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What type of Wedding Dress neckline should you choose?

By Debs Cass on July 18th, 2013

For some of us, the idea of the perfect wedding dress can start well before the big question’s been popped (- and possibly before adulthood?). Regardless, when you get down to it it can be a tricky choice what with so many styles and designs out there: As well as choosing the right dress silhouette for you, there’s also the different types of necklines to decide on.

Necklines can be just as important to consider as they can accentuate your best features, or detract away from those areas you’d rather not draw attention to.

Here’s our top ten bridal necklines you can pick your favourite from, depending on what works best for you.

Strapless Neckline

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With no straps attached to the neckline, a strapless dress sits snugly across the bust and under the arms, fastening securely at the back. An elegant look ideal for all shapes, showing off the shoulders and collarbone and accentuating a long neck. Donna Karan Strapless silk-satin gown £3,825: Fluid silk-satin gown with an elegant yet understated silhouette with folds at the bodice and a waterfall back. Lightly boned to provide both support and flexibility, this style also has nude stretch-jersey lining through the body for a seamless under layer. net-a-porter

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Wedding dresses on a budget – the best for under £750

By Debs Cass on June 10th, 2013

Making a limited wedding budget stretch can keep the savviest brides-to-be awake at night, however one option is not to blow the equivalent of the honeymoon on the dress. Not ignoring the fact that the dress plays a key role in the big day – so it still needs to be ‘the one’ for you, and as so many discerning brides are demanding these days, vintage style is ever sought after. With this in mind, here are our top ten vintage style wedding dresses suitable for all silhouettes, to be had for under £750.

Late 1950s / Early 1960s Vintage Wedding Dress £395

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Lace scoop neck dress with large rose detailing all-over, and sheer neckline and arms. Full skirt, shorter at the front and fanning out into a long scalloped train. Back has plunge neck, four white ribbon ties, and full train with scalloped edging. Etsy

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Elie Saab presents wedding inspired couture catwalk show full of tulle and lace

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 30th, 2013

Elie Saab Haute Couture SS13

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A model wears the wedding gown by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday, Jan.23, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Lebanese designer Elie Saab has outdone himself again. Once more he’s proved why he’s a popular bridal designer; at the Paris Haute Couture show Elie sent models down the catwalk in lace and tulle gowns, sure to make any wedding belle swoon. You can see his 2013 bridal collection for Pronovias here, but we recommend browsing through the gallery above as there are some beauties to be found!

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Temperley to open flagship store in Mayfair – including bridal

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 17th, 2012

This has got to be the most exciting piece of news this week. One of our favourite wedding gown designers, Temperley London, is set to open its first ever flagship store in London’s Mayfair in November.

Fit for a queen,  Temperley’s HQ will spread its gorgeous designs in a six-floor Georgian home at 27 Burton street, housing three collections: Temperley Bridal, as well as Temperley London and ALICE by Temperley.

The 2012 Ophelia wedding dress collection is to die for and we’d happily walk down the aisle in one of these beauties.

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Temperley Bridal Ophelia 2012 collection

By Andrea Petrou on May 11th, 2012

We’re officially in love. And this time we’re not talking about our hubby to be. Instead it’s Alice Temperley’s Ophelia 2012 bridal collection, which has stolen our hearts.

The range mixes boho, the flapper era and striking silhouettes to make this collection one to lust after.

If you’re a vintage gal at heart, you’ll love the designers Emmeline frock, which emulates the 20s Flapper look with beading and crystals, while the designer’s Kelly frock with its peacock design is great for brides who want to stand out in style.

It’s no wonder Kate Middleton is a fan of this designer.

See the gallery below for our top five frocks.

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Get Pippa Middleton’s Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress at Net-a-porter

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 22nd, 2011

The Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress that Kate Middleton wore at her royal wedding to Prince Williams has been copied numerous times since the April wedding. And now fans of the gown Pippa Middleton wore as she stepped into the spotlight as chief bridesmaid at the royal shindig seven months ago.

The beautifully cut, elegant and timeless Alexander McQueen silk-crepe gown is an almost identical copy of Pippa’s dress and is now being sold on for £1,995.

Despite being designed as a bridesmaid gown, I’m sure many British brides will be rushing to secure this particular gown as it offers a simple silhouette compared to more elaborate designs. And at just shy of £2k it is comes at a fraction of the price! Pippa’s gown is said to have cost around £20,000, but did include bespoke lace panels around the sleeves and neck as well as silk button detailing on the back. Hey, it was a royal wedding after all!

Can’t promise you’ll get a derrière like Pippa by wearing the Sarah Burton design, but it sure is a pretty choice for your wedding day.

Credit: Press Association

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Pepe Botella Mediterranean bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 27th, 2011

After a very wet and dreary July we don’t blame you want to head to the Mediterranean to tie the knot as the weather is generally better!

Whether you’re getting married abroad or in the UK your bridal gown is a great way to add a bit of Mediterranean feel to your wedding day.

Spanish bridal powerhouse Pepe Botella is at the avant-garde of bridal design, focusing on freedom of expression with bold styles and innovative fabrics, taking a step away from the traditional bridal gown.

