Walking up the aisle and don't fancy looking like a big old cream puff? Here's our pick of the best wedding dress designers to try
When you're on the hunt for 'The One' it can be very easy to lose yourself in a sea of giant tulle skirts and corsets. But if you've decided a big wedding dress really isn't your bag, here are some stylish designers we recommend...
Just dropped on Matches, resort wear label Kalita was started by London designer Kalita Al Awaidi and Bali-based Raechel Temily who noticed a gap in the market for chic travel pieces. Their cotton and silk maxi dresses are relaxed and chic — and between £375-500.
Verdict: Ideal for a beach wedding or just that kind of summery vibe.
Ever since one Kate Middleton stepped out of the car in that McQueen wedding dress, chantilly lace has been pretty much everywhere (in the bridal world at least), which has made it tricky to find something a bit different. That’s why we love this gem of a wedding dress designer, who does pretty batternburg cotton and trims of hand-corded lace. Boho wedding gown perfection.
Verdict: A winner for relaxed brides who don’t want to look too ‘done’
Laure De Sagazan’s boho wedding dress silhouettes are mercifully corset-free. The little cap sleeves and gentle A-line skirts have that effortless, wafting-barefoot-across-the-grass-at-a-summer-wedding kind of vibe. Just add a flower garland.
Verdict: Very Midsummer Night’s Dream (in a good way)
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This Latvian bridal designer’s lace-dipped creations have cool little flourishes for brides who want something a bit different. We love the nude underslips - perfect for making all those French lace trimmings pop. In fact, this writer loves Katya Shehurina so much she wore her for her own wedding. Fun tip if you don't want to go all-white: try one of her cornflower silk sashes for your ‘something blue’.
Verdict: So pretty - and not ruinously expensive
If your idea of hell is being trussed up like a turkey in something bodiced and strapless (I hear you on that one) then this French wedding dress designer’s laid-back bridal will be right up your street. Her trademark look is a simple, demure front with a sexy, scooping back. Just add a smile - and maybe subtle spray tan.
Verdict: Sexy and boho.... what’s not to love?
We can't really talk about boho wedding dresses without including queen of the anti-meringue Alice Temperley. Her flexible range of styles and subtle, figure-flattering sprays of flowers, crystal and lace mean you also don’t need Karlie Kloss proportions to pull them off. If your wedding is more ‘slick city’ than ‘country bumpkin’ try the Willow.
Verdict: Upmarket boho bridal that'll work just as well for a city wedding
Another French wedding dress designer - the French are pros at boho wedding dresses - Elise Hameau's delicate lacy dresses are particularly perfect if you want something which shows off your back.
Verdict: Chic, comfy and light as a feather to wear
If you love the idea of wearing a vintage wedding dress but can't find anything right from the period you love, then try British designer Charlie Brear. After she started sourcing vintage bridalwear in 2005 she decided to create her very own vintage-style collection. All of her dresses are made in the UK and she also does beautiful ready-to-wear for your wedding guests.
Verdict: A cool modern take on vintage shapes
Because not everyone's wedding day is geared towards a long, formal wedding dress, Minna's eco-friendly designs come in all shapes and fabrics. She also does pretty veils, capes, hats, headpieces and some of the most gorgeous flower girl dresses we've seen.
Verdict: Understated barefoot bridal
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