Your Experience

DressPlace is my longed for dream come true. For more than 25 years I planned to open my bridal boutique, and in 2009 I opened the doors to my tiny little shop in Southwell. Originally starting as a dress agency selling pre-loved gowns, we quickly grew attracting customers from across the UK. It is my passion in providing excellent customer service that is the secret to our success, and you can see from the testimonials on our website, that we certainly get it right.

My passion for excellent customer service came whilst accompanying my three daughters in their search for the wedding dress of their dreams. I discovered that the whole bridal experience could be very stressful, with very poor service from many boutiques and in some cases, downright rudeness. The dream of spending a lovely day with my daughters quickly turned into a tearful, frustrating experience, making us wish we had never started. I couldn’t believe that we then had a similar experience whilst searching for my Mother of the Bride outfit. I’ll just say that I am not a size 10 or 12, and in one shop I was told I was too fat to ever find an outfit for my daughter’s wedding.

Inside Our Shop

I vowed that my boutique would be a lovely, calm place, where everyone is treated with respect and leaves with a smile on their face.

A place where you can take the worry out of finding your dream dress. A place with real dresses, worn by real women, at affordable prices. A friendly place where you can feel special, where you can feel beautiful, whatever your age or dress size. A place where you will receive excellent, reliable service and value for money, where you will feel pampered and important.

Myself and my team of ladies, Wendy, Lucy, Vicky, Alice, Natasha, Dawn and Lily, offer you a free personal stylist service. Lots of ladies visit us with no idea what they should wear, or what colours and styles would suit them best. As you can see from the testimonials we receive, we are known for our honesty and patience. Your image is important to us and we are proud to make it part of our daily routine.

I have searched for designers who offer exceptional quality and styles, at affordable prices. I am pleased to offer you the fabulous collections of bridal gowns by Pronovias St Patrick, Randy Fenoli, Mori Lee, Julietta for Curvy brides, Dando London, Mark Lesley, Donna Salado, Ivory & Co. Also, gorgeous collections of bridesmaid dresses by Mori Lee, Richard Designs and Jasmine Belsoie and B2. Our fabulous collections of Mother of the Bride and Groom outfits are expanding every season. We are proud stockists of John Charles, Condici, Ispirato, Sonia Pena, Marfil, Dress Code, Dressed Up, Cabotine, Zeila, Social Occasions by Mon Cherie, Ann Balon, Capri, Lewis Henry, Personal Choice and Linea Raffaelli.

During the last 5 years our reputation has quickly spread, so much so that we outgrew our Southwell shop. I am so happy to tell you that we have moved into fabulous new premises in the heart of the Lace Market in Nottingham City Centre. This huge shop, on three floors is a truly beautiful building. The bridal gowns are situated on the ground floor and first floors, along with the luxurious bridal changing suites with individual changing areas, which are private for the bride and her friends and family. This means we can accommodate 6 brides at the same time with ease, with everyone feeling relaxed and comfortable.

The thousands of mothers' outfits and hats and fascinators are on the mezzanine level. On the first floor in the Ballroom we have gorgeous evening dresses and prom dresses by Tiffany, Prom Frocks and City goddess (with a glitter ball too!).

Our achievements continue and in September 2014 we were chosen as one of the 100 small businesses across the UK, a huge honour, and one I couldn't achieve without the hard work of my husband Simon and all my loyal staff.

I hope to see you in my shop very soon.

Kind regards
Helen Dickson

Why choose Dressplace

2 Hour Appointment so you find the perfect dress

Accessories In Store all the finishing touches for your day

Full Designer Range all the dresses in one place

In-House Seamstress quality service & quick turnaround


Dear Helen,

I wanted to write and say a massive thank you to you and all the lovely ladies at Dress Place for helping me to find the dress of my dreams for my wedding in December. From the second I came in to Dress Place you gave me confidence, helping me to find a style that worked for me and made me feel absolutely wonderful.

Your entire team are so professional yet friendly, the shop itself is beautiful and the entire experience from start to finish was everything I had hoped for and more! My dress fitted me like a glove and was so comfortable I didn’t want to take it off! I can’t thank you all enough for everything you did and for making my dreams come true.

Love, Harriet

The girls at our bridal boutique love nothing more than a good party! So much so that when you visit Dressplace, we have a whole Ball Room floor dedicate to evening wear and party dresses! With dresses to buy off the peg to suite all tastes, events and price tags, Mirka visited our Bridal Boutique in her search of a concert dress. After visiting Dressplace, Mirka quickly found what she was looking for having found the perfect Mori Lee dress!

Dear Helen,

I just wanted say big thank you!! I love my new concert dress. It is beautiful!!

It is so lovely to come to your shop knowing that you and your girls will be looking after me. Natasha is a star! She was very patient and kind as I found it so hard to choose one dress because I love so many dresses in that room!! She is just wonderful. Please pass on my thanks to her!

See you again when my dress has arrived :)

Many thanks, Mirka

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