High street wedding dresses don't have to equal cheap, see our edit of the stunning gowns that don't cost a fortune...
£24,000. The cost of a gorgeous new car, and now, the average price of a
wedding in the UK. With venue hire, catering and decorations, those
prices can soon mount up.
But there’s one thing you can
definitely save on this season – the dress. Even though the average
price of wedding dress in the UK is £1,385, there are still ways to get a
gorgeous gown for your ‘budget’ wedding without having to go second
hand. From vintage styles to thoroughly modern cuts, every high street
is suddenly awash with styles to suit every taste, size and budget.
a wedding dress at any time of life can be incredibly overwhelming – it
is the moment a lot of us have dreamt about from a young age, and style
is something you shouldn’t have to compromise on. Thankfully, the
gorgeous options available mean you can find your perfect dress for for a
fraction of the average price tag.
We’ve noticed a distinct lack
of strapless gowns in recent years, and an increase in sleeves made of
stunning lace and embellishment. Vintage styles are also making a
Flick through for stunning high street gowns that will make any bride feel like a princess for the day…
JD Williams SS17 Bridal Collection available now
If the typically tight, cinched-in waists on wedding dresses makes you nervous, this Laced Chiffon Dress offers stomach coverage and elegant bat sleeves for a flattering fit.
Buy now from jdwilliams.co.uk for £95
This Boutique Emily Beaded Maxi Dress features a flattering sweetheart neckline, grown-up embellishments and a panelled a-line skirt that distracts attention away from the hips. With sleeves, a lightweight fabric and a floor-sweeping cut, it pretty much ticks all the boxes and it’s a total a bargain.
Buy now from Boohoo.com for £50
Cape sleeves were huge news during award season, everyone from Victoria Beckham to Jennifer Lopez have worn the look. This Cape Sleeve Maxi Dress is the perfect buy for fashion-conscious brides on a budget.
Buy now from missguided.co.uk for £90
Much to the relief of brides on a budget, Dorothy Perkins has announced their new line of wedding gowns, all for under £175. You read that right.
So far, the high street favourite has released images of ten gowns from their capsule collection. The gowns incorporate both traditional and modern trends like mid-length hems, lacy embellishments, and halter necks. All of the dresses will be sold in sizes 8-18 and prices start at just £85.
The store will begin selling the bridal gown collection online in April, and eventually Dorothy Perkins plans to add bridal shoes and other bridal accessories to their collection. The store already sells bridesmaid dresses, meaning brides everywhere will soon be able to dress their whole wedding party with a budget friendly option that doesn?t sacrifice style.
Dress, Dorothy Perkins available April 2017
Alexandra Lace Bridal, £449.00, Monsoon
A contemporary twist on a classic style, this off-the-shoulder gown is modest but incredibly chic. It also boasts a 45cm traditional train – great for making an entrance!
Salma Dress, £225.00, Ghost
Embrace vintage glamour with this stunning satin gown, which features an elegant cowl back and high neck.
Theodora Dress, £599.00, Whistles
A chic and contemporary design that?s super feminine. We love the bohemian feel of the tiered column skirt, which adds movement and shape to the dress.
Isabella Bridal Dress, £499.00, Monsoon
This beautiful fishtail style hugs your figure and gently drapes from the thighs downwards. The sparkly embellishments are great for reflecting light onto your body, so your skin will look flawless in all your wedding pictures!
Ben de Lisi Dress, £299.00, Debenhams
This Grecian-style dress is the perfect occasion piece; the open back and draping design oozes elegance and femininity.
Ella Rose Dress, £595.00, Phase Eight
This girly dress has a sweetheart bodice and contrasting semi-sheer neckline. The all-over embellishments add texture to the dress, making it appear high-end. We also love the open back finish as a final feminine flourish!
Victoria Lace Wedding Jumpsuit, £499.00, Whistles
A modern option for brides who like to be a bit different – or who don’t like dresses – this stunning lacy jumpsuit is a total showstopper. With wide culotte-like legs and 70s cape sleeves, this contemporary piece oozes femininity.
Debut Ivory Dress, £199.00, Debenhams
The lace detailing on this dress, gives it a pretty vintage feel. This delicate gown also features a sweetheart neckline and draped hem.
Clarissa Wedding Dress, £275.00, Phase Eight
This vintage style midi dress is a great alternative to the traditional floor-length gown. Its fit-and-flare style flatters the figure by drawing attention to your waist and skimming problems areas such as your tummy, bum and thighs. An eye-catching lace overlay is a beautiful finishing touch.