From Topshop to Boohoo, Tori Attwood considers whether you should say yes to a high-street wedding dress.
HOLD onto your bank accounts, blushing brides-to-be. The average UK wedding cost has been revealed and it is not budget-friendly.
Findings from Bridebook’s Wedding Report reveal that the average total wedding costs have reached a staggeringly high £26,989. Whilst those celebrating nuptials in the North enjoy marginally more modest weddings averaging at £17,000 (for the North West), the penny-pinching ends when it comes to that all-important dress.
On average, we Brits spend £1,385 on our wedding dress.
For some, spending what equates to 70% of your monthly salary** on a once-worn dress is justifiable; for others, it’s simply ludicrous.
Fortunately, there is an alternative (that doesn’t involve splurging your life’s savings or living off beans on toast for all eternity).
You can now head to the high street for your dreamy wedding look.
Whilst the suggestion of parading down the aisle in a high-street bought dress would have previously caused outrage amongst the bridal community, today’s high street brands are tackling the taboo of budget wedding dresses in the way they know best; by designing stunning yet affordable attire.
Ranging from as little as £22 to the high hundreds, high street retailers are making headlines with their budget bridal gear. Add in the choice of home-delivery, free returns and there being no need for an awkwardly-early appointment booked weeks in advance, and the high-street wedding dress scene sounds even more appealing.
Topshop, ASOS and Dorothy Perkins are just a few of the fashion faves that are redefining wedding dress standards.
Check out some of our picks from the high-street wedding dress collections:
Topshop’s soon-to-debut bridal range has already melted fashion hearts. From that knock-out dress you treated yourself to when you finally hit eighteen to your first job interview outfit, Topshop has made its mark on all your key calendar dates and is now adding your wedding day to the mix.
Dropping this April in time for wedding season, the highly-anticipated offering features 'a capsule collection of bridal and bridesmaid’s dresses, accessories, and lingerie' – so everything you need for your big day, but with a Topshop stamp on it.
Prices come in at £500 for wedding dresses and £125 for bridesmaid’s dresses, meaning affordable fashion is definitely within your bridal budget.
Ever ahead of the game, online megastore ASOS beat Topshop to the bridal scene just last year with their launch of ASOS Bridal . Floaty fabrics, stunning silhouettes and lashings of lace are all on offer in the trend-lead wedding collection. For as little as £100, fashion-forward brides can choose from one of seventeen exclusive styles delivered straight to their door. And in true ASOS style, the free delivery and returns means you can try on as many as you like from home.
With wedding-worthy dresses coming in at just £22 , Boohoo takes affordable bridal fashion to an entirely new level. But with an offering that sees the most important dress of your life valued at under £50, a whopping 96% cheaper than the average wedding dress cost, is the purse-friendly collection more stingy than stunning? The breezy bridal gowns are certainly elegant on the eye, but could you justify spending more on your food package than your dress?
Affordable sustainable fashion now caters for the bridal scene, thanks to H&M Conscious Collection . Following in the footsteps of last year’s debut, H&M’s 2017 range promises a beautiful blend of ethically sourced materials and ethereal design, perfect for blushing brides who want to be both beautifully dressed and conscious.
Accessorize’s sister-store Monsoon has long been on the bridal scene. Refined and minimalist, the retailer’s simple designs offer a taste of tradition without the hefty price tag. With the ease of stunning accessories, lingerie and shoes being all under one roof, an elegant wedding ensemble with all the essentials will set you back under £1,000.
Everything from Ted Baker’s contemporary designs to vibrant packaging exudes the brand's quirky personality. So, their wedding range follows suit. Revamped crochet lace, luxe embroidery and bold designs entice you to “get wed with Ted”, and with prices starting at £499, it’s difficult to decline.
With many bridal shops only stocking sample sizes in 12-14, finding the perfect aisle-worthy dress can be even more trialling if you’ve got curves. Fortunately, plus size superstars Simply Be offer a stunning range of bridal fashion in sizes 10-32.
Budget brides can indulge in head-to-toe embellishments, 50’s flare and lucrative lace with enviable dresses starting at £132.
**Based on statistics for average UK salary in 2016: £27,045. Source.