Debenhams – £199
Back on one of my favourite topics – High street wedding dresses. Wedding gowns from high street retailers are getting better every year, so much so I bet you couldn’t tell they were from high street retailers at all.
The dress to the left from Debenhams is described as a “Grecian inspired gown that is crafted from satin with beautiful chiffon straps and waterfall detail to the centre front and back. It has a fitted, boned bodice with stone, bead and sequin floral embellishment to the waist and rear straps and an elegantly flared skirt.” and costs just £199
Many designer dresses give you a fuller skirt or longer train, but not every bride wants a full skirt or long train, so why pay over £1,000 for a dress just because of the designer tag attached to it? The dress to the right from David’s Bridal collection costs £1,895 and is described as being a “tulle over satin trumpet gown with south detailing and sweep train”, and I don’t think it is worth the price tag when compared to some of the high street dresses on the market.
Another high street store that is seriously impressing me with its Bridal Collection is Phase Eight. Phase Eight have been a favourite of mine when it comes to looking for occasion ware for a long time now, as I’ve bought two dresses to wear as a wedding guest and the first time I was engaged my mum bought her MOTB dress from Phase Eight.
Phase Eight aren’t going anywhere in my list of favourite formal ware high street shops any time soon as they have now wowed me with their new Bridal Collection for 2015.
Phase Eights ‘Hope’ is a dress many brides longing for the designer look would fall in love with. A 20’s inspired gown with heavy embellishment using beads and sequins, featuring a sheer blouson top with a sweetheart lining and embellished waist detail. Styled with a delicate train with finger loop, keyhole back and concealed centre back zip at a steal £595.00 – still at least half the price of a designer version!
If you’re worried that perhaps the high street dress may not fit as well as you’d want you can always arrange for a dress maker to do alternations to pinch in more here, shorten the give on the straps etc to make it just right. Even with small alternations done the cost would still be less than the designer alternative.
I have struggled to find a high street gown with a train, and I think I would quite like a train. If you also would like a train but have fallen in love with a high street dress have two options here:
1) Buy a cathedral length veil to create the illusion of a train
2) Have a separate train piece created
A separate train can be attached at the waist or the shoulder (weaubleau train) depending on the style of your dress. A detachable/separate train attached at the waist could be sewn between the layers of the skirt, or over the top of the skirt. For brides with sewing experience there is help and advice online for how to create a train for your trainless wedding dress yourself, such as here and here.
If you are a bride on a budget there has never been a better time to get out on the highstreet for all your wedding needs, including your wedding dress.