fault the dress I got though
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They had a great selection of dresses and karl was great. I had to postpone my wedding by a few months and memories kept my dress for me until the later date.
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This was my 4th bridal store when looking for my dress. It was the best and to be honest even though I loved a few dresses in other shops I had a number of favourites here and I was hard to please. In the end I was delighted to find my perfect dress here. Memories has a great reputation for honest advice and I wasnt disappointed - Carl was the perosn I worked with. He was honest, helped guide me to "the one" and everything after was perfect - veil, brideslaids, colours, he even helped with flower suggestions. I literally adored my dress. A big thank you to Carl and the whole staff at Memories. I am only too happy to add my name to the list of happy brides. J.
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My sister purchased her wedding gown from you guys - she is finished her alterations now and getting married next week and loves her dress as much now as the first time you picked it for her to try on ( she didnt want to lol ) So much excitement for next week. Thank you so much for everything - we have recommended you to anyone who will listen. 5 stars all round
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Jessica was a stunning bride Annemarie - it really was our pleasure and thank you for taking the time to leave this review.
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The only place prospective brides should go for their dream dress. After visiting around 4 other stores and being left in rooms with hundreds of dresses, being told I look amazing in them all and leaving feeling so overwhelmed, meeting Karl in Memories Bridal Boutique was like a breath of fresh air. He spoke with me briefly and then said 'you wait there and I will choose some dresses for you' - it was heaven after a stressful day of trying dresses that weren't nice, were poor quality and when you felt like you just wanted to give up. I can honestly say that every dress I tried on in Memories was beautiful and the quality was outstanding at very reasonable prices. I didn't personally love them all but I knew I was in the right place. Then Karl asked me to try on a dress and just said 'don't worry about the colour, just try it on to see if you like the style, it is also available in ivory'. I tried it on thinking I will never wear this colour but I'll try it for size. Oh my goodnesss!! I fell in love.. with the colour. It was blush and ivory, fitted at the top with a wide neckline, v at the back and layers and layers of gorgeousness. Karl was amazing, offering advice on bridesmaid colours, making me really feel $1 million and just being honest. I went back in the next day and put down my deposit. And the service didn't end there. From getting me the most beautiful veil (with rose petals at the bottom) to providing me with the best seamstress you could ask for - the end result was a dress (and veil) I didn't want to take off. Simply put, they made my day and I would recommend them to any bride who wants quality at a good price with excellent service. Can I get remarried, just to re-wear the dress???? THANK YOU SO MUCH MEMORIES AND KARL AND CO!
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Hi Niamh - you made me blush. Thank you so much for your lovely kind feedback It was a pleasure working with you and your bridal party. All the best in your married life together - Karl and the whole team
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Karl and his mum are just so amazing. They make you feel at ease straight away and are very welcoming. Karl just works his magic and dresses you for your for shape whatever it may be. His dresses are amazing and cost friendly and he transforms the dress in to whatever way you want it. Thanks again xxx
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback Sinead - it was of course our pleasure and my Mom says hi ;)
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My experience with Memories Bridal Boutique has been wonderful from start to finish. I was expecting my 3rd child when I booked my wedding and only started looking for my dress 6 months before the big day!! The search wasn't going well until a friend recommended Memories. Karl is a wonder. When you arrive in the boutique you fill out some details about what you're looking for and he then guided me through what I wanted and selected some gowns to try. We were crying when I tried the second dress!! And that wasn't even what I ended up taking, he pulled out an even more beautiful version!! He has been so easy going and straight forward to deal with. I would recommend every bride to make an appointment, I felt like Cinderella on my wedding day, it was amazing. Thank you so much Karl.
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Hi Melissa thank you so much for your lovely comments it means a lot to us and you really looked amazing. Congrats again xx
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I had a fab experience working with Karl firstly and then Emer A lovely shop with beautiful gowns and I am so happy to have said yes to the dress here xx
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Hi Jane Thanks a million for your lovely words - you looked a million dollars on your day xx
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Karl was amazing, I would highly recommend every bride to be to shop there.
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Thanks a million Aisling :) giving me a big head ;)
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Let's face facts...the wedding is all about finding the perfect dress-not always an easy thing to do without breaking the bank! But if you are looking to find a wide selection of dresses that won't break the bank,then look no further!!!i had the shop to myself while trying on dresses.and because I wasn't sure of the style of dress I wanted-i was presented with a variety of dresses that would suit me-the third dress I tried on was 'the one' and to top it all off it was within my budget!!i can't recommend Memories highly enough.dress was dry cleaned and ready for me in plenty of time for fittings!couldnt ask for a more professional experience!
