I know this has probably been discussed so many times before but I am starting a new thread!
I am getting married on 26th May 2012 and just starting to think about wedding dresses...
I live in Balham, SW London but willing to travel anywhere in London so I know there will be a massive choice! But where do on earth I start? I dont want to trapse around endless places... I dont have the energy for it! I also have an interesting body shape - only 5'2 and petite but have big boobs so I know I will have issues with this!
I also only want to spend about £1000 max. I don't want to get carried away as it is only a dress afterall. A decent service would be great, of course. Not really up for purchasing in places like Debs. I like the smaller shops.
Any advise would be sooooo much appreciated!
Hi Rach, afraid I live in Liverpool so can't give you any advice but I'd like to wish you luck, I'm getting married May 2013, I am under 5' and I also have very big boobs and my budget is same as yours. Not easy is it? x
At the moment all I'm doing is narrowing down what I like and don't like on-line. Then once I've lost another stone (I have 2 to lose) I'll be making appointments at local shops that stock the sort of dresses I like and I'll go from there although I imagine I might end up getting one made due to my shape.
My auntie got her dress from here and was really pleased with the service and quality
In my experience, wedding dress shops in central london can be fairly expensive compared to those on the outskirts or in other counties.
It might be worth calling a few to see what their prices start at, £1000 is a fairly healthy budget, thats what i was planning to spend when i found my perfect dress for under £700! Bear in mind Alterations cost a bit too.
The best thing to do is to just go looking! Trying on etc, if you find a dress you love but its more than you want to pay - take the name of the designer and model name (bear in mind some shops might use their own names - so internet searching might be in order!) then call round stockists of that designer asking what theyre selling the dress for.
Best bit of advice? Enjoy it! Have fun...you defo have time so dont rule anything out! Good luck! x
The shop I bought my dress from in Bromley (SE london), called perfection bridal, has a lovely range of cheaper dresses from £500, not including the sample dresses, as well as more expensive ones over £1000. I didn't have a fixed dress budget but luckily my "one" was £595. I went to some shops in cambridge but the cheapest dresses were £750 onwards!
"Possibly the cleverest person here, other than me." - Footlong (2013)
I'm small and petite too -5'3 and size 8, and was worrying about find THE dress with right size, right design and reasonable price. And I had a really tight deadline - my wedding is in September this year!!
The first and only shop I rushed into is LondonBride too! They are near Elephant & Castle - very easy to find and a nice shop!
Service is good - Considerate, polite and helpful. They have very good selection and a big thumb up to prices! I only tried on 6 dresses in less than 1 hour and found my one! Alteration charge is very reaonsable and the price for the dress is under 500 but it looks expensive!
That was last Tuesday and now I cannot wait to go in again with my shoes to get measurement done properly.
Strongly recommend it to you. And wish you good luck with choosing your dress.
I got mine from All that Glitters in Wimbledon. A great shop and the staff are really friendly. I would say its mid range price and all the dresses I tried were around your price range. I actually sent a friend there and she bought from there too.
Losners at Stamford Hill. They have loads of dresses! Give them a go.
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