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I’ve found the bridesmaids dresses! And surprisingly without effort. I was hunting around for a suitable dress for the next three weddings I have to go to and I came across the perfect bridesmaid dress in Coast.


It’s a relief as most of the bridemaids dresses I’ve seen have been all too…bridesmaidy. This is long, sexy and the right shade of blue. My two oldest friends from Secondary (High) School are my bridesmaids. They’re going to look gorgeous!

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All brides-to-be soon find out just how expensive wedding dresses are. I had no idea how to budget for a dress until I started actually going to some bridal shops. If you were to believe the glossy wedding magazines, a dress is going to cost you between £2,000-£4,000. I thought that buying a ‘budget’ dress under £1,000 meant sacrificing on quality but this is just not the case. The best way to go dress shopping is to keep an open mind and shop around until you can start to notice the differences in the quality of beadwork, lace and corsetry.

One way to look for dresses is to go to online auction sites and classified sites such as Preloved which offer fantastic wedding bargains. Or head on down to your local charity shop. Oxfam have special bridal shops where you can make an appointment for a fitting. As well as donations form the public, many of their gowns have been donated by famous bridal manufacturers. Imagine finding that Pronovias dress you’ve seen in a magazine for a quarter of the price?! Just this weekend I went to a hospice charity shop in Essex and found some vintage cream kid leather elbow length gloves. They are in amazing condition with little ivory beads on the inside wrist. Whereas would I have been able to find these for £10? This article has a great list of charity shops with dedicated bridal departments in the UK.

I love routing around in vintage clothing shops and if you have the stamina you can find real treasures. This bride-to-be found her wedding dress in a used-clothing warehouse in Montreal for $5!


Or what about this for ‘Most Inventive Use of Toilet Roll’ prize? Certainly cheap – just don’t get it wet.


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I’d like my bridesmaids to have dark blue dresses and came across this great image of many bridemaids in blue!


This is the nearest I’m found to the kind of dress I’m looking for. But since it will be winter I want to find full-length dresses otherwise I fear my bridesmaids will be as blue as their dresses!


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Just because I love his wedding dresses. These are from the recent Spring 2010 collection. I was lucky enough to try on an Oscar de la Renta dress similar to the that worn by the model in the first image…*sigh*









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Fur Coat No Knickers is a shop in London full of gorgeous vintage wedding dresses that they can customize and fit to your size and taste.



These are some of real brides wearing their customised dresses.

This bride choose a beautiful, fluid ivory silk forties dress. F.C.N.K found some marquesite double dress clips which the bride wore in her hair and attached to the dress.


And this bride choose a vintage fifites blush pink dress with organza rosettes. Also custom made for her was a matching veil, topped off with a marquesite double heart brooch.


I love this vintage fifties tulle wedding dress with its gorgeous flower detail.


I plan to visit their shop on Carnaby Street to see if I can find some vintage accessories to go to with my wedding dress.


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