As kids, some of us love the idea of a big, extravagant wedding: a castle in the countryside, a tropical island soirée, a huge banquet with family and friends. Accompanying this daydream? A wedding dress to match, of course, from exclusive designers to fairy-tale ballgowns and embellished, ethereal styles.
Though these grand ambitions are often tempered by the realities of adulthood, exorbitant wedding costs and the lack of a fairy godmother, we’re big believers that money needn’t determine your dream dress (nor your dream day). To prove this, we’ve rounded up the best brands for wedding dresses and accessories on the high street. All the better for the bride who would rather invest in the party, the after-party or the honeymoon. There’s no need to worry about your dress turning to rags at midnight, either…
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For the bride who… wants a cutting-edge design without the designer price tag.
What’s on offer? Reiss doesn’t have a dedicated bridal section but a search of “white dresses” brings up everything from boho metallic maxis and summery, Grecian-style dresses to elegant caped gowns.
What’s the price range? £168 – £785.
Reiss Louisa Metallic Maxi Dress, $, available at Reiss
For the bride who… is going for a relaxed, bohemian vibe.
What’s on offer? Sézane doesn’t have a dedicated bridal range but with a quick search through its dress section we found some beautiful, modern, lacy gowns that perfectly suit a destination wedding.
What’s the price range? £115 – £260.
Sézane Izia Dress, $, available at Sézane
For the bride who… is spending her money on the honeymoon.
What’s on offer? More affordable gowns ranging from simple white satin pieces to dresses with embellishment, fringe and lace. ASOS is one of our best bets for plus-size bridal looks and those searching for specific designs like short dresses.
What’s the price range? £38 – £395.
ASOS Edition Curve Lennox Sequin Blouson Sleeve Wedding Dress, $, available at ASOS
For the bride who… is looking for a simple dress with a vintage vibe.
What’s on offer? Ghost is known for slinky satin gowns with lots of movement. You won’t find lace or embellishment among its bridal offering but if you’re going for a vintage aesthetic, this is a great spot.
What’s the price range? £129 – £195.
Ghost Delphine Satin Maxi Dress, Ivory, $, available at Ghost
For the bride who… wants something contemporary with a twist.
What’s on offer? Whistles’ bridal collection has a great range of options, from lace co-ord gowns to Grecian-inspired, one-shoulder dresses and smart white suits. There are some beautiful options for bridesmaids, too.
What’s the price range? £129 – £699.
Whistles Tie Back Maxi Dress, $, available at Whistles
For the bride who… is not a regular bride, she’s a fashion bride.
What’s on offer? Self-Portrait has an eclectic, offbeat approach to bridal. You’ll find tons of asymmetric, almost avant-garde pieces. We especially love its “reimagined vintage” aesthetic — gowns that look like your nan’s closet from the future.
What’s the price range? £250 – £560.
Self Portrait White Beaded Sequin Bandeau Mini Dress, $, available at Self Portrait
For the bride who… loves a minimal, timeless silhouette that doesn’t compromise on sexiness.
What’s on offer? At the higher end of a high street budget, Reformation prides itself on sustainability as well as minimal, ’90s-inspired designs. The LA-based brand’s bridal collection offers casual satin slip gowns, V-cut and low-back numbers, Bardot dresses and shimmery minis. With plenty of white linen designs among the lineup, Reformation is our go-to for destination wedding dressing.
What’s the price range? £110 – £835.
Reformation Ronda Silk Dress, $, available at Reformation
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