Boa Boutique’s Little Bridal Book

A list of local recommended suppliers that BOA Boutique work closely with.

bingham The Bingham Hotel, Richmond

Tucked away beside the River Thames in beautiful leafy Richmond you will find the stunning boutique hotel The Bingham. At BOA Boutique we work closely with them. Many of our brides choose The Bingham as their wedding venue, and we display our gowns at their many Bridal Wedding Fairs. Link Here


bhuti Bhuti Spa, Richmond Hill

Bhuti, a natural wellbeing Spa is based on Richmond Hill and is transforming peoples lives with yoga and Ayurveda. Bhuti is a sister company to The Bingham hotel, a perfect way to stay calm before your wedding and to de-stress after! Link Here


bramble Bramble & Moss Florist, Richmond Hill

Bramble and Moss have a passion for all things natural. They try to work with classic British Flowers to create seasonal arrangements that have a timeless beauty. They then love to add and seek our more unusual ingredients to add to their bouquets to make each one individual. Link Here


kristina Kristina Gasperas Make Up Artist, Richmond

Award winning Make Up Artist Kristina Gasperas can make you look simply wonderful on your special day. Also located in leafy Richmond her team will make you feel incredibly special. Link Here


vicki Vicki Sharp Photography, Richmond

As well as wedding and corporate event/portrait photography, award winning Vicki regularly works with local schools, businesses and individual clients to bring out the best in them, their staff, their children, their pets, their products or their homes! Link Here


kristida Kristida Photography, Richmond

The incredibly talented Kristida specialises in destination & London wedding photography. Covering London, Surrey, the UK, Europe and international weddings. Creating wonderful Romantic and Creative shots, perfect for your special day. Link Here


TitferTat TitferTat Millener, Richmond

You can find the incredibly creative Mary Spiteri at TitferTat Hat Shop in Richmond where she can make bespoke hats for every outfit. Many of her wonderful creations are displayed in our BOA store for you to try on with our Mother of the Bride/Groom and Occasionwear outfits, and Mary can also tailor them to your own particular needs and colour way. Link Here


July 2017 sees us welcome Louise Bentley Bridalwear to BOA Boutique


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We are delighted to announce that we have added a stunning collection from Louise Bentley Bridalwear to our range and we are now an approved stockist of this fashion forward designer team.


At BOA Boutique we always strive to find designers who fit in aesthetically with the designs that we already sell and Louise Bentley is a perfect fit with their beautiful cut designs and attention to detail.


Louise Bentley is an exquisite collection of British designed Wedding Dresses. The talent behind this exciting range are Christine Wilke and Jane Hancock who are the award winning design partnership behind the well-established and successful Loulou label. We welcome them on board and we very much look forward to dressing our brides in their beautiful creations.


If you would like to make an appointment to view our exclusive edit, then please call us to make an appointment.







BOA Boutique are delighted to be participating in BBSA Bridal Sale Week 1st – 3rd July 2017



We have a very exciting event coming up that we wanted you to all know about as we know that demand is going to be high.


From the 1st to 3rd July inclusively we will be selling some of our glorious gowns from £500.

Obviously we will only have one of each style, and an appointment must be made in advance to come and try them on.


We will be stocking sale dresses from some of the finest designers including Lou Lou, Ivory and Co. Naomi Neoh, Terry Fox, Charlotte Balbier, Sadoni and Anoushka G.


Please contact us via telephone or email to make an appointment and you could grab yourself an incredible bargain.

Designer Day at BOA Boutique Richmond – Sunday April 30th 2017



We are excited to announce that we have the wonderfully talented Donna Crain spending the day with us on 30th April to help you with ALL of your accessory needs. Donna will be with us between 11am and 4pm. Some appointment times have already been taken.

She will be showing her brand new bespoke collection and showing brides exactly how to choose the perfect accessories for your special day.

Space is extremely limited so please call us at your earliest convenience to book an appointment with Donna. It will be a fabulous day full of beautiful pieces to look at.


We look forward very much to seeing you on Sunday 30th April.



How to make your Winter Wedding Wonderful!

Of course, when we conjure up the word wedding our first thought is of a summer bride, wandering through daisy strewn meadows and surrounded by pastel pallettes, enjoying the outdoors, Marquee’s, and the fresh tastes of summer.

But there is something so absolutely wonderous about a Winter Wedding. Everything becomes so romantic and sparkly and you can introduce deep, rich colours into your theme that contrast so beautifully against your gown. Or you can compliment with ice white crystals and powder silverys & greys. When else can you get the chance to create your own Winter Wonderland. Imagine marrying in front of an open log fire, or in twinkling candlelight.

At BOA Boutique we love using our richer fabrics and silks for our Winter Brides, adding glorious touches such as long luxurious sleeves in lace, maybe a coloured sash or perhaps completing your look with a fur stole or jacket – you really can lose yourself in the beauty of the colder, crisper months. Here are some beautiful ideas to inspire you to consider Winter as the perfect time for your wedding.

Wedding Traditions & Their Meanings

Have you ever wondered why a bride wears a veil, why she throws her bouquet or any of the other many wedding traditions? Then wonder no more! BOA Boutique have put together a list of the meanings behind some of the most popular wedding traditions.

Why do we wear a wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand?

The ancient Greeks believed that there was a vein that connected the third finger of the left hand directly to the heart. So a ring was placed on this finger because of the hand/heart connection. Awwwwww!

What is the purpose of a Veil?

