The Dress

The wedding dress is one of the most talked about aspects of the wedding and can be one of the most time consuming and difficult things to decide on.

Choosing and finding your dress should be one of the most exciting parts of the lead up to the wedding.


Wedding dresses are traditionally of a shade of white which was used to represent the purity of the soul. The fabric and material of the dress reflected the wealth of the family.

Couture vs Off-the-Peg

Off-the-Peg – A dress that is available in standard dress sizes and is ready made. Most designers will offer to then adjust the dress to work with your exact shape and size over the course of 2-3 fittings. It is always worth asking if there is an additional charge for this. Off-the-Peg dresses start on the high street from £300 and in Bridal Boutiques from about £1,000.

Couture – made from scratch specifically for the customer. This can be worked from a design in the shop that you could then alter along the way to suit your exact requirements or can be designed totally from scratch if you know what you want.

Couture dresses will be much more expensive that Off-the-Peg due to the time and labour. They will start from about £2,500 in the more expensive boutiques however wonderful dress makers can be found all around the country who will work with your design for much less.

Time Scale

Most dress designers require 6 months to make the dress and accommodate all fittings however many can work with less time than this. Don’t be pushed by your boutique or rushed into a decision; if you’re not sure, don’t commit!

Check the materials

The more expensive dresses should be made out of luxurious materials such as silk, satin, organza and tulle (See Materials). On an expensive dress polyester and nylon should not grace the label.