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Bromley Brides invites you to take a magical journey into a room full of wonders, a place to make your bridal dreams come true! Officially opened by the doyen of wedding dresses and host of Say Yes To The Dress: UK, David Emanuel, The Wonder Room is the brainchild of owner Becky Griggs and interior designer, Cassie Williams of Truffle Interiors.Together, they combined their vision to create an Alice In Wonderland-themed room for all Very Important Brides. The Wonder Room is an imaginative suite full of Insta-worthy delights, including a cocktail bar, quirky furniture from Sweetpea & Willow, a romantic swing-chair, and neon signs, offering the bridal entourage an occasion to remember.
We caught up with boutique owner, Becky Griggs, at the launch event to find out more.
Tell us about the inspiration behind The Wonder Room
The launch of The Wonder Room was inspired by my childhood, Alice in Wonderland was my favourite story growing up. There’re a lot of activities in and around London following this theme, for example Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties and gin parties. We thought a similar experience would be a lovely idea for a bride, allowing her to celebrate choosing her dress with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, or even while she’s choosing it. It’s about being with their loved ones and celebrating with them.
Brides could even use the space for a mini bridal shower or to spend time with their nearest and dearest at the end of the appointment to choose their accessories. It’s a lovely place to bring your mum, nan and aunts perhaps, so that they get to enjoy a special experience with the bride rather than at a big hen party outing, that they may prefer to skip. At the moment The Wonder Room has capacity for six with social distancing.
What designers does the boutique stock?
Justin Alexander, Morilee, Hayley Paige, Dando London, Mark Lesley, and Lillian West. For bridesmaids, we offer Dessy and True Bride. We also Justine Alexander and Morilee plus size ranges.
What are your top trend tips for the rest of this year and moving into 2021?
We're seeing a lot of crepe material coming through, inspired by Megan Markle's gown, as well as simple silhouettes and fitted styles. Plus, a ballgown never goes out of fashion, especially when paired with sparkle, and lace was made popular again by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. We do tend to follow the royals when it comes to trends in wedding-dress styles. Also, the Bardot neckline is hugely popular, as worn by Princess Eugenie.
What advice would you give to a bride coming into the boutique for her first dress-shopping experience?
I'd say she needs to try on all the different styles – the A line, the ballgown, the fitted, the fishtail, and the boho floaty style. This will give her an idea of the silhouette she likes and what suits her shape. Once she knows that, then it's about the details, which ties in with the theme of the wedding. Who does she want to be on her wedding day? She needs to tell that story through her dress, so she needs to think about what part of her character does she want to highlight.
Also, try to only bring two people to your appointment. Any more can be overwhelming.
The Wonder Room Packages
A VIP Bridal Appointment, £55, includes:·
Psst… Don’t forget to read the November/December issue of Your Kent Wedding magazine for our interview with royal wedding dress designer and host of Say Yes To The Dress UK, David Emanuel.