Hot Off The Dress!

“2020 is ages away,” we said. “We have to wait sooooo long for the new dresses to come in!” we said. How wrong were we?!

Twice in the past few weeks, you may have heard faint squeals of delight coming from the streets of Colchester. That was us; opening our latest deliveries from Enzoani and realising that the 2020 Collection is arriving sooner than we anticipated!

Mai

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First up is the show-stopper ‘Mai’ - if you fancy having two dresses for your big day, but can’t justify the expense (or having to explain to your future husband why an outfit change definitely isn’t ‘too Mariah Carey’), this could be the perfect solution.

Gorgeous 3D floral motifs and the most exquisite sequined tulle take centre stage in this mermaid turned A-line gown. This two-in-one gown features a detachable train to go from ceremony to reception ready within seconds. A low V-back and crystal buttons finish this look for final feminine touches. Mai has been flying off the rails since Billie Faiers’ wedding to Greg Shepherd earlier this year, where she wore a similar design.

A sultry mermaid gown AND a princessy A-line, all in one dress? Thank you, Enzoani gods.

Marquise

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If you’re looking for something with the right mix of elegance and extravagance, Marquise may be the one.

Alluring lace illusion panels on the sides are sure to highlight your figure. Lace is carefully placed on the sweetheart neckline as it trails to the thigh. An alluring, low illusion back finishes the look with covered buttons cascading to the train's hem.

If you’re torn between sleeves or no sleeves, this illusion design with off-shoulder appliqués could be the decider.

Monika

We love our unusual dresses here at MiliMili, and whilst you could be forgiven for thinking Monika may be one of the most simple dresses available from Enzoani’s usually eclectic designs; think again.

Sweet and elegant, this crepe mermaid gown stands on its own. But add a modern touch with its gorgeous lace-trimmed cape, and you’ll find yourself the perfect dose of dramatic flair. Dress this look up or down, either way guests are sure to be wowed.

Not keen on a veil, but love the added romance and length of the accessory? Monika and her cape give that traditional bridal look a 21st century update.

Click here to be one of the first to try on these three beautiful designs, or any of our other stunning gowns in the boutique.

Everything but the Dress: All in the Detail

Picture this: you’ve tried on in excess of 30 dresses, and not a single one feels like ‘the one’: with every gown being ‘perfect, if only it had more detail/the front was higher/the train was longer’… Sound familiar?

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Say Yes to The Dress, you’ll spot the moment they add delicate lace sleeves, a sash, or glitzy belt to a bride-to-be’s look, in order to sway her (or more often, her mother!) from a ‘maybe’, to a definitive ‘YES’.

Many brides aren’t aware of the vast amount of changes or adaptations that can be made to a dress to make it perfect. As a very basic start, almost all of the dresses from our most popular designer Enzoani can be ordered in various colour ways - so whether you want ivory tulle over sand lining, or a classic ivory/ivory combination, you can customise the colour to suit your style.

Here’s a selection of the alterations that can be made in-house here at MiliMili*; leaving you safe in the knowledge that any of our dresses can be your ‘one’.

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katerina with added sleeves. photo: stillwhite

Sleeves

As exampled by this gorgeous bride, wearing a Blue by Enzoani ‘Katerina’, sleeves can completely change the upper half of a dress. If you’re top-heavy, or broad shouldered, a strapless dress might be your dream, but may not be the most flattering silhouette - adding some delicate material to create Bardot-style sleeves can add give you the balance you need to pull it off!

If you’re getting married in a cooler climate, how about opting for long, lace sleeves for an extra touch of elegance? The beautiful ‘Nicolette’ can be ordered both without or without these full-length sleeves (the design alters very slightly between the two) - and this type of look can be created with any almost any of our dresses by our seamstress Alina, so you can always decide at a later date.

We can also remove or shorten existing sleeves (dependent on dress design). So whatever the weather, you can rest assured we’ve got your arms covered! (Or not.)

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nicolette a (without sleeves)

nicolette B (with sleeves)

nicolette B (with sleeves)

Lining

Many dresses come with an unlined or lined option - but it’s hard to envisage what an unlined dress looks like with the lining already in place! That’s why we tend to have unlined versions for our samples - giving you the flexibility to explore lining, if you feel that’s what you would prefer.

Lining colour can be chosen to match or contrast the outer layer of the dress - a darker lining can really make lace detail pop!

Embellishment

If you’ve found your dream dress, but it lacks that tiny bit of ‘wow’ factor, there is a world of options at your disposal. Diamanté, pearl, button, bead…you name it, it can probably be added! Perhaps a scattering of crystals down the train, or some soft floral appliqués on the bust, will complete your ideal bridal look.

Belt

We have a gorgeous selection of belts in store, designed and made by Alina and starting from £115. She can also create bespoke designs - so if your dress has pearl or floral embellishments that you want to build on, Alina can design something perfectly unique.

