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Help me find my wedding dress...non traditional but fabulous frock recommendations

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cyteen Mon 31-Aug-09 15:47:05

So I am getting married next year and definitely not wearing the traditional type of gown for various reasons I won't go into. I just want a fabulous, gorgeous dress that will make everyone go 'oooh!' but that I can still move around in and party in later on.

Have maximum £300 to spend, but need inspiration...I've looked at Monsoon and Coast already. Who else does amazing dresses that I can perv over? Any style, any colour.

TIA

maize Mon 31-Aug-09 15:52:29

What about a bridesmaids dress? Loads of colour choices and some quite cool styles now

www.alfredangelounitedkingdom.com/Collections/DisplayCollection.aspx?categoryId=3802FA9C-39D0-4B7F-B 1C6-9BD0411741F2

www.kelseyrose.co.uk/Collection.html

www.truebride.co.uk/dressCatalogue.php?dressType=2,3

Or Karen Millen, House of Fraser etc.

cyteen Mon 31-Aug-09 15:59:24

Bridesmaids' dresses are good - I like Jasmine Bridal's range, although there are no prices on their site that I could find.

Am possibly a bit well-padded for Karen Millen grin Not massive, but they always seem to be for stick-thin girls and I'm a short size 12 with hips and tits.

MrsBadger Mon 31-Aug-09 16:02:11

Net a Porter

Laura Ashley sometimes have some surprisingly ncie things too - their Vintage re-issues are pretty cool [rummages]
saw this and this in real life yesterday and they are luscious - lovely fabrics, beautifully made. Better than Monsson IMO.

MrsBadger Mon 31-Aug-09 16:04:44

oh Watters have ace bridesmaid things too

with bridesmaid dresses you usually have to go to a bridal shop who will tel you the price they cahrge for it.

maize Mon 31-Aug-09 16:08:49

IME bridesmaids dresses seem to be between £125-200.

Dessy do lovely bridesmaids dresses too.
www.dessy.com/

Next have some nice occasion type dresses.

Elemental Mon 31-Aug-09 22:34:54

I love this site, where you can design your own dress and they make it - www.styleshake.com. They have a wedding section and have silk in lovely colours. Addictive even if you don't buy anything.

cyteen Mon 31-Aug-09 22:36:25

Hehe, I love Styleshake too grin Have only just discovered it so might order something a bit more everyday and see what the workmanship and fit is like...

Heated Mon 31-Aug-09 22:36:37

What colour and length?

cyteen Mon 31-Aug-09 22:40:48

Umm, I look good in strong dark colours, so I was thinking probably a nice midnight blue or similar...white/cream/gold all make me look ill.

Length I am easy about; I like the extra fabulousness of the full length skirt (when do you ever get to wear a proper gown the rest of the time?), but am also tempted by a knee length as it will be more practical for our very informal meal+party, and also because my calves are much the best part of my body grin

Heated Mon 31-Aug-09 22:41:31

coast allurehouse of fraser

Heated Mon 31-Aug-09 22:42:03

ignore what I've just linked!

Heated Mon 31-Aug-09 22:44:57

lk bennett

Heated Mon 31-Aug-09 22:47:01

anoushka

cyteen Mon 31-Aug-09 22:48:15

I always forget about LK Bennett (on more of an H&M budget usually blush)- that dress is lovely.

cyteen Mon 31-Aug-09 22:48:52

ooh ooh ooh pretty

choosyfloosy Mon 31-Aug-09 22:50:52

Sounds to me like going fifties would be good with your figure. What about Dolly Dagger stuff with a massive net petticoat?

I love the even more va va voom stuff on the second page but you'd probably only be able to stand still with one foot in front of the other while wearing them

Heated Mon 31-Aug-09 22:59:07

dramatic

Heated Mon 31-Aug-09 23:00:41

I'm off to bed but will drop by tomorrow to see if you've found 'the one'!

Heated Tue 01-Sep-09 22:37:49

any luck?

cyteen Wed 02-Sep-09 11:19:13

I think I'm starting to see why people go for the white dress - there's too much choice otherwise! I've seen about 5 that I really love hmm blush Must - restrain - urge - to - shop.

slug Wed 02-Sep-09 12:18:24

ghost?

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