January diary dates

We round up the sample sales, designer days and wedding shows you need to know about this month
Find your perfect dress for less this winter
Find your perfect dress for less this winter

5 January

David Fielden sample sale, London

Behind the scenes at the Milan bridal show, we got up close and personal with David Fielden’s 2012 collection, which shook up a style storm this year. Avant-garde shapes in the softest fabrics swept across a post-apocalyptic-style catwalk (think dramatic drum beats and eerie lighting). Now brides-to-be-cum-fashionistas looking to bag a stylish bargain can head to the designer’s sample sale for up to 75% off a huge range of dresses – from gorgeously girly gowns scattered with flowers, to sleek asymmetrical styles. We have a feeling the trains heading to southwest London are about to get a whole lot busier.  

From 10am at David Fielden Flagship Store, 241 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HY. For more information, visit davidfielden.co.uk  

5 January

Morgan-Davies London sample sale, London

Got a whole bunch of aisle style ideas spinning around your head and no idea where to start? Morgan-Davies London rounds up the best from all of the designers so you can try different shapes and styles – from MiaMia’s pretty bohemian designs to Jenny Packham’s vintage numbers. Start putting your scrapbook finds into practice at their sample sale where you can find designer frocks from £300. Kerching!

25 Agdon Street, London, EC1V 0AZ. For more details, call 0207 2533 007 or 0207 2533 066. morgandavieslondon.co.uk

5 January

Phillipa Lepley sample sale, London

Miss Lepley knows how to flatter a girl’s figure – her clever use of draping is renowned for creating a teeny tiny waste. We like. Pretty details and layers of tulle make her designs ultra feminine with a little bit of glam. Her sample sale will see a 70% discount on all the dresses, as well as bargain shrugs, veils, beaded belts and accessories to match. An early start is recommended to beat the long queues. 

Doors open between 9.30am – 6pm. 48 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HH. For more information, visit phillipalepley.com or call 02075 909771.

From 12 January

Maggie Sottero designer days, nationwide

If you like the look of Maggie Sottero’s gorgeous gowns, you can see all of her latest designs – and meet the mistress of stitch herself – at two upcoming designer days. Take note!

12 – 13 January at Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Greysteel, Co Derry. For more information, call 02871 813682.

19 – 20 January at Attractions Bridal Studio, Herne Bay, Kent. For more information, call 01227 740729.

19-20 January at Prudence Gowns Limited, Keyham, Plymouth. For more information, call 01752 558858.

19-20 January at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. For more information, call 01423 888242.


From 12 January

Sottero & Midgley designer days, nationwide

Decadent details and body-hugging bodices make up the huge range of dress styles from Sottero & Midgley – meet the designers and try on frocks til’ you drop at the designer days listed below.

12- 13 January at Proposals, Chichester, West Sussex. For more information, call 01243 781729.

19 – 20 January at Special Day & Appletons, Keynsham, Bristol. For more information, call 01179 888210.

26 – 27 January at Weddings Maid in Heaven Ltd, Ashford, Middlesex. For more information, call 01784 886000).

26 - 27 January at Elite Bridal Boutique, Kirkcaldy, Fife. For more information, call 01592 263222. 


From 12 January

The UK Wedding Show, Coventry and Newcastle 

Round up your best girls, grab your mum – there are two UK Wedding Shows taking place in January. Perfect if you got the ring under the Christmas Tree and now you’re ready to kick-start your planning. With over 100 suppliers and wedding pros under one roof you can get everything from food to frocks sorted.

12 – 13 January at Ricoh Arena Midlands from 10am – 5pm. For more information, visit ricoharena.com/weddings.htm.

26 – 27 January at Metro Radio Arena Newcastle from 10am – 5pm. For more information, visit metroradioarena.co.uk.

Tickets for both events are £8 in advance or £9 on the door.

13 January

Vera Wang Sample Sale

Be still our beating sartorial hearts! Head to Browns Fashion on Brook Street, London, for their first Vera Wang sample sale with up to 50% off. All sweeping tulle, classic shapes and pretty details, these gowns will have you poised and ready to pounce. Early arrival recommended. 

Doors open 12 - 4pm. Browns Fashion, 59 Brook Street, London, W1K 4HS. For more information email verawang@brownsfashion.com or call 02075 140090.

From 20 January 

Blackburn Boutique occasionwear sample sale, London

What better way to spend a frosty Sunday in January than shopping with mum? So whisk her off to Blackburn Boutique to find the perfect party frock for her moment in the mother-of-the-bride spotlight. There'll be up to 50% off pieces from designers including Anoushka G, Amanda Garrett, Clinton Lotter and many more. No appointment is necessary on Sunday, the first day of the sale, so wrap-up warm and set off early to get the pick of the bunch. If you want to shop the sale from 21-26 January, please call 020 8318 2333 to make an appointment at the studio. 

On 20 January the sale take place from 10.30am - 5pm at Blackburn Bridal Couture, 56 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0BD. For more information, visit blackburnbridal.co.uk.

26-29 January

Tara Keely designer day at Morgan-Davies London

There’s something whimsical about Tara Keely’s designs – all soft tulle and sweeping fabrics, perfect for the most magical day of your life. Meet the designer in person and try on all the styles at the designer days this month.

The event takes place at Morgan-Davies London, 25 Agdon Street, London, EC1V 0AZ. For more information, call 020 7253 3007 or visit morgandavieslondon.co.uk


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