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AuntieMaggie Thu 08-Oct-09 20:08:06

Anyone recommend good websites for unusual wedding dresses?

BiteOfFun Thu 08-Oct-09 20:15:43

I found my dream dress on this site- tell me how much you love it!

nikki1978 Thu 08-Oct-09 20:20:56

Unusual in what way? I loved Charlotte Balbier when I was wedding dress shopping. Not mad out-there style dresses but not the normal a line strapless jobbies either.

BiteOfFun Thu 08-Oct-09 20:56:20

I loved Charlotte Balbier's Viola dress when I was looking, actually. I have since realized that the chances of affording to live together, never mind marry during this recession are slim to nil, however sad

nikki1978 Fri 09-Oct-09 09:57:22

www.charlottebalbier.com/

I wanted the Rococco one:-

www.victoriabrookes.co.uk/Charlotte%20Balbier%20Rococco.htm

It was about £900 and would have looked best on someone with smaller hips than me (am a pear shape) so didn't get it in the end

The Ulrika one is gorgeous too (the first main pic you see when you click on real life brides...

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 09:59:07

What kind of unusual?

Parmageddon Fri 09-Oct-09 10:04:10

Lol at the Ugly Wedding link! Klingon Wedding? Hmm.....

AuntieMaggie Fri 09-Oct-09 12:36:29

By unusual I mean diffent colours, shapes etc

I saw a nice black and white dress and it inspired me to look at something different.

BitofFun - we bought a house togehter a few years ago so we're skint so may have to have a tiny wedding (if we can afford to get married at all) so I want something memorable for my dress

AuntieMaggie Fri 09-Oct-09 12:39:24

oh those are beautiful

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 12:43:33

AuntieMaggie, I'm planning to wear a 50s-style dress for my wedding next year, but before that I was looking at a purple silk maxi dress from Monsoon Originals range...we're on a budget as well and tbh the idea of wearing a big white floor-length gown that I can't move or dance easily in gives me the horror. Just wear whatever you want and whatever feels like 'you'.

You could always go down the pattern-and-seamstress route, that way you have total control and no one else will ever have quite the same thing

Sunshinemummified Fri 09-Oct-09 12:45:12

AuntieMaggie if you look at my profile you can see my wedding dress (I only got married in August). I wanted something I could wear again rather than just for the one day. It's an aubergine colour and was from Paul & Joe. I love it.

Pluginbaby Fri 09-Oct-09 12:51:55

Have a look at these, she's fab!

www.gothikdesigns.co.uk/wedding_gowns.htm

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 12:53:30

There's a subforum on You And Your Wedding called something like 'Unusual/Alternative Weddings', tons of inspiration and useful links there.

Lexilicious Fri 09-Oct-09 13:00:09

40s-50s is so on trend... I had a consultation at Candy Anthony at the beginning of the year and the style is soooo flattering.

However, the prices were eye-watering.

You say you're skint so to achieve the same effect you could find a local dressmaker and get one made? I know 'find a dressmaker' is not necessarily that simple; mine is, er, my mum, who's going to do a marvellous job and the dress will really mean a lot to me.

I've chosen a Vintage Vogue pattern in the longer sleeved version and my MOH and BM are having in the same ballerina length as me. We got the silk from an amazing grotto-like fabric shop in Dalston (off the veg market innit, darlin') and it was easily a third of the price per metre that you'd pay in a normal shop, and a quarter what you'd pay in John Lewis.

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 13:14:23

That's exactly like the one I'm looking at, Lexilicious What colour are you going for?

Lexilicious Fri 09-Oct-09 13:48:00

Ivory for me, darkish blue for the 'maids. Was flirting with contrasting petticoats (oh yeah, the full froufrou!) but too much scope for naffness. Might sew on a colourful hem to them though.

Oh, and for more of the same but summery-er there's another place I know of: Vivien of Holloway.

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 13:56:06

Yeah, I'm thinking of putting my bridesmaids in VoH dresses. Chief bridesmaid already has a v similar Dolly Dagger one and looks beyond stunning in it.

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 13:56:41

Thumbs up for darkish blue btw, that's the colour I was originally planning to wear.

Sunshinemummified Fri 09-Oct-09 13:58:36

Thos Candy Anthony dresses are gorgeous. What was the cost Lexi?

marenmj Fri 09-Oct-09 14:02:38

I also had a consultation with Candy Anthony! Eye watering indeed!

I ended up in something completely different (pic on profile). The skirt was lovely, pleated silk with a split overlay that had a loop to go 'round one of my fingers while I danced. My photographer was a no-show so I don't have any great pics of it.

Got it for £650 at a sample sale when I was mere days away from giving up on dresses and just wearing a nice, white suit.

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 14:04:11

marenmj, you look gorgeous. I have figure envy envy

Sunshine, Candy Anthony dresses start at around £1.5k I think [oof]

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 14:07:05

Sample sales can be great actually, I was trying on trad wedding dresses yesterday, just for the lolz, and there was one that actually looked quite amazing on me. It was a little unusual too, very plain styling with a couple of big bold fabric flowers at the gather of the skirt. Originally £880, reduced to £360! Another I tried that was nice-ish (strapless dark cream satin) was down to £200, that's less than the dress I'm planning to buy (which was supposed to be a cheaper alternative to the trad wedding gown).

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 14:07:47

Oh god, I have become wedding-obsessed. Can you hear that whirring? That's the sound of my mum revolving in her grave at generating speed.

blush

thedolly Fri 09-Oct-09 14:08:21

AuntieMaggie - my wedding dress cost £18 from an antique shop in Hay-on-Wye, so there is hope. For an unusual dress look in unusual places smile.

marenmj Fri 09-Oct-09 14:10:59

The one I looked at was this and the price was ~£3K. It is actually a dress with a separate full lace overlay and a sash. £2K for the under-dress, £950 for the lace overlay, and £50 for a sash.

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