Having visited many a bridal shop, it amazes me how the modern bride is expected to fork out an average of £1400 for their dream wedding dress - only to never wear it again.
Now, I know this is an inevitability that many brides-to-be acknowledge and accept. However, before making one of the biggest temporary purchases of your life, consider this: is it really necessary? After all, perhaps your dream wedding dress is patiently waiting for you in your favourite high street store, wearing a price tag of a mere £200.
You may call me crazy, but this season is showcasing a gorgeous array of could-be wedding dresses, short and long, and I see this trend as a great opportunity for you to hit the high street when starting your search for the perfect wedding dress. You may be on a tight budget, or perhaps you’re looking for a subtle deviation from the traditional bridal gown. Either way, you have nothing to lose, and you may even save yourself a small fortune.
To get you started, we’ve compiled a short list of the most beautiful and unique high street could-be wedding dresses that prove you don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars on your wedding day:
1) Monsoon: £249
Inspired by the 1920s, this stunning lace dress is a great high-street option for a bride planning a glamourous wedding with a fun and flirty twist. The shorter hemline shows a little bit of leg, yet oozes class and sophistication with longer sleeves and beaded tassels.
2) Coast: £250
This simple white dress is a timeless classic. Although not your traditional floor-sweeping gown, this dress is ideal for a more casual yet conventional wedding.
3) Debenhams: £150
Are you looking for an affordable dress to fit a fancy ornate wedding theme? Look no further, as you've struck gold with this elaborately detailed strapless gown.
4) Lipsy: £65
This lace beauty is too divine to be only worn once. Figure hugging and classy, and at the humble price of £65, this bridal bargain will have everyone asking you where the hell you found it. You can thank us later.
5) Phase Eight: £225
This dramatic full length gown doesn't quite resemble your traditional ivory wedding dress. But who cares? Embroidered and embellished to perfection, this dress can be re-worn for many formal occasions - so grab it before we do.
6) Coast: £180
Elegant and flattering, this maxi gown is perfect for a bride wanting a more traditional bridal look - for less.
7) Zara: £79.99
My personal favourite, this stylish piece is perfect for the fashionista bride who doesn't want to conform on her wedding day. With a vintage look of embroidery anglaise, this dress is enough to tempt any lucky lady looking for an affordable high-street alternative to a pricey wedding dress.
8) Asos £75.00
Let your personality shine through with this fun skater dress. With floral applique detailing, this feminine wonder will look beautiful worn at a summer or spring wedding.
9) Asos £65.00
This backless mid-length dress would make Marilyn Monroe proud. Inspired by the 1960s, its iconic shape and playful skirt will add a fun and flirty feel to your bridal look.
10) John Lewis: £29.99
Yes, you read that right. Amazingly affordable, graceful and simplistic, if you're the kind of bride who craves a basic but beautiful wedding dress, then this is the gown for you.
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