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Hi Catriona - thanks a million for taking the time to give us a review - really means a lot xx
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I bought my wedding dress here and was delighted. the dresses are unique...No chance of someone else buying the same dress in another shop. Theyl has a fantastic eye for what would suit...even dresses you might not pick yourself. The price was very reasonable and there was room for some haggling. The dress you try on is the dress you buy. There is no ordering and waiting 6 months for it to come in ( the wrong size was ordered for my friend and there wasn't enough time to get the correct size...she was very upset.) You can make appointments to try on any time you like if you want to show the dress to someone or see what your accessories etc look like. You have great piece of mind getting a dress here.
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Hi Liz - thank you for lovely review. We love helping brides find the perfect dress and reviews like this make it all worth while xx
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I went into memories with an idea in my head of what I wanted. My wife had already chosen her dress in there and so Karl knew what it was and that we wanted to make sure we didn't clash! So not only did he have to keep in mind finding a dress for me but also that it would compliment my wife's dress. I was adamant that I didn't want a traditional wedding dress. Karl understood, but said he had a dress in mind and asked if I'd try on a few of his suggestion first before finding some with my own style. I agreed. I tried on the first dress he suggested, and fell head over heels in love with it. I tried on a few more (because they said I had to....) but I knew, that was the dress I wanted. It was pretty much everything I thought I didn't want. It was also the dress the Karl had said beforehand to my friend that he thought would compliment my wife's dress the most, but he didn't want to tell me that and cloud my judgement. The dresses were perfect together on the day. I always recommend memories to anyone, the quality, service and expertise are beyond comparison. Almost every single person I've advised to go there have ended up finding their dream dress.
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Smiles all round here - thanks a million for your lovely review Jess. Yourself and Sinead were beautiful brides. we still have your photo on our wall of fame :)
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Every bride should visit Memories before any other bridal boutique. I couldn't have asked for anything more! We had the place to ourselves, I filled out a short questionnaire first regarding budget, style etc. a quick chat with Karl and off he went to pick a selection of dresses based on my responses. Trying on the dresses was amazing, we weren't rushed, he gave honest opinions about the dresses and whether or not he thought they were flattering for my body shape, and also little alteration tips for the dresses that I liked but wasn't 100% sure. The alteration tips were extremely helpful. In the end, I actually went with a dress that wasn't exactly my brief, a dress that Karl had chosen because he thought it would be nice on me (it was stunning!). The dress plus alterations came in at exactly my budget, because he had taken the cost of the alterations into consideration when choosing the dresses. The location is ideal, very easy to find, plenty parking nearby and easily accessible by public transport. The boutique itself is utterly charming! It's warm and inviting and full of character. I loved the decor! Karl is a genius, who knows what he is doing. He has a remarkable eye for choosing what will actually suit a woman's shape & size, and genuinely makes you feel comfortable, body-confident, and amazing; what more could a bride-to-be want!? I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret on another occasion and she had some great advice regarding suitable under-garments to wear under the dress and tips on the best shops to be fitted correctly. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Memories. Choosing a wedding dress can be stressful, there are so many beautiful gowns! Memories & Karl eliminated that unnecessary stress and made the whole experience a breath of fresh air. I wish I had gone to Memories first! I can look back at that experience now with fondness, thanks to Memories. Continued success to them.
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Trish thanks a million for your feedback - smiles all round here at Memories and thank you for continued recommendations to friends and other brides to be xx
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I bought my dress at Memories last week. I just wanted to say a big thank you for being so helpful. As you know i was very stressed choosing a dress and you were great at calming me and helping m focus and enjoy. Thank you again I have told to all my friends xx
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
We really appreciate your message Molly - it was great to see you again last weekend with your friend.
