If 2020 is the year you intend to get down on one knee, are set to walk down the aisle, or, indeed, have any romantic celebration planned, then a trip to The Royal Exchange Manchester will make shopping for your jubilations a joy.  From diamonds to dresses, groomswear to gifts, accessories to alterations, you’ll find everything you need for your special day in one place.

And for those traditionalists amongst you, 2020 is a leap year, meaning the ‘fairer sex’ are ‘officially’ allowed to propose. For those ladies who like to honour historic ways and tradition, then you have a 24 hour window to make your boyfriend your betrothed.  The 29th February has historically been the one day that it is acceptable for ladies to ask their gentleman to marry them; meaning a four year wait for any damsels who miss their chance.

To celebrate the start of a new year full of special days, we’ve listed our must-visit stores for wedding and engagement sparkle and style:

For the rings

Whatever your taste (or that of your intended!), The Royal Exchange really does have something for everyone; from designer wedding rings and bespoke bands, to vintage engagement rings and the highest quality diamonds.  Come along and browse amongst Jenny Jones Jewellery, Wave, Diamond Heaven, Mays and Swiss Watch Shop in the Arcade, or visit the building’s longest standing tenant Arthur Kay Jewellers on the corner of St Ann’s Square and Market Street

For the bride

Every bride wants to make sure that her perfect dress fits like a glove, but needs to feel utterly confident that all alterations are carried out by an expert they can trust implicitly.  Specialists in bridal alterations for over 30 years, Alterations Boutique in the Arcade offer the ultimate pair of safe hands.

For the groom

From traditional morning suits and formal menswear, to bespoke tailoring and modern designs, dapper gents have plenty of choice at The Royal Exchange. Specialists in formal menswear and wedding suit hire Moss Bros have a fantastic range of suits and accessories, and premium menswear outfitters Lanigan and Hulme offer a first-class made-to-measure service.

For the Mother-of-the-bride or groom

With over 40 years experience of dressing mothers of the bride, Nigel Rayment has recently re-opened following a complete refurbishment of the store. Its impressive range of outfits and accessories for the ‘other’ special lady or ladies makes Nigel Rayment the go-to place for elegant outfits and special occasion wear.

Happy shopping and don’t forget to tag the store and The Royal Exchange into social media posts of your special day purchase so that we can share the love too!

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