With daughter Lucia at the helm, the label is going from strength to strength as can be seen in their beautiful Mediterranean collection.

Pepe Botella Mediterranean bridal collection

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Photo courtesy of Pepe Botella

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Bridal label Shakespeare in Love launches first collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 25th, 2011

Shakespeare in Love - Christine

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New bridal design label Shakespeare in Love has launched their first UK collection of seven wedding dresses that offer brides-to-be high quality, beautiful dresses within an affordable price range.

Designer Samantha Shakespeare said: “I know how important the wedding budget is and I have worked with a lot of brides who have tried so many dresses on but when looking at the price tag was left a little disheartened and that is where the idea of Shakespeare in Love came from. I decided to create a brand which enabled brides to look through the whole collection knowing how much each dress cost and knowing that they wouldn’t have to compromise on style or quality.”

All dresses are available in ivory or white in sizes 6 to 26, and cost between £500-600.

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Dylan Lauren dazzles in wedding dress designed by father Ralph Lauren for Vogue photoshoot

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 20th, 2011

We’d love to have a well-known fashion designer in our family as we would get them to make all of our pretty dresses. So it comes as no surprise that Dylan Lauren looked to her father Ralph Lauren to design her wedding dress.

Up until now no images have been seen of the 37-year-old’s dress, but as these pictures prove daddy sure did well.

As seen in the August issue of Vogue, the custom-made gown was a delicate creation of duchesse satin, silk tulle, georgette embroidery and had a tiered train. Stunning!

Dylan married hedge fund manager Paul Arrouet at her family’s Bedford Estate in June, where Ralph, 71, had the honour of walking his daughter down the aisle with his wife Ricky. But Ralph didn’t just go his own way, he’s said to have consulted bridal gown extraordinaire Vera Wang on the design of the dress. So it’s really a Wang Lauren creation. Lucky girl!

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Bridalwave loves: Alexander McQueen Resort 2012

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 15th, 2011

We’ve fallen madly in love with Sarah Burton’s designs for Alexander McQueen. While we know this is not an actual wedding dress this white and gold gown from the Resort 2012 collection is simply amazing. The Resort 2012 is a fusion of military details, Edwardian silhouettes and stays true to classic McQueen elements – the gold-embellished gown – as well as an injection of Burton’s now softer design signature.

We love! We want!

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Lusan Mandongus 2012 wedding dress collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 27th, 2011

Starting out in Hong Kong in 1991, Lusan Mandongus has been creating gorgeous bridal gowns for 20 years, catering specially for women with an appreciation for high level style and couture-like details. The label is reputed for its designs that reflect the romantic and feminine spirit of the bride, and the 2012 wedding dress collection was no exception.

With a nod to the twenties, stunning a-line cut dresses with intricate lace appliqué and bead embellishment. We also liked the long white silk gloves and the choker necklaces made with silk ribbons and tulle.

Lusan Mandongus 2012 bridal collection

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Photo: Lusan Mandongus at White Gallery London 2011

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Johanna Hehir 2012 bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 22nd, 2011

Over the past ten years, Johanna Hehir has established herself as one of London’s leading bridal designers with her signature style of clean, unfussy, classic cuts with romantic details and delicate silks and lace.

Johanna’s 2012 collection is no disappointment for brides-to-be looking for a ‘modern classic’ bridal gown.

Johanna Hehir 2012 Collection

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Photo: Johanna Hehir at White Gallery London 2011

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Terry Fox 2012 bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 17th, 2011

We simply love the theatricality of Terry Fox’s bridal gowns. With richly embellished corsets and dramatic full bodied skirts, it is like stepping into a magical world.

With her unique approach to styling one-off creations, Terry will happily make bespoke dresses that incorporate elements hand-picked by you, whether they are embroidered flowers, ribbons with hidden love messages or vintage buttons and gems.

It was also refreshing to see a tea dress on the White Gallery catwalk – making sure you will be spoilt for choice!

Terry Fox

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Photo: Adam Alex for Terry Fox

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Karl Lagerfeld reveals Lily Allen wedding dress sketch

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 17th, 2011

Photo: Benoît Peverelli for Chanel

Were you as baffled as us when you saw the images of Lily Allen getting married in a wedding dress by French designer Delphine Manive? We thought it was meant to be Karl Lagerfeld!

As it turns out Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld DID make a bridal gown for Lily ahead of her wedding to Sam Cooper, which the newlywed mummy to be wore to the reception. Lily confirmed it via Twitter earlier today and an image of the sketch has been uploaded to

Guess Lily wanted to keep the beautiful Chanel creation hidden from the world for a bit longer so that her nearest and dearest could see it before everyone else.

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Carolina Herrera 2012 spring bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 16th, 2011

Twilight fans can stop guessing who will design the wedding dress of Bella Swan, the creators of the vampire saga Summit Entertainment have confirmed via Twitter that Carolina Herrera is the woman behind the gown.

We have to wait a few more weeks to see Bella’s dress, but it will perhaps draw inspiration from Carolina Herrera’s 2012 spring collection which offers high necklines and long sleeves – Kate Middleton much?

The collection also features lots of romantic embroidered Chantilly lace, and a couple of dramatic full skirts as well.


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