We often find that our brides ask the same questions and have the same worries, so we have compiled them below to help out. If you have any other queries just drop us an email.
Q: Where are your stores located and do you have parking?
A: We have two Bridal galleries, located in Cork and in Dublin. The Dublin boutique is in Lucan Village and there is plenty of on-street parking available. It's even free on a Saturday! The Cork boutique is located on Albert Street in the city centre. We are directly opposite the Elysian complex and you can park in there and pop across the road to us. The City Hall car park is also very close by. There are little maps on the individual stores pages to help you find us easily.
Q: Do we charge for appointments and do I need an appointment?
While many other bridal stores do charge for appointments, Memories does not, and we believe in providing the same level of service to each and every customer regardless of their budget. We do ask that you make an appointment however. As we offer complete privacy to each of our clients, we cannot accommodate walk ins, even just for a quick look! For those eager brides who arrive super early, we don't have a waiting area so we will ask you to come back at your own appointment time. We promise to keep your appointment completely private as well.
Q: What do I need to know about my bridal appointment?
A: A standard appointment will last for 1 hour and we will guide you each step of the way. No one is allowed in our stock room so you won't be doing any of the heavy lifting! We always start with a consultation, then your stylist will bring you a selection of gowns. They are the experts after all so let them pull out what you are looking for. They will also make lots of suggestions along the way. Be open to what you may like! Most brides end up choosing a dress they had never considered beforehand.
Q: Can I bring my children with me?
A: Where possible we advise that a bridal store is not a fun place for children. There are lots of delicate fabrics and items on display. Your appointment is an hour long and it's best to spend that hour concentrating on yourself. We do however understand that sometimes you have no choice and you have to bring them with you. We won't turn them away but they will need to sit quietly!
Q: When do I need to place my order?
A: We recommend 8-10 months before your wedding to allow for the dress to arrive and to be altered. But don't worry about it if you don't have that much time. We work with lovely designers who offer a rush service and if you don't have enough time to order a dress we will show you our extensive Off The Rail collection. All of those dresses are available to purchase without the need for ordering. Just give us a call and we can talk you through the options.
Q: How do I go about purchasing a gown from Memories Bridal Boutiques?
A: A deposit of 50% secures your gown. That can be paid by card, cheque, cash or by bank transfer. If you are ordering a dress the balance becomes due when the dress arrives. If you are buying from the Off The Rail collection, the balance is due within 12 weeks. We are happy to store your dress free of charge for you until it's time for your alterations.
Q: What additional fees do I need to know about?
A: Most brides need alterations to ensure their dress fits them perfectly. Alteration costs are not included and you will pay your seamstress directly for their work. We can recommend 4 awesome seamstresses that we work with and we suggest that you budget €200-€300 for standard alterations.