Choosing your dream wedding dress is undeniably one of the most exciting parts of getting married and here's where North West boutique owners and their teams can help you choose the perfect gown.
Your local North West wedding dress boutique will typically stock a range of wedding dresses from both UK and international designers to suit your fashion style and budget. You will also receive expert knowledge and guidance on how to select complementing accessories for your big day including tiaras, veils, shoes and more.
It’s advisable to book a one-to-one appointment with a boutique so that you have time to view the collections on offer and try on any wedding gowns that you think might be the one!
Do take time to research styles that will flatter your figure, however, keep an open mind on suggestions that an advisor may make and benefit from their experience and knowledge of dressing North West based brides-to-be.
Here’s some great wedding boutiques and shops in the North West from places like Manchester, Preston, Lancashire and the Lake District, whom you might want to get in touch with...
Don't forget to mention Your North West Wedding magazine when contacting wedding dress boutiques.
At Willow & Wilde we have selected a range of gorgeous gowns, separates and accessories to suit all weddings and budgets.
Our style is modern vintage with a boho vibe, lots of soft tulle and chiffon with contemporary lace applique and a range of shades such as blush and titanium.
Daughters of Bohème was created in 2022 following a personal search for a boho wedding dress, that revealed a gap in the Cumbrian market. Through connections with several specialist international designers, Daughters of Bohème is now a must-see in Cumbria for gorgeous wedding gowns for the modern bride, many of them in a boho style.
"My daughter, Georgina, was planning her wedding and she had a strong vision of her perfect wedding dress," says owner Kathreen Burns. "We could see similar styles in magazines and online but struggled to find a bridal shop in North Cumbria that offered boho glamour wedding gowns. Her dad, Mike and I were already involved in the Lake District wedding sector through his generator business and local marquee suppliers. We had space at Flanders to create a bridal wear business that we knew would fill a niche gap in the market, and so Daughters of Bohème was born.
Posted: 24 January 2023
Willow & Wilde is a new bridal boutique opening this October. Based in Helmshore, Rossendale, the store has a range of dresses priced from £500 - £2,000 with designers including Willowby by Watters, Freda Bennet, French Collection by Wendy Makin and Kelsey Rose.
The owner, Caroline Crompton, tells us: "At Willow & Wilde, we have selected a range of gorgeous gowns, separates and accessories to suit all weddings and budgets. Our style is modern vintage with a boho vibe, lots of soft tulle and chiffon with contemporary lace appliqué and a range of shades such as blush and titanium. Our designers have been chosen for their quality and amazing collections, but still with a great price to match all budgets.
Posted: 10 November 2022
St Ann's Hospice's Bridal and Vintage Store in Stockport is boasting many wedding dresses donated to them by the Coronation Street costume department at ITV.
The soap is filmed and set in the cobbled streets of Manchester, and many weddings have taken place throughout the show's history with their wedding dresses being left for others to wear on their special day.
St Ann's Hospice runs their Stockport shop to raise funds for services throughout Greater Manchester from their two hospices in Heald Green, Stockport and Little Hulton, Salford. There is a dedicated specialist bridal department on the second floor which has the latest styles on offer for great value for money.
Posted: 3 November 2022
While everyone has their own budget for the big day, nobody can deny weddings are an expensive business, with a total average bill hovering around £20,000-£30,000. The dress is likely to account for over £1,000 of this – and could cost much more if it's a designer number.
When asked, 86% of brides-to-be who haven't yet purchased their dress didn't know that it might be protected under their home insurance policy! comparethemarket.com has shared some helpful things to consider ahead of bringing home the special dress.
Posted: 31 July 2022
Feathers & Florence, a bridal studio in the Ribble Valley, has opened its doors for the first time with part of its profits going to help end period poverty. The owners, Liam and Melissa, tell us more: "An urge to help underprivileged women planning their weddings helped us launch Feathers & Florence; a tranquil, intimate and inspiring bridal studio in Longridge, Lancashire. Our aim is to offer a safe and calming space to try on beautiful boho-inspired dresses. The collection has been curated to display the best in luxury feminine bridalwear. Every dress has something unexpected to offer, with investments starting at £1,500. We have also made an effort to source gowns made from recycled materials wherever possible, with designers like Stephanie Allin, Nicole Milano and Savin London gracing the studio hangers."
Posted: 28 July 2022
When searching for your wedding dress, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's an easy task just deciding between white and cream! However, although wedding dresses have traditionally been white or cream, these colours come in many different shades and you need to ensure that if you're going for white or cream, that you'll be choosing the most flattering shade for you. In order to help you, Cliff Bashforth, MD of style consultants Colour Me Beautiful, has shared his top tips with County Wedding Magazines.
Posted: 15 July 2022
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"A bespoke hand-painted gown is sure to make you stand out on your big day. At Tropical Ever After, we design and create one of a kind, tailored, hand-painted wedding dresses for women who reach for their dreams and are not afraid to go beyond the usual standards."
"If layers of tulle and laces seem inappropriate for your wedding ceremony, opt for something perfectly tailored to your figure. When choosing your dream dress, you can pick a ready-made creation that will be tailored to your measurements or create a bespoke design especially for you, fitted to your figure with personal character. When looking for your dress, opt for a style that will reflect your personality. We can also provide bespoke gowns for the bridesmaids, flowergirls and matching accessories for the groomsmen."
Posted: 1 June 2022
Analysis of Google search data reveals that online searches for 'square neck wedding dress' exploded 1,556% on the 9th of April, just hours after Nicola Peltz and Brooklyn Beckham married at her family's estate in Palm Beach, Florida. A new finding by fabric experts Dalston Mill Fabrics reveals that online interest for 'square neck wedding dress' skyrocketed sixteen times the average volume in the first few hours after the couple tied the knot, an unprecedented spike in the public searching to mirror the bride's elegant custom-made Valentino gown.
Posted: 11 April 2022
We often get brides wanting something a bit different to the norm. A great way to achieve this is by looking for an alternative colour to the traditional ivory or white. Many designs are now available in a range of colours, from subtle blush pinks to daring blacks.
Considered a tea-length dress. These look fun and quirky, especially when teamed with unusual shoes. A pair of bright coloured heels can tie the whole look together. A huge trend for 2022 is 3D florals, and we can't get enough of them! Whether it's a decorated train or the whole dress, these embellishments are a great way to ensure you stand out on your big day.
Posted: 30 March 2022
When you order a bespoke wedding dress, you're signing up for a personal service that will be tailored specifically to you. Bespoke is often seen as prestigious and out of reach for many, but don't be afraid to ask for a quote. Calculate your budget, and you may realise down the line going bespoke is a similar cost to ordering a gown and paying extra for alterations. The initial price tag of your made-to-order design may seem more expensive but do keep in mind that all alteration and fitting costs are typically included. With most dressmakers, you'll be required to book an initial consultation. Take this opportunity to discuss your budget and prepare some inspirational pictures or a moodboard. We love to see your vision, style and vibe for your wedding day.
Posted: 5 January 2022