As most of you know, from September 2019 I became a bride-to-be, as I finally got engaged! I say ‘finally’ because I’m 33 years old and have been with my partner for a while, and lets just say, getting married has always been quite important to me.
I’ve dreamed about it since I was little. And recently, I was wondering if I’d get the chance to have my big day, which luckily, I now do!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I started sharing my bride-to-be journey as our wedding date is May 2021. I’ve started to document the dress try-on experience, sharing bridal dress retailers and designers to any other brides-to-be out there.
When we were venue hunting, I often shared a few little tours of wedding venues in Cheshire and Staffordshire too. Today’s post, however, is sharing a bridal store I recently came across while visiting The Message Enterprise Centre – a place I never knew existed!
I was truly blown away by my visit to The Message Enterprise Centre, situated on the border of Northenden and Wythenshawe. So much so I actually have a whole new article to write about the place, what it stands for and what it does, which I’ll be sharing later today.
The Wedding Angels is the cutest little bridal boutique in the same location as The Mess Cafe, part of The Message Enterpise Centre. This is a cafe with a difference (review pending!), as the cafe runs with the purpose of offering support & training to vulnerable people who have come straight out of prison or rehab, who are passionate about making a fresh start. They offer training, support and guidance, which is a fabulous initiative in the area.
In a nutshell, the on site bridal shop works alongside wedding industry professionals, helping to create memorable weddings regardless of budget; specialising in donated wedding dresses, and also offering a wedding florist service.
I visited the store upon my visit to The Mess Cafe and to generally look around the centre, and was literally so surprised to discover this place. The dresses that The Wedding Angels stock are donating dresses from so many premium and luxury bridal stores and designers – including areas like Hale in Cheshire.
I never knew I had such expensive taste until I became a bride-to-be. For each of my dress shop experiences, I’ve been attracted to all the high end dresses. I’m talking £5k plus, with the ‘one I fell in love with’ coming in at £6k (no, I haven’t bought it by the way!).
Upon my visit the The Wedding Angels boutique, I found myself pulling out dresses in which I was told were extremely expensive ones from Cheshire designer boutiques. Well there’s a surprise! However, because these have been donated, the majority cost under £1k, with some of the styles I loved costing just £500 – and they are by most of the worlds most premium bridal designers, usually retailing at around £7k!
The beauty of wedding dress shopping at The Wedding Angels is that here, you find the widest variety of dresses. The store isn’t pigeon holed to 3-4 similar designers, as it stocks a range of styles and designs from 1920’s Gatsby glam, to floaty, princess styles.
If you’re a Cheshire or Manchester bride (or willing to travel from further afield), you’ll find The Wedding Angles based in the heart of South Manchester, proudly working in partnership with local churches to organise and create weddings without the hefty price tag. Plus, the store has over ten years experience in the wedding industry, fully understanding bridal needs.
You can book in for appointments as you would any other bridal shops, and try on a range of dresses all at purse-friendly prices. If the size doesn’t fit, they have access to a highly skilled seamstress who can make size and fit amends, as well as work to create any bespoke changes that might be able to be carried out.
And while you’re there, you can enjoy a lovely lunch afterwards at The Mess Cafe next to it!
To check out The Wedding Angels, or to arrange an appointment, you can visit the website here. I am totally hoping to pay the store a visit now I know how lovely it is and how fabulous the array of dresses are!
Who said designer bridal had to be expensive?