16th Mar 2013

An Interview With...Marianne Jessica


Tell Us About Your Store

Situated in the South East in Bromley, Kent. We are only a 15 Minute train journey away from London and in the perfect location. 

We offer free parking right outside to all brides and have a some lovely landmarks and attractions surrounding us, from Downe house, Chislehurst caves, Greenwich Royal observatory, Eltham Palace and of course London!

How Long Have You Been Involved With The World Of Weddings?

We pride our success on our many years of experience. Established in 1977 we will be celebrating our 40th year in business in 2017! We are a family run business, originally founded by Marianne Jessica Horton who has been working in the fashion industry in both London and Canada for many years designing and making wedding dresses for the likes of Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Liberty and Bloomingdales.

Now run by Marianne's daughter, Michele the shop is as successful as ever and continues to grow - keeping the essence of the Marianne Jessica label alive by our specially selected stockists.

We do all of the alterations in house ourselves and have full control of the wedding dress process from start to finish, ensuring brides get the very best experience and outcome possible.

What Makes You Stand Out As A Stockist?

At Marianne Jessica we stand out as a stockist due to our carefully selected designers. It is vital that each designer we choose to stock meets our high quality wedding dress standards. Which is why we were delighted when we first came across Augusta Jones in Harrogate over 10 years ago when the rail had only 10-15 pieces.
We are proud to be amongst the very first Augusta Jones stockist in the UK (ah congrats!) and have watched a very young label blossom into a fabulous designer - offering the most beautiful gowns.

Who Is Your Typical Bride?

We have had a variety of brides walk into our store over the past 40 years but they are all a delight to work with! The brides who select us to be their supplier know that we offer a quality service and therefore have high expectations.

Most of our Brides are working girls and have a busy lifestyle, many working in London (which is only round the corner from us) and therefore have busy schedules which we always try to accommodate around.  We have seen many brides in the medical, fashion, banking, and teaching industry etc. and we have even had the honour to work with royalty in the past!

As always the style choices vary over time due to fashion changes, however the common denominator is all our brides tend to favour classic, clean and classy dresses perfect for the quintessential English bride.


What Would Be Your One Piece Of Advice For A Bride Shopping For Her Dress?

Our advice would be to have an understanding and be realistic with your budgets (very important!) before entering any bridal shop.

There is nothing worse than being disappointed by not being able to get a dress you fall for. Communication with the bridal consultant is key. Not only do they have years of experience, but can help you choose a dress tailored to your budget, body shape and style. 
Most of the time the consultant can suggest a dress you might not even knew you would want! 

Why Do You Love Augusta Jones?

We love Augusta Jones because of their versatility of the product. We can suggest different necklines, sleeves, jackets belts etc. and create a dress to suit the bride. We feel that the bride is getting a well-made designer dress at a reasonable price.

Like us, Augusta Jones share the same image of 'good quality wedding gowns suitable for all brides' which is in keeping with our original Marianne Jessica label.

As a stockist we are very confident in the support and service we receive from the Augusta Jones UK office and know we can have a quick delivery if needed. This itself is perfect for us to offer brides the very best available on the high street.

Which Is Your Favourite Augusta Jones Gown And Why?

That is a very difficult question to answer so we will have to offer three - sorry!

Our all-time favourite is the discontinued 'Jean' bodice with bugle bead wave design paired with every single skirt that was on offer. Because of the simplicity and versatility of the style and probably was our all-time best seller. 

Of course, now we would have to say, it is the timeless and elegant all over lace 'Ali' as it suits so many girls and really does look sensational.

And finally, 'Marilyn' due to its classic 1960 Audrey Hepburn shape which never goes out of style!

As always new favourite in the 2017 collection is 'Yasmin'. (That makes 4!)


Anything Else You'd Like To Tell Us?

We are just so proud to have grown alongside with Augusta Jones, we really do enjoy working with you and look forward to continuing with you over the next coming years to see what other beautiful designs you create (ahh thanks ladies - we love having you as a stockist!)

Contact Details:

Email: Info@mariannejessica.co.uk
Facebook: @Mariannejessicabridalwear
Twitter: @MarianneJessic1

Facebook: Marianne Jessica Bridalwear
Telephone: 020 8466 5708
Location: Bromley, Kent
Stockist: Marianne Jessica
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