London is not only our glorious capital, but also the third fashion capital of the world, behind Paris and New York City.
This iconic city is therefore home to an amazing selection of wedding dress boutiques where every international designer strives to feature their gowns. Yes, London is the city of bridal dreams, hosting the majority of important bridal events that dictate global trends: The London Bridal Show alone is renowned as a global trade event, and The National Wedding Show London is the biggest and best in the UK. You can be sure that you’ll be spoiled for choice when choosing your dress here.
However, finding the designer that most suits your style can be hard among such a selection of popular bridal boutiques in London, that’s why we have compiled a list of our favourite designers and where to find them in London’s top boutiques:
Designer: Rosa Clará
A brand that has gained worldwide prestige in just 21 years. We love the renowned Rosa Clará for such elegant and modern designs.
For 2017 Rosa Clará gowns, think delicate and light fabrics creating languid and fluid silhouettes, and other dresses with structured, voluminous skirts. Most of the gowns from the 3 lines, Rosa Clará, Rosa Clará Soft and Rosa Clará Two, have either a boatneck or off the shoulder necklines.
Where: Wedding Atelier London
Wedding Atelier London stocks all three Rosa Clará lines, seeing them as the perfect blend between modern style and timeless tradition. At this charming boutique, you will be welcomed by their friendly team of stylists and seamstresses who understand what it takes for a bride to feel perfect in her dress. For the team at Wedding Atelier, this bridal process shouldn’t end at the dress, that’s why they spend just as much time helping you with the finishing touches too: think veils, shoes, tiaras and jewelry.
With a selection of 11 designers to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice at Wedding Atelier, and their passion for Rosa Clará‘s stunning gowns, means that they may well have hand selected the dress of your dreams.
Designer: Caroline Castigliano
After opening her first flagship store in Surrey in 1991, Caroline Castigliano has since been at the forefront of luxury British bridalwear for 25 years. Think exquisite fabric, signature silhouette cuts and designs sought after by sexy and confident brides.
We love all that Caroline Castigliano has contributed to the British bridal industry: elegant cuts, skilled made-to-measure manufacture, and a sense of empowerment with every dress. She has consistently enabled brides to make a statement from the moment they enter the room, so we look forward to seeing her label expand accross global markets.
Where: Les Trois Soeurs Bridal
A Canary Wharf boutique that is respected by London brides and international designers alike. Stocking stunning Caroline Castigliano gowns as well as the renowned Temperly, Amanda Wakely, Lazaro and Tara Keely, this boutique offers a personal, honest and luxury service.
As a boutique at the forefront of London’s bridal scene, it’s only fitting that they feature the luxury and exquisite gowns of British designer Caroline Castigliano. In an exclusive interview with Les Trois Soeurs Bridal, Castigliano admitted that she believes in “a very understated look”, and what matters more than extravagent design is the cut of the dress itself. “For me, everything is about the cut”, and no matter how brilliant an idea is, if the cut isn’t “absolutely accurate”, then it is merely “just another dress”. A special dress must “move fantastically” and be styled by someone “who truly understands bodyshape”.
With this in mind, Castigliano entrusted Les Trois Soeurs Bridal to feature her masterpieces, so here you will find flawless cuts and knowledgeable professionals.
Globally recognised bridal designer, Pronovias, was established as a family business in Barcelona in 1922. It is our favourite long-serving wedding dress label. When it started, it was regularly frequented by high society brides who loved the Pronovias quality silk, lace and embroidery work.
Now, The Pronovias Group has a presence in 75 countries, it is the leading bridal brand in the world.
Where: Mirror Mirror
This attentive Mirror Mirror boutique has a proud selection of hand-selected, exquisite designs from Pronovias, Yolan Cris and La Sposa to name a few, as well as featuring their own, sumptuous designs.
Maria and Jane founded Mirror Mirror in 1989, both having a passion for designing bridal and occasionwear. They have since dressed celebrities such as Amanda Holden and Zoe Ball, and have combined their design studio, altelier, consulting rooms, fitting studio and accessories all into one luxury bridal store. Glamourous couture and high fashion define this luxury London boutique.
Designer: Galia Lahav
If you are a unique, glamorous and fashion-forward bride, then Galia Lahav is the bridal couture label for you.
Galia Lahav, who was born in Russia to a family of seamstresses, has been committed to redefining the bridal fashion industry for 30 years. She’s most famous for her Italian ivory lace detail, her illusion backs and her silk tulle skirts. Everyone will be lost for words as you enter the room in one of her designs, especially if you opt for a majestic lace fishtail train and sexy low back.
Where: Browns Bride
Browns has pioneered the fashion industry since it was opened in 1970. London has seen this small family business grow from a ground floor boutique on South Molten Street, to expanding across 5 town houses and becoming a national name in fashion.
The Browns empire includes Molten Brown, brownsfashion.com, Browns Focus and your future wedding dress boutique: Browns Bride.
Browns Bride stocks only the highest end couture designers, so its only right that they have a selection of beautiful Galia Lahav masterpieces alongside the iconic Vera Wang and unique Mira Zwillinger.
Designer: Justin Alexander
Inspired by the 1950s and 60s timeless elegance, Justin Alexander is well known for making the finest vintage and couture wedding dresses, updated with a modern twist. With so many designs, there is a perfect dress for every bride. We love Justin Alexander so much that we have made a gallery of our favorite designs, click here.
Where: London Bride
A friendly boutique near Elephant and Castle. London Bride stocks the most lovely gowns from popular designers such as Justin Alexander, MoriLee and Essence of Australia. Here you will reap the benefits of professional stylists, bridal consultants, and an in house alteration service.
Designer: Inbal Dror
It’s undeniable that you will make a lasting impression if you wear an Inbal Dror gown on your wedding day. They tend to turn heads… to say the least. An Inbal Dror bride is sexy, self-assured, and confident.
Inbal Dror has shaken the bridal industry by introducing such enchanting and sultry designs. You will find more than just a white gown, with intricate layers of ivory, vanilla, nude and champagne tones, complete with glitz and embroidery. Add a touch of drama to your elegant bridal look.
Where: Morgan Davies Bridal
The team at Morgan Davies Bridal understand that every bride is different, with their own individual style, and so aim to steer you according to you personal tastes to find the perfect gown. They have two stores, one in Hertfordshire and the other in London, and regularly put on trunk shows to showcase exquisite dresses from amazing designers.
As well as Inbal Dror, you will find a selection from Jesus Peiro, Marco y Maria, and Rosa Clará.
Designer: Jenny Packham
A successful British bridal design house with a signature style. Jenny Packham has achieved global recognition since launching in 1988 and now has a lingerie and accessories line as well as bridal gown collections. Jenny Packham’s flagship stores are in London, Hong Kong, Paris and New York, and her gowns can be found in the prestigious Harrods, Harvey Nicholls and Selfridges.
Jenny Packham gowns are the perfect blend of unique, modern, traditional, feminine and elegant: they acknowledge traditional bridal trends, yet still evolve with the times in a fashion-forward, orginal manner.
Where: Teokath of London
In the heart of Wimbledon you will find Teokath of London, a bridal company with boutiques in Canterbury and Wimbledon. Think elegant displays with a beautiful collection of gowns. As well as Jenny Packham, you can find some of our other favourites like Pronovias, and Lusan Mandongus. It’s a bridal fairytale.
So here you have it, everything you need to know to find your perfect wedding dress in London… you can thank us later!
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