A belt can really accentuate an hourglass figure; drawing the eye to the waist, and also adds a glamorous finish to a simple dress - as shown by the rose gold Charlie Brear ‘Corello’ belt (£275 - styled with Camise dress and Voulaire overskirt)

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charlie brear

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belts by alina

Standard alterations

And of course, we can alter your dress in any way you need. Whether it’s shortening the train, nipping in the waist, or adding a bustle hook so you can dance the night away with ease; you can count on us to tailor your dress to perfection.

To book your bridal appointment at our boutique, click here or call us on 01206 616368.

*most alterations are made by our incredibly talented seamstress Alina, however they are dependent on the material. design and structure of the dress. Some larger alterations or adaptations to design are undertaken by the designer themselves whilst your dress is being created.

Prices correct at 8th August 2019.

Everything but the Dress: Our Guide to Choosing Your Veil

So you’ve chosen your perfect dress - but what about the rest of the outfit? Many brides find the process of accessorising their dress even harder than choosing the dress itself. We’re here to impart our wisdom, to help you decide on the right accessories for your style - starting with the biggest debate-inducing item available: the veil!

Traditional wedding veils have a long and meaningful history: but in the 21st century, many brides just want their bridal look completed with an angelic-looking draping of tulle and finished with a delicate lace edging.

Originally included in a bride’s wedding day ensemble to symbolise virginity and pureness; a veil is intended to ‘introduce’ the bride to her new husband (hence the ‘blusher’ layer - the shorter piece covering the face on a traditional style of veil). Nowadays, many brides steer away from this classic look in favour of a hairpiece, crown or tiara, to focus the attention on the dress - particularly with the increasing popularity of backless and back-embellished designs.

But for those of you embracing the tradition, the world of wedding veils can be a confusing place! Take a look at our handy guide below to compare the most popular lengths. With every length of veil available, at MiliMili we can create the most perfect addition to your dress - even adding the exact lace that it features. Ribbon edge, crystal droplets, diamanté detail - you name it, we can create it.

Cathedral

If you’re a lover of the good kind of drama, you’ll probably be drawn to the most awe-inspiring length of veil.

Also referred to as royal or regal, these veils are typically 7ft up to an incredible 30ft. Unsurprisingly, this length is often favoured by celebrities - including the Royals themselves. The Duchess of Sussex wowed in a 16ft cathedral veil when marrying Prince Harry; adorned with intricate lace flowers symbolising all 53 countries in the Commonwealth. The veil was a sure nod to the late Princess Diana’s 25ft veil she wore at her own wedding in 1981.

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kate moss and her chapel-length cap veil. photo: one fab day

Fingertip/Elbow

These veils are one of the most commonly opted-for lengths: they suit almost all styles of dress, as well as flattering every bride’s shape - falling romantically around the shoulders and extending down to around the lower arms.

Perfect if your gown features an intricate train; this look won’t detract from the dress, but will add a beautiful silhouette to the overall look, as well as adding a touch of elegance. Add a lace trim, and your fairytale look will be completed!

Possibly the most famous fingertip veil to have been showcased was worn by the Duchess of Cambridge’s - her ivory soft silk tulle design measured in at 70 inches and featured a French lace edging.

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bandeau bow veil with pearl detail

The Duchess of Sussex with her cathedral-length veil. Photo: glamour

The Duchess of Sussex with her cathedral-length veil. Photo: glamour

Chapel

Popular with brides for their train-complementing length, chapel veils meet the floor and often measure a few inches beyond the length of the dress. Ideal for those who don’t want someone tailing them all day, holding it up!

Kate Moss showed us how chapel is done during her wedding to Jamie Hince in 2011; her boho-inspired gown framed beautifully by the unusual floor-length cap veil.

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kate middleton had a veil fit for a princess. photo: hello

Short/Shoulder Length

Keeping it simple, a short veil ensures the gown remains the star of the show. Traditionally, a short veil is worn with equal lengths on both the back and blusher, but with a multitude of options available to customise the perfect length for your veil, the world is your ivory oyster. Supermodel Lily Aldridge wowed in a classic but equally beautiful plain veil at her marriage to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill - perfecting complementing her simple strapless gown.

Short certainly doesn’t have to equal boring - if you’re opting for something a little more unusual, how about a birdcage or bow veil?

lily aldridge opted for simple elegance with her short veil. photo: NME

lily aldridge opted for simple elegance with her short veil. photo: NME

fishnet birdcage embellished with crystals

fishnet birdcage embellished with crystals

'Something New'!

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If you’ve been in the boutique lately, you may have been greeted by a new face…That face was probably me!

I’m Danni, the newest addition to the team at MiliMili. As many of you will know, Lauren is expecting her third baby boy in October, so the time has come for her to bring in extra reinforcements, in order to hand over the reins when she goes off on maternity leave (although knowing her, she still won’t relax and leave the shop alone!).

