We’ve all gazed wistfully at stunning wedding dresses from the likes of Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa but in reality, few of us have dress budgets to snare these fabulous designer dresses which often start at an eye-watering £5000 or more.
For years, brides have been persuaded to part with huge sums to secure the dress of their dreams, with even mid-range designers routinely charging anywhere from £1500-£4000 for their bridal gowns. Well, now help is at hand as many of our favourite High Street brands have cleverly spotted a massive gap in the market, and have developed their own bridal ranges.
Here is Manor By The Lake’s guide to the best wedding dresses available on the High Street.
Available to buy online, in Phase Eight stores and in larger department stores such as John Lewis, Phase Eight have developed a range of wedding dresses from vintage 50s inspired short styles, to full-length gowns with beading and sequin work.
Dresses are priced from £250-£595 and are available in sizes 6-20 meaning there are plenty of options for brides of all sizes.
We particularly love the heavily embellished ‘Hope’ dress which has a very Gatsbyesque feel to it with its beautiful beading, sheer top and flattering silhouette.
Known for its affordable styles and on-trend designs it was only a matter of time before Topshop jumped on the bridal bandwagon. With a range of strapless, tie-shoulder and Bardot styles in white and blush pink, there is a limited edition range of dresses available from £350-£795.
Also available from Topshop is the range from Hope & Ivy where fashion forward wedding dresses are available from just £140. Perfect for the bride who’d rather invest more in her destination wedding rather than her dress.
Our favourite? The gorgeous Topshop tulle midi dress priced at £425.
Debenhams offers a relatively broad range of wedding dresses from a number of designers with own brand Debut dresses starting at £220 for a classic full-length white dress. We think the Ben de Lisi range has some stunning dresses that look uncannily similar to boutique brand styles priced at five times as much!
One to watch? Nine by Savannah Miller is stocked exclusively at Debenhams and offers beautiful dresses with a bohemian twist. This is the first bridal collection from Savannah (sister of the ever-so-slightly more famous Sienna) that celebrates both form and function to create elegant, chic dresses for modern brides. Designer dresses without the designer price tags! We think the Eligenza dress currently on sale at £336 is an absolute steal!
Whether you’re running away to Vegas, tying the knot on the beach, or hoping for a country chic celebration, online favourite ASOS has a fab range of wedding dresses to choose from.
With the prices starting at a very reasonable £65 we think having a second dress for your evening reception is a must! For a dramatic entrance, you can’t go wrong with the ASOS trumpet hem maxi dress at £200.
Monsoon has long been the go-to shop for brides hoping to get their bridesmaids kitted out on the High Street but now you can sort everyone from flower girls to the bride herself under the same roof!
There are 22 gorgeous dresses all exclusively designed in London that feature romantic lace and beautiful beading. With a choice of midi, maxi and full-length dresses, you can be as traditional or unique as you like. We love the fact that you can also buy veils, jewellery, hair accessories and shoes to complement your chosen dress. Prices range from £229-£499. Our top tip? The sleek, sophisticated Veronika embellished dress with its crossover design and a tempting price tag of £249.
At Manor By The Lake we like to think of ourselves as wedding experts and would love to guide and advise you on every aspect of your big day. Why not give our totally talented wedding planners a call today on 01242 245 071 or email [email protected] to book a private tour of our stunning country Manor house?