5 high Street vs designer wedding dresses

Are you a bride-to-be? Here’s some of our favourite designer dresses – oh, and a high street steal to match!

Whether you’re newly-engaged or already counting down the days until the big day, the first question on everyone’s lips is: ‘Have you got your dress yet?’ The world of wedding dress shopping can be equal parts exciting and stressful, especially if you want an affordable wedding dress that looks every bit unique and designer! But, fret not, we’ve put together a look book of the most gorgeous wedding dresses to suit both your style and your budget.

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Beautiful Boho

Alternative weddings have become increasingly popular over the last few years, with three-course dinners being replaced with food trucks and flower girls replaced with puppy ring bearers. If a relaxed, romantic vibe is what you’re looking for when it comes to your upcoming nuptials, a Boho-inspired look will be right up your street.

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Designer: This stunning long-sleeved lace gown from Lilian West is a super flattering fit, with a soft and delicate style that isn’t restrictive. £POA www.justinalexander.com/lillian-west


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High-street: Needle & Thread’s lace maxi dress is quintessentially bohemian chic with sequin and lace details to die for. £410 www.asos.com/needle-thread.

Romantic Vintage

Vintage-inspired textiles and soft floral details aren’t going anywhere, and nothing says romance like delicate lace and a bardot neckline. In Living’s Jan/Feb Wedding issue, we’re obsessed with blush and sage tones for that ultimate enchanted feel.

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Designer: This gorgeous dress from Martina Liana combines vintage lace and an intricate button up exposed back to create a stunning classic look with just the right amount of sex appeal. £POA www.essensedesigns.com/martina-liana


High street: This hidden gem is from none other than Monsoon; and it wows with a fitted silhouette and beautiful eyelash lace. £499 uk.monsoon.co.uk.

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Hollywood Glam

If there’s anytime you want to feel like a million dollars, it’s your wedding day. Go full cinematic glam with these 20s-inspired leading lady looks. Classic silhouettes and dramatic details never go out of style.

Designer: Jenny Packham’s Palermo is an art-deco dream with its detailed bodice and column skirt. £POA www.jennypackham.com


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High street: This embellished maxi dress from Lipsy wraps around your figure and adds a sophisticated level of glamour. £135 Lipsy.

Jumpsuit Joy

Who says your wedding day look needs to be based around a dress? Perfect for the alternative bride, or even as a second outfit to change into when it’s time to dance, a bridal-inspired jumpsuit can give you just as much wow factor as a classic floor-length gown. 

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Designer: Eliza Jane Howell’s ‘Roaring Twenties’ collection is all about vintage glamour and celebrating the finer details. The Harlem jumpsuit is no exception; covered head-to-toe in sequins, this alternative wedding look is nothing short of special. Harlem Jumpsuit £POA www.elizajanehowell.com.


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High street: You can always rely on Ted Baker to deliver something sophisticated, tailored and classic. This halterneck jumpsuit is ideal for a no-fuss bride looking for something a little different. £249 www.tedbaker.com

Fairytale Dream

Your wedding day is the one acceptable instance where you can dress up as a princess when you’re an adult – so why pass up the opportunity? Flirty tulle skirts and detailed bodices are always a winning combination.

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Designer: The tiered skirt detail and floral elements make this gown from Sincerity Bridal truly unique. £POAwww.justinalexander.com/sincerity-bridal.


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High street: Chi Chi London has long had a reputation for being a go-to option for bridesmaid’s dresses, but this Bridal Tremaine dress with sheer back detail proves they have so much more to offer. £140 www.chichiclothing.com.

Which is your favourite style? 

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