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Ruby Frances Bridal is an award winning wedding dress shop located in Minster, Thanet, Kent, specialising in ex-sample gowns and accessories. 

From a young age we dreamt of opening our own bridal store and with the help from our late Nannie - Audrey Ruby Frances Kember - it finally become a reality in January 2018 and we are love it more and more everyday!


The vision started while working and visiting other bridal stores. We were shocked at the amount of money brides were expected to spend on their special day, with the average bride now spending around £1500 on a gown. We believe that no matter your budget, you should still receive the same experience and feel just as beautiful, so we are proud to say that all of our ex-sample dresses are designer and within a £199 - £999 price range.


Monday:          10am - 4pm

Tuesday:           10am - 4pm

Wednesday:      Closed

Thursday:          2pm - 7pm

Friday:              10am - 4pm

Saturday:           9am - 6pm

Sunday:            Closed

By appointment only. 



Our store is based in the quaint village of Minster in Thanet.

Ruby Frances Bridal,

79 High Street,

Minster in Thanet,



CT12 4AB

There is some free street parking located directly outside the shop, or you can find a free car park located on Monkton Road which is approximately a 1 minute walk away.

The shop can also be accessed by bus and trains, which regularly run to and from Minster.



Sophie Parry
Co. Owner

Age & Star Sign: 28, Leo
Years in Bridal: 11 Years
Favourite Wedding Dress Designer: Either Berta or Zavana Bridal
Favourite Thing About the Shop: Getting to experience the super special moment when a bride says yes to her dream dress.
Top Wedding Dress Shopping Tip: Bring a small group of people that you trust and who's opinion you really value, the worst thing is feeling too overwhelmed with too many opinions. At the end of the day it's all about you!
Some of My Favourite Things: My cat Milo, buying new dresses for the shop, the theatre, spaghetti carbonara, manifestation, wedding planning, coca-cola, travelling, white flowers and marmite.


Katie Cotton
Co. Owner

Age & Star Sign: 30, Leo
Years in Bridal: 6 Years
Favourite Wedding Dress Designer: Pronovias
Favourite Thing About the Shop: Getting to get to know our customers on a really personal basis and being so involved in their wedding journey.
Top Wedding Dress Shopping Tip: Always trust yourself! When you know, you know. Always follow your heart.
Some of My Favourite Things: Disney, wine, Mexican food, Harry Potter, reading, afternoon tea, holidays, stingrays, pyjamas, Ru Paul's Drag Race and musicals.

Sophie began working in a bridal boutique at the age of 14, and fell in love with the industry and all things weddings. Since then she has worked as a bridal consultant in a number of stores across the UK and is now thrilled to own her own bridal shop in the village she grew up in. 

After graduating in with a first class degree in Arts Management, Katie began her career in the events industry and has previously worked in a number of venues over the years. Using this experience in conjunction with her experience in the shop, Katie is able to offer brides useful advice in the lead up to their special day.

With Katie's extensive administrative and business background and Sophie's knowledge of the bridal industry, both sisters make the perfect pair to give every bride a magical experience.

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