Help my lovely friend find a wedding dress, off the peg, below £500!

(32 Posts)
SoooooooHugelyExcited Tue 18-Feb-14 14:38:44

Is it possible?! The wedding is in less than three months so it really needs to be off the peg. We have already pored over the usual suspects of Coast, Monsoon, BHS and Phase 8 and have a few on order to try on. But I was wondering if there is anywhere else we may have missed...

Preferably an A-line (definitely no columns or fishtails) to flatter a pear shape, arms are lovely so can be shown off though. Some sort of train is a must. Looking for classic as opposed to blingy.

I would also say my friend has a very delicate beauty, amazing cheekbones and lovely soft wavy hair, so soft feminine detailing would be lovely as opposed to harsh lines!

I know you nest of vipers will be able to come up with something amazing! grin

suebrush Tue 18-Feb-14 14:40:57

Kitie and dulce google havnt bought one but look lovely

elastamum Tue 18-Feb-14 14:46:50

Have you tried second hand designer dress shops? I bought a fabulous dress for my d sil for about £500

SoooooooHugelyExcited Tue 18-Feb-14 14:59:18

Kitty and Dulcie look fab thanks, just the kind of site I was looking for!

Elastamum I will pass that tip on, thank you! smile

TiffanyAtBreakfast Tue 18-Feb-14 15:12:30

I know I'm a bit late to the party but I got an off the peg designer dress from

It's based in Reading, Berkshire, not sure whereabouts your friend is? But they have dresses from £250 right up to £1000.

The lady who owns the shop is so lovely and they have quite a mixture of sizes to try too. Hope your friend finds something nice smile

caketinrosie Tue 18-Feb-14 15:20:53

Oxfam are renowned for their bridal stock, it's all on line and there are shops dotted around the uk. If nothing else you might get some cheap accessories?

enriquetheringbearinglizard Tue 18-Feb-14 15:20:57

Your friend sounds like she'll look a lovely bride.
If you have time to plough through all the ads which you have to do one by one, look on Rock My Wedding at the preloved dresses on private sale, not all have been worn before, some are samples and some are spare when brides have chosen a different dress after purchase.

Here's the link

There's also this place with three different outlets
never been there, so it's not a personal recommendation but it looks worth a try maybe?

AnUnearthlyChild Tue 18-Feb-14 15:22:14


Dsis bought and then sold her gorgeous dress on eBay.

SoooooooHugelyExcited Tue 18-Feb-14 15:22:57

Tiffany those dresses are gorgeous!!

KimSlazinger Tue 18-Feb-14 15:23:52

Hmm was just going to say Debenhams but these other suggestions look better!

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Feb-14 15:25:21

I've got a brand new , never worn, Ian Stuart wedding dress that I'm happy to let go for less than £500!

sweetheart Tue 18-Feb-14 15:27:40

Have you looked at J Crew?
Also worth looking at Net-A-Porter or The Outnet for unusual dresses?

Funnyfoot Tue 18-Feb-14 15:28:51
tethersend Tue 18-Feb-14 15:37:47
tethersend Tue 18-Feb-14 15:39:14
Beastofburden Tue 18-Feb-14 15:39:57

My Sister in law rented hers for the day.

tethersend Tue 18-Feb-14 15:40:33
Rooble Tue 18-Feb-14 15:43:46

What size is she? I've got a halter neck one that she could buy off me... Will see if same is still available so I can link a picture

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Feb-14 15:55:34

This is mine. Probably not classic enough.

SoooooooHugelyExcited Tue 18-Feb-14 15:57:08

Ooh so many to look at, thank you!!

I've just checked and she says 8/10 on top and 12/14 on the bottom, not that you'd think it to look at her envy grin

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Feb-14 15:58:21

Mine's a 12 grin

Rooble Tue 18-Feb-14 16:02:41

Mine would swamp her!! Ok, ignore that suggestion!

absentmindeddooooodles Tue 18-Feb-14 16:32:10

I have a maggie sottero in a size 6-12 that im thinking about selling if any good! Corset back. Glass beads and understated swarvoski crystal detailing ( not tacky at all...I dont like bling) classic a-line style but can also be worn with underakirts or hoop to make a fuller style smile

absentmindeddooooodles Tue 18-Feb-14 16:33:02

Please excuse my face!!! And the state of the front room ( was decorating at the time) dress alao has a train that can be hooked up for dancing smile

Nancy66 Tue 18-Feb-14 17:14:45

have a look at - they have a bridal section and often have some designer bargains

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