Wedding Dress Shopping: Stella York

Monday, 12 February 2018

It's a tedious task, wedding dress shopping. Especially - due in part to many websites offering dress previews categorised by designer, rather than style - when trying to work out where to go to seek out your dream dress. Personally, I didn't know the whose who of bridal design before getting engaged (still don't, really) so clicking through designer by designer when I know the style I want but not whose name I want in the label has become an irritating task I've started to avoid. Alas, it must be done.

To hopefully save some others time, I've decided to start sharing some of the designers I come across here, with a preview of their style - starting with Stella York, whose signature approach appears to be very girly, quite flirty, and big on detail (also, her gowns don't cost the earth, so are good for an under £1K budget). Happy dress shopping!

Stella York in Manchester:
a/ Emma Louise Bridal, 41 Chorley New Road Bolton BL1 4QR
b/ Alison Burgess Couture, 273 Wellington Road South Stockport SK2 6ND

Flower Girl Dresses By Monsoon

So, the day has come and gone that we told our maid of honour's eight year old twins that we wanted them to be a part of our wedding. The boy was absolutely thrilled to be doing 'the most important part of the day' with his usher duties, and the girl is excited to wear a pretty dress, if a little nervous. One problem being that all the dresses she finds herself drawn to are, you guessed it, white. Hmm.

In a bid to convince her that there are other colours in the world, we turned to Monsoon this weekend. And I thought I'd share the most adorable finds here, for anyone else wondering where to find a flower girl/young bridesmaid outfit (finding them almost as difficult to choose as my own dress, to be honest, especially since the one I truly loved has sold out nationwide). Available in all sorts of colours, dresses by Monsoon strike the perfect balance between fun party wear - which appeals to the kids - and adorable formalwear - which appeals to bride and groom, colour scheme and venue dresser. I can't say I'm clued in on the price of childrenswear, but the cost seems fairly reasonable, too, especially for something that they can then re-wear over and over until it falls apart/they get too big.

The third one is a personal favourite.

(Dresses: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Oh and, for the record, here is the white dress that caused a million stuck out lower lip moments on Sat. I may have a mini bridesmaidzilla on my hands 😉

Monsoon in Manchester:
a/ Debenhams, Market Street, Manchester, Lancashire, M60 1TA, GB
b/ Manchester Arndale, Unit 25&26, Arndale Centre, Manchester , Manchester , M4 3AQ , GB
c/ House Of Fraser Manchester, 98-116 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2QG, GB
d/ Debenhams Trafford Centre, 1 Regents Crescent, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AB, GB

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