There are few things more exciting than choosing your wedding dress – but with everything from retro tea dresses to sweeping princess styles, not to mention something for all budgets, it’s hard to know where to start.
So before you head out for your first trying-on session, check out our A-Z guide to wedding dress designers – including details of their signature style and a price guide.
Promising the wow factor, the eclectic Alexia Designs collection is perfect if you’re looking for a unique finish with top-quality fabrics and hand beading.
With four different collections and 80 years of experience, there’s every style from glamorous to vintage to Disney fairytale with Alfred Angelo. All made to order, there’s no extra charge for plus sizes, available up to 30. Prices range from £330 to £2,130.
The details set the Allure Bridals collection apart, from floral appliques to dramatic backs, as well as softer romantic styles and a luxurious couture range including gilded lace.
Dresses with timeless appeal, whether you’re looking for iconic elegance or dreamy romance, as well as vintage-inspired glamour: all hand-crafted and designed in New York.
The ultimate individual dress, brides can choose their own colours and fabrics to personalise these classic styles with a twist. High-quality tailoring includes hand-beading and unique pattern changes. Augusta Jones dress prices from around £1,800 but the bespoke nature means this varies depending on fabric and style changes.
Striking and dramatic, this couture range – Badgley Mischka – is ideal for a bride who’s looking to turn heads. Intricate detailing matches with flowing fabrics, boho luxe and eye-catching shapes.
Timeless designs with a modern update; the Benjamin Roberts range is perfect for treading a line between tradition and contemporary style.
Sensual feminine glamour is at the heart of this designer collection, with influences drawn from English heritage through to the latest trends. Made to measure Caroline Castigliano gowns in the flagship store start from around £4,000 while some styles are available from stockists from £2,500.
Floating chiffon, fishtail or fairytale princess, the luxurious bespoke dresses in this boutique Claire Mischevani range have won its creator the accolade of designer of the year.
No ordinary designs, Claire Pettibone dresses draw on the styles of the past with a modern update, from Victorian Gothic to 20s flapper and 70s romance.
Based in Paris, Cymbeline’s range combines French elegance with an eye-catching extra from plunging necklines to tiered skirts and floating layers.
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Swarovski crystals and flowing skirts are the signature for this collection, along with blush and pastel shades to help set these dresses apart.
Known for their extensive bridesmaid collection, Dessy’s bridal range focuses on sleek elegance as well as more traditional designs including a few unusual yet classic dresses.
Repeatedly nominated for designer of the year, these ultra-feminine designs from Donna Salado feature extra sparkle and lavish details.
Designed to emphasise feminine curves, with soft bodices and luxurious skirts, these dresses mix fairytale with contemporary for a unique look. Elizabeth Stuart gowns start at around £2,200.
With an emphasis on sophisticated elegance, the signature Enzoani detailing stops these classic styles from ever seeming old-fashioned, including intricate beading and subtle sparkle.
Essense of Australia
A wide range of styles, from vintage boho to classic elegance, make Essense ideal for brides with a distinct vision of how they want to look. Luxurious fabrics and Swarovski crystals, plus the option to customise, ensure a couture finish. Prices range from £1,000 to £1,800.
Traditional styles are at the heart of the Eternity Bride collection, ideal for more formal wedding settings, along with some coloured dresses and the option to customise.
The Lebanese designer Gemy Maalouf’s styles showcase her high fashion background with daringly sheer panels, dramatic shapes and the kind of wow factor that wouldn’t seem out of place on the catwalk.
Fun, feminine and fresh, these youthful styles always have a touch of edginess from dramatic applique to statement hemlines, or contrasting sparkle and matte textures.
A string of different collections ensure a huge range of choice with Jasmine Couture, from low-backed styles to destination wedding dresses as well as the main collection and luxurious couture line.
A thoroughly contemporary collection, Johanna Hehir’s styles draw inspiration from past decades including 70s romance and 30s elegance.
Luxuriously rich fabrics turn these vintage-inspired Justin Alexander wedding dresses into outstanding reality, from luxe charmeuse to classic Venice lace, details including plunging back necklines and intricate beading create a glamorous and sophisticated look. Prices range from £1,030 to £2,250.
The signature “Brit Cool” style mixes vintage with modern, for a relaxed romantic look and playful twists transforming the elegant styles – perfect for stylish brides. The Halfpenny London Collection starts at £2,000, plus a made-to-measure collection from £3,750 and couture gowns from £5,000.
Plunging backs and clinging silhouettes ensure instant glamour for brides wearing a dress from the Kitty Chen collection or couture range, with a sense of fun to lighten the drama.
The new addition to designer Tobi Hannah’s collections – Lara Hannah, these long wedding dresses are vintage-inspired using tactile silks with fabric embellishments.
The flowing fabrics in this dreamy collection create a look of effortless and ethereal elegance, with delicate details and soft colours, including light gold, nude and champagne, warming the lace, chiffon and tulle. Lillian West prices range from £715 to £1,500.
The signature romantic style from Lyn Ashworth features flowing organza skirts and perfectly fitted bodices and soft silhouettes, all handcrafted using top-quality silks, satins and lace in designs featuring floral details and blush shades. The couture collection starts from £2,225 with prices varying based on fabric and finish.
The New York designer’s collection focuses on classic full-skirted styles but with a modern minimalist ethos: the princess bride gets a Park Avenue twist.
Madeline Issac-James’s flattering silk wedding gowns are beautifully cut, giving traditional romance a contemporary strength. The five collections mix luxurious elegance, silver hues and floral detailing.
Maggie Sottero is a multi award-winning label, this impressive range mixes everything from fitted patterned lace to metallic edged tulle and embellishment, ensuring even the simplest style stands out.
Feminine styles and delicate details are the hallmarks of the Mark Lesley collection, whether you’re looking for timeless designs or a subtle update of the classics.
Minna’s vintage-inspired dresses draw on the decades of the past but always remain the perfect mix of modern and retro, along with a sister collection of shorter designs. Prices start from around £210.
Designed by Madeline Gardner, the extra detail on these Mori Lee dresses is what sets them apart, from cascading organza flowers to crystal trims and delicate lace.
Drawing on retro styles from the 20s to 60s in particular, Nicki Flynn’s styles are always heavy on the glamour whether you prefer Sophia Loren curves or Grace Kelly elegance.
This Spanish designer Pepe Botella draws on his heritage to add a twist to the elegantly understated designs in the collection, with lace detailing and sheer sections to add interest.
This affordably lovely range from Phil Collins uses clever corsetry to create its’ flattering dresses, mixing silver and gold fabrics into the collection. Available up to size 32, prices range from £600 to £1,200.
One of London’s top couture bridal designers, Phillipa Lepley’s signature style is sophisticated elegance with luxurious fabrics and intricate embellishment ensuring timeless chic. The couture range starts at around £6,000, with the average at £8-10,000. Samples start at £1,500.
This Spanish haute couture range Raimon Bundo is known for its classic styles and opulent fabrics, combining signature brocades with silk shantung as well as handwoven embroidery using golden and aged silver threads.
The award-winning designer Ritva Westenius is known for her clean, elegant lines, inspired by her Scandinavian heritage, with striking contemporary shapes alongside timeless bridal gowns.
Inspired by catwalk trends, the Ronald Joyce collection also harks back to the glamour and spectacle of previous decades, including statement backs, plus soft, warmer tones among the ivory dresses.
Sabina Motasem designs are all about Hollywood glamour; the vintage elegance of the Golden Age and a touch of 21st century sophistication for a striking yet timeless look.
All inspired by vintage styles, these Sanyukta Shrestha dresses promise to be as ethical as they are luxurious, with daring and dramatic designs among the classic elegance.
Sarah Janks Bridal
Famously involved in creating the iconic Galaxy dress with Roland Mouret, this range mixes sexy sophistication as well as exquisitely delicate embellishment. Sarah Janks Bridal prices start from around £3,000.
All designed and handmade in England, Sassi Holford dresses focus on highlighting a bride’s shape while adding a touch of personality from stand-out necklines to floral patterns. Prices start from £1,800.
Featuring soft, warm colours, this collection ranges from youthful tea-length dresses to dramatic fairytale-inspired ballgowns, featuring Queen Anne necklines, intricate backs and soft layers for a romantic finish. Sincerity Bridal prices range from £760 to £1,050.
Focused on “soft romanticism and traditional bridal drama”, the Sophia Toli signature draping and corset backs to these dresses ensure a perfectly fitting classic look.
Glamorous, sexy and elegant, this collection is fashion forward but always beautiful for a bride who wants to be the star of her wedding day. Stella York prices range from £700 to £1,400.
Designs that follow fashion without being a slave to trends, these innovative creations from Stephanie Allin mix flattering fit with more unusual shapes, styles and colours for a modern but enduringly lovely twist. Prices start from £2,000.
With a Royal Warrant of Appointment to the Queen, Stewart Parvin’s couture range really is fit for a princess with flowing and fishtail skirts plus stylish detailing.
Featuring the finest silks and hand embroideries, the Suzanne Neville collection’s signature is its structured bodices while the designs range from elegant slim fits to full romantic gowns.
Soft A-lines, classic ball gowns and flirty fit and flare shapes, along with a signature sweetheart neckline and youthful styling, the fairytale Sweetheart line mixes high-quality workmanship and some great value prices. Prices range from £640 to £1,020.
Inspired by feminine silhouettes and soft fabrics, the graceful Tara Keely range focuses on romantic tulle and detailed lace with a sprinkle of sparkle.
These tea length and above-the-knee wedding dresses from Tobi Hannah prove a shorter skirt can be truly versatile, with retro fun, elegant prom styles and quirky layers.
The Trudy Lee collection prides itself on its sheer variety, from romantic lace and fairytale princess to Hollywood glamour and more fashion-forward designs, short or long, embellished or understated.
Pretty, romantic yet glamorous and sophisticated designs, the Veromia collection’s dresses include hints of colour as well as classic ivory. Prices range from £899 to £1,495.
Don’t miss our wedding dress designers page where you can see gorgeous gowns from each of these collections.