The rise of the high street wedding dress

Taryn Davies
Published: April 27, 2018

Over the past couple of years, the rise of the high street wedding dress has been apparent, more and more of our favourite stores are appealing to our bargain-loving ways with wedding dresses that are just as beautiful as specific wedding dresses but are a much more affordable option.

Just last year we’ve seen the launch of the Topshop, Lipsy and Boohoo bridal collections, and when tailor-made dresses can take months to make, these are an ideal option for those who want to get married in just weeks or months time.

Not only are there dresses for the bride to fawn over, but there’s plenty of stylish options for bridesmaids too. These dresses are definitely more cost-effective, and typically more stylish and on-trend than when you think of your matching satin bridesmaid gowns. When you think bridesmaid you instantly think eighties throwback.

But of course times have moved on and designs don’t necessarily reflect that, but that doesn’t mean you should turn your nose up at the high street offerings just because they’re mass produced.

With delicate finishes and pretty details, these dresses can make just as much of an impact on your big day.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to Vera Wang – and not many peoples’ do – then head to the high street and consider one of these gorgeous gowns for your big day. Not only will you be able to spend your budget elsewhere, but you certainly won’t feel as guilty dropping hundreds maybe thousands of pounds on a dress that’ll get worn once.

High street wedding dresses to shop now

Top tips for buying a high street wedding dress

Spend money on having it tailored

The big perk of a custom wedding dress is that it fits you perfectly. So if you do choose a wedding dress from the high street, spend a little money on going to a tailor to ensure that it fits perfectly and most importantly you feel comfortable in it. You want to ensure that you can sit comfortably and of course dance the night away.

Make an effort

If you’re going wedding dress shopping you want to feel good as you try on the frocks, so even if you’ve ordered one to your home ensure that you take your time trying it on and make sure your hair looks presentable. That way you’ll get a proper feel of how you’ll look on the day. We’re not saying go to a hairdresser, but just ensure you’ve run a brush through it and it’s not in a day-old bun that you’ve slept in.

Get other people’s opinion

Just as you would if you were heading to a bridal shop, take people who will give you an honest opinion of the dress. Even if you’re trying to save a little money on a wedding dress, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the same experience of trying them on. Make a day of it and dedicate a specific wedding dress shopping date.

Don’t be discouraged

Sometimes it’s hard enough to decide on a dress for a night out, choosing your wedding dress comes with even more pressure. So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t find The One on the first shopping trip, there are plenty more places to look.