I have a background in marketing and design; with my most recent project being editor-in-chief of a lifestyle publication. But I fell in love with bridal at a young age - I’ve always been obsessed with weddings, and where other kids were more concerned about what was on the sweet cart, I was gazing in awe at the bride’s dress.

Get To Know Me

Favourite designer: Enzoani
Favourite dress style:
Fishtail
Bridesmaid duties:
7 (and counting!)
Favourite dress colour:
Ivory, with a layer of darker champagne or nude to make the lace really stand out!
Most likely to be seen at a wedding…:
On the dance floor, probably busting out some terrible Prosecco-inspired moves

I am a big fan of unusual, unique wedding dresses: which is what led me to discover MiliMili. A huge Enzoani fangirl, I started following MiliMili on Instagram when I found out they were the only stockist within a 40-mile radius of me - and you can only imagine my delight when they were also hiring!


In my few weeks at MiliMili so far, I’ve learned SO much from Lauren and Abby and am really looking forward to helping all the beautiful brides-to-be (bride-to-bes? Answers on a postcard) find the perfect dress for their big day.

I’m on hand to offer advice and guidance on the dress-searching process, help you try on different styles and work out what suits your body shape and style. I have a lot of visible tattoos, which is something a lot of brides tend to want to cover or hide, but I enjoy finding dresses that really complement those features. If you’re a bride with a distinctive look, I’d love to help you with this too!

I’m even there to offer an ear if you need to vent about stressful wedding planning. (Did I mention I’m also an epic events organiser? You name it, I’ve had to deal with it!) I’m recently engaged myself, so I love chatting to brides about plans for their wedding; I’ve had some great tips so far!

As you can see, I take quality control very seriously.

As you can see, I take quality control very seriously.

If you have any questions, just fancy a chat, or want to book an appointment to come and try on a selection of our beautiful gowns, feel free to drop me an email to enquiries@milimili.co.uk

Look forward to meeting you all!
Danni x





Danielle & Chris: 7th May 2019

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Typical British weather can play havoc with a bride’s pre-wedding nerves. Will my dress get acquainted with muddy puddles? Is my hair going to survive gale-force winds? Do I need to recommend umbrellas on the invites?

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If - like Danielle and Chris - rolling sandy beaches, blue skies and sun-kissed skin are more up your street, one way to (almost!) guarantee sunshine on your wedding day is by heading overseas and arranging a destination wedding.

Setting their sights on the beautiful Dreams Palm Beach in the Dominican Republic, with their ceremony overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Danielle set out to find the right dress to match the picture-perfect venue. She always knew she would purchase her dress from MiliMili, saying “it was the boutique I would always walk past and say to Chris ‘if we ever get married, I will buy my dress from here’.”

The dress Danielle decided on was Luz, from Blue by Enzoani: a sleek, fitted mermaid gown made from beautifully soft georgette and chantilly lace, featuring a plunging neckline and matching back. Danielle customised the dress; adding floaty, butterfly-style sleeves to complement the relaxed atmosphere of the celebrations.

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“I have always known what style of dress I wanted. It had to be something chilled, with a boho vibe, and also have cute embellishments,” Danielle explains.

“I wanted a dress that flattered me, but also covered the parts that I am slightly self conscious about. I asked MiliMili to add the sleeves, which made my dress everything I could ever want. It was perfect: the dress I had dreamed of was finally becoming a reality.”

Once the ‘perfect’ dress was found, everything else easily flowed with the laid-back theme. “Me and Chris are a chilled couple in general, so wanted our day to have that relaxed vibe. We didn’t really have a colour scheme, but the bridesmaids wore a lavender coloured dress, which gave a vintage feel.”

One detail that held an extra special place, though, was Danielle’s veil and headpiece. The accessories, which complemented her dress in the most perfect fashion, were gifted by her best friend as her ‘something borrowed’ - a gesture that meant a lot to Danielle.

Enjoying a day full of heartwarming moments with their friends and family, whom had flown halfway across the world to share their day with them, made the occasion one they would never forget. “There was a moment during the evening where everyone was dancing and the sun was setting on the beach. We had Wonderwall by Oasis playing in the background, and my new husband and I stood back and watched everyone just having the time of their lives. It was a trip to remember for all of us, and a beautiful day that we will always cherish.”

A beautiful day, in a beautiful dress, exactly made to the stunning bride’s image of what she dreamed of wearing on her wedding day. Danielle recommends to brides-to-be that they do their research prior to dress-hunting; that way you’ll find a boutique that suits your personality, which should then lead you to ‘the one’! “Try not to over think and over complicate, and don’t make it a stressful experience. Just enjoy every moment, as it’s the best feeling when you finally get to try them on.”

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Charlotte & Tom: 14th June 2019

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Heading out onto the water in a rowing boat may not be the first activity that springs to mind for your wedding day; but for Charlotte and Tom, it couldn’t have been more fitting!

