Wedding Wear Buying Guide

October 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Fashion, Wedding Fashion

Never has it been better for brides on a budget as more and more high street stores offer dedicated wedding ranges and many dresses and accessories that can easily be adapted for wedding wear.  Savvy brides are taking to searching the high street stores for items such as bridal lingerie, bridal shoes and even wedding dresses.  Here are just a few of the top places to shop for wedding wear on the high street.

High Street Wedding Wear

Debenhams has one of the most well known high street wedding wear ranges, with fabulous designer wedding gowns available off the peg with affordable price tags.  You’ll find great styled gowns ideal for both weddings at home or abroad as well as bridesmaid dresses and men’s formal wear outfits – in fact something for the whole bridal party.

BHS is another high street heavy weight that caters for the entire bridal party.  With affordable bridal shoe ranges and flower girl and page boy outfits as well as the stunning Art of Elegance Bridal Dress collection by Elizabeth Emanuel – you’ll find oodles of choice from this well known and reputable department store.

A recent addition to the high street wedding market is M&S Bridal.  With gorgeous, simple and understated dresses the M&S bridal range is something for the bride who really does not have a lot of cash to consider.  Grooms & Ushers formal wear is also readily available as well as a fabulous range of jewellery accessories that are amazingly affordable but are of great quality.

Littlewoods catalogue on line has a fab range of wedding dresses, shoes and accessories as well as bridesmaid dresses from the Nicholas Millington bridal collection.  Littlewoods allows those with a tighter budget to buy now pay later – an option worth considering if pennies are tight.

If you’re getting married abroad or looking for a simple wedding gown then Coast has a fabulous collection of ivory bridal dresses that are beautiful.  Not only this but Coast has one of the most well known high street bridesmaids gown collections with a staggering arrange of beautfully design bridesmaid dresses available.

A round up of a few on the best places to check out for shopping for wedding wear on the high street

For more information and ideas to help plan your wedding wear check out these articles and savvy bride guides.

Auction & Classified Sites

If you’re after a real bargain then why not consider looking to those well known auction sites.

Ebay is a fantastic place to consider looking if you want to pick up a bargain on your wedding wear.  You‘ll find wedding dresses, shoes and accessories all at extremely low price tags.  Don’t think that everything on ebay is pre-loved – you’ll find lots of great bargains that are all brand new.  Ebay has a great range of sellers who cater for every wedding need including jewellery, stationery and even your chair cover hire!

If you’re happy to wear something that has been lovely preserved, then Preloved is another great place to check out.  Here you will find amazing bargains on once and never worn wedding dresses from real brides.  This is a great place to list your wedding items after the big day too!

On Line Bridal Stores

Becoming more popular are brides ordering dresses on line from retailers in the US who specialise in designer wedding dresses and wedding attire.  The House of Brides who stock all manner of designer bridal gowns at a fraction of the cost in UK bridal shops. There are some great offers on couture wedding gowns from designers such as Alfredo Angelo and bridemaid dresses from Dessy.   Check out our guide on Buying Your Wedding Dress from the US Guide for more information on what factors when thinking about buying your dress from abroad including the pros and cons and financial considerations such as import tax.

Bridal Lingerie

Not to be forgotten, your bridal lingerie is extremely important.  You’ll need this for those all important dress fittings and you have to be sure that it fits right.  Even if your not looking for something for under your dress remember that all important wedding night (if you last the pace!).

All the big name retailers such as Debenhams and Marks & Spencer have wedding and bridal lingerie but there are also dedicated on line wedding lingerie retailers to consider looking at.  (The gorgeous bridal corset shown is available at Lingerie Express)

See more details on picking your bridal lingerie and shopping for wedding night goodies at our Bridal Lingerie and Wedding Night Wear Guide.

Bridal Shoes

Bridal shoes ranges are now available in most major high street retailers including gorgeous and stylish ranges being offered by the likes of Faith and Barratts.  No longer do you need to pay the prices of designer bridal boutiques and you can get up to the minute wedding shoe designs at a fraction of the cost.  A few places to consider searching for your bridal shoes include:

Confetti stock the well known Rainbow bridal shoe collection and John Lewis.  A top tip if you are after Dune bridal shoes is to search big department stores such as John Lewis.  These types of stores often sell many brands and you can find that elusive wedding shoe if they are out of stock on the main site.

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