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 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 Mori Lee, Julietta for Curvy brides, Mark Lesley, Donna Salado, Ivory & Co and Italian designer Eddy K . Also gorgeous collections of bridesmaid dresses by Veromia, Mori Lee, Mark Lesley Richard Designs and Jasmine Belsoie. Our fabulous collections of Mother of the Bride and Groom outfits are expanding every season. We are proud stockists of John Charles, Condici, Dress Code, Dressed Up, Cabotine, Zeila, Social Occasions by Mon Cherie, Ann Balon, Capri, Lewis Henry, Personal Choice, Libra 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 after 18 months of planning, and much sole searching with lots of sleepless nights, 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 new bridal gowns available to order are situated on the ground floor. The bridal changing area is very luxurious with four individual changing areas which are private for the bride and her friends and family. The 700 mothers' outfits and 2,000 hats and fascinators are on the mezzanine level. On the first floor in the Ballroom we have gorgeous evening dresses by Tony Bowls and prom dresses by Mori Lee (with a glitter ball too!).

I have also made the difficult decision to close the dress agency side of the business, so we are no longer taking in pre-loved wedding dresses and outfits to sell for owners. The pre-loved dresses are not as popular as they once were so we are concentrating on our very successful bridal, prom, evening and Mothers’ boutique. We still offer value for money as the Mothers’ outfits, and some of the evening and prom dresses are all new with tags from boutiques across the UK and I sell them at a reduced price, some at 50% of their original price.

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

Testimonials

Having been Mori Lee Bridal stockists for several years now, our bridal boutique stock all Mori Lee bridal collections including Blue and Julietta. Combining exquisite detailing with affordable prices, Lauren was quick to snap up her dream Mori Lee wedding dress and after fitting appointments with our seamstress, was ready for her dream wedding day.


Hi Helen and lovely Dressplace ladies, so the wedding day came and went and what a day it was!!

I felt so glamorous in my Mori Lee dress and got so many compliments about it. It even made the TV! - (We did do the interview live on BBC 1 amidst the triathlon!) Thank you for your patience in getting the dress just right the night before - your seamstress is an amazing asset to you.

Thank you once again. Lauren x

Searching for the perfect designer Mother of the Bride outfit can take you far and wide with many unsuccessful, stressful and sometimes tearful shopping trips. Having made the appointment, Mayase traveled all the way to our Nottingham based bridal boutique from Birmingham with her mother who had traveled all the way from Zambia for the occasion. Having chosen a dress, accompanied with accessories, Mayase sends her love to our Dressplace team for the dress and service after sending us some photo’s of her wedding day.

Hello there, hoping you are well!

I just wanted to send over some photographs from my wedding, of my mother in her outfit from your store as promised!

We made an appointment and came all the way from Birmingham (myself) and my mother (all the way from Zambia) to the Dressplace store in Nottingham in search of a Mother-of-the-bride outfit and left with one together with a hat and some accessories and I'm proud to say that my mother looked stunning!!!

Thank you for all your help and for the lovely outfit and superb service!

Best wishes, Mayase Mwenda

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