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Hey. Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the lovely Karl for helping me find my dream dress in July 2013. It was such a different experience to all the other wedding shops I had been to. Karl was so helpful and such a professional. I also wanted to say a big thank you to Laima who was great to deal with yesterday. Looking forward to seeing the final result of my dress on the 14th. Thanks guys!!!:)
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Lyndsey - you were a beautiful bride. Thank you for your lovely feedback we really appreciate it xx
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I got married two weeks ago in a beautiful dress that I got in this store. It was so easy to pick a dress here as when we went in Karl sat me down and asked me a handful of questions. Then he went and picked out some dresses for me to try. Well the first dress I liked the top and the next dress I liked the bottom part so the third dress he pulled out was the perfect dress. I didn't have to go trawling through a load of dresses which was great. Plus there is no other brides there as they only take one at a time. It was so professional and I am very happy with the service. Thanks to Memories Cork for making it so easy for me. Highly recommended :-)
Response from Memories - The Bridal Boutique Cork
Thank you Sandra for your lovely feedback and review. We try our best to give every bride a happy experience with us and delighted to see you were so happy. Karl
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Great experience in this shop. I found my dress and I was even happier about the price of it. Thank you so much to Emer for your help. I highly recommend Memories.
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Well I just bought my wedding dress in March in Memories Cork :) I was nervous about shopping for a dress as I had never tried on a dress before and I was really torn between two styles. From the moment we set foot in the shop we were treated fantastically well by Karl . He asked me questions and listened to my opinions and ideas :) he pulled so many fantastic dresses for me I felt so special :) then came the one :) I had seen it on the Facebook page a while back and assumed it was sold as it is so stunning , and without even mentioning it at any stage to Karl he brought it out :) wow I loved it :) Karl you really made me feel so special and I just want to say thanks again :) every bride needs to visit Karl :) I can't wait to wear my dress and I'll never forget how fab the shopping experience was :)
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I loved my dress the minute I put it on. "WOW, I have a figure in this" not being the smallest of people if you know what I mean. It was the first and only dress I tried on, I found my dress. I loved it. My husband loved it and so did our family & friends on our big day. Thanks Karl & the team.
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Went into memories the other day, my first dress shop experience. They were brilliant inside and within the hour I had my dress picked and a deposit paid! I couldn't be happier, they went our of their way to show me many different styles and colours. I couldn't recommend them highly enough to any bride out there!
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I wanted to thank Carl at Memories for making me feel so special and what better way to do that than to tell everyone about my perfect shopping experience. From the minute I came into your shop I felt listened too and comfortable and in good hands. I had heard lots of great things about memories and I am only too happy to be able to add to the list of happy brides. I love my dress and I can't wait to wear it next spring. Maggie ... an older bride with a gorgeous dress xxx
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Memories was the first shop I visited and I was shown the perfect dress. I wanted to change the style a bit however and was nervous about this. No need to be,as they assured me. Their seamstress Laima did an incredible job in quite a short time. 100 per cent to the staff at Memories and their professionalism.
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Memories was the first shop I visited and I was shown the perfect dress. I wanted to change the style a bit however and was nervous about this. No need to be,as they assured me. Their seamstress Laima did an incredible job in quite a short time. 100 per cent to the staff at Memories and their professionalism.
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I told you guys I would be telling everyone about this shop and here it is ... I found the perfect dress here in Jan this year after 4 of my friends had found theirs. I love it and I really had a great experience at Memories and I just wanted to say thanks again and that I can't recommend highly enough.
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Hi girls .... so excited! I bought my dress today at Memories and I wanted to thank Karl for making the whole thing so much fun. I had heard great reviews about this place so it was the first shop i booked to go and see and I was not disappointed. Thanks again and my mother hasnt stopped talking about you since hahaha :) Best of luck with the makeover cant wait to see it when i am back in to try on my amazing wedding dress in January .... yay
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I bought my wedding dress here in February and just finish alterations. i am very happy with service and quality and price and thank you to everyone including Carl and the tailor Laima. Wish me luck next weekend on my wedding in Poland.
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visited memories bridal boutique cork today and what an overwhelming experience I had. It was the very first shop I went into and I purchased the very first dress I tryed on after trying on so many. Karl I cannot thank you enough for the most magical experience of my life. Your professionalism and expertise in knowing the type of dress I wanted and in giving your utmost honesty. I would highly highly recommend this shop to any bride to be. Karl from the bottom of my heart thank you again it was like as if you could read my mind it was the exact dress I had in my head for so so long. I overwhelmed and am so happy it was certainly worth a visit to your shop.
