Debenhams Wedding Dresses

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High street wedding dresses never cease to amaze me. Cheaper than most bridal boutiques, you would expect the ranges to be limited wouldn’t you? The good news is, that doesn’t always seem to be the case!

Debenhams have brought out a great selection of cheap wedding dresses for 2012 and with most prices sitting around the £150 mark, you can afford to look like a princess on your big day. Below are a few of my favourites from their latest collections.


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Every now and then, those kind folks even offer discount codes! Be sure to check in at online discount voucher for all the latest offers.

Budget Wedding Dresses, fit for a princess!


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The words budget and wedding dress don’t fit together well do they? But I guess the reality is, that for a lot of us, getting married is so expensive we simply have to stick to a budget. Below I have found a fair few wedding dresses, all availabe from high street stores and with prices range from £180-£550 – they are simply perfect for those with a tight budget!


First up, some stunning gowns available at John Lewis;

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Some delights from Coast;

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And no high street wedding post would be complete without some dresses from Monsoon;

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And it doesn’t end there! BHS, Frasers and of course Debenhams (which now stock Ultimo wedding dresses!) all have budget busting wedding dresses. Who says you cant look like a princess but pay pauper prices!

Stumble on Sundays – Short Wedding Dresses (on the highstreet)


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Wedding dresses needn’t always be strapless and floor length. Nor is there any rule that says they must be bought from a bridal boutique. There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, both strapless and floor length can and do look awesome, it’s just that every now and then, it’s nice to see something a little bit different. And if you, the bride, does want something a bit different, then go for it.

More and more high street stores have their own bridal range that wont break the bank (or your budget!) – and some even have some pretty cute short dresses – so, this weeks Sunday Stumbles contains some of my favourite;

  • Monsoon never fail to impress. Long or short, with or without straps or sleeves, this high street store have a bridal range that is definately worth a look;

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  • Organza, tiers and a lovely colour – this dress from John Lewis is fantastic;

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  • Vintage in style, this dress could be accessorized to the max. For a full vintage look add in some netting underneath to add a bit of volume. Did I mention it was from Dorothy Perkins and cost……..a mere £45! Bargain central indeed.

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  • Another strong high street contender is Coast. These stores are often packed with perfect bridesmaid dresses in an array of colours – but it’s not just the bridesmaid these dresses are ideal for – I love this not quite a long, not quite short dress;

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Some lovely short dresses in amongst those! Hope you stumbled on something useful. What do you think – would you wear a short dress for your wedding?

Charlotte Balbier – 2011 Bridalwear Collection

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A couple of weeks back I got a nice little envelope in the post, said envelope was addressed to “The Wedding Inspirer”. Who wouldn’t love to be known as that?!

I was delighted to find out that the package did infact contain Charlotte Balbier’s 2011 bridalwear collection.

Below is a little bit about the collection and a few of my favourite dresses.

For 2011, Charlotte Balbier is debuting her largest collection to date, over thirty new styles translating the individual styles and personalities of today’s brides.

There is always a surprise in every Charlotte Balbier collection and for the first time Charlotte has two very distinctive flavours running through the entire collection. The first, her interpretation of fantasy and romance: the English Tea Party collection. The second: the Sabella Collection, a nod to her multicultural heritage; the fusion of the Sicilian Dolce Vita with the French Savoir Faire.

The English Tea Party Collection

Gazing back to a childhood favourite, Charlotte’s designs for this collection take you through the looking glass with Alice Wonderland. Moonlight fairytales and ethereal romance vivifies Charlotte’s signature vintage laces, feminine styling and soft pastel hues. The dresses come alive in a setting of the Mad Hatters Tea party meets an English secret garden, in essence Charlotte’s imagery embodying the glamour of cool Britannia.

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The Sabella Collection

Charlotte has successfully built her reputation on creating a brand and design portfolio that truly is an extension of her personality and heritage. With her French surname, Balbier, from her grandfather, the Sabella collection is named after her Sicilian Grandmother from whom she still feels her strong connection to Italy which reflects in her designs. For 2011 we see a renaissance for Charlotte in the Sabella connection. Now in her 8th year in the industry, there is a much more sophisticated accomplished feel to the collection. Taffeta and soft silks in sophisticated styles sit alongside soft pleating with timeless elegance and Italian laces that are the ultimate in chic. The black and white photography of this collection connotes the attitude and style of Italian fashion.

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Fabulous aren’t they! My ultimate favourite is Caroltta – what is your favourite dress from the new collection?

To see the full Charlotte Balbier collection or find out more about stockists, please visit

Wedding Dress Shopping? Bridal Trends for 2011


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I’m not really a follower of fashion, although I work in the retail industry so it does pay to know what is in fashion!

Thankfully when it comes to wedding dress shopping, the bridal shops are extremely good at keeping us informed about the changing fashions. Liz Wootton, Director at Aliya Rose, a bridal boutique in Cupar, Fife has kindly written some words on what she sees as the main trends for 2011.

Over to you Liz;

This is the time of year that bridal retailers are starting to think about the direction their collections will take for the coming year.  Of course, the designers’ new collections are still top secret at this point, and we won’t know for several more weeks what they have up their sleeves.  But here are my predictions for 2011…….

Strapless is still big.  But straps are back, and at Aliya Rose we’ve seen a big increase in the numbers of brides asking for straps on their dress. Many designers like to offer clever detachable options, to give girls more choice for the neckline, and since asymmetry has caused a stir this year, I’ll not be surprised to see more asymmetric straps and one shoulder designs in 2011.  Ella 5437, for example, has had huge attention so far this year.

Is there a move away from full length?  Well, whilst the vast majority of girls we see do prefer to opt for the full length gown with train, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some designers popping in a handful of full skirted ballerina or tea length numbers in their collections.  We’ve certainly had requests ourselves for dresses along these lines.  And let’s face it, if you want to show off a fabulous pair of shoes, this is the way to do it!

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So what of the full skirted fairytale dress?  Well, this is far from dead.  But I think we’ll see more in the Grace Kelly vein next year – one of the big stories for us is a gorgeous tulle number from Benjamin Roberts (2058A), which combines the fairytale with an air of elegant sophistication.  Gorgeous.

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Vintage styling is something you can expect to see more of as well.  And the 1930s slinky shape isn’t for everyone (most of us prefer the idea of the structured corsetry in our gowns to give our bodies that little helping hand!), so instead I think we’ll see vintage style fabrics incorporated into the more structured shapes, or simple gowns that will combine beautifully with the opulent vintage style asymmetric headdresses.

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But a bride who stays trued to what she feels great in NEVER goes out of fashion – you don’t have to be a slave to the latest trend on your wedding day, but you do need to feel fantastic, because that’s what gives you the wow factor!

Thanks Liz!

If you would like to see more of the dresses stocked at Aliya Rose then please visit their website at or contact the store on 01334 655303 to make an appointment.

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