Buy A Wedding Dress In Kent
Welcome to The Bridal Boutique at Chilham, Kent’s leading ex-sample and pre-owned designer wedding dress specialists, where you can save up to 60% off the original selling price. We have over 60 ex-sample and second-hand dresses to choose from, and prices range from £500 – £1,200. Our collection includes all the top designers such as Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Ian Stuart, Mori Lee, Charlotte Balbier, Stephanie Allin and Justin Alexander. The boutique is run by sisters Tiffany and Carly, who promise a special and memorable shopping experience. We really look forward to meeting you and helping you find your dream dress!
Please note: Our dresses are not samples that you have a made-to-measure gown ordered from, all dresses in the boutique are destined to be worn at weddings- you are buying off the rail- the dress you see and try on is the dress you buy and take home. For this reason we need to take extra care with our dresses as they are to be worn by brides on their special day. We must protect them from unnecessary wear and tear as much as possible- so if you are not ready to buy your dress you should not visit us just yet. Please see below in The Appointment section for more information.
Our Dress Collection
Our collection includes a selection of dresses from many designers such as Maggie Sottero, Ian Stuart, Justin Alexander, Benjamin Roberts and Pronovias. We stock dresses from size 6 to 14 and have a wide variety of styles and the most current trends and fashions.
Our Dress Styles
There are a wide variety of dress types to choose from. At Chilham Bridal we have the top and most fashionable dress styles in our collection. Including dresses that are traditional, contemporary, unusual, simple, boho, classic and alternative. From backless, to mermaid, long sleeves to sleeveless, sweetheart to illusion necklines- Bridal Boutique at Chilham has all the most popular shapes and styles covered. Click on the images below to view just some of our dresses…
About Our Dresses
All gowns in our collection are ex-sample or pre-owned. All have excellent savings from the original selling prices- mostly saving you over half the original cost. All dresses are in excellent condition, less than 3 years old and have been professionally dry-cleaned. Please note that as dresses are ex-sample or pre-owned there may be very slight imperfections- we recommend you look over the dress fully before purchasing the dress to make sure you are happy to buy the dress as it is. We have 4 main colours and variations of these colours available- white, ivory, cream and silver. Click on the images below to view just some of our dresses in these colours. As well as this, we stock most dress fabric types, including tulle, lace, satin, silk and chiffon.
Sizes and Alterations
If you find your dream dress with us and need further alterations work- which is normally the case, we give you a list of recommended and trusted wedding dress seamstresses that we have good relationships with in Kent. These seamstresses are all excellent and reasonably priced. After having purchased a dress at Chilham Bridal you contact your most local seamstress and go to her home or studio and have the alterations carried out privately.
Our alteration specialists can generally alter gowns one to two dress sizes smaller, and one dress size larger. So when looking at sizes, take this into account. Dress sizes vary significantly, so we recommend booking a one-to-one bridal appointment with us to try the dresses on. Click on the size you want to view just some of the dresses we have in your size:
Your appointment will run for 75 minutes and you are welcome to bring along a few guests. The boutique will be closed to other customers when you are with us, so you get our full attention and can feel completely comfortable and at ease.
We give our honest opinion and encourage you to try on styles we feel would suit you. Often brides leave with a dress they would never have thought of even trying on!
Purchasing your wedding dress is a big decision and you need to feel certain the dress you buy is the one for you, and makes you feel fantastic. We guarantee no ‘hard sell’ -this is how we differ from others- our aim is to pamper you during your experience with us, and make it a special occasion. We do not push brides into buying a dress they are not in love with- that is a promise!
The dresses you see in our boutique are the dresses that are worn on the actual wedding day- not samples to try on and then have a made to measure version ordered (which can take up to 6 months). This is how you get such great savings with us- you are buying off the rail. If you find your dream dress with us, you either pay in full and take the dress the very same day, or you pay a £100 deposit and the dress is held a week for you, at the end of which time you need to collect and pay the outstanding balance.
Once a dress is sold, it is gone, we cannot order more of the same- which is why its important that you are ready to buy a dress when you visit us, and not just trying different styles to see what you do and do not like, as it is highly likely a dress you may love will be gone by the time you are ready to buy- which can be very upsetting for the bride-to-be.
To help us care for our dresses as much as possible, when you come to your appointment we ask the following- no, or very minimal makeup, and no fake tan or body creams. Only the bridal consultant will handle the dresses to prevent unnecessary wear and tear, and white gloves will be worn.
When to Visit Us
If you are ready to buy a dress then please get in contact to arrange your one-to-one bridal appointment. If you require a weekend appointment we recommend calling a few weeks in advance as weekends get booked up quickly. Weekdays are quieter.
Arrange A Booking
To arrange your one-to-one appointment please contact us for further information.
Follow our Facebook page for regular updates on our collection and for a glimpse at the beautiful dresses we have coming in and available.
Please note Bridal Boutique at Chilham do not offer refunds or exchanges on any dress purchased. Dresses are sold as seen- dresses may have slight imperfections as they are all ex-sample or pre-owned. It is the buyers responsibility to ensure they fully check over the dress before purchasing and that they are happy to take the dress in the condition it is in.