We're coming up to that time of year.. wedding season! All brides want to look beautiful - and unique. Many are shunning bespoke designs in order for something equally breathtaking: a vintage wedding dress.
I visited the Designer Wedding Show in Battersea last year and was surprised to see at least two very chic stands dedicated to vintage wedding gowns. The quality of these garments was outstanding and a range of accessories (veils, jewellery, stoles) was also available.
Renowned stylist Charlie Brear has brought together her years of experience in fashion to create The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, for brides who would love to wear something completely original but don't have the time, energy or faintest idea where to start. The central London showroom has a rare and diverse selection of gorgeous gowns and accessories from the Victoria era through to early 1970s, which can be tailored to a couture finish.
Other London-based vintage wedding dress boutiques include Heirloom Couture, Circa Vintage Brides and Halfpenny London. Butler & Wilson remains a favourite for costume jewellery and accessories. Vintage Dress is an online shop selling a selection of vintage wedding gowns at very competitive prices.
One of the most popular categories at Juno Says Hello is our Wedding & Races collection. Although originally designed for wedding guests rather than brides, we have had several enquiries from ladies who want an alternative to a big white gown on their special day.
As any net-savvy bride-to-be knows, there are thousands of wedding blogs out there. Most of these are fashioned as style diaries providing inspiration for everything from hairstyles to table settings. Some of the most well-researched include Love My Dress and Once Wed, although I know there are plenty of other wonderful blogs out there - feel free to add them in the comments section!