Dates For The Diary: July/August 2014

Hello brides-to-be!

Boy, do we have some exciting events coming up at BBC over the next few months, details of which we’d like to share with you today. Read on to find out more, and as usual, if you know someone who may be interested in attending either of these events then please send them our way!

Summer Soiree with Wedding magazine- Sunday 31st August

On Sunday 31st August we are collaborating with the fabulous team at Wedding magazine to bring you a not-to-be-missed, one day only Summer Soiree, right here at our beautiful boutique in the heart of Blackheath village.

Our gorgeous boutique; a Rosalind Miller cake creation; Russell Blackburn; Euphoric flowers

Our gorgeous boutique; a Rosalind Miller cake creation; Russell Blackburn; Euphoric flowers

This is not your typical wedding fair. This is a fantastic opportunity for those who are yet to start The Dress Hunt a chance to come and browse our stunning and unique 2014/2015 collections, whilst meeting a whole host of fabulous suppliers including:

  • Rosalind Miller Cakes– who will be providing samples of her award-winning cakes
  • Euphoric Flowers– who will be doing all sorts of clever things with flowers
  • Julia & You Photography– who will be on hand to talk wedding photography
  • Peach Blossom– who supply the prettiest of wedding decorations
  • … as well as make-up artists, a top personal trainer, the Wedding magazine team and much, much more!

Most excitingly of all, there are big giveaways- including money off a BBC dress of your choice, an engagement shoot, goody bags and the grand prize… a FREE Blackburn Bridal Couture wedding gown. You’d be mad to miss it.

Tickets are priced at £20 each, or £35 for a pair, and there are two sessions running on the day- 11am-1.30pm (session 1) or 2.30pm-5pm (session 2). To book on to this exciting event, simply email or call 01206 851117 (ext 231).

We really can’t wait to meet you!


Now that’s you sorted, brides-to-be, but what about your Mum and Mum-in-law-to-be? If they are yet to find the perfect wedding outfit, they need look no further as on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th July, we are holding an exclusive occasion wear sample sale, selling off a large selection of gorgeous outfits for a fraction of the price.


Show-stopping one off pieces will be available from designers including: Bernshaw, Jill Harvey, Dress Code. Anoushka G and Blackburn Bridal’s signature range, Blackburn Couture. Whether it’s finding the perfect wedding day outfit, or a special cocktail dress for a glamorous evening affair, with sizes ranging from 10-20 there really is something for everyone. An extensive collection of accompanying hats and shoes will also be available in the sale to provide the perfect finishing touches.

No appointment is necessary, simply pop along at the following times to browse the range of dresses and outfits starting from £50:

Sunday 27th July 11am-5pm

Monday 28th July 10am-5.30pm

For further information, call the boutique on 0208 297 1188. We hope to see you there!

Team BB xx


Accessories Event at BBC

Brides-to-be who have found their dress but are yet to accessorise… we are holding an exclusive one-off event at the boutique next week that may be of interest to you…

Some of the beautiful pieces by Britten Weddings

Some of the beautiful hair accessories by Britten Weddings

Running from 5pm-9pm next WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE, we shall be showcasing a large selection of accessories from a range of brilliant designers including Emmy, Britten, Victoria Millesime and Jenny Packham. Focussing largely (but not exclusively) on headwear and hair accessories, all the collections being shown cater for the vintage-inspired, romantic, boho-glam brides that we appeal to, so we have no doubt that you will find something to swoon over. Our large selection of veils will also be on display for you to choose and order from… and ALL orders placed on the night will benefit from a 10% discount. This event is not to be missed.

Victoria Millesime is a newcome to the boutique but we love her detailed, vintage-inspired pieces

We love Victoria Millesime’s statement, vintage-inspired pieces.

If you have bought a dress with us, you may wish to book a half  hour fitting room slot to try your gown and favourite accessories on together (there are currently slots available 5-6pm and 8-9pm). But even if you have bought a dress elsewhere, you are more than welcome to come and browse the pieces that will be on show. You will, of course, benefit from the 10% discount too if you place an order with us that evening.

So don’t delay, call 0208 297 1188 or email now to book a fitting room slot or get your name on the list.

We hope to see you next week!

BB Team xxx

Dates For The Diary: May/June 2014

Well hello there brides of Britain!

