The decision of what to wear on your big day might not be the most important decision you’ll ever make (saying yes or asking someone to marry you takes precedent no?), but it most certainly should be ruddy good fun. Let us take one bit of pressure off of your planning and advise you of the best wedding dress designers to consider when starting to look around. From classic couture to bohemian bridal, luxe silk to head-to-toe lace, see our edit of the best wedding dress designers out there.
Before you say ‘I do’, say ‘yes’ to the dress…
The Best Wedding Dress Designers
The look: The Coco Chanel of wedding dress design, many brides-to-be have picked out a Jenny Packham dress months (or even years) before they’re proposed to. Glamorous yet elegant, show-stopping yet understated, Packham is the master of flattering bridal design.
Perfect for: With brides including Halle Berry and Kim Sears choosing Jenny Packham for their big days, whether you’re opting for a country or town celebration, Jenny will have a dress that makes you look beautiful.
Find out more: www.jennypackham.com
Hermione de Paula
The look: British Hermione worked at Dior, Galliano, McQueen and Giles before launching her eponymous bespoke bridal line. Think English country garden floral motifs, heavy on the romance.
Perfect for: An English country wedding in the summertime. Pops of colour fabric petals (from pastel pinks to fuchsia) woven in to add drama are a lovely touch in some of her bolder bespoke creations.
Find out more: www.hermionedepaula.com
The look: Every bit as romantic and feminine as you’d expect from the beloved British designer, Temperley’s wedding dresses are executed from the finest tulles, silks and laces with signature embroidery in pretty flowers and motifs.
Perfect for: A country manor or bohemian outdoor wedding.
Find out more: www.temperleylondon.com and shop bridal at their flagship Mayfair store at 27 Bruton Street W1J 6QN.
(On the subject of Alice Temperley, check out our gorgeous Great British Brands 2018, with a bespoke creation by the designer on the cover)
The look: Handmade in England, Sassi has the perfect dress for every bride. The long sleeves, high neck and large train are just three things which make this the most elegant wedding dress around.
Perfect for: There’s something for everyone in Sassi’s collections. Her new eveningwear range is worth a glance for those that fancy slipping into something more comfortable to dance the night away.
Find out more: www.sassiholford.com
The look: Noted for her stunning simple and elegant silk creations, Amanda Wakeley creates breath-taking wedding dresses that hint at romance rather than scream it.
Perfect for: Equally beautiful in a town setting or floating on a sea breeze for a destination wedding.
Find out more: www.amandawakeley.com
The look: The North London bridal designer’s eponymous label was born out of a vintage dress business (the Vintage Wedding Dress Company) so her creations reflect her love of interesting, playful takes on traditional bridal looks. Her permanent collection of Additions, a range of styling pieces such as skirts, sashes and sleeves designed to help brides create a bespoke look are fantastic.
Perfect for: Bohemian brides looking for a really unique look.
Find out more: www.charliebrear.com
The look: As well as opting for a couture creation (and hopping over to Paris for the atelier appointments and fittings), you can also now get your hands on Elie Saab’s mainline bridal collection in a range of boutiques. Expect lots of lace and breath-taking romance.
Perfect for: Classic country or town grandeur. The designer also has a range of accessories for brides that want to be top-to-toe Elie Saab for their big day.
Find out more: www.eliesaab.com
The look: American bridal designer Vera Wang has been at the top of many prospective brides’ dream dress designer list for years. Known for creating stunning traditional gowns with a contemporary edge, Wang’s designs are often instantly recognisable.
Perfect for: Decadent town celebrations.
Find out more: www.verawang.com
The look: Made to measure by London ateliers, Vivienne Westwood’s bridal designs reflect her classic British heritage with a signature edge. Think elegant silk with a thigh split or corseted bodice teamed with a thousand tulle layers on the skirt for a play on volume.
Perfect for: Those that want just a hint of rock ‘n’ roll on their wedding day.
Find out more: www.viviennewestwood.com
The look: Meticulously crafted by hand, these couture dresses are simple, timeless and elegant. Renowned for giving brides a slimmer waistline, it’s no wonder Phillipa is high on every bride’s wish list.
Perfect for: Country weddings on old English estates or lofty British castles.
Find out more: www.phillipalepley.com
The look: Effortless glamour shines out of Caroline Castigliano’s designs as she’s been at the forefront of luxury bridal and evening-wear for 27 years. Castigliano’s main bridal collection is available at selected stockists worldwide. The ‘Knightsbridge Collection’, as well as couture and bespoke bridal gowns, are offered exclusively at the Knightsbridge store – all gowns are handcrafted in the United Kingdom. The place to go to make an impact from the moment you walk into the room…
Perfect for: Ultra-feminine gowns, clean classic lines with contemporary touches.
Find out more: www.carolinecastigliano.com
Catherine Walker & Co
The look: The leading British couture house dresses only the most sophisticated of brides. The Duchess of Cambridge’s mum wore a Catherine Walker coat to the royal wedding…
Perfect for: The Sophisticated Bride
Find out more: www.catherinewalker.com
The look: Carolina Herrera’s designs always reflect her vision of the bride today, and off the shoulder is so in right now, even for brides.
Perfect for: The Traditional Bride (with a twist)
Find out more: www.carolinaherrera.com
And we’ve got you covered for shoes and accessories, too…
The look: Exquisite bridal shoes and accessories, designed in London and handmade using the finest materials. The elegant proportions make these beautiful bridal shoes incredibly comfortable and perfect for all-day wear. Timeless in style – with decorative embellishments that twinkle as you walk down the aisle.
Perfect for: The modern bride who has an eye for detail. For something truly unique head to the Emmy London boutique for the luxury ‘Bespoke Service’.
Find out more: www.emmylondon.com