Hi, I’m Debbie Carlisle - welcome to my blog! Keep coming back for lots of news about me and my bridal accessories and other related goodies that inspire me in my life and work and which I hope will inspire you too!


Halfpenny London, 10 Woburn Walk, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0JL

Kate Halfpenny is an award winning celebrity stylist and costume designer, who in 2005 launched her namesake bridal and couture collection Halfpenny London. Often described as an “industry secret”, Kate has designed for and styled celebrities including British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor and Emilia Fox. Kate’s dresses are hugely sought-after designs which mix classic bridal with vintage style and contemporary cool. Visit Kate’s Bloomsbury boutique by appointment only.

Visit or call 020 3441 8894.

The White Room at 20 Norfolk Row, Sheffield, S1 2PA.

An innovative, elegant and contemporary bridal boutique created from a passion for people, rock and roll vintage loveliness, romance and all things wedding. Stockists of Jenny Packham, Halfpenny London, Cymbeline, Sassi Holford, Stephanie Allin, Suzanne Neville and Claire Pettibone.

Visit or call 0114 272 2336.

The White Closet, 204 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW

The White Closet celebrates women with independent style and creativity. The award-winning boutique has a beautiful vintage French style and showcases some of the industry’s most sought-after designers who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. Stockists of Jenny Packham, Claire Pettibone, Charlie Brear, Lusan Mandongus, Anasul Y, Charlotte Balbier, Two Birds Bridesmaids and Rachel Simpson Shoes.

Visit or call 0161 445 5678.

Cicily Bridal, 6 Bath Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 2FH.

Cicily Bridal is a beautiful bridal boutique which offers a fabulous selection of gowns from designers including Stephanie Allin, Naomi Neoh, Charlie Brear, Lyn Ashworth, Augusta Jones, Paloma Blanca, Alan Hannah and Two Birds Bridesmaids.

Visit or call 01530 587336.

Coco & Kate Atelier, The Dovecote, Hatton Shopping Village, Warwickshire, CV34 8XA

Coco and Kate Atelier is a luxurious bridal boutique in a gorgeous setting which stocks a carefully chosen selection of gowns by Maria Senvo, Stephanie Allin, Watters and Wtoo.

Visit or call 01926 257380.

Lamesley Bridal, 109 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RZ.


An upmarket vintage inspired bridal boutique in the heart of Edinburgh which specialises in individually hand-picked dresses from top UK designers Charlie Brear, Ritva Westenius and Stephanie Allin.

Visit or call , 01315 566384.

Melle Cloche, 715 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX

A beautiful wedding accessories boutique in Glasgow’s upmarket West End which prides itself on selling everything but the dress! Choose from a wide variety of headpieces - including a selection of my pieces - as well as shoes, veils, garters, handbags, lingerie and jewellery for your big day.

 Visit or call 0141 3392982.

Lauren Sally is a hair and make-up artist based in Leeds serving brides all over Yorkshire.

Lauren specialises in wedding make-up and has worked on photographic shoots for bridal designers including Debbie Carlisle and Charlotte Balbier. Lauren is equally at home creating glamorous or natural bridal looks and is the perfect choice for a Debbie Carlisle bride. Lauren stocks a number of Debbie’s designs and can help you choose your hairstyle and your headpiece in one consultation. Email or call 07876 552686 for an appointment.



If a fun wedding-related event is just what you need, one of my stockists, Cicily Bridal, is holding a special Love Accessories event on Saturday February 14. The wonderful Cicily Bridal team will be on hand to help advise you on your accessories, and I’ll also be there offering my styling ideas to give you the perfect start to Valentines Day - a no-pressure chance to browse, see and try gorgeous wedding accessories in a beautiful setting with lots of experts to guide you through the different options available to you.

There will be gorgeous shoes, lingerie, veils, headpieces, cuffs and sashes to see and try, as well as a 10 per cent discount on orders placed on the day. I will be bringing my entire new Enchanted and Limelight collections to the boutique to inspire you and hopefully inject some fun into your wedding planning!

I’ll be there from 10am to 3.30pm, no appointment is needed and you don’t have to have bought your dress from Cicily Bridal to come along.

To account for numbers please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Don’t forget to read Sarah’s full ‘stop stressing’ diary post on the Boho Weddings blog - and most of all, remember to enjoy the fun stuff!

I met Sarah at an accessories event at my new stockist, The White Closet, where she fell in love with one of my headpieces. We played about with hairstyles, tried the piece on with veils, and generally just had a lot of fun! It was a real surprise to discover that Sarah was a ‘real bride’ blogger on top UK bridal blog Boho Weddings when just a few days later she wrote about the event.

She said: “I spotted a beautiful accessory and, unlike me, waited 10 minutes to speak to the designer, Debbie Carlisle. She was lovely, so helpful; we were styling my hair, trying on veils – it was brilliant!

“And I realised I’d been so uptight about getting everything ticked off the list that I’d forgotten to enjoy the fun stuff involved in wedding planning...I’ve decided to change my attitude. No more ‘ticking things off the list’.

“This wedding has given me an excuse to be creative again, to have fun, to try lots of new things I’d never think of doing, and so instead of focusing on a never ending to do list, I’ve got to remember how much I’ll miss having so many lovely decisions (& decorations) to make once we hit June!”

February 10 - 2015

Taking The Stress Out Of Wedding Planning

If you’re planning your wedding and letting the stress get to you – the story of bride-to-be Sarah may be just what you need to hear!


I think Sarah’s hit the nail on the head.

It’s so easy to let yourself get stressed out by a never-ending to do list (as I know from experience planning my own wedding!) As Sarah discovered, a chance visit to an accessories event she only found out about that morning, and only intended to pop into for a few minutes, led to a really special moment that has completely changed her attitude to planning her wedding.

So if you’re feeling bogged down by lists or stressed out by seating plans, why not take Sarah’s advice and just stop for a moment to look for the fun in wedding planning!

Run a bath, light some candles and browse through a glossy wedding magazine, look out for wedding-related events you can go to – lots of bridal boutiques offer special accessories events at this time of year that are usually free to attend and often include discounts, bubbly and the chance to meet designers in person for free expert help. If you haven’t chosen your dress yet look out for boutique trunk shows where designers send their full collections to their stockists, often along with experts from the label who can help to style you to perfection.

Another great way to dial back the stress is to take a well-needed day/night/week off where nothing wedding-related happens at all! If taking time off from wedding planning just isn’t possible, try and mix things up a bit so you balance something stressful with something pleasant.

A great idea is to have a date night with your other half where all talk of weddings is banned for the evening and you can just enjoy spending time together without debating the merits of a receiving line, reception meal options or cake choices!