Hello my name is Éilis and I’m the owner here at BÁN. During my own wedding dress search I discovered so many talented and fashion forward designers that brides in Ireland simply didn’t have access to. My eyes were opened to a world of creativity and beauty as I trawled the latest designs and trends. Long after our wedding had passed with life moving on and new baby in tow I still found myself obsessed with all things wedding dress related.
The decision to open BÁN came quite naturally I suppose. I knew from an early stage what designers I wanted to work with and what styles I loved. The most important thing for me was to bring something new and fresh to my brides- our designers are exclusive to us and the pieces we have are not available anywhere else in Ireland. BÁN has been a real labour of love over the last few years and I am so proud of what it has become. I’ve designed BÁN to be a relaxed and welcoming space and I want every bride who comes through the doors to feel the love! I really mean that.
PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
HOW LONG IS EACH APPOINTMENT?
Each appointment is 75 minutes long. ThIs the perfect amount of time to browse our dress selection, try on a great variety of styles, and take your time making a decision. There’s no reason to rush through the most fun part of wedding planning!
If for some reason you would like a longer appointment don’t hesitate to let us know we will do everything we can to accommodate you.
HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOULD I BRING?
This is a personal choice, but we recommend selecting your group based on whose opinions you value the most (apart from your own!) Bringing 1-2 people who know you best should provide the right amount of support you may need in making your decision. If you prefer shopping alone, you’re welcome to come solo as well!
Tip: Shop alone for your first visit and book a second appointment to show your family and friends your your top picks
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
Please remember your senses of adventure and wonder and have an open mind! Feel free to bring any photos of dresses that you love.
On a more practical note bring nude seamless undergarments and a strapless (or stick-on) bra to get the best image of how the dress should look. If you have shoes similar in height to the ones you plan to wear on your big day, you can bring these too. We kindly ask you not to wear fake tan-you’ll appreciate this when you see how clean and well presented our samples are!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BEGIN DRESS SHOPPING?
In order to ensure you’re not rushed with your decision-making, we recommend that you begin dress shopping 9-12 months in advance of your wedding date, purchasing 8-10 months in advance of your wedding date. This is the ideal, not the absolute. But don’t worry if you are short on time our designers are a very flexible bunch. Some of our gowns can even be ordered at rush pace without a fee.