We love seeing wedding guests dressed their best for special days and nights of celebration spent at Dufferin Hall. Although high-street stores stock the most on-trend fashions, we prefer visiting some of the small independent boutiques located across County Down to browse their exclusive collections of occasion wear!
County Down hosts some of the best clothes shops in Northern Ireland. With stylish ensembles placed conveniently on your doorstep we question why shoppers don’t make ‘wearing local’ their first choice. From individual customer service led by expert staff who have hand-picked each look for their customers, we recommend putting the knowledge of these skilled independents to use when preparing for your next summer wedding.
Here’s our pick of the best wedding attire shopping destinations in the surrounding area:
Rebecca Jane, Crossgar
An oasis for modern styles, Rebecca Jane is located on Crossgar’s main street. The boutique carries a wide range of frocks in seasonal sherbet shades and bold statement prints that are sure to have guests outfitted for any dress code. It also stocks a selection of affordable but sophisticated accessories, making Rebecca Jane a one-stop shop for wedding guests.
Selling one of the most cherished local wedding accessories, Scentsations stocks over 200 styles of wedding hats and bespoke fascinators for customers to purchase or hire for their role in the bridal party or as a wedding guest wishing to add some elegant charm to their outfit. Scentsations is also a local florist, so savvy shoppers save time and order a paired boutonniere for the Other Half!
Focus NI, Newtownards
Although they won’t admit it, men also love an excuse to get dressed-up. Focus NI offers a fashionable range of tailored suit sets perfect for guys to unleash their inner Mr Darcy or Don Draper. Groom-parties can purchase or hire quirky and contemporary styled threads, while guests can go all out with a sharp three-piece that is sure to win them best dressed.
Willow and Thread, Comber
The sister store of one of our favourite bridal boutiques, Ivory & Pearl, Willow and Thread offers a stylishly curated collection of flirty floral dresses, vintage-style midi skirts, and even some red-carpet worthy maxis. And if you don’t have a wedding to attend in the near future, Willow and Thread keep rails of causal looks that range from fresh springtime bolds to boho-chic! Be sure to make a day of it and celebrate your fashionable local purchases with a break the lovely Georgian House underneath Willow and Thread for a pot of tea and slice of cake!
The Crafty Fox, Balloo
Not forgetting the little ones, The Crafty Fox in Balloo is a stockist of childrenswear labels such as Joules Jnr. Mini-guests can choose from the boutique’s dress-up box of brightly coloured dresses and shirts for a full day of fun and partying. Crafty Fox also houses a great wedding gift range so you can cross one more thing off your list with this trip!
We look forward to welcoming hundreds of wedding guests to Dufferin Hall in the next year, and urge you to shop local when searching for the perfect outfit to wear to a Killyleagh wedding!