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Our Guide To Wedding Dress Designers

17/03/2011 09:57 | Updated 22 May 2015

With royal wedding fever all around us, we can't help but think about weddings. And a wedding isn't really a wedding without the right dress.

Here are some top Brit bridal designers (some you've heard of, some you may not have), to check out as you prepare for your big day - whether that's in six months' time or an as-yet-undetermined future date.

Whether you're a fashion plate, a princess bride, an eco-chick or a boho babe, you're sure to find something that appeals. And while you're at it, why not look at our round-up of perfect bridesmaid frocks under £150 here?
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UK Bridal Designers

For a breathtaking wedding dress that's exquisite yet understated, with a perfectly proportioned silhouette, Philippa Lepley is your go-to gal - Ulrika Jonsson and Davina McCall are part of her celebrity fan club. Dresses start at £2,000, while bespoke couture gowns fetch a heftier £5,000 starting price tag. The shop is located in London's Fulham Road.

Check it out at: phillipalepley.com

UK Bridal Designers

Fashion's grande dame created one of the most memorable wedding dresses of all time for Carrie Bradshaw's nuptials to Mr. Big in the first Sex & the City film. The designer's signature shapes, from corset tops to frill skirts, feature in the bridal range, rendered in silk taffeta, organza, duchesse satin and sequin-embroidered lace. Wedding pieces are available at Westwood's London flagship at 6 Davies Street. Prices available on request.

Check it out at: viviennewestwood.co.uk

UK Bridal Designers

Largely inspired by screen sirens of the '40s and '50s, Temperley London's bridal collection is for the free-spirited bride (think boho chick Milla Jovovich walking down the aisle in a Temperley goddess dress and gold diadem). The collection includes a range of silhouettes to suit a variety of tastes and body types, including cap sleeves, low backs and empire waists, as well as a selection of rabbit, lace and feather capes - perfect for keeping you covered on a cooler night. Swoon.

Check it out at: temperleylondon.com

UK Bridal Designers

For a classic bride who doesn't want a lot of extra embellishment on her big day, Beverly Lister is the designer to turn to. Her creations are simple and elegant, made from top-quality fabrics like silk duchesse satin and Chantilly lace. We love the splashes of colour in the spring collection, like the dark sash on the Chapel gown (left, £1,950). Launched in 1991, Lister's creations are designed, made and hand-finished in the UK. The flagship store is in Surrey, but there are stockists around the country.

Check it out at: beverlylister.co.uk

UK Bridal Designers

With a celebrity fan club that includes the likes of Queen Rania of Jordan, Jemima Khan, the late Princess Diana and someone in Kate Middleton's entourage, it's no surprise that Bruce Oldfield's name has become synonymous with exclusive bridal wear. These dresses are for the bride who wants the ultimate high society wedding, with an elaborate, sophisticated gown. The designer's three-story wedding emporium is located at 34 Beauchamp Place in London.

Check it out at: bruceoldfield.com

UK Bridal Designers

Since your wedding day is your red carpet moment, Jenny Packham's high-octane designs are sure to make an impact. Beloved by celebrities, the ethos is super-feminine. The creations are perfect for the romantic bride who wants an ethereal-looking dress. Packham's wedding dresses begin at £1,440.

Check it out at: jennypackham.com

UK Bridal Designers

With prices ranging from £750 to £1,980, a Charlotte Balbier gown can give you the fairytale wedding look without breaking your bank balance. This season, Balbier's new collections include English Tea Party, which uses vintage laces and a pastel palette and the Italian-inspired Sabella collection.

Check it out at: charlottebalbier.com

UK Bridal Designers

The designer has just launched his official bridal collection after the success of a capsule collection of wedding dresses that he created in conjunction with Net-A-Porter. The 12-piece collection features styles from short, flirty and feathery to long, boho glamazon and already has a celebrity fan club (Kelis married Nas in one of Williamson's creations). Prices start at $1,400. We think BFF Sienna Miller's been holding out for one of these...

Check it out at: matthewwilliamson.com

UK Bridal Designers

From '20s-inspired wedding gowns to the fairytale ballgown look, Madeline Isaac-James, designed by Natalie Gladman, has a style for every bride, made from fabrics including lace, silk chiffons, organza, charmeuse silk, taffeta, crystals. There are flagship boutiques in Hampshire and Kent. Prices from £1,299.

Check it out at: madelineisaacjames.com

UK Bridal Designers

This list wouldn't be complete without including the label rumoured to be dressing the princess-to-be, Kate Middleton, for her impending nuptials. Alexander McQueen is known for high drama and couture detailing - just check out the stunning gown Sara Buys wore for her 2005 wedding to Tom Parker-Bowles. Now Sarah Burton is continuing the designer's legacy. And if Kate wears one of these exquisite creations, then the nation will most certainly collectively say a big "Wow."

Check it out at: alexandermcqueen.co.uk

UK Bridal Designers

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