By Niamh Barley
Chantilly Lace started out when proprietor Emma Murray was a bride herself. Emma saw a gap in the market for good quality bridesmaid dresses while planning her own wedding and so the exclusive bridesmaid boutique was born. The boutique is completely unlike any other in Limerick in that its sole focus is bridesmaids, giving each and every bride and her girls their complete attention and time.
Located on Davis Street, a mere stroll from Limerick city centre, as well as Colbert Station, Chantilly Lace could not be in a better spot for brides travelling near and far and trust us, they travel far.
In its first year of business, Chantilly Lace managed to walk away with the coveted â€˜Editorâ€™s Choice Awardâ€™ at the annual Brides of Limerick industry awards and its clear to see why. Once youâ€™re greeted at the door by Emma, she is at your beck and call for the entirety of your time there.
A friendly smile and chatty disposition makes Emma excellent at dealing with brides and makes you feel immediately at ease when you step through the door. Emma will do whatever she can to ensure her customers are delighted with the service she provides, even reiterating that she wonâ€™t be offended if the bride doesnâ€™t like a dress â€œif you donâ€™t like it, someone else might,â€ she cites.
The superbly stocked boutique carries sought after brands such as JLM Couture, Watters, True Bride, WTOO and Christina Wu. The store even holds some older stock so brides have more of a choice when it comes to making the decision with prices ranging from from â‚¬200-â‚¬395.
Chantilly Lace offers dresses to flatter all shapes and sizes that can be tried on by appointment, meaning you and your girls will have the whole place to peruse and all dresses can be purchased in a vast array of colours and delivered in about 12 weeks. Trying them on is the ultimate girly day out, with a huge dressing area separated by curtains, you and your gals will have the whole boutique to yourselves! Emma also recommends an excellent lady for alterations, meaning you donâ€™t have to track someone down at the last minute.
The Chantilly Lace Experience…
On arrival to the boutique, you will be greeted by Emma, who will bring you into the front of the boutique, where you will be introduced to the dresses and brought through the designers and styles. You will then be given pegs to mark which ones you would like the girls to try on and reminded that they donâ€™t always look the same on the hanger as they do on, so if you arenâ€™t sure about something you might as well have the girls try it on. Then you, your bridesmaids and your dress selection are brought into the large dressing area where you can spend some time choosing the dresses for you. Emma is with you the whole time, meaning you have a second opinion if you need it, making the whole process easier with her great advice and humour.
Emmaâ€™s personal experience of hunting for the best bridesmaid dresses for her own wedding means that she can relate to you, which will help you find the best dresses possible for your big day. The Chantilly Lace owner handles each bride with the utmost of professionalism, while offering helpful tips and some advice that sheâ€™s picked up along the way. Her expert knowledge of the designers and current as well as upcoming trends makes Chantilly Lace the perfect place to find the bridesmaid dresses of your dreams.
For Emma, her role is to help bridal parties as much as possible and only interevenes on decision making when asked by the bride.
â€œI tend not to give my opinion until the bride asks me for it. I only intervene when I feel that maybe the bride is not getting what she wants and is feeling a little bit uncomfortable. Sometimes the bridesmaids can be a little bit opinionated and they can forget their role and forget that itâ€™s the brideâ€™s day, thatâ€™s when I would intervene. Although, usually the brides want the bridesmaids to be comfortable and happy with what they will be wearing on the day.â€
The Chantilly Lace Facebook page is a testament to Emmaâ€™s service with reviews from delighted brides echoing how amazing Emma and Chantilly Lace is. One over-the-moon bride wrote â€œJust collected my bridesmaid dresses from Emma’s gorgeous boutique, and I couldn’t be happier! All the stress of finding bridesmaid dresses ended as soon as we met Emma. Emma has gorgeous dresses, and no request was ever too much! Emma made sure that we got exactly what we were looking for and that all the bridesmaids were happy. I can’t wait to see them all dressed up on the big day! We travelled from Dublin and I recommend a road trip to Chantilly Lace no matter how far you are! You won’t be disappointed!â€
Emmaâ€™s Top Tips
Make sure the brides has secured her dress before choosing the bridesmaidâ€™s dresses -This is important as it will determine the style of the dress youâ€™ll choose for your bridesmaids.
Allow for plenty of time when choosing bridesmaids dresses- Most dresses take around 12 weeks to be delivered and some may take longer (16-18 weeks), so make sure you have your dresses in enough time that they can be altered before the wedding day and not rushed.
Between Emmaâ€™s excellent customer service, the selection of dresses and the all-round calm atmosphere in the boutique, I couldnâ€™t fault Chantilly Lace. Iâ€™ll be sure to recommend this gem to every bride-to-be I know.
Tel: 061 311956