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Marrying at two of Essex’s most picturesque locations, Dedham Boathouse and Milsoms Le Talbooth, a riverside wedding was the perfect setting for the couple to tie the knot; with a white and gold colour palette complementing each aspect of their romantic celebrations. Even the rowing boat had a gorgeous floral arrangement on board!

Charlotte wore the beautiful Lavender by Enzoani - an A-line gown adorned with floral appliqués, a deep V lace back and - usually - a beaded waistline. Charlotte opted to customise the dress: changing the beading to a beautiful array of pearls to match her stunning Jimmy Choo shoes.

How did Charlotte decide on her dress? “It was the first dress I really liked on the hanger in the shop, as it looked so special. It was really love at first sight,” she explains. “I was hesitant at first as it was a cream antique colour and not ivory, but I thought I would still try it. I loved it. I did try on others after and nothing came close, so I tried it on again and said yes!”

The “antique princess” look, as Charlotte describes it, was completed with a chapel length lace veil and gold Ophelia Crown from Flourish by Victoria Percival - which was chosen by Charlotte’s mum.

“It was my mum who said ‘try this on’, and I laughed at first and was like ‘mum, I’m not wearing a crown’. But wow, did it complete my look and was stunning! You need accessories to complete the look of the dress, and your theme or style. It brings it all together.”

Charlotte’s desire to emphasise the white and gold theme even extended to husband Tom - whom she asked to wear white, but he wasn’t convinced! Luckily, she managed to find other unique ways to incorporate the colours; the table cutlery was gold (“I had to eat from gold cutlery. It was expensive but worth it - attention to detail is key!”), the bridesmaids and mother of the bride wore ivory, and all the floral decoration and balloons were, of course, white.

Despite not having the ivory dress she originally set out to find, Charlotte couldn’t have been happier with her choice, and finding the right dress is an easy task when following her advice. “Don’t take photos in the dress when you say yes. Looking back at the photos afterwards will make you doubt it, as it may not fit perfectly at that point.” She adds, “Don’t go to lots of shops - choose one shop that suits your style and budget, and after the advice from the staff on your figure etc., and for sure you will fall in love with one.”

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Sales Consultant Required

An exciting opportunity has become available to join our award winning team.  Initially on a 1 year fixed term contract with the potential to become permanent. 

MiliMili is a fashion forward bridal boutique which caters for modern, fashion loving brides who are looking for that little something different for their wedding day. 

We require someone who loves fashion, loves meeting people and who is confident to provide styling advice. You will be required to complete bridal consultations so must be able to build a rapport with people and provide the highest level of customer service.  In addition to completing appointments, you will also be completing back office duties which must be completed accurately. 

Our team is renowned for our personalised and friendly service that we provide every customer from start to finish. There is extensive product knowledge, company policies and procedures to learn so your commitment and passion for the role is essential. You must have a natural ability to make customers feel welcome, relaxed and stress-free throughout their special journey. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Complete private consultations - demonstrate bridal and fabric knowledge, pinning, styling and accessory options. 

  • Achieve monthly sales targets and company KPI’s. 

  • Ability to work in a team environment but also to be able to work on an individual basis. 

  • Adhere to MiliMili policies and clearly convey terms and conditions to customers, complete paperwork accurately and data entry to completed in a timely manner. 

  • Answering customer enquiries via telephone, email, social media and our own booking system within required time frame. 

  • Booking customer appointments and maintaining the diary efficiently

  • Completing required paperwork, records and managing schedules of customer items and updating relevant documents when deliveries have been received within the required time frame in a clear and organised manner

  • Processing orders, sales transactions and handling cash. 

  • Pressing and steaming bridal items ready for fitting consultations and collections

  • Carrying out quality control checks on items received and reporting any defects on dresses to Manager so it can be reported in a timely manner

  • Showcasing the brand (image/products/merchandise) and ensuring visual merchandising, displays, stock and the boutique are always presentable to meet high standards

Requirements:

  • Maternity cover for 1 year

  • Part-time  (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.  Saturdays as the business requires.)

  • Previous fashion experience and sales is essential

  • Bridal experience is welcomed but not essential

  • Thrive in a fast-paced sales environment

  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally

  • Demonstrate excellent high end customer service

  • Maintain a professional and well-groomed appearance

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please send a covering letter and CV to laurenwade@milimili.co.uk.

Flourish by Victoria Percival Accessories

If you follow our instagram account you will know that we are obsessed with our new accessories! It has taken me a long while to find accessories that are modern and match the style of our dresses, but I have finally found them.

Victoria Percival is a hair and make-up artist based in London. She has worked hard to become the go to artist for the modern, fashion forward London bride. Starting her career in fashion design and styling, Victoria's unique eye for stunning pieces and keen sense of style has allowed her to create a fresh, new collection of bridal pieces to suit the fashion-forward, discerning bride.

