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Meet Megan and Hannah Longworth, directors of Vicki's Bridal Boutique

Vicki's is Kent's newest bridal boutique located in the heart of Tenterden. Eager to know more, we caught up with directors Megan and Hannah Longworth for the lowdown on what brides can expect from their visit.

Megan and Hannah owners of Vicki's Bridal Boutique Tenterden Kent
 Vicki's Bridal Boutique Tenterden Kent

Ladies, we'd love to know all about the new boutique...

We're a sister-run boutique in the heart of Tenterden, where we've created a very relaxed environment for brides to enjoy their experience with us, just as much as we enjoy having them, while stocking luxurious British designers for both dresses and accessories.

What's the story behind it?

Vicki’s is named after our grandma who was a wedding and occasion dress maker back in the 1950s. Although we never met her, we always wanted to honour her as she has always been a part of our lives. Though we may not have inherited her talent for dress making we both naturally fell into the fashion industry. Owning a bridal boutique has always been a dream that we never thought would turn into a reality, until lockdown 2020.

interior of Vicki's Bridal Boutique featuring racks of wedding dresses
interior of Vicki's bridal boutique with emerald velvet chairs and large mirror

It must have been quite the challenge to launch during these difficult times, what obstacles did you have to overcome along the way?

We know launching a business during a pandemic was never going to be easy and like everyone else we've had to adapt to the way we would have usually done things. Opening Vicki’s has been a huge achievement not just for us two, but for our entire family and not being able to share this process with them, until restrictions were lifted has been incredibly hard as we are all very close.

What designers do you stock?

We have three dress designers, House of Mooshki - a 1950s-inspired designer who specialises in tea length dresses and prides itself in being able to make its gowns truly bespoke to the individual bride.

Kelsey Rose is our ready-to-wear brand, perfect for the easy-going bride, taking them from day to night.

Nieve Couture is our classic bridal designer who creates beautiful feminine gowns for the modern and contemporary bride.

We also have a very talented veil designer, Tulle and Flo, who makes bespoke veils all by hand.

Floribel by House of MooshkiCredit: Floribel by House of Mooshki
Aurora by Kelsey Rose Credit: Aurora by Kelsey Rose

What's your top trend tip?

Firstly, make sure you wear the dress and that the dress doesn't wear you. And secondly, don’t feel like you have to wear the dress that's on trend right now, wear the dress you feel the most comfortable in.

If you could give all brides one essential piece of advice what would it be?

Enjoy the process of finding your dress and go in with an open mind, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get that “this is the one” feeling straight away, sometimes it just takes time.

What's your favourite dress in stock at the moment?

We have quite different styles when it comes to wedding dresses -  Hannah’s is Florabel from House of Mooshki, our blush pink high-low dress, paired with our double comb Tulle and Flo veil Romy.

Megan's is Aurora from Kelsey Rose - she has the most stunning detail on the top and an open back. She's the dress that brides are often unsure of at first sight, but every lady who trieds it on has the same positive reaction. They've all looked amazing.

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