Bridezilla: Wedding Dress Shopping Trip Numero Uno | Modern Mummy

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Bridezilla: Wedding Dress Shopping Trip Numero Uno

Last week I went wedding dress shopping with my bridesmaids. W E D D I N G   D R E S S   S H O P P I N G. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 

I set off into London town with a rough idea of the style I was after and well aware of my budget but jeeeeesus! How easy is it to get carried away!? I very nearly talked myself into spending four times the amount I wanted to on a meringue (definitely not the style I had in mind).

And what an education! I'm now fluent in the language of bridal dressmaking. 'Mermaid' cut, 'bateau' necklines, 'mantilla veils'. I know what they all mean! Go on, test me!

I had to blog about two absolutely gorgeous and beautiful and wonderful boutiques we visited. The third one, which shall remain nameless for the time-being, I won't waste my breath on!

First up, Candy Anthony in OXO Tower Wharf on South Bank. My idea of dress heaven. Candy Anthony handmake vintage inspired tea length bridal gowns and evening wear and use UK sourced materials wherever possible. I'm very passionate about supporting British workers and buying British goods.

I had an appointment with Rachel, who was an absolute legend. I told her what I thought I wanted, she produced my dream dress---- and then got me to try on lots of other dresses, gradually getting further away from the style I had originally wanted. I tried on eight altogether. They were all bloody gorgeous. But it was the third one I tried that I loved the most. (I can't go into details in case Himself is reading this). Check out their client album though and look at all the beautiful brides they have dressed. I could for hours. Wow.

Secondly we visited Fur Coat No Knickers, on Kingly Court off Carnaby Street. Another absolute gem. This store sells geniune vintage wedding dresses ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s which Laura and Emma can re-size and customise, as well as beautiful vintage - and new, vintage style - accessories. I have never seen such beautiful clutch bags and birdcages. And the dresses were out of this world. I can't wait to go back and try some on when I'm back from holiday.

If you're thinking of visiting either of these shops (and I strongly recommend you do!!) then make sure you phone ahead and book yourselves in. Candy Anthony is strictly by appointment only and although you can pop into Fur Coat No Knickers and look at the accessories, you need an appointment to try on dresses. Their contact details are on their websites. Happy shopping, fellow Bridezillas! xoxox

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