When the love of your life gets down on one knee, presents a sparkling rock and shakes his way through the words, “will you be my favourite weirdo forever?” the first image that flashes through every girls mind is of her dancing down the aisle in a forget-me-not wedding dress. It’s looking a million bucks for the cost of a few thousand.
Jump forward a couple of months, however, and most of us brides-to be need to accept we don’t have the cash for couture, our dreams of a designer gown going up in candle smoke. But don’t freak out, shed a tear or panic for a single second because fast-fashion has a gorgeous gown for every bride and every budget.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning an intimate affair or a lavish reception dripping with elegance, something laid-back and cool or a totally unique bash that will make the pages of your scrapbook sparkle, the high street has got it all - chic, elegant, style-savvy and affordable (and you’ll get to try them on in the comfort of your own living room, with as many shoes and accessories as you like, before dancing, prancing and relaxing at your own leisure).
So, without further ado, here are the drop-dead-gorgeous wedding dresses you won’t believe are from fast-fashion stores (spoiler alert: you’ll probably want them all):
H&M Is Wedding Gown Heaven
For the lace-lovers out there, H&M has brought a collection of bridal gowns that will bring a tear to your eye and then make you smile until your cheeks hurt. That’s right, all of these lace gowns are from H&M. Not a designer. H&M. And best of all, not one of them costs more than £150. Whether you want something romantic, something traditional or something you can personalise and play up with accessories, this high street haven has got you covered.
ASOS Is Life For Budget Brides
Is there anything ASOS can’t do? Well, the answer is apparently no. They do everything, and they do it beautifully - just look at these wedding dresses. From sleek ivory numbers to sparkly statements for the bride that wants to stand out, to embroidered bodice maxi dresses perfect for any girl that lovers flowers in her hair - your walk down the aisle promises to make every single guest go “WOW!” And not one of them will set you back more than £140.
Reformation Is A Forever Love Affair
If you’re okay with shipping your dress in from the US, then you need to get over to the Reformation website on the double - what you’ll save in pennies you’ll make up in wow-factor. There’s the Mykonos Dress for all your destination wedding dreams, the Minerva dress for the simple but striking bride, and the Milan for the non-traditional bride that plans on getting more than one wear out of their wedding gown - sophisticated, elegant, stylish and sexy.
French Connection Knows How To Flatter
If there’s one thing these French Connection wedding gowns know how to do, it’s mix vintage vibes with modern moments. They’re wedding dresses for brides that want to have the best day of their lives - walking down the aisle looking like they’ve fallen from the heavens, throw a few shapes during their first dance on the floor, and smile when they flick through their wedding album months and years after their big day. They’ve managed to create a collection that’s intricate and luxurious, romantic and divine, and yet dresses that leap out of the box and stand out from the norm. And you won’t need to splash out more than £300 for any of them. Did someone say, “outfit change”?
Ted Baker Is The Best
Wearing white isn’t every girls dream, and Ted baker proves why with their latest collection of wedding gowns. Sophisticated, ladylike and finished to perfection - and we mean perfection because they’ve thought of everything from the subtle details to where a bride will store her something borrowed. And you’ll get a ton of change from a thousand pounds. What’s not to fall in love with?
Monsoon Is A Little Bit Magic
Monsoon. Oh, Monsoon. This high street retailer has done what so many brides-to-be thought was impossible: capture the romance of a wedding day with a collection of classic and feminine dresses for less than £500. Whether you want to stroll through your ceremony in a traditional lace dress with a dramatic train, dance the night away in a bohemian number with flowing silhouette, or spend the best day of your life in an impeccably embellished gown that’s sparkling like the night sky above you, Monsoon has everything to make you say yes to the dress (and for less than £500).