Finding the perfect wedding dress for you can either be love at first sight, or take a lot of searching, but when you know, you know. We speak to some of our real brides about why they loved their gown…

Third time’s a charm!

“I tried on three wedding dresses, and the third was ‘the one’… I loved it, and thought it suited my figure.” Amy

Dress for a festival theme

“I truly felt like a princess, and was so happy that I had finally found it. I also wore a gorgeous headband which fitted with the festival theme of our wedding.” Emmie Emmie & Dan (38)

Vintage chic

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“I thought I’d found ‘the one’ several times while looking for dresses, but there was always a slight doubt in my mind. When I tried on Gatsby by Maggie Sottero, it was the hands-down winner – simple but unusual. Everyone asked if it was my grandmother’s, as it looked so authentic.” Helena Helena&James-NR1_4758

