1Do I have to make an appointment?
We do advise that you book 2-4 weeks in advance as weekends in particular can get quite busy!
2What's the difference between Smart Brides and a traditional bridal boutique?
Smart Brides play host to two separate collections, one which is re-orderable and can take three to ten months for delivery. The second collection boasts hundreds of ‘sample’ dresses which are sold off the peg, meaning that what you see is what you take home with you that day. Both collections are heavily discounted, from 40-80% off retail prices. You won’t find any hard sell tactics as our main concern is that you find the right dress, not just any dress. Our stylists are there to help you as much as possible and to find the gown that most suits you and your venue. We would ask however, that as the majority of our gowns are not ‘try on’ gowns and will be worn by prospective brides that you come prepared to buy and not just for ‘ideas’.
3Are all you dresses ex samples and what kind of condition are they in?
No, we have two collections as explained above and we try to keep both collections in perfect condition. Our sample collection to buy off the peg are last seasons stock, cancelled orders or ex runway dresses that are either in immaculate condition or brand new.
4What if the dress I like needs to be altered?
Remember that wedding dresses are designed to be altered. The amount a dress can be altered depends largely on the designer and dress style but as a general rule most gowns can be let out by one size and can be taken in between one – two dress sizes.
5What sizes do you stock?
Both collections host a number of sizes from 6-32.
6Is there parking near you?
Yes, we are based just outside the town centre and there is plenty of on site parking.
7How long is an appointment?
Generally an appointment lasts about 1.15 – 1.30 hours. However, if you feel that you require another appointment we can book a second fitting.
8How many people can I bring?
We generally advise no more than two or three max at a time. Firstly because we just don’t have room for others. Also we feel that too many advisors can be confusing as everyone has a different opinion and this is your day and your dress. It should be chosen to suit your personality, taste and budget and you don’t want to feel pressured into purchasing the wrong gown for you. Plus, its much more fun to surprise everyone on the big day…
9Do you stock other occasion gowns and accessories?
We carry a beautiful range of Bridesmaids dresses in our Bridesmaids area.
10How do I pay and must I pay in full on the day?
We accept cash, debit and credit cards. For our sample gowns we will hold a dress provided we receive a non refundable 50% deposit and the gown must be collected within 28 days. For our reorderable collection we take a 50% deposit on the day and the dress must be collected within 14 days of arrival in store. Bear in mind that these dresses can take from 3-10 months to arrive depending on the designer and collection.
11What price range are your dresses?
Our Sample Collection ranges in prices €299 to €899. Our re orderable dresses range in prices €950 to €2500 approx.