Roman brides wore bright veils (usually in red). It was intended to make the bride look like she was on fire which would, in turn help to ward off evil spirits who could curse a wedding. This belief eventually progressed into using the veil to confuse spirits, as The Romans then decided that by covering up the bride’s face, the spirit wouldn’t be able to curse a bride as they would not be sure who the bride actually was! It was the Victorian era that introduced heavier, long length veils and wore then in white. The more ostentatious the veil, the bigger the status symbol.

Why is your wedding dress white?

Before Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, most brides would simply wear the most expensive dress they owned on their wedding day. Victoria though changed tradition and went for white because it was the colour of her favourite lace. She wrote in her diary: ‘I wore a white satin dress with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design, and my jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace and earrings and dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch.’ Victoria set the trend for brides in the future, helped by the colour’s association with purity.

Throwing the bouquet?

This particular tradition is thought to stem from France in the 14th-century. In medieval times, guests would rip the bride’s dress to shreds – having a piece of the dress was considered to be lucky. This evolved into the groom throwing the bride’s garter into the crowd to save her dress from being ruined. Eventually the bouquet emerged as a more civilised alternative to the garter. It was believed that the catcher would always be the next to marry.

Why is the bride given away?

The traditional wedding ceremony is based on ancient Roman customs where marriages were arranged between families. The tradition symbolises the act of your father (literally) handing you over to a new keeper. Usually, the bride was given away in exchange for gifts or a dowry.

Why does the bride stand on the left of her groom?

Traditionally a bride would stand to the left so that her groom could hold his betrothed with his left hand and draw his sword with his right hand, should anyone try to kidnap her! It is said that marriage would usually take place by “capture” which meant that the grooms fighting hand would need to be free incase he needed to defend his bride from other men that were interested in her.


The tradition of having bridesmaids started in Roman times when brides would have at least 10 witnesses dressed in an identical way to them. The idea was that the bridesmaids would act as decoys to any evil spirits trying to harm the bride. The lookalikes were also believed to give the bride extra protection should another suitor try to kidnap her on the way to the service.

Confetti Throwing

Confetti was thrown as it was believed it was the pagan symbol of fertility and prosperity. It was traditionally grains of rice, flower petals or sugar that was thrown. It was the Victorians who first used paper to be thrown instead of food!

Something Blue

The colour blue symbolised Purity, so combined with a white gown, this helped to vouch for how pure and virginal your bride was on the day. The colour blue now features predominantly on a ribbon worn on a garter by the bride.

Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery Exhibition at the V&A Museum.






If you are anything like us at BOA Boutique and are fascinated by the wonder of the use of fabrics and embroidery, then you might be interested in the latest exhibition currently on at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

You can explore a selection of the most outstanding examples of English Medieval embroidery. Featuring surviving examples of exquisite craftsmanship, this exhibition reveals the artistic skill of the makers and the world in which they were created. Running now until February 2017 it is well worth a visit.

Full details can be found here

V&A Opus Anglicanum – Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery



Things to know BEFORE your wedding dress appointment


1. Try to Limit Your Entourage

It is wise to bring one or two of your closest friends or family members to help with your search and they are most welcome. Any more people than this and you can begin to feel pressured by others opinions and you will become confused. You are the one trying on the dress and you are the only one who truly knows how it feels when worn. Listen to advice, but remember that it is your dress and your day. The fewer people that see the dress beforehand – the more of a surprise it will be on your wedding day!


2. Undergarments

Nude coloured pants and a strapless bra are the very best thing that you can wear when trying on wedding dresses. Seam free larger pants (think Bridget Jones!!) are ideal as they will work under even the most fitted of gowns. You only need to bring the specific underwear you will be wearing on your wedding day once you have chosen your gown and are having your first fitting.


3. A consultant will be in the changing room with you

You will be joined in the dressing room by one of our experienced consultants who will assist you in and out of each dress.


4. Weekday appointments are much quieter than Weekends

Consider taking a half day holiday for your first appointment. You will most likely have the showroom to yourself during the week and you will have a very relaxing experience. Weekends do get booked up quicker than weekdays and can be busier.


5. Appointment Charges

At BOA Boutique we only charge for Thursday evening appointments as we keep our store open on that evening especially for brides who cannot visit us during regular working hours. The charge for a Thursday evening appointment is £25 and is refunded if you place a dress order. We do not charge for any other appointments, including weekends. The bride to be will have a one and a half hour, one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced consultant at her appointment.


6. Have an open mind when it comes to styles

Yes, it is important to know your own style – but you might be surprised how good you look and feel in a style, cut, or length you normally wouldn’t have considered. Wedding Dress shopping is nothing like High Street shopping so be open to trying something that one of our experienced consultants think may work for your body type.


7. Cameras

Designers do not allow photographs of their gowns to be taken during your appointment so we respectfully request no pictures. Your consultant will always write down the style details of your gown so that you can find professional, high quality pictures online.


8. Relax, Enjoy it and have Fun

This is the most important thing to remember. This is a truly special time in your life, so enjoy the experience and let us take care of you.

Request an appointment

Weekends tend to be very popular - to avoid disappointment we recommend you book up to two weeks in advance.

    All appointments are for 1 & ½ hours.

    BOA Boutique

    22 High Street
    Great Bookham, Leatherhead,
    Surrey, KT23 4AG

    Tel: 020 8948 2340

    Opening Hours

    Appointment only *due to social distancing measures
    Open every day 10am-5pm, out of hours appointments also available by special arrangement.