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PeachesMelba Tue 18-Oct-11 16:46:15

I'm getting married on the tightest budget ever, and am wondering to get a cheap wedding dress. I'm trying to stay under £300 - just don't have £Ks to spend on something I'll wear once to a "secret" wedding!

I've had a look on Monsoon's site but there's nothing particularly inspiring on there.

PippiLongBottom Tue 18-Oct-11 16:49:01

Mine was a 'proper' wedding dress but was the sample one and it was only £200. We have a budget type wedding dress shop near us which is where I got it from.

My suggestion would be the ones on Ebay from Hong Kong. Most are under your budget IIRC and are made to your measurements.

HettyAmaretti Tue 18-Oct-11 16:49:47

Are we looking for white / ivory / cream?

mynameischarlesthesecond Tue 18-Oct-11 16:50:56

what sort of style do you like?

billgrangersrisotto Tue 18-Oct-11 16:51:28

What style are you looking for? If vintage, there are a couple of options to google:

Honeypie boutique
Vivian of Holloway

If you're looking for a more traditional style, BHS do wedding dresses, some of the simple ones are under £300.

Or you could take a risk and order from one of the many Chinese wedding dress sites (landy bridal and milly bridal are 2 of the best known). Some people are delighted, others are really disappointed..... So a bit risky but they are v cheap.

mynameischarlesthesecond Tue 18-Oct-11 16:51:54

something like this? here?

mynameischarlesthesecond Tue 18-Oct-11 16:53:10

or something like this?

PippiLongBottom Tue 18-Oct-11 16:53:29

Might not be your thing, but they are bargainous


Ragwort Tue 18-Oct-11 16:54:05

Is it a posh 'white' wedding - why does it have to be a formal wedding dress? I got married in a perfectly nice skirt and matching top - then I wore it everywhere else for years !

You can hire very nice wedding dresses from some branches of Oxfram.

higgle Tue 18-Oct-11 16:54:49

I'd second BHS The less expensive ones are the nicest.

mynameischarlesthesecond Tue 18-Oct-11 16:55:48


HettyAmaretti Tue 18-Oct-11 16:56:15


coast again

and again. Too short?

Not classic enough?

very simple

rather sweet

HettyAmaretti Tue 18-Oct-11 16:59:40

phase eight I like this one

JobCarHouseNoBaby Tue 18-Oct-11 17:03:22

Where are you OP? I am also wedding dress shopping and found Lots of lovely dresses at circa £200-£600!

It's in Basingstoke though, if you wanted to try them on.

It came up in Google when I typed in 'bargain wedding dresses hampshire'

PickleSarnie Tue 18-Oct-11 17:04:20

I had this one: With underskirts, sash and a lace bolero from it came to about £300. I loved it.

Stokey38 Tue 18-Oct-11 17:05:11

There are some lovely ones that don't cost a fortune amongst this lot. In US but do ship

ellangirl Tue 18-Oct-11 19:37:05

Lots of bridesmaids dresses from the bridal shops come in white/ivory too, and will be fitted/altered properly but the shop too.

DistinctlyMintyMonty Tue 18-Oct-11 19:54:04

What about looking at prom dresses? I had my dress from Aisle of Brides in the colour of my choice (merlot) for £199. Bargain!

sproooOOoogger Tue 18-Oct-11 20:02:47

This site has hundreds of dresses that can be made to your measurements and in your chosen fabric swatch. It has lots of good feedback, too:

Light In The Box

Looks like every women in the US gets her prom dress from them.

emsyj Tue 18-Oct-11 20:26:12

Bit cheeky, but if you like vintage 50s style ones I sell them and I do a range that is all under £300 (with sewn in petticoats so no extra cost there). I'm also doing 25% off shoes and accessories till end of December. Private mail me if you want a link to the website. I do have a studio to try on too, am in the north west.

As you were....

If you want a long traditional one I can recommend Milly Bridal as being good quality stuff, but they tend to take longer to do stuff than they say - so if they tell you 8 weeks delivery, allow double to be safe.

witchyhills Tue 18-Oct-11 20:31:37

I had two
One from m & s for £45, i don't think they do bridal anymore
and a sundress that was sitting all alone on a sale rack in Debenhams for £80. It was was too big, I had it adjusted.
how long have you got? I would keep looking, any dress sales

MadameCastafiore Tue 18-Oct-11 20:33:35

I have a prom dress kind of thing hanging in my wardrobe - will be happy to lend it to you for postage - is size 12 - white with rouched top half with little stones on and a big net skirt to top of shoes.

PeachesMelba Tue 18-Oct-11 20:41:43

Hey all

Just a quick thank you for the responses so far - didn't expect so many so soon! My internet is being ridiculously slow and holding me up in checking out the links.

Basically, I like a simple/slinky skirt, and what I can only describe as Grecian straps (will post a pic when things are working). I don't know if that's the correct name - basically from the front they look like they could be halterneck straps, but they're not. Also cream or ivory would be best.

And if I wanted a lace bolero, do you think I'd have to have a sleeveless dress?

PeachesMelba Tue 18-Oct-11 20:48:29

Hetty I like your "not classic enough" link.

I also like this one from Coast but in the video it looks a bit short...

emsyj Tue 18-Oct-11 20:49:30

Have a look at Courtesan Boutique - (NB Not my website!!! Mine is exclusively 50s style stuff)

Also worth looking on - they have a huge range of dresses and their prices are really reasonable, even allowing for shipping and import duty.

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