Wedding on a Shoestring

Wedding on a Shoestring

Lacy, mini, maxi or embellished – the high street has wedding season sewn up this spring

Getting married on a budget? The high street has upped its game and is rivalling bespoke designers, offering stylish design-led pieces at a fraction of the price. Here's our low-down on the latest purse-friendly releases to snap up now...


Topshop’s bridalwear edit may be small (there's just five dresses in the collection), but it's mighty. In true Topshop style, expect trend-led pieces with a bohemian twist. The Cutwork Lace Bardot has layers of grey-green silk-organza which lend an ethereal feel, and is ideal for those who want a subtle variation on traditional white or cream. Also in the collection is the Embellished Pencil Midi – a champagne vintage-style gown adorned with ornate beading and button-back detailing. Prices range from £350 - £795


The Whistles 7-piece limited edition range is designed with the contemporary bride in mind. It's a super-versatile collection encompassing both classic silhouettes and graphic, trend-led shapes. The Juliet style– a floor-skimming asymmetric creation with a delicate lace train – is pretty without being fussy. If the prospect of wearing a traditional dress terrifies you, the Victoria jumpsuit offers an alternative, with capped sleeves and culotte cropped trousers. Brides-to-be can shop the collection online and at the brand’s flagship store in London's St. Christopher’s Place. Prices range from £499 to £699



ASOS aims to cater for every bride and boasts an extensive range with seriously affordable price tags. Designs are fresh and youthful, with a definite lo-fi vibe. The line includes a Ruched Mesh Bandeau Mesh Dress, which layers mesh and chiffon in a chic, streamlined floor-sweeping silhouette; and a T-shirt Fishtail Maxi dress that's crying out to be worn with scuffed up Converse instead of heels. Prices range from £120 - £250

& Other Stories

Beach brides rejoice. Other Stories have launched their Wedding Shop with an array of floaty numbers just perfect for those getting hitched in sunnier climes. The Embroidery Frill Dress and the soft cotton Fringe Dress both have romantic frilled sleeves and delicate embroidered stitching. Accessorise with a floral garland sans shoes, naturally.  Prices range from £65 - £79



Don't forget about your hair! Take inspiration from this season's hottest hair trend – the braid – from Toni&Guy's Fashion Fix menu. Choose from the whimsical Glam Garland, the trend-led Fash-tail or the classic Romantic to offset your dress. And, completed in just 30 minutes its an ideal solution for brides who are short on time.

Book your Fashion Fix appointment at a Toni&Guy stylist to complete your special day. Find your closest salon here

  • Words: Rebecca Parker