Saturday, 2 March 2013

Frugal Wedding Dresses

Since being engaged myself, I'm now on the lookout for any bargain bridal treats. Without giving anything away on my own dress, I've been scouring the internet for bridesmaid and wedding dress inspiration and found that there really are some great alternatives on the High Street - and for once, you won't have to worry about anyone wearing the same dress (I hope!):

1) J Crew. Of course, I love J Crew...but it still surprises me how few people know about their Bridal section. They have a really reasonable flat-rate shipping to the UK and dresses costs roughly £600 upwards. I'm most probably going to get my bridesmaid dresses from here. I wore a J Crew dress to my sister's wedding (it was cream - but if Pippa Middleton can do it, so can I!)

My sister in Vera Wang, myself in J Crew and the bridesmaids in Ted Baker grey dresses
Visit the J Crew Wedding Shop

2) The Outnet. So it's a risk, but if you've got time there are some fabulous gems on here - my sister bought THE most beautiful Marchesa dress from here to wear to a wedding once - it's great for brides and for guests!

Chiffon dress, £152.50, Alice + Olivia at The Outnet
3) Monsoon.  Looking for something chic, between £250-£400, Monsoon has a decent selection of dresses, I especially love the Kora embellished dress. Monsoon is obviously great if you're having little Flower girls, too!

Nina dress, £229, Monsoon

Gabriella dress, from £40, Monsoon
4) By Malene Birger. These aren't traditional 'wedding' dresses, just gorgeous dresses which will make you feel special on your day, with a bit more of a fashion twist:

Livisa embellished dress, £499, By Malene Birger

5) Phase Eight. For a bit of a vintage twist, Phase Eight has some beautiful detailed dresses, such as this Evelyn dress:

Evelyn dress, £750, Phase Eight

6) BHS. I wouldn't personally recommend it for Bridal dresses, but for flower girls? They seem to have gone all J Crew on us...

Dresses from £32, BHS
Saving here means you can spend a bit more money on the important things...


Your something blue, £355, Gianvito Rossi at Matches
Earrings, £55, Lulu Frost for Whistles
Why not do leopard on your big day? Clutch, £95, Stella McCartney at Matches
Hair grips, £6, Johnny Loves Rosie
Hello pretties! Louboutins available from Browns Bride

'It's a wrap' crystal hairclip, Chelsea de Luca

And for something that little bit different...what would I give to wear this down the aisle?! Simply stunning:

Osman A/W 13 show (


  1. Loving all your dress recommendations. Never knew about JCrew! Oh you have me wishing for a lovely wedding to go to now... :) Ax

    1. J Crew dresses are gorgeous - really good quality, too. And you obviously don't have to wait for a wedding to go to! ;)

  2. If you like charity shops and don't mind second-hand/vintage (and you are willing to travel!), St. Barnabas in Lincoln has a vintage wedding dress thingy tomorrow. They are one of the best charity shops I've found in a while-I found an Hermes scarf there! Also there were some amazing Mikhael Aghal ones on sale the other day for less than £50 on cocosa! Ann x

    1. I always forget cocosa! It's such a good site....and yes, second-hand is definitely a good idea!

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  4. Love your suggestions. I'm getting married in June & our daughters are bridesmaids/ flower girls. For little ones we have chosen really delicate liberty print & a friend is making very simple dresses. I think less is more for the little ones & too much shine etc overwhelmes them.

    I found vintage cream Joseph knee length dress in Bath. Kurt Geiger shoes & Minna is making a unique coverup & vintage style flowers for all of us.Really lovely visiting her workshop. But it is amazing even with 'bargain' dress it certainly adds up....

    Need suggestions for some flattish shoes as I'm not sure I can wear heels all day & night.

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  6. If you are petite, expect to have to have dresses bought online fitted, but that would be the only thing, I didn't even need to wear a corset underneath.

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