I’m always searching for ways that brides can ensure they remain true to themselves on their wedding day. I’m a huge advocate of retaining your personality and individuality, and not conforming to tradition.
Karen saw an opportunity for her wedding business when she encountered a dilemma in her personal life. She established Bridal Eyewear, which is the perfect solution for the spectacle-wearing bride to be!
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I caught up with Karen to find out more…
What inspired you to start your business?
The idea came to me in December 2011 when I contracted Uveitis, a very painful eye condition and found I couldn’t wear my contact lenses. We were going to a black tie dinner in London and I realised that I had no spectacles to wear with my outfit. I have trendy, heavy and geeky glasses but none looked right with the image I wanted. My younger sister was getting married in February 2012 and as I walked around the wedding fairs I realised that brides must have the same problem as I had.
How long have you been running the business, and who works ‘behind the scenes’?
Bridal Eyewear has been officially going since June 2012, but I have been dispensing brides and mother of the brides for over 20 years of my optical career. My husband and I have owned Michael James Opticians for almost 8 years and run Bridal Eyewear from our Snaith practice in East Yorkshire. My husband Garrey is an optometrist and I am a dispensing optician.
Can you give me a quick overview on what Bridal Eyewear can offer?
If you need optical correction and can’t or don’t want to wear contact lenses, what do you do? If I was struggling than others must be too. I set to work scouring suppliers for glasses that would look right with wedding dresses, tiaras, veils and hats.
I want to wear glasses on my wedding day but I’m worried they won’t suit my wedding dress - can you help?
As a qualified dispensing optician I can help you find the perfect pair of glasses. We will take the time to match & co-ordinate your glasses so they feel like face jewellery. Our frames range from bright colours to match bridesmaids to simple rimless with a little sparkle. And you can wear them again after the event.
I’d love to purchase some glasses from you – how do I start the process? How long does it take?
To purchase a pair of spectacles we need to see your up-to-date prescription (within the last 2 years). This is very important as some frames will not work with high prescriptions and we want to give you the best cosmetic & optically correct pair of spectacles. We usually like to have a verbal/email consultation before to discuss any ideas you have so when you come for your appointment, we can have those frames available.
You can have your eyes tested at our Snaith practice where we can help choose your spectacles; we work on an appointment basis. If you have a tiara, jewellery or a colour that you want to work with then bring them along to the appointment. We are also at Celebration Village in Manchester and 2 wedding boutiques - Bridal Oasis in Goole East Yorkshire & Otley Wedding Belles in Otley West Yorkshire. These all work on an appointment basis. Or we can work with Skype. Your spectacles will take 3-4 weeks.
Can I find you at any events this year?
We are planning a few more wedding fayres this year, the next one will be at Carlton Towers on 17th March. We will keep posting events and the days that we are in Celebration Village on our website.
Want to find out more?
If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of glasses from Karen, then please follow the links -