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Second hand wedding dresses

There are now many places that you can buy a used dress from online, with dedicated sites where you can sell your own dress being  very common.
As well as popular sites such as eBay, charities such as Oxfam not only offer bridal sections within their shops, but also have dresses available online as well.

Oxfam Bridal Collection

Oxfam Bridal Collection

So why opt for a second hand dress?
The main reason will be to save money, with many dresses being sold at discounts of more than 50% off of the original retail price.

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Elegant peplums

Peplums were seen all over the spring runways last September on skirts, dresses, and blouses. This trend is flattering because it creates an illusion of a small waist so why not incorporate it into your wedding dress!

peplum wedding dress

Peplum dresses are perfect for brides with curvy silhouettes as it slims down the waist and accentuates an hourglass figure. Also, this style is flattering for brides with straight bodies as it defines the waist and adds lots of volume to a straight up and down figure. This trend has been walking up and down the catwalks from designers like Marchesa, Reem Acra, and Oscar de la Renta so they will defiantly make you pretty in peplum!   

Top 10 tips for Brides on a budget

  1. Wedding dress – The dress is the one ascept of your wedding that you dont want to compromise much with but if you’re on a budget then check out buying a second hand gown, visiting chariety shops and checking out designer sample sales which is a great way of saving hundreds of pounds. Why not sell your dress aftwerwards to obtain some money back but make sure that it is in good condition!
  2. Invitations – Dont bother with buying expensive formal invitations when you could just make them yourself, this is a great way to save a bit of money. To make your home made cards look more formal add decorations like ribbons, buttons, pictures or even print the invitations off your computer.
  3. The wedding cake – A great way to save money is by baking cupcakes which is a quirky alternative twist on the classic wedding cake and you can have lots of fun taking all your bridesmaids to a cupcake decorating class! You can make them look expensive by placing them on tiers and decorating them with flowers.
  4. Flowers – If you’re on a tight budget but love flowers then reuse the same flowers that were at your ceremony and use them for your wedding reception, just ask your ushers to transport the flowers carefully to your venue. This is a great tip to save some money!
  5. Reception – Why not host your wedding reception at the local village hall as it is cheap to hire and you can cater the guests yourselves by buying the food from the local supermarket.  Or why not plan to get married later in the day so you wont have as many guests to cater for which would help with the budget.
  6. Venue – To save some money book your venue out of season as you can save a fraction of the price!
  7. Centerpieces & Favours – The table centerpieces can be very simple but can still make a statement so why not have a pot of vibrant flowers or maybe you could make your centerpieces your favours too by having a basket of cupcakes on each table.
  8. Transport – You dont have to arrive in a posh Rolls Royce or Bently, why not just ask your freinds and family if they have a fancy car you could borrow which would definatly cut down the costs.
  9. Honeymoon – All newylweds would love to travel somewhere exotic for their honeymoon, but what about if you cant afford it? Ask your freinds and family to chip in instead of a gift wish list.
  10. Bridesmaids – Ask your bridesmaids to pay for their dresses, it might seem a bit cheeky but it would definatly help you stick to the wedding budget.

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Get your Gatsby on!

As the hit movie, The Great Gatsby has danced its way on to our screens this year, it seems appropriate for everyone to get their Gatsby on, including brides! For a glamourous hen night why not take a Charleston masterclass at Claridges with your friends, this would include being taught the fabulous moves from the twenties by the professional dancers, ‘The Bee’s Knees’ and when your feet are worn out from doing the bunny hop you can enjoy elegant cocktails like the `Flapper` at the end of the session. Also, to get the full experience of of this glamourous era you and your friends will be able to adorn yourselves with accessories such as sequined headbands, strings of pearls and satin elbow-length gloves to feel like a true Gatsby girl!


If you would like a Gatsby inspired wedding dress, then play it like Daisy by choosing a curve hugging silhouette and embracing the strings of pearls and elegant embellishment which is a great alternative twist from the classical wedding dresses. Headpieces were a statement fashion accessory in the twenties, so if you would like to standout on your big day then look out for pretty combs, clips and even tiaras too!Read More

The Cutting Edge in gowns

We love the current range from Cutting Edge Brides who specialise in 1950’s inspired gowns, tea dresses and short bridal gowns, many of which come with detachable trains for modesty during the wedding ceremony.

The Cymbeline Paris gown pictured below is currently available with a whopping 47% discount, their website is easy to navigate, allowing you to shop by length, price, style inspiration, neckline, back design, details and colour, and if you can’t get to their extensive showroom in London they have a £25 “try at home” service.

Short wedding gown with detachable train.

Short wedding gown with detachable train by Cymbeline Paris.

Do you have a wedding dress regret?

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The Military Wedding.

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Embrace at the NEC National Wedding Show!

Embrace is a refreshing concept in Bridal Boutiques; an experience designed for a bride-to-be with curves, where no woman should be embarrassed about the size label in her dress, the measurements on the tape or what the weighing scales read. It is about embracing the woman within, a real woman who is marrying her partner who loves and adores her just the way she is.

Ellie Sanderson at the NEC National Wedding Show!

Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique stunned us at Earls Court! Now she returns to the NEC to show us her beautiful bridal collection.

Donna Crain Couture at The National Wedding Show, Earls Court

We are delighted to say that Donna Crain Couture will be exhibiting this year at   Wedding Show. Find them at Stand G41 where they will be showing their exquisite one off pieces and accessories. Only using genuine vintage treasures, quality freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals, they are not a company to missed! Keep an eye out for their new collections which they are launching at the show!


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