STAFF at a Halesowen bridal boutique are celebrating after coming third in a leading wedding magazine’s s best retailer award.

The Dressings Rooms was nominated for exceptional service by suppliers and brides whose testimonials were scrutinised by a panel of experts.

These included the You and Your Wedding magazine editor, fashion designers, and a hairdresser to the royals.

Boutique boss Rebecca Baddeley, who launched her Manor Lane business eight years ago, said the accolade was a great “pat on the back” to her nine staff.

She said: “There are lots of trials and tribulations with weddings and it’s nice for the staff when their efforts are appreciated.”

Mrs Baddeley, who employs three seamstresses ensuring all alterations are carried out in house, said everyone was “thrilled and excited” to be placed so high in the Uk’s best independent bridal retailer list.

The business features in the hot list in a supplement accompanying the March/April editions of You and Your Wedding and Cosmo Brides magazines.

Mrs Baddeley and staff members were treated to champagne, canopes and a pampering session at the magazine’s London headquarters before the awards ceremony.

She added: “If there’s an accolade to win in this industry, it’s this. It’s fantastic and all the more special because we were nominated by our brides.”