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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!

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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’ve fallen in love with another wedding dress. Its all in the details. The sheath upper body with lace detailing is beautiful and I haven’t seen it on any other dresses.

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If you like the look of this dress start saving. Lace Trim Column Gown by Valentino for Pronovias. Price available upon request.

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My brother is going to a wedding in Spain and received the invitation yesterday. I loved the fact that it was handmade. The bride had folded a page from a wedding magazine to make the envelope.

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Does it mean I have been looking at too many wedding dresses when I recognise this a Pronovias dress?

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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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If you haven’t seen it yet, Monsoon has a beautiful and budget-friendly bridal collection.

From some slinky Jenny Packham (not Jenny Peckham) style wedding dresses for only £200-250

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Also shrugs for around £40

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Some adorable Flower girl and Page boy outfits

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Jewellery and Bags…

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And shoes…

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And a great selection of Bridesmaids outfits

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Go to the Monsoon website to see more.

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Check out the pretty dresses on the bridesmaids behind here too. I love the combination of peach and sky blue.

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MARLEY AND ME

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SEX AND THE CITY

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BRIDE WARS

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THE DUCHESS

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MAMMA MIA

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

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WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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(Bit of a strange one this I know but just look at the collar on that dress)

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