In June we headed down to Lace & Pearl Bridal at Oakham Enterprise Park to meet with the owner, Naomi Sparks-Wisden to take a look around her gorgeous bridal boutique and to find out more about her business.
If you're planning and wedding and are searching for your dream wedding dress, then look no further than Rutland's Lace & Pearl. With free parking on site, a spacious and calming store with room for all your entourage, Lace & Pearl has it all.
Naomi has a huge range of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses (available in basically every colour imaginable - see bellow for colour swatches), handmade jewellery, wedding shoes, tiaras and so much more! But what really surprised me was the price range of the gowns, they're all impeccable quality by popular designers all at extremely affordable prices.
With bridal gowns starting at only £180.00, you don't have to have an enormous wedding budget to shop at Lace & Pearl and with the range of dresses and options available it's very unlikely you'll have to 'shop around' either.
We asked store owner, Naomi a few questions about her business and here is what she had to say:
We’re so pleased to have visited your amazing bridal boutique at Oakham Enterprise Park, please tell us more about Lace & Pearl Bridal and the story behind starting your business in Rutland?
Lace and Pearl Bridal started back, the end of 2014, however only been on the premises since 2015. I started at home, 8 months later I was getting married myself. I saw a gap in the market for an Oakham bridal boutique, with lower starting prices to be able to help all brides, as I knew how much the big day was costing myself. I started with 30 bridal dresses at home, however, they weren’t always accessible when I wanted them for appointments, due to space at home.
Has to own your own bridal business in Rutland always been your dream?
I have never dreamt of being in the bridal business, before this I worked as a support worker in end of life care around the country. Which I thoroughly enjoyed however it became unfeasible to do this job with a young family, due to the number of hours I worked away. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I do really enjoy the bridal business though, and you are always learning something new.
You have an amazing selection of quality Bridal gowns, shoes and accessories, please tell us more about your range and collections?
We have a great selection in store. A few of our designers are ‘Alfred Angelo’, ‘Phil Collins',’ Hilary Morgan and ‘Emma Bridals’. We do have around 11 designers in store with the dresses and accessories. Also a range of bridal, bridesmaids, flower girls and accessories, from veils, shoes and Handmade accessories. The prominent shoe designer we have is Rainbow club as we love that they offer the bride to get her shoes dyed after the wedding into a selection of colours for free. However, the shoes are dyeable before the event into a choice of 260 shades, for a small fee. Our bridal pricing starts at £180.00- £1500.00. We cater for sizes from 8-18, However alternative sizes can be ordered in, with roughly 50 bridal and 40 bridesmaids in store.
Do you currently have any offers on in the store?
We do have dresses in the sale currently. We have roughly 14 bridal gowns in the sale starting from £90. Bridesmaids dresses are in the sale as well as shoes starting from as little as £18.00.
You also stock your own handmade jewellery and accessories too, which is absolutely beautiful! Have you also made jewellery and accessories for brides?
We do handmade items too. From tiaras to earrings, or even if you're looking for something a little different. We have added handmade flowers on to veils etc.
As well as Bridal, you also have a large selection of bridesmaid gowns is that correct?
We do have an array of bridesmaids in store. We have around 40 bridesmaid dresses in store starting from £120.00. We also have some in the sale starting from £75.00. There are sizes 8-18 a stunning collection of colours to choose from.
Lace & Pearl Bridal really is a one-stop-shop for any Bride. Was that always your aim for the business?
We do try to have everything we physically can for the bride and bridesmaid attire. However, if you are just looking for a recommendation for invites or photography etc. We will give guidance where we can. As we have worked alongside many trades.
Do you offer any other services in store?
We do have the option for brides that have bought the dress from any store, that as long as it is new and a brand that you can loan us your dress. This gives the dress chance to get seen by more people. A waiver does have to be signed to accept that people will be trying the gown on. We then take a cut of 15% on the sale of the dress.
Thank you again for inviting us to your amazing boutique, what plans do you have for the future of Lace & Pearl and where can our readers find you?
Lace and Pearl Bridal is located at the Oakham Enterprise Park, LE15 7TY near Ashwell garden centre. We are open Saturday 10-2pm, where you can just turn up with no appointment needed. During the week we offer evening appointments after 6:30 PM. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and also our website where you can book your own appointment from the ease of your computer or mobile phone. The website is www.laceandpearlbridal.com. Lace and Pearl always have new stock coming in and it is continuing to grow.
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Saturday: 10am-2pm - Open
2pm-6pm (Appointments only)