Wedding Planning... High street wedding dresses!

Choosing my wedding dress was one of the most exciting parts of planning our wedding so far. I think I took a little longer than most brides. Many have told me they only visited 2-3 shops whereas I visited 8, even going back to three of them a second time! I don't think I was particularly fussy or difficult, it's just that I never really had an idea in my head what I wanted and I think I was waiting for that "the one" moment with tears and applause! (Not really, nobody in my bridal party is that way inclined.)

My dress finally arrived in store last week and I picked it up with my Mum and sister on Tuesday. I did have a few anxious feelings before we got there... what if it didn't fit? What if I don't even like it any more?! I needn't have worried because it fit like a glove* and I fell in love with it all over again! 

*Apart from needing a tiny lift on the shoulders and a little off the hem!
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While I hunted round all my local bridal boutiques, I found that prices ranged from anything from £800 upwards. Many people just can't justify paying £2k for a dress that will only ever be worn once. Hell I know I can't! However, lately the Great British high street (and online retailers!) seem to have upped their wedding game, with everyone from ASOS to H&M releasing impressive and affordable bridal collections, promising excellent quality too. There is literally a dress for every bride - traditional ball gowns, fish tails, a modern two piece or jumpsuit, or dreamy dresses with vintage lace or an ethereal boho vibe. Whatever your style, you'll find it well within budget at these stores. I'd highly recommend checking out the wedding section on ASOS - they have literally everything covered! Monsoon and Coast have some gorgeous options and places like Debenhams and John Lewis are worth a look too.

Above is a selection of the best gowns I've found online. Funnily enough, none of them are anything like my wedding dress!

I'd love to know where you got your dress from - did you look online and on the high street or would you only consider a traditional bridal boutique or dressmaker? Let me know in the comments below, pictures welcome! :)


  1. So exciting you have your dress now! I love that high street shops are creating bridal collections now, when I get married I definitely won't be able to justify spending thousands on a dress (unless I'm rich by then of course haha)!

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