We’ve been neglecting this blog of late, but with the 2014 wedding season well and truly underway we have some exciting dates for the diary for 2014 and 2015 brides-to-be…


Claire Pettibone in New York

Claire Pettibone in New York

Blackburn Bridal are delighted to be hosting Claire Pettibone’s final UK trunk show of the season! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for all you boho brides out there to view her FULL collection and benefit from an exclusive 10% discount on purchases made across the weekend.

From old favourites such as Kristene and Chantilly through to the stunning Still Life collection that premiered on the New York runway just a couple of months ago, around 50 of her S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G designs will be in-store for one weekend only.

Claire Pettibone gowns are the epitome of beauty and romance combining exquisite embroidery, lace, colour and texture rarely seen in the bridal world. Whether you’re planning a whimsical wedding in the woods or an intimate but quirky city celebration, her dresses appeal to those looking for something romantic, beautiful and entirely original.

Prices from £2k-£5k.


Briana by Sarah Janks, Sunrose by Suzanne Neville, Hobbie by Cymbeline and Luna by Jenny Packham- just some of the dresses going in to the Sale.

Briana by Sarah Janks, Sunrose by Suzanne Neville, Hobbie by Cymbeline and Luna by Jenny Packham- just some of the dresses going in to the Sale.

June sees that time of year when we host a big summer sample sale to make way for the next season’s collections. We’re hoping this year’s sale will be bigger and better than ever, with dresses from the likes of Jenny Packham, Claire Pettibone, Sarah Janks, Cymbeline and Suzanne Neville all going on sale with discounts of 30%-70%!

As always, Sample Sales are for serious shoppers- by this we mean brides who have already started the dress shopping process and/or have a clear idea of the kind of look they’re after. We don’t take deposits or hold dresses at sample sales, so you have to be reactionary and be prepared to buy that day if you find something you love! Sample sales are fantastic if you have a strict budget or are short of time, but we don’t recommend coming along to events like this if it is your first wedding dress appointment.

Don’t miss a great opportunity to nab a special dress at a brilliant price- call or email today to book an appointment.


On Wednesday 7th May, we are hosting an exclusive Jenny Packham Accessories Evening. A representative from Jenny Packham will be here from 5pm-9pm showcasing pieces from the 2014 and 2015 collections. If you are on the hunt for a beautiful headpiece, shrug, belt or item of jewellery to complete your look, then this is the time to come and choose.

This one-off event is primarily for Blackburn Bridal brides who have already bought their dress with us. As such we only have fitting room slots (for you to try on accessories with your BBC-bought dress) left at 5pm, 5.15 and 5.30pm. You’re welcome to pop in later in the evening just to browse the accessories on offer (and enjoy a nibble and a glass of bubbly to boot), but the fitting room areas will be unavailable at this point.

Call us on 0208 297 1188 to book one of the last trying on appointments!

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And that’s our May/June round-up! Please do share this with any brides-to-be who are yet to buy their dress, and be sure to follow the blog, or join us on Facebook or Twitter. It’s the best way to keep up to date and be THE FIRST to know about exclusive events such as these.

To make an appointment for any of the events above please call 0208 297 1188 or email us at

Weekend appointments are charged at £20 which is secured over the phone.

Much love!

Team BB x



Real Love….

Firstly, an ENORMOUS apology! We have just seen that our last post was way back in September last year (yikes!) and it made us question ‘Why?’

Well, it’s been such an amazing few months meeting many beautiful brides, hearing all about romantic proposals (“he wrote me a song”, “he made a movie”, “he hired an entire restaurant and named a cocktail after me” just to name a few favs!) and dressing each Bride we meet in our truly stunning collections that quite frankly, we haven’t had the time to tap away and stay moderately social in social media! So, for that we are sorry but what we have realised is that our Real True Love is actual Brides!  Real stories, stunning dresses, exquisite fabrics, original styling,  moving moments, special family and friendship bonds witnessed at appointments and witnessing that every one of us have the same one goal. To have the best day of our lives!

Whatever budget, body shape, venue, however long or short the engagement, a dozen guests or 300 and more, each one of us wants to feel her most beautiful self. Now, the internet is such a resourceful tool when it comes to planning but nothing beats trying on different fabrics and shapes as well as meeting real wealth-of-information and experienced bridal stylists. It really does make such a difference. Certainly, use the web to gain your knowledge and plan where to visit and definitely follow a great wedding blogger (Utterly Wow is one of our favs!) to keep abreast of all things Bridal but for your dress you’ve gotta head to us and let us show you our amazing collection. Ranging from Boho Romance (Claire Pettibone, Cymbeline) to Vintage Glamour (Jenny Packham, Sarah Janks), British Classics (Suzanne Neville, Emma Hunt) to Contemporary Couture (Clinton Lotter~exclusive to us) we really are The place to visit!

