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Billydessert Wed 01-Nov-17 10:17:24

Can anyone help or advise?

DP and I are planning to get married next year. Very low key registry office style and although I would like to wear a nice dress I don't want to wear a full on wedding dress. I would like to feel special but also have something that I could wear again. I'm happy to spend a few hundred on the right thing so it's not about frugality rather I would like to get lots of enjoyment out of such a special piece instead of it gathering dust in the back of my wardrobe.

The closest dress I've seen in style and colour (I'm set on red) is this one from Boden and although it's more dressy than my day to day it isn't exactly special.

www.boden.co.uk/en-gb/womens-dresses/smart-day-dresses/j0021-brd/womens-post-box-red-julianna-ponte-dress

Has anyone seen anything similar in a nicer fabric?
Also, did anyone or is anyone planning to do the same and get married in something they could wear again? How was it for you?

For reference, I'm a size 10, 5'6" and a pear (34, 29, 39)

iseenodust Wed 01-Nov-17 10:56:49

This looks more special
This is just about plain but smarter.

Happinezz Wed 01-Nov-17 11:03:27

I love these two Ted Baker dresses -

www.tedbaker.com/uk/Womens/Clothing/Dresses/WINNI-Front-fold-pleated-dress-Brick-Red/p/137626-BRICK-RED

www.asos.com/ted-baker/ted-baker-high-neck-dress-with-full-skirt/prd/8898752?clr=maroon&SearchQuery=&cid=8799&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=44&gridsize=3&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=1

NearlyChristmasNow Wed 01-Nov-17 15:39:06

Have you seen the Bombshell dresses?
www.bombshellhq.com/collections/moss-crepe-dresses/products/new-confident-bombshell-3-4-sleeve-dress-red

Tatapie Wed 01-Nov-17 16:28:20

I love the Lauren Ralph Lauren dresses from House of Fraser, very flattering- dressy yet simple

https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/women/dresses/lauren-ralph-lauren

gunsandbanjos Wed 01-Nov-17 17:13:08

Try coast, I’m getting married in 4 weeks(eek!!) and I’m wearing a blush top and skirt from coasts bridesmaid collection.

gunsandbanjos Wed 01-Nov-17 17:17:04

www.coast-stores.com/p/candice-lace-dress/1854784

gunsandbanjos Wed 01-Nov-17 17:20:11

m.johnlewis.com/gina-bacconi-bonnie-dress/p3350689

SleepingStandingUp Wed 01-Nov-17 17:20:40

www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_008020133803_-1

This is beautiful

gunsandbanjos Wed 01-Nov-17 17:21:46

m.johnlewis.com/gina-bacconi-miranda-beaded-cape-dress/cherry-wine/p3310293

gunsandbanjos Wed 01-Nov-17 17:22:49

m.johnlewis.com/gina-bacconi-sally-jersey-knot-dress-rubis/p3297340

SleepingStandingUp Wed 01-Nov-17 17:23:50

Or you could have this afterwards?
www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_62035+HSWD25203_-1

gunsandbanjos Wed 01-Nov-17 17:24:37

m.johnlewis.com/gina-bacconi-lace-dress-with-jewelled-flower-buttons/p3161880

gunsandbanjos Wed 01-Nov-17 17:26:43

Do you want sleeves? I was only looking at them, but there’s some beautiful sleeveless dresses.

SleepingStandingUp Wed 01-Nov-17 17:31:23

www.houseoffraser.co.uk/women/adrianna-papell-sleeveless-high-neck-beaded-mikado-gown/d810128.pd#271444376

OCSockOrphanage Wed 01-Nov-17 17:44:15

Decades ago, my registry office wedding was similarly low key (but in summer). I wore a very simple aqua Jackie O style knee-length sleeveless fitted shift and collarless jacket in a lovely wool silk mix. Since then it has been to countless weddings, most recently my niece's last year, under a Zara jacket; the jacket gets worn with other dresses and over white trousers. I think it was Jil Sander, and it cost £££ then, but it still (just) fits (thanx to Spanx).

tothesea Wed 01-Nov-17 17:49:31

Lux Fix has a fab selection of dresses. I wore a Nancy Mac one for my wedding. I also really liked Pretty Eccentric dresses.

Billydessert Wed 01-Nov-17 20:39:56

Thanks for all the suggestions some gorgeous dresses!

I think sleeves is going to be a must as I want to feel comfortable and I do tend to feel the cold too!
guns congratulations, have a fabulous day. Hadn't thought about Coast so I'll have a good trawl through.

Nearly do you have experience of the Bombshell dresses? They are beautiful but the thought of elastane on my hips is the stuff of nightmares! I'm wondering if the fabric has enough structure to create a smooth line over my undulating bottom half?!

Never heard of Lux Fix before but they have some lovely things.

CaseStudyResearch Wed 01-Nov-17 20:55:46

I got married in a black playsuit but also had a red Closet dress as back up.

This is stunning.

Peasinthefreezer Wed 01-Nov-17 21:06:32

www.whistles.com/women/clothing/dresses/kamala-belted-dress-26799.html?dwvar_kamala-belted-dress-26799_color=Dark%20Red#start=1

Peasinthefreezer Wed 01-Nov-17 21:43:08

www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/product/945784/maje/remania-ruffled-satin-crepe-dress

babybarrister Wed 01-Nov-17 21:52:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NearlyChristmasNow Wed 01-Nov-17 21:54:31

Billy I did get married in a Bombshell dress (ivory coloured) - it was quite a heavy crepe fabric, nicely lined and not clingy at all. I'm not sure if the red dress linked to is the same fabric as mine, mainly as the one I had was a bit more expensive.

babybarrister Wed 01-Nov-17 21:57:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

poppoppophop Wed 01-Nov-17 22:14:17

Lovely but no proper sleeves: http://www.phase-eight.com/fcp/product/phase-eight/shop-all-dresses/martina-dress/204162731

Great design but not a bright red: https://www.reiss.com/p/halter-neck-cocktail-dress-womens-zinc-in-vermillion-red/?category_id=1121&f%5BfilterAttrColourGroup%5D%5B0%5D=red

Love this although v different from your spec:
https://www.coast-stores.com/p/ferrar-printed-maxi-dress/1872584

Sorry not being very helpful

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