Tell us all about you?
We are sisters, Lorraine & Sandra. Lorraine is the creative one with a wealth of experience in Bridal, She’s been designing since university. Sandra on the other hand is the business side of Lori G, looking after the accounts & the boring stuff as well as being on the shop floor.
How did you first get your business started?
We bought the building in 2005 with the high expectations of creating The Best Bridal Boutique in Derbyshire. The building underwent extreme renovation & extension before we opened as Lori G Bridal in January 2006. The Bridal business was nothing new to us, as Lorraine had been involved in the wholesale Bridal industry straight from finishing university & had had a very successful career as a senior buyer/designer for a large PLC before deciding to go into retail & open Lori G. Me, on the other hand, I was to be a silent partner & just to visit once a month from Dublin to do the books. Obviously with the growing success of Lori G, it became more apparent I needed to move from Dublin to Derby fulltime, a difficult decision to make, but looking back now it was the right decision to make.
What makes your business different?
We like to think we are different, we have a wonderful team at Lori G & each of us brings different qualities to the business. We are all different in our style& our approach when buying & so we offer a varied range of dresses to our brides to be. We have a wealth of experience when it comes to design with Lorraine always at the forefront with design changes & support to the alterations ladies with her expertise. We like to think we offer all our brides a warm, welcoming & relaxed approach to searching for their ideal Bridal Gown. We pride ourselves on our customer service & our reviews speak for themselves. Every Bride should feel like she is The “only” Bride, important, special & well looked after. Because we own the building, it also gives brides a sense of security that we will still be around even if they book their dress long in advance of their wedding.
What do you love most about weddings?
Everything !! We love weddings – We love meeting new brides to be with all the excitement of planning ahead. We love our current brides & hearing all the stories they have to tell of their planning from flowers to décor & dresses to guest lists. We love our past Brides as they are the ones that have got us to where we are now, they write the reviews, offer recommendations & send all the wonderful Thank yous with fabulous photos of their special day as well as gifts, flowers & chocolates. We are very lucky to work with such lovely ladies & share in what is the most important day of their lives.
Any tip for brides looking into your type of service?
Be open minded, try on all styles as it can often be that a bride will choose a design she never thought she would!
Are there any special offers available for the wedding show?
We will, as we always do at Osmaston, offer Brides that book with us on the day & then purchase a full priced gown with us £100 towards their accessories!!
Anything else you’d like the world to know?
We are very dedicated to our business & our brides, we spend many a late night preparing dresses for collection & making sure the final details are always just right