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Our Real Love? Real Life!

BB Team xx


Claire Pettibone Designer Weekend

We are thrilled as ever to announce the dates for this much anticipated event! Starting on Friday the 25th October and running for 3 whole days, Blackburn Bridal will be hosting a stunning weekend of all things beautiful!

Claire Pettibone will be sending us her latest designs and our experienced team will help you choose The One and also complete the look with their styling knowledge.


Incentives will be given to Brides that order on this weekend so come with a guest whose opinion you value and do a little research in advance!

To reserve you place please call us on 0208 297 1188.


Sample Sale~dates confirmed!

It’s that time of the year again when we have to say Goodbye to some of favourites to make room for new 2014 collections! A time to sell our samples at ridiculous discounts! A time that notoriously gets booked up in advance with the excitement that only a Designer Sample Sale like ours can generate. Knowing that you may find The One~the very last one!~ with up to 70% off! And, knowing that our collections include some of the most amazing designers from Claire Pettibone, Jenny Packham, Cymbeline, Sarah Janks, Sarah Seven, Clinton Lotter and Belle&Bunty makes it that much better than other more regular Sample Sales!summer sale


So, when is it? It starts Friday 30th August and will run for 1 week only! Unlike other “1 day only Sales” we will be introducing styles throughout the week so it wont just be the first few days where you will found the treasures~you will find them all week!

Save the date

30th August until 7th September

As we always say, this is for serious buyers and not for the faint hearted/indecisive/wedding shop first timers. You should be coming with a view to buy on the day so you may want to bring a guest and come with a clear brief of what you are searching for, if not it can overwhelm and hinder your experience.

We are now taking bookings so please call us (0208 297 1188) to reserve your space and avoid disappointment. Alternatively, drop us an email with suitable dates/times.


BB Team xx


Blackburn Occasion Wear Web Launch!

We are pleased to let you know that we have recently launched our Occasion Wear Website so you are now able to see the latests styles and trends for not only Mother of the Bride (or Groom!) but also get seduced by our Occasion Wear and Evening Wear collections.

We tempted you with our recent backstage shoot and have previously shared with you some of the sale items available off-the-peg but now you can grab your mums/girlfriends/glass of wine and peruse the wonderful designs available at the Studio.Wedding

It is by appointment only so be sure to reserve your place where you will be guided & styled by Russell Blackburn and his team. You may want the full ensemble or just looking for an accessory but be sure to visit the Studio to find new and exclusive designs.

Off-the-Peg, Bespoke and Hire are all available so if it’s a Prom, a day at the Races, making your Daughter proud on her Wedding Day or simply ‘because you’re worth it’ then come on over and experience ‘Blackburn Boutique’~and be sure to spread the word!

BB Team xx

Backstage at recent shoot

As you may well know, we opened Blackburn Boutique last year specialising in Mother of the Bride (or Groom) and Occasion Wear where you will find exclusive designs and exquisite accessories. Russell’s had a busy few days photographing his collection of evening wear (stunning!) and we wanted to show you a sneaky peek into his shoot. Call 0208 318 2333 to make an appointment.

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Sample Sale Update….

It’s a busy time and we know that you are all curious to see what can be bought at out Valentines Sample Sale (14th+15th Feb) so we thought we would tease you a little with a few images of what to expect!

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Stephanie Allin ‘Anoushka’

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Cymbeline ‘Fadella’

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Claire Pettibone ‘Madame Butterfly’


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SS rhoswen

Claire Pettibone ‘Rhoswen’

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Anne Bowen

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ss amanda g

Amanda Garrett

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Beverly Lister

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So many amazing designers available, we are excited for you! So, if you are still in need of a dress or have only dreamt of owning one of these beauties then call us, reserve your place!


BB Team xx


Starts 14th February......

Starts 14th February……

With Christmas well and truly over it’s now time for you to focus on your Wedding and for those of you with less than 6 months (or working to a strict budget!) then this date is one for you…….

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For TWO days only we will be holding our amazing bring-in-the-new-year-make-room-for-more-dresses SAMPLE SALE.

It will be (as always) very busy so please contact us to reserve your place to avoid disappointment and please note this is for serious shoppers who want to walk away with their dream dress not just try one on!

See you soon,

BB Teamxx