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"So many of my brides were asking me if I had any hair accessories for them to try on during their pre-wedding day trial, that it became obvious my service should expand to styling and accessories services for the bride's journey. With such busy lives, my brides were finding the whole process of searching for their accessories overwhelming and confusing. Not only that, but what was on offer online wasn't capturing their imaginations or making them feel like they were making a statement".

She has created a gorgeous collection which is being loved by brides and designers alike. Victoria’s accessories are stocked in the most sought-after boutiques and recently worked with the acclaimed bridal designers Berta on the release of their new dress collection.

Aquilla Crown £165.00

Aquilla Crown £165.00

Crystalised Barley Crown £185.00

Crystalised Barley Crown £185.00

In the boutique we have a selection of her earrings, crowns, combs and vines for you to choose from. This have already proved a hit with our brides with many of them choosing their accessory first then their dress to complement it.

Lyra Starburst Earrings

Lyra Starburst Earrings

Ophelia Crown £185.00

Ophelia Crown £185.00

If you would like to try the pieces on please do pop in and see us, we will be happy to help. We are planning on increasing the collection we have in the boutique so keep your eyes peeled for picture of more designs on our Instagram account.

This Week at MiliMili - 3 September 2018

Hello everyone! 

I hope you have all had a fantastic week.  Its been very busy in the boutique this week with getting the last of summer brides dresses fitted and ready to go.  One of the brides is Laura, who is Abby's sister.  She has a gorgeous dress and I can't wait to show the pictures of her wedding. 

We have also received some new dresses into the boutique and they have been causing quite the stir on Instagram.  First up is one from the Enzoani's exclusive flagship collection - meet Mercedes! 

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Dramatic and elegant, this full-length mermaid gown features intricate beaded lace on a deep sweetheart neckline bodice, as well as rhinestones along delicate spaghetti straps. The back showcases a low illusion design embellished with criss-cross rhinestone straps and the most jaw-dropping, tiered lace and tulle train.

The second dress we received is from the Blue by Enzoani range.  The Blue by Enzoani collection focuses on contemporary dresses for the modern bride who does intricate details. 

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A sumptuous mermaid gown constructed with sequin embroidered lace on soft stretch georgette. The strapless, illusion V-neckline complements the gorgeous back with a cascading, illusion lace train.

If you would like to try either of these dresses give us a call on 01206 616368! 

This week at MiliMili Bridal

Hello lovely readers,

Apologies I have been terrible at keeping the blog up to date.  Its been super busy and if I am being honest I sometimes do not what to write about! So, I thought why don't I do weekly updates of whats happened in the boutique.  That keeps you guys in the loop of the latest events, dresses and news.  I can then do specific blogs along the way covering anything else you would like me to cover. 

So lets get started with the updates from the week just gone!  

On Friday we announced the start of our end of Summer Sample Sale.  This is where we sell off some of the samples in the shop to make room for the new dresses coming in.  This is a fantastic opportunity to get one of our designer dresses at a reduced price.  If you also don't have much time to your wedding date this is perfect as the dress is here ready to go.  Here are a couple of the dresses available but we have over 30 styles available. 

Blue by Enzoani Kami Was £1575 now £750 Size 14

Blue by Enzoani Kami Was £1575 now £750 Size 14

In other news, we received some new dresses this week.  I love it when we receive the new dresses, its like opening presents.  Abby also enjoys new dress deliveries as she gets to try them on!  This week we received one dress from Eliza Jane Howell and two from Rosa Clara. 

Blue by Enzoani Kingston Was £1440 Now £650 Size 12

Blue by Enzoani Kingston Was £1440 Now £650 Size 12

Tracy Lorde by Eliza Jane Howell Was £2997 Now £1200 Size 12

Tracy Lorde by Eliza Jane Howell Was £2997 Now £1200 Size 12

Eliza Jane Howell Pompeii - this is a beautiful hand beaded dress with flattering cap sleeves and sexy low back.  

Eliza Jane Howell Pompeii - this is a beautiful hand beaded dress with flattering cap sleeves and sexy low back.  

Rosa Clara Drake - this dress is a real show stopper! A princess gown with long sleeves and a scalloped neckline, finished off with a beautiful long train.

Rosa Clara Drake - this dress is a real show stopper! A princess gown with long sleeves and a scalloped neckline, finished off with a beautiful long train.

Rosa Clara Abira - a sophisticated and elegant guipure and lace with halter neckline. 

Rosa Clara Abira - a sophisticated and elegant guipure and lace with halter neckline. 

If you would like to try any of these dresses then give us a call.  In the meantime have a fabulous week! 

Lauren xx 

Alterations Explained

When it comes to your wedding dress, fit is key.  This is one of the reasons its so important to order your dress early to allow us plenty of time to ensure the perfect fit.  So here are some top tips to help you ensure it all runs smoothly.

When do we start alterations?

As weight can fluctuate we try to complete the alterations as close as possible to the wedding but with enough time for us to do the work.  As a general rule, we will start the fittings 6-8 weeks before your wedding day. 

