So you partner has finally popped the question and you find yourself justifiably able to start properly planning the nitty-gritty of your big day, despite the fact that you’ve been thinking about most of the minutia since your second date. But where to start? Most brides would agree that the search for the dream dress is the first thing that comes to mind. Countless appointments at plush dress boutiques, miles and miles of fabric in too many shades of white to remember, sequins, sparkly bits and fiddly buttons…the process is unique and exciting and should be enjoyable, above all other things.
Fret not girls, Zankyou is here to bring you 10 of the Best British Wedding Dress Designers for the patriotic bride who wants to wear a stunning creation by a home-grown talent. Enjoy!
Suzanne Neville‘s 2017 Portrait Collection is the amalgamation of undeniable, classic femininity and playful modernism. She incorporates the traditional A-line skirt, which is voluminous but in no way over-the-top with the ever-so-chic nipped-in waist to create a beautiful and balanced hourglass silhouette. She has also bravely featured a blue wedding dress in her Portrait Collection – daring and avant-garde, yet certainly in keeping with the traditional “something blue” element of getting married.
Bridal two-pieces (trouser suits or a skirt and top set) are becoming increasingly popular with brides, particularly in a social climate that is more and more welcoming of individuality and people branching away from expectations. Uniqueness is something to be celebrated, especially at weddings, and Suzanne‘s fantastic creations are a surefire way to do so, with grace and elegance.
For the ultimate in individual bridal style, Belle and Bunty are the ones you’re looking for. Their collections are suited to a modern bride who is fashion-forward, and not afraid of daring to be different on her big day. Belle and Bunty like to test the boundaries of traditional bridal fashion and gives today’s brides something out-of-the-ordinary to work with.
Their pieces are not overly-structured or stuffy, instead they mix comfort and chicness to create a young-at-heart and carefree feel. The Belle and Bunty bride is someone who likes to make a fashion statement in an effortless way. She is confident in her style and the effect that it has on people, and uses her femininity and uniqueness as her superpower.
Renowned for her classically sophisticated designs, Amanda Wyatt has outdone herself with her She Walks With Beauty Collection. A collection of stunning bridal gowns featuring traditional silhouettes with a twist – soft, mermaid-cut silhouettes with jewel-embellished belts; Grecian-style, empire-waisted gowns with Spanish-style mantilla veils, and much more.
Amanda is able to channel a relatable regality into the designs of her dresses – creations that are special enough to make you look and feel like royalty on your big day, but also effortlessly beautiful, without being overdone or frou-frou. If you’re a business-by-day, party-by-night kind of bride, then Amanda Wyatt‘s dresses are perfect for you.
Ellis Bridals‘ 2017 Collection combines a vast array of styles, fabrics, textures and designs, catering to a multitude of different brides and their individual styles. Sweetheart necklines are a prominent feature in Ellis Bridals newest collection – a style that embodies femininity and adds a princess-y feel to any bridal gown.
Ellis Bridals‘ has incorporated a few tea-length dresses into their collection for brides who want to parallel classic timelessness with a bit of ooh la la. A foolproof way of exposing a bit of skin without being vulgar or compromising class. The Ellis Bridals‘ ideal bride is someone who wants to harness her power as a woman and offset that with the delicacy of a blushing bride.
Marguerite Hannah, the designer behind Alan Hannah bridal collections has treated us to a collection of spectacular bridal gowns so varied that the it would be hard for any bride to not find at least one dress she loved. Some dresses are more decorated and feature a lot more fine detail, by way of beading and intricate appliqués, other dresses are more or less completely plain and let the silhouette and simplicity do the talking.
Each dress is crafted to an exceptional level, and the attention to detail is second to none. An Alan Hannah bride will be able to wear her dress with pride and know the detailed thought process behind each creation. 25 years of creativity have been pored into a collection that is romantic and a delight to behold.
Being lucky enough to wear one of Caroline Castigliano‘s wonderful wedding dresses means that oozing elegance and refinement on your big day will be a piece of cake. Each gown is the epitome of class and style, using luxurious fabrics and sophisticated sewing techniques to create designs that are flawless and elegant.
A fusion of classic and contemporary, this collection is for the type of bride with good taste and an eye for superb craftsmanship. Complete with hand-beading, silk-covered buttons and rouleau loops, boned bodices, and raw-edged appliqués, these dresses are truly to die for!
Modern brides are going to love Andrea Hawkes‘ 2017 Wedding Dress Collection because of the laid back/tailored nature of the pieces. Each design is minimalistic and fuss-free, making them sleek and organically chic. A far cry from excessive bead-work or frills, these pieces are for a bride who is straight to the point and low-maintenance.
Clean lines, soft structure, simplistic silhouettes. The essence of this collection is letting the simplicity of the dress do the talking – no over-compensation with detailing, just clean-cut tailoring and sleek craftsmanship.
These gowns are inspired by clean, geometric shapes and delicate botanical textures. Soft lace overlays add a feminine whimsicality to the dresses, making them perfect for sophisticated and chic brides. Layering is a prominent feature in Naomi‘s 2017 collection, which includes interchangeable separates that can be mixed and matched to the bride’s desire.
Emphasis on the waist with cinching and decorated bridal belts makes this collection a perfect one for a bride who wants to show off her feminine figure. The use of French lace, chiffon, guipure lace, silk satin chiffon, among other luxurious fabrics.
So there you have them, our Top 8 British Wedding Dress Designers & their 2017 Collections! Whether you’re looking for classic and demure or fashion-forward and daring, you’re sure to find it in this selection. Contact any of the designers now and make an appointment to get your dream dress for your big day!