If you’re based in the South West, here are some great wedding boutiques to try before you buy:
Clifton is a pretty exclusive area of Bristol, and Clifton Brides reflects this perfectly. Established 23 years ago, its staff members are knowledgeable and ready to help. Prices range from around £800 to £2,000, so you should be able to find something to suit. Creativity and versatility are buzzwords at Clifton Brides, and with designers such as Augusta Jones and Donna Salado on offer, you won’t be disappointed.
The Bridal Room
Based in Westbury-on-Trym, The Bridal Room offers a wide range of bridal wear and accessories. Prices start from around £300 and rise to approximately £2,000, while sizes span from 10 to 32, so there really is something for everyone. Best of all, The Bridal Room features a selection of adult and child bridesmaids dresses, so you may be able to kill several birds with one stone.
Located in Midsomer Norton, Solitaire Brides was established by wedding expert Lucy Carter 12 years ago. Designers on offer include Phil Collins (no, not that one), Olivia Grace and Sophia Tolli, and a selection of handmade tiaras and veils are also kept in stock to complement the dresses. If you can’t bear to be apart from your husband-to-be for a full day, take him along – there’s a separate menswear section so he can get himself kitted out at the same time.
Krystle Brides can be found in St James Parade in central Bath. Its designer dresses range from £500 to £1,700, with names including Mark Lesley and Augusta Jones on the bill. Accessories such as shoes, veils and tiaras come from Halo & Co, Ivory & Co and Rainbow Club. Storeowner Krystle prides herself on providing first-rate service so that you find exactly what you are looking for without any fuss.
Once the dress shopping is out of the way, it’s time to turn your attention to other matters, for example venue. Whether you are hiring a large hall, a hotel or a small room in your local pub, it may be worth adding a wedding marquee for a more al fresco feel. Click here for wedding marquees in the Bristol and Bath areas.