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Memories was only the second shop I visited and only went the once as that was all I needed. On the Saturday we went in, we met Karl first and he asked me to describe what I was looking for. Once I had, he went through the rails picking dresses for me to try on. I had described V neck and lace and Karl told me he had put in one different neck line dress with the lace and this was the dress I purchased. It was amazing on in the shop but of course didn't look the same hanging in the wardrobe! I did a check in on occasion to make sure I still liked same and did have some moments of being unsure but on the day the day the dress was AMAZING. I wouldn't now change it for the world! It got so many compliments and I was even asked my one of the lads on the day if he could borrow it for his fiance!! :) Memories is a FAB shop. Karl really gives the personal touch. As I said I had only been to one other shop where I chose the dresses I tried on. Whereas you might think you'd prefer this yourself, to have someone listen to your description and pick your dress for you without knowing you really takes something special. Thanks Memories x
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I bought my wedding dress from Memories in Cork last year for my wedding last August and the service from first walking in to the shop was fantastic. I found my dream dress and veil here with the help of Carl who knew exactly what would suit me. Their seamstress also did an amazing job on the few alterations I did need to have carried out. I would highly recommend this shop for those brides that want a fabulous and fashionable dress but don't want to waste a fortune on a dress that will only get one wear. It also meant I could afford to blow the budget on my shoes that I have worn on a few occasions since :-)
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Thank you thank you to Karl who made my wedding dress shopping experience such an enjoyable one.Karl has a real gift.I bought the 3rd dress i tried on and i cant wait to wear it.Go shop there if your looking for a dress. You wont be disappointed!Thanks again Karl and team
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Lovely shop huge collection - best of luck in dublin.
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I got my wedding dress and veil and shoes at this shop and I wanted to say thank you for such a great experience. I was stressed about the whole thing as I am a plus size woman but Carl was great to work with and he put me at ease and chose the perfect dress for me. Thank you again
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Girls ...... Please visit this amazing bridal boutique !!!! It was the first shop i tried for my dress and after a few visits elsewhere I ended up buying my dress here yesterday :) It is absolutly fab. Its a La Sposa dress and brand new and barely any alterations needed and a fantastic price too) Karl THANK YOU so much, you made it such a wonderful experience for myself and my mum and i would highly recommend your shop to anyone:) When i said i found my 'FRANK'..... I meant it :) Fab Shop Fab owner - Need i say more !!!!!
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I bought my dress here last week. Victoria was lovely and helpful and really helped me to find a dress to suit my shape. I came back the next day and met Karl. He was fabulous and really made me feel at ease. I love my dress and can't wait to wear it next year! What a relief to have found it!
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MY SISTER GOT HER WEDDING DRESS AT THE SHOP A FEW WEEKS AGO "BEAUTIFUL". THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HELPING HER . KARL " THE VEIL "
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Fantastic shop! Bought my dress there a few weeks ago and couldn't say enough good about it. Karl helped me day one and is fantastic and Victoria and another girl helped when I went back to re-try my favourite, they were also brilliant. I love that they don't pretend to like everything on you, they are very honest but diplomatic in their assessment of what you try on. Dress I got is brand new and a steal with regard to price. Def, try this shop!!
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Thank you to Karl and Eimear for selling my wedding dress within a few weeks! I felt really happy that the dress that I wore on my special day would be worn again. If only the shop was open when I was getting married in 2005. I wish you all the best of luck for the future!
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Well what can i say about this place only it was the first bridal shop i went into and the first dress i saw i fell in love with it and bought it on the spot. Now to be fair to the staff my dress was a size 12 and fair play to Laima she made it an amazing looking size 8 for me, which fitted like a glove. Thank you so much to all the staff for being so kind to me every time i came in and for all your help and opnion in getting my dress to fit perfectly, Best of luck for thr future. Maire XxX oh ya incase you're all wondrein I got a "forever Yours" dress for 195e (on sale) and was 200e alterations, which was worth every cent, 395e overall, not bad at all, so yes definately try the place out, you wont go away disappointed. :-)
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I purchased my dream dress from the bridal boutique. I had no idea what i wanted and after several stressful visits to other bridal stores found this experience refreshing and very personalised. Karl & Victoria made the experience personal and unforgettable and i would reccommend this store to everyone.
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Fab fab fab .... i can't believe it. Bought my dress, margaret and karl were wonderful to work with and picked out something i had never even considered. i just wanted to say thank you so much you have made my day and i can now afford to go on a second honeymoon. yes celine ... nicely put. this shop does indeed rock. go there people Mary
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I just wanted to thank the team at the Bridal boutique in Cork. The service was better than anywhere else I visited and my dress is a dream I am not telling you what I spent on it but its a Maggie Sotterro and it was 1000 cheaper than the shop I went to the day before. Anyway thanks to Deborah and Carl and I say again - The Bridal Boutique in Cork rocks.
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