How many fittings are required?

To allow us to get the proper fit for the dress we typically need 3 fittings. Sometimes we can complete the process in two fittings but it would be wise to allow yourself time for 3. 

How long does a fitting take?

For the first appointment you should allow 1 hour.  The second and third appointments are normally slightly less as the dress is becoming a closer fit to you.

What should a bride wear to her fitting?

In order for us to complete the fitting, you should ensure you bring any underwear you are planning to wear on the day plus your shoes. Its important to bring the shoes so you do not end up with a hem that is too short. 

Who should come to the fitting?

We ask that when the bride comes to her fitting that she brings as few other people as possible.  We understand that this is an exciting time which you want to share with friends, but we are carrying out precision work which the seamstress needs to be able to concentrate to do.  Sometimes if there are too many people the room can become quite loud and busy making it extremely difficult! 

How much do alterations cost?

We only charge you for what needs doing on the dress.  So if only the hem needs doing, you only pay for the hem.  Our costs are capped at £275 for alterations we would class as a standard fit alteration.  If you want something additional, e.g beading added, jackets made, then this may take your cost over £275. 

Why do I have to pay for alterations on top of the cost of the dress?

Unless specified, the dress we order for you will be "made to order" and not "made to measure". This means that the dress is put into production upon your order but will be made to a standard set of measurements.  Most brides do not fit exactly the measurements on the size chart so this is why we have to complete the alterations. Dresses can be ordered on a made to measure basis but this increases the cost by at least £400.  So it is more cost effective to have the dress altered by the boutique once it reaches us. 

Additional Sample Sale Dresses

We have some more dresses going to be available as a sample!  So this means you can buy the sample dress at a reduced cost.  This is perfect if you have a last minute wedding or if you want to save a few pennies.  Here are some of the dresses that will now be available. 

 

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Marnie by Enzoani. Size 12. Was £2235 Now £1200

Marnie by Enzoani. Size 12. Was £2235 Now £1200

Mahina by Charlie Brear Size 12 Was £2260 Now £1000

Mahina by Charlie Brear Size 12 Was £2260 Now £1000

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Rosa Clara Asis Size 12 Was £1610 Now £700

Rosa Clara Asis Size 12 Was £1610 Now £700

Blue By Enzoani Kara Size 14 Was £1740 Now £700

Blue By Enzoani Kara Size 14 Was £1740 Now £700

Enzoani Midori Size 12. Was £2730 Now £1500

Enzoani Midori Size 12. Was £2730 Now £1500

There are more dresses available in the boutique so please do call us if you want more details.  Dont forget, there is only one of these dresses at this price so if you want it you need to be quick!  Dresses can be altered so if it is not your size give us a call and we can see what we can do. 

Lauren xx 

Greyfriars Photo Shoot

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of arranging a bridal fashion shoot with some amazing fellow Colchester suppliers.  We completed the photo shoot at GreyFriars in Colchester which is a luxurious 5* hotel and is absolutely beautiful.  The photographer on the day was Andrew Mark Wade photography.  Hair was by Admire Colchester and make up by Scarlett Allen.  I can highly recommend all of these suppliers, their work is amazing. 

Here are some of my favourite pictures from the day.  Let me know what you think! 

Desiree by Eliza Jane Howell

Desiree by Eliza Jane Howell

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McKinley by Enzoani

McKinley by Enzoani

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Margo by Enzoani

Margo by Enzoani

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Knickers and Bras!

A question we usually get asked in the boutique is "what underwear should I have on under my dress". This is more of an issue than ever with the current fashion of low backs and slim fitting dresses.  So we have compiled some advice for you below which should ensure there are no VPL's or bra straps on show.

First thing is the colour of the underwear.  Obviously a bright colour or black is an instant no, but most people don't realise that white isn't a good choice either.  White can still show through under some dresses.  The colour you need is nude. Instead of standing out against your skin, nude will blend into the tones of your skin making them effectively invisible. 

When choosing your underwear you want to make sure it is plain as possible.  If you are wearing a slim fitting dress any type of bows, lace and ribbons will show through. Ideally, you would have something that is seamless, again minimizing the risk of any bumps or line. 

Lots of brides want to wear some form of shape wear under their dresses.  This is perfectly fine, just ensure that again they are nude in colour, plain and seam free. 

Depending on your dress, you most likely wont need a bra.  A large majority of dresses will have bra cups built into them or we can add cups when completing your fittings. If you would prefer to have a bra then you will again need to apply the rules above: nude colour, plain and seam free. 

Another option is to use something called Lift Its.  I'm not normally a fan of stick on bra's but these are brilliant.  They give the lift of a bra without having straps on show.  We can give you details of where you can find these if you would like some.  

When a bride purchases a dress from MiliMili Bridal, we are now giving them an underwear information sheet which has pictures of different options available on the market.  If you haven't received yours let me know and I will send one out to you. 

I hope this has helped but feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Lauren xx 

 

Rosa Clara 2019 Launch in Barcelona

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going out to Barcelona to pick the new dresses from the Rosa Clara collection.  This has to be one of the favourite bits of my job! 

We arrived in Barcelona on the Friday around midnight (thanks to a 1 hour delay sitting on the tarmac, good old Ryanair!) and went straight to our hotel as we were exhausted.  Upon arrival at the hotel we were given a bottle of prosecco and some gorgeous chocolates from Rosa Clara, they were delicious! 

We decided on the Saturday that we would have a holiday day and spent our time being tourists taking in Barcelona.  If you have never been I highly recommend it, there are so many beautiful sights to see.  We went to see the famous Gaudi Sagrada Familia which is quite honestly breathtaking.  They started to build it in 1882 and it is still not finished!  They anticipate to complete it in 2026! 

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We spent the rest of the day shopping, there is literally a Zara on every street (my idea of heaven!) and then went for a meal.  As it was a holiday I broke my diet, but thats allowed surely! 

Anyway, I digress with stories of my day when you actually clicked on this blog to find out about the new Rosa Clara dresses. 

Currently we stock the Rosa Clara collection only, but I have had soooo many requests for dresses in the Couture Collection that I decided it was time we got them in.  So I'm pleased to announce we now stock 2 Rosa Clara collections, Rosa Clara and Couture! What is the difference between the two?  Rosa Clara couture is the main collection and is inspired by "haute couture" and is made with the best fabrics from around the world.  The Rosa Clara collection is a more affordable line with a large variety of styles available.  Both are made in Barcelona using the highest standards and fabrics.  They both feature the elegance and simplicity which Rosa Clara has become synonymous with and which has appealed to some of the most fashionable brides aound the world. 

I'm afraid I cannot show you any pictures of the new collections as they are top secret until the official pictures are launched, but I can promise you that you will love them.  They are stylish and sophisticated with a modern edge, just like our brides. 

We have ordered a couple of dresses that were in previous collections so I can show you these ones. 

First up is Penelope from the Rosa Clara Couture range.  This dress is stunning!  It has the most beautiful lace sleeves and the much sort after slit in the skirt. I love it!

 

Rosa Clara Penelope

Rosa Clara Penelope

The next dress is Rosa Clara Couture Pasion.  The bead work on this dress is beautiful and it is a real statement piece. 

Rosa Clara Pasion

Rosa Clara Pasion

The third and final sneak peek I can give you in from the Rosa Clara collection.  This dress is called Alejo and is made from the softest tulle.  We have never been what I would call a "Disney Princess" style shop, its always been important to me that any princess cut gowns we have are modern and sophisticated.  I think this dress ticks those boxes> 

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 We are expecting these dresses in around summer time, but if you cant wait till then check out our current Rosa Clara collection.  They are all stunning pieces and perfect for brides who have that extra ounce of sophistication. 

Lots of love,

Lauren xx 

Sample Sale Dresses

I am starting the year with some exciting news on the blog.  We are adding some more dresses into our sample sale!

For those of you who are not sure what a sample sale is, I will explain.  The sample sale is an excellent opportunity for you if you are looking to purchase a designer gown but don't necessarily want to pay the price of one or if you do not have time to order a dress in.  The dresses which are available in the sale are our ex samples, so these are the ones we use in the boutique for people to try on.  Some are in immaculate condition and others may need a little extra tlc but this is reflected in the price of the dress.  The dresses are ones that have either been discontinued by the designers or if we need to make room for more stock. 

We normally have samples available through out the year, we just add to them as we go. I have listed below some of the new dresses which will now be available in the sample sale. If you see something you like be sure to book in quick and try it on, as there if only one of each sample.  They are sold on a first come first serve basis, we cannot reserve them for anyone.  Full payment is required for the dress and you can take it away with you on the day.  Dont worry, you wlll be looked after exactly the same as a bride ordering a new dress in! 

One last thing to mention, the sizes!  If you see a dress you love but it isn't in your size still give us a call as we can often alter dresses to fit. 

 

Rosa Clara "Astral" Was £1550 Now £775. This dress is a size 12 but I would say realistically it is more of a uk 10. 

Rosa Clara "Astral" Was £1550 Now £775. This dress is a size 12 but I would say realistically it is more of a uk 10. 

Rosa Clara "Alejandra" Was £1650 Now £875. Size 14

Rosa Clara "Alejandra" Was £1650 Now £875. Size 14

Rosa Clara "Abadia" Was £1790 Now £900 Size 12

Rosa Clara "Abadia" Was £1790 Now £900 Size 12

Blue By Enzoani "Kodie" Was £1740 Now £1000. Size 14

Blue By Enzoani "Kodie" Was £1740 Now £1000. Size 14

Blue By Enzoani "Keaton" Size 12 Was £1350 now £650.

Blue By Enzoani "Keaton" Size 12 Was £1350 now £650.

Exciting things for 2018

I cant believe it is coming to the end of another year, it really is true that the older you get the quicker time seems to go.  What an amazing year 2017 has been though!  2017 has been our busiest year so far, with lots of brides choosing our modern designs and enjoying the boutique service we provide. This year has also seen the start of our in house seamstress service which allows us to cater for all our brides needs under one roof.  We also won our fabulous award this for "Bridal Retailer Website" at the Bridal Buyer Awards which was such a proud moment for us. 

Andrew collecting our award at The Bridal Buyer Awards. 

Andrew collecting our award at The Bridal Buyer Awards. 

2017 was great but 2018 is going to be even better!  We have so many plans in the pipe line which are rather exciting!

To start the year off we are going to be giving our changing room a makeover, think velvet chairs, marble tables, lots of plants/cacti and a fabulous mirrored wall! We are currently waiting for everything to arrive which will now be in the new year, so I am going to have to be patient for a little while longer.  Massive thank you to Samantha at Morph Designs for putting the design ideas together, its going to look fab! 

Cannot wait for these chairs to arrive! 

Cannot wait for these chairs to arrive! 

I have also been working away behind the scenes with the lovely Tanya of Chez Bec Jewellery.  She is currently putting together a custom collection just for MiliMili.   These are going to be statement pieces which include back necklaces, cuffs and crawler earrings, all perfect for our modern brides. 

In the new year we are also going to be completing a photo shoot which will show our dresses in an amazingly setting at a local venue. I am still working on the last few details of this one so I cant give too much away at this stage. 

New year also means new collections!!  We go straight into our buying mood in January when we fly off to Barcelona to choose our new Rosa Clara 2019 collection.  This will be followed in March with a trip to London to pick the new designs from the rest of our designers.  Its a tough job but someone has to do it!

Make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook/Instagram as we will be announcing various other events and competitions throughout the year. 

Our success could not be possible without so many people so I have a list of thank you's!  Firstly, my husband Andrew as without his support none of this would be possible.  Thank you to our amazing designers who all are brilliant to work with.  Big thank you to Abby, Penny and Alina who are all fabulous at what they do!  Finally, a massive thank you to our brides for letting us be a part of your special day!

See you all in the new year!! 

Lauren xx 

 

December Gown of the Month

Hello everyone, 

I have decided to start a new feature on the blog which is to show case our favourite gown of the month.  Each month we will highlight a new dress and explain why it is fabulous and why you need to try it!

Drum roll please, this months dress is..........Margo by Enzoani. 

 

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If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you will already know how much I love this dress by the amount I post about it. 

Margo is a classic, lace and crepe fit-and-flare gown with a twist. The dress features an unlined, illusion lace bodice that blends into the skin and a show stopping skirt side split to show off those legs. Finished with a jaw-dropping lace train, low illusion back, delicate covered buttons and an invisible zipper closure.

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If you do not feel comfortable with the split and unlined bodice, we can have the bodice lined for you.  The split can also be sewn up to a point where you feel comfortable. 

This dress has the ultimate wow factor and will make sure you stand out on your day.  This dress is proving to be popular amongst our brides already so make sure you dont miss out.  Book an appointment to come and try it on. 

 

 

Competition Time!

I am excited to announce we are running our biggest ever competition.  This is a not to be missed prize.

One lucky bride will win £500 off a wedding dress at MiliMili Bridal Colchester and also an engagement shoot with Andrew Mark Wade photography worth £200! I know, its an amazing prize.

To enter: book an appointment at MiliMili Bridal from today until 23rd December and once you have been in for your appointment your name will be entered into the draw.  It really is that simple.

We will draw the name of the winner at the close of business on the 23rd December. 

So spread the word to any bride you know who are getting married and are looking for the special dress. 

Bridal Buyers Retail Website of the Year

As some of you may have seen on our Facebook and Instagram pages, we have recently won an Award!  MiliMili Bridal officially have the best bridal website not just in Colchester but in the uk!  We are so pleased with this award win as we put the website together ourselves and did not have an external company do it for us.

The awards were held in September in Harrogate at the yearly trade show hosted by the industry trade magazine Bridal Buyer.  Unfortunately it was the first day of school for my little boy so I was unable to attend. Andrew stepped in though and went to the awards on our behalf.  The awards are a lovely event where you get to meet other bridal shop owners and also the dress designers. 

I was left sitting at home keeping updated on the proceedings via Twitter. I genuinely did not think we would win but there was that thought that just maybe we could do it.  As I was watching the other categories be announced I decided to go to bed as there was no way of us winning.  I just let my phone on so that if we did win my phone would beep as we are mentioned on twitter.  

I was just about to drift off when I heard the beep on my phone.  I jumped up and grabbed my phoning, dropping it in the process, and there it was: 

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I was so over the moon and literally started dancing round my bedroom! It means so much to have your hard work recognised and I genuinely think we have a really good website!