What makes us different from the factory outlet/warehouse when choosing the most important gown you will ever wear!

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Above all, service and expertise (we know wedding gowns) and no one knows better that we do, the importance of that perfect fit, the feeling you want to have and
the specialist professional advice that is so important to help you make your choice.

Let us point out a few more things to help you when making that all important decision:

1. We do not need to pressure sell and "our Sales Consultants are not TRAINED to do so ", they are trained to know our dresses and help you find your dream gown.

2. Your beautiful dress will come with a breathable wedding gown storage cover which is FREE from us (we do not charge you in addition to your purchase).

3. Our dresses are from smaller design houses made from quality fabrics.

4. We always have an in-house, professional, wedding gown seamstress on hand for knowledgeable advice on alterations/changes to your gown, so you have complete peace-of-mind before you purchase.

5. We steam and prepare your wedding gown, ready to wear as "part of the service".

6.Deposit and monthly instalments are always available, so no need to pay in full, just for the fear of losing your dream gown.

7. Storage of your wedding gown until your wedding always available, so no need to worry where you are going to keep it in the meantime, we do not insist that you take it away.

8. You can still have that dream gown at an affordable price, as prices start from only £349 to £1450 with complete peace-of-mind that not all brides will be wearing the same "multiple" styles sold throughout the country.

9. Need a wedding gown to walk-away with the same day ?... we can do that too.

10. Pick up the phone and speak to us....we will know exactly who you are because you matter from the start of your journey to the end. Allow us to make your experience enjoyable and perfect.

11. Above all we 'The Independent' are guaranteed to offer you a personalised one to one serivce, based on many, many years experience in the wedding business and we love what we do.


Book your appointment with A Family Affair, you local independent bridal retailer - 01539 722033





We are so excited that we are finalists in the Bridal Industry 'Oscars'. 


The Bridal Buyer Awards are acknowledged as the leading awards for the bridal industry in the UK bringing the companies and individuals who have excelled into the spotlight and applauding their success.

So we have to get our best posh frocks on for the Awardsrds night on the 10th September to see if we have been successful. Fingers crossed.


Get that Peaky Blinders Look at A Family Affair


Peaky Blinders Suits

Partly because of the current trend of classic gent and dapper styles, along with the popularity of the show Peaky Blinders, there has been an increased demand for classic English style three-piece suits and flat caps. Yet, trying to acquire a Peaky Blinders style suit can be something of a difficult task, particularly if you jump into the hunt without any prior knowledge! Get your appointment booked with us at A Family Affair decided and let us help you to achieve that Thomas Shelby style.


Your wedding dress is the most important aspect of your wedding day. By far the most important element for any bride is to feel beautiful at her wedding. For every bride there is a perfect wedding dress to be discovered in our collection of wedding dresses whether you are searching for a lace wedding dress, a vintage wedding dress, beach wedding dress, short wedding gowns, wedding dresses with sleeves or plus size wedding dresses. You can find all these bridal wedding dresses in the wedding dress collection of Ladybird. We invite you to take a look at our dresses and book an appointment with us at A Family Affair.  Each Ladybird wedding dress is always surprisingly original, unique and distinctive. A Ladybird wedding gown offers the best fit with the highest quality fabrics which flatter a woman’s figure!
Designer wedding dresses embraced by classic fashion-forward brides.

Here are some tips on how A Family Affair will help a curvy bride find the perfect wedding dress.

A Family Affair offer help and inspiration to every bride to find her dream dress.

In our area the larger size bride-to-be had a pretty tough time finding a beautiful, fairytale gown that she could wear on one of the most important days of her life.

Happily, this is has changed and although we have always stocked sizes for every bride we now have a specific range for the plus size bride offering a choice of styles, fabrics, shapes and beautiful detailing.

Here are just a few tips and reasons to visit A Family Affair and find your dream dress for that special day. Book your appointment for our Preview weekend 10th & 11th November


Phoenix Gowns Plus Size

Opulence Definition “Rich and of Superior Quality”

The Opulence Bridal range is manufactured by the award winning Romantica of Devon design house and since its conception has sought to embody the epitome of affordable quality.

Opulence uses fine laces, soft tulle, luxurious satin, light sumptuous chiffon and diaphanous organza in the range, coupled with bead work and crystals from the subtle to the spectacular. The Opulence collection is defined by styles varying from simple classic elegance to the statement princess gowns that has become its hallmark.

With tailcoats ranging from black to navy through greys in silk, mid and slate, there are more opportunities than ever to incorporate this wedding classic into a wide range of wedding colour schemes, and more and more Cameron Ross customers appear to be leaning toward this style as they prepare for their wedding day.

Veils are a traditional wedding accessory, and can really enhance the look of your dress. Different styles can accentuate your look. Read our handy guide to veils below, to see what type of veil, if any you would choose.

There are many stories of the origin of a bride’s veil. Some say that the veil was introduced in ancient Rome. People of that era believed that evil spirits would be attracted to the bride, so they covered her face with a veil in order to conceal her features and confuse them. The definition of veil is to “obscure, shroud, mask or cover, so perhaps that is how the bridal “veil” got its name.

There are lots of things to take into consideration when setting out to buy a wedding dress. It can be an overwhelming task. We've laid out some handy hints to make the whole process a little easier!