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Award winning Bridal Alterations Service Bridal Masterclass Gown Preparation Finishing Touches Wedding Day Dressing Service All are welcome
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£50
Details

Products and Services

Alterations
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Appointment Only
Last-Minute Orders
Bespoke Dressmaker
Dress Designer
Bridesmaid Dresses
Mother of the Bride Dresses
Wedding Dresses
Flower Girl Dresses
Full Description
Bridal Alterations Service. Avail of the double award winning bridal alterations service only at Sew Handy. Recognised as the Best Dressmaker NI 2017/18 by the readers of Getting Married in Northern Ireland Magazine, and as winner in the 5th NI Wedding Awards 2020. A professional and personal service awaits you and your wedding party… helping you to realise your vision of yourself on your wedding day. Let me take care of that for you Finishing Touches - Gown Preparation & Bridal Masterclass Gown Preparation….. Ensure your gown and your bridal party dresses look as fabulous as you do… Professional preparation of your gown (and veil) is the difference between wearing a pretty dress or stepping into the gown of your dreams on your wedding day. Gown preparation means you look picture perfect … just as it’s meant to be Let me take care of that for you Bridal Masterclass..Being comfortable and confident in your gown means you will be stress free all day… Worried about walking, sitting and kneeling in your gown? Or sitting on your veil? Or how to hold your bouquet? Or how to pose for that group photograph? Or how to bustle your gown so you can enjoy your reception without worrying if your dream dress is getting trampled on!? Let me take care of that for you Wedding Day Dressing Service The final step of your journey… Take the stress out of getting ready on your wedding day and I will have everyone ready on time, and looking fabulous! Presentation of your gown and dresses for the professional “at home” photos will display them in all their beauty. Let me take care of that for you Sew Handy welcomes all… if I have availability, then I am available to be booked.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Donna
Welcome to Sew Handy, Choosing who takes scissors to your very beautiful, very expensive gown is a scary prospect…. I will make that process easier for you…. The bridal alterations journey is often just presented as a before/after photo … and that’s not reality. The journey is one we take together … you provide the vision & I will make it happen on my sewing machines. The Perfect Gown Perfectly Fitted … let me make that happen for you!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1990
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(10)
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Julianne
Happy couple Married on December
January 2022
Donna will be everything you need and way more!
What can I say about the amazing Donna, to even do her justice. I had originally tried to book her as my seamstress but she was sadly fully booked. But naturally, I jumped at the chance to book her for the dressing service to help things run smoothly on the day of my Wedding! Boy was I glad I had!! Just one week from my Wedding, another seamstress let me down and I contacted Donna in a panic to see if she could help fix my dress. From the word go she was very calming, reassuring and told me to come see her the following day. Wow .. within just one day she had my dress looking perfect for the Wedding and also fixed my Maid of Honours dress too!! She also took things to the next level on the day of the Wedding. She had us all ready and looking amazing with plenty of time to spare. She even had time to drink her coffee lol and have fun with us. Donna, I will never forget what you did for me and how you made me feel. I wish you all the success in the World. Future brides .. don’t make the mistake I did. Get booked in as early as possible. Donna will be everything you need and way more! Xx
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Catherine
Happy couple Married on November
January 2022
I would have been lost without you….
Well what can I say but Donna not only were you my Seamstress who turned my Dream dress into my Ultimate Dream Dress but you were also my Guardian Angel on my Wedding Morning!!! 😇💓 From my 1st visit, to comforting me when emotions got too much with not having Mummy with me on this journey, to helping dress me on the Wedding Morning , I would have been lost without you 💓💓💓 Thank you for EVERYTHING!!!!! 💖👰‍♀️
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Jennifer
Happy couple Married on October
January 2022
we are a same sex couple and to know she accepts all genders/sexuality/backgrounds was a bonus…
Where do I begin, Donna was amazing from start to finish during my wedding experience, she made me feel so so welcome. I got everything and more what I envisioned for gown and veil to be, she is a very down to earth lady. We had a laugh along the way and I would recommend her to everyone, Ps we are a same sex couple and to know she accepts all genders/race/sexuality/backgrounds was a bonus 💜 thanks again Donna
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Gillian
Happy couple Married on September
January 2022
..everything you done to have me looking perfect on my wedding day!!!
Donna, you are absolutely fantastic at your job and had my dress,my mums and my bridesmaids dresses sitting absolutely perfect. I really appreciate all your hard work and everything you done to have me looking perfect on my wedding day!!! Your attention to detail and all your tips and advice you gave us were first class! Anybody looking a dressmaker, I would highly recommend Donna, such a lovely woman! Thank you for everything ❤️❤️❤️
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Lauren
Happy couple Married on August
January 2022
…my dress fit me perfectly…
I just love Donna❤️ such a lovely lady and so brilliant at her trade. Thank you for making my dress fit me perfectly. Donna also came to my house the morning of our wedding, she was there to help with any last minute tweaks, ensuring my dress was sitting properly, helping everyone else to get dressed- not to mention make sure the windows were closed and the door was locked 🤣 Thank you so much Donna❤️ highly recommend
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Ruth
Happy couple Married on July
January 2022
absolutely fantastic to work with….
Donna was absolutely fantastic to work with! I had 2 bridesmaids dresses that were 1-2 sizes too big on the girls but altering them was no bother for Donna! We did virtual fittings at the beginning due to covid restrictions and then additional final fittings in person once restricts eased. Donna listened to exactly what we wanted and was just so lovely to work with. I got top tips for how to stand in a wedding dress for the best photos, how to let the dress fall when I stand, and how not to trip over or stand on my train/veil! Thank you so much Donna, the dresses were fab! X
Location & Contact Details

Address

Beechlands, Banbridge, County Down, BT32 3RJ, Northern Ireland

Travel Notes

Travelling on the A1, come off at the Boulevard junction and then follow satnav right to my door

Nearest Town

Banbridge

Nearest Motorway & Junction

A1. Boulevard junction

Nearest Train Station

Nearest Airport

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Press & Awards
(2)

Industry Awards (2)

The 5th Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2020
Best Dressmaker NI 2017/2018 Getting Married in NI magazine Reader Awards
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

Every one I’ve ever been at… all beautifully special in their own unique way ❤️

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Honest but not brutal Perfectionist Determined Committed Intuitive

What about your business are you most proud of?

That I can and do adapt to the ever changing needs of the modern bride

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Book your dressmaker as soon as you have a confirmed wedding date… your fitting dates are offered based on your wedding date - you don’t even need to have your gown purchased to book in!

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

An empty chair at the top table for a recently deceased parent.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Lots of chatting, lots of laughs, lots of pins, lots of sewing

What do you love most about your job?

Creating a brides vision of herself

What is your favourite style of wedding dress?

One that is perfectly fitted!

What is the best way to incorporate "Something Blue" into the wedding outfit?

A little blue button on the under bustle point or a small embroidered piece stitched into the inner bodice

What is your favourite wedding dress of all time?

Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly - actress)

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook Discount5%
Bridebook Special OfferComplimentary preparation of gown and dresses following alterations completed by Sew Handy