The BrideToBe Blog

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Stella York Event Tuesday, 8th October 2019

Friday 8th November and Saturday 9th November 2019 are the dates for the 'must see' 2020/21 Stella York dresses! We are so lucky to have the designers proposed new styles, in store, for the as yet, UN-SEEN and UN-RELEASED collections...

Stella York at Bride to Be

Award Winners Saturday, 28th September 2019

On Saturday 28th September we had the privilege of attending the 2019 Reading Retail Awards The awards are held at the Reading Hilton Hotel and are much coveted by the town's retailer community, from the largest department stores down to the smallest corner store, everyone wants to win an award! We put on our best frocks and attended the 'black tie' do! After welcome drinks and a tasty meal (thank you the awards started...

Bride to Be Reading Retail Awards 2019

Yay! We are 30! Friday, 23rd August 2019

We are pleased as punch to be celebrating our 30th year as ‘Bride To Be’ this month! What originally started as a small business run by 'Bride To Be' founder Lesley, has evolved over the years, into a much larger bridal boutique, with amazing world renowned dress designers and is now run by Lesley's daughter, Stephanie. Stephanie says "we are absolutely delighted to have reached the 30 year milestone, as a family run business we have all been there to support each other...

Shop front with flowers

3 things to consider when picking earrings Friday, 9th August 2019

A lot of weddings take place over the summer months, so there's sure to be many of you out there who are finalising the details of your big day — including the accessories you'll be wearing with your dress. Earrings are especially important for brides to get right because they're worn next to your face and will therefore be prominent in all your wedding portraits, even close-ups. Plus, if you're planning on wearing an updo for the occasion, they'll be even more on show...


Beautiful in Blush Friday, 22nd February 2019

Ahead of their planned traditional Asian wedding, Deepika and her husband had a smaller, registry wedding day which she needed to find a beautiful gown for.

Ideally Deepika wanted a two-piece look wedding gown. On her wish list, she wanted something that was blush pink in tone, with a Sweetheart neckline and with a full, ball gown-styled skirt.

After a quick internet search, Deepika came across Bride to Be and a gorgeous Essense of Australia dress that met all her requirements, including...

Deepika's Wedding

Perfectly Planned! Friday, 22nd February 2019

Emma’s job as a Wedding Planner, meant she has planned weddings for other people for many years and had seen bridal couples choose wisely and not so wisely! Emma knew for her shape she preferred something that would suit her curves but also didn’t want something that would become dated. She wanted to be able to look back at her photos in years to come to see that the dress was still classic.

Choosing a gown with lace and also that would be adaptable to have sleeves added was important to Emma, after all, she was getting married in August...

Emma's Wedding

Top 5 Clean and Minimalistic Dress Styles Friday, 23rd November 2018

Here at Bride to Be, we’re all about glitz, glamour, sparkle, lace and beautiful detail. However we also have a keen eye for the classic and simplest of minimalistic designs.

If minimal chic is more your style, we’ve picked our top five dresses that we think you’ll love.

This classic Sincerity gown has been designed with simplistic class in mind. The flattering wrap-style bodice is supported by an absolutely gorgeous full skirt...

Minimalistic designs

REAL BRIDES October Friday, 5th October 2018

Sarah didn’t have an idea of the style of Dress she wanted for her day. She was open to suggestions from the start and knew that Bride to Be would find the right dress for her.

She was given a beautiful Essense dress to try by Emma. She initially didn’t consider it, however she trusted Emma’s advice and once the dress was on, she fell in love with it! She also decided that the colour of the sample dress (moscato) with it’s blush tones suited her and her wedding theme more than the traditional ivory.

The D2451 is a beautifully detailed, strapless fit and flare dress...

Sarah's Wedding

REAL BRIDES September Thursday, 13th September 2018

After carrying out some research online, Sophie very quickly saw Essense of Australia’s dresses and she knew instantly that they would be the perfect collection for her. Therefore, she wanted to find the shop with the biggest collection of dresses so she had the widest range to choose from! Luckily she found Bride to Be of Reading. As one of Essense’s top retailers, she was safe in the knowledge that she’d definitely find her dream Essense dress here!

It didn’t take long for Sophie to find her perfect gown. With our experienced Bridal Consultant Emma...

Sophie's Wedding

First Blog Post! Friday, 10th August 2018

Hi! Welcome to our brand-new blog – it’s been a long time coming and we’re proud to finally be showcasing a platform in which we can share all the tips, tricks and advice we have accumulated over the last 29 years… yes, you read that right, Bride to Be have been providing our beautiful brides with wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and fun (in the form of our staff members!) for almost 30 years!!

Currently owned by the wonderful Stephanie, Bride to Be is a little bit of a family affair! The journey started when Lesley, Stephanie’s mum, decided that she wanted to provide...

The Bride To Be team

Opening Times

  • Mon 10.00am - 5.00pm
    (by appointment only)
  • Tues 11.00am - 7.45pm
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  • Weds 10.30am - 4.30pm
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  • Thurs 10.00am - 5.00pm
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  • Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm
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  • Sat 9.30am - 5.00pm
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  • Sun Occasional opening*
  • *we are open on occasional Sundays – please call the store for details

So that our brides can enjoy their bridal experience fully we ask that appointments are made to try on wedding dresses.