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Just a few weeks to find a wedding dress..

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Bumblebzz Fri 22-Nov-13 10:17:21


I'm looking for some help from you wise S&B contributors.

We have just (yesterday!) booked a civil marriage ceremony for Christmas Eve. It will be a tiny event - approx 12 close family - but I'd like a "nice" dress. Something elegant, well-cut, but not fussy/floaty.
I will be 4m pregnant (if all goes well - hurrah shotgun wedding) and as it's my second, I expect I might have a tiny bump already (though I have had such bad nausea so not bloated yet) so the cut of the dress would need to allow for some expansion. I am normally a fairly trim size 10-12, 5' 6" tall, and pale so unsure about wearing white/cream.
I'd love a cowl neck style as it seems to suit me, knee length or below the knee (not above the knee and not a maxi).
I am 41, so feel a bit old to be the blushing bride but still want to look well.
Thanks in advance!

PrimalLass Fri 22-Nov-13 11:22:38

This is my current lust 'wedding' dress.

tethersend Fri 22-Nov-13 11:39:49

Congratulations smile

What's your budget?

Do you want sleeves?

Any colours to avoid?

How about something like this?

PrimalLass Fri 22-Nov-13 11:50:30

Oops did not read the not maxi bit.

tethersend Fri 22-Nov-13 11:51:34


Icedfinger Fri 22-Nov-13 12:15:15

This one is lovely:,mon_4.3/4531140212

And I know you're unsure about cream but I think this could be gorgeous:,mon_4.1/3530664610

This could be good if you have a tiny bump:

Congratulations!! Hope you have a great day. grin

tethersend Fri 22-Nov-13 12:23:42

another westwood

Bumblebzz Fri 22-Nov-13 12:24:32

Thanks for your help so far!

PrimalLass lovely dress but yes, I don't want full-length.
I don't mind sleeves or not, but as it's December I will probably need to wear a shrug type thing if the dress is sleeveless.
Budget is probably up to about £300 or £400, though happy not to spend that much!

tethersend Again, gorgeous dress but probably a bit too floaty for me, for some reason structure/tailoring suits me better, maybe because I have quite broad shoulders.

Icedfinger For some reason your monsoon links both go to the home page, perhaps you could let me have the name of the dresses and I will search?
I do like the look of the johnlewis one, off to have another browse/ponder over it smile

Bumblebzz Fri 22-Nov-13 12:29:09

tethersend I missed some of your links/cross-posted

The lanvin one - too floaty for me unfortunately
First westwood, possibly though worried it might come up a bit short/above the knee, second one I like but the neckline is very high, a droopier cowl neck is better on me I think.
Thanks for all your efforts!

PrimalLass Fri 22-Nov-13 12:35:08

No sleeves but I love this and am going to try it on this weekend hopefully.

Bumblebzz Fri 22-Nov-13 12:37:26

I know I said no cream and I was thinking of not going weddingy, but what do you think of this:,mon_4.1/3530664610

maybe with a funky furry cover up/shrug type thing

tethersend Fri 22-Nov-13 12:38:43


tethersend Fri 22-Nov-13 12:53:31


tethersend Fri 22-Nov-13 12:54:29

That white Monsoon one is lovely, Bumble.

I'd go for that TBH.

What colour shrug?

tethersend Fri 22-Nov-13 13:03:45

too short?

Bumblebzz Fri 22-Nov-13 13:10:01

The white monsoon one is out of stock in a size 12 sad - I have registered my email in case it comes back in. It looks slightly empire line which would be good with a mini bump.

I had assumed a white/cream furry shrug but I guess it doesn't have to be…

WhatchaMaCalllit Fri 22-Nov-13 13:30:05

How about any of these:
Dress 1 from Monsoon -,mon_1.2/3530114610

Dress 2 from Monsoon -,mon_16.4/4530971218

Dress 3 from Phase Eight -

Dress 4 from BHS -

Dress 5 from BHS -

I know you have said that you didn't want full length dresses/maxi dresses but I'd say if you tried one on you'd love it! Also I wouldn't worry about being pale & wearing either cream/ivory. I am a red-head with freckles and very pale skin and I wore ivory on my wedding day & looked great (if I do say so myself).

Congrats on the pregnancy & on the upcoming wedding!

WhatchaMaCalllit Fri 22-Nov-13 13:32:22

Is this one too structured?

WhatchaMaCalllit Fri 22-Nov-13 13:36:13

This is nice (and so is the price)

Bumblebzz Fri 22-Nov-13 13:50:23

WhatchaMaCallit of all the dresses you linked to (Thanks!) I do think the first Monsoon one is the most beautiful, however it just doesn't feel practical for the day. We are literally have a very simple ceremony, and then jumping into taxis to go for a lunch in a fairly quirky (not formal) restaurant in the City. I think I would just feel a bit foolish in a long flowing dress, mainly because the setting doesn't suit the dress… Now if they did it in a shorter length I would definitely go for it.

Bumblebzz Fri 22-Nov-13 13:51:05

I'm going to ask in the Weddings section too - they might know where I can get a copy of the Monsoon Sylvie dress (which I have unfortunately fallen for!)

noddyholder Fri 22-Nov-13 13:52:07


cantthinkofagoodone Fri 22-Nov-13 13:53:42

If white/cream maybe is an option then try sample sales. You're the right size and might pick up a bargain.

TheEyeofHarmony Fri 22-Nov-13 14:04:05

It might be worth trying the size 10 Monsoon one if you really like it. I'm normally a 12 but I find their size 10 dresses fit fine and I'm not trim!

You could also ring round the larger stores and see if anyone has one in stock.

Congratulations - I hope you both have a magical day.

Bumblebzz Fri 22-Nov-13 14:04:28

noddyholder that jigsaw one is lovely in the burgundy, worth me trying it on i think

canthinkofagoodone where/what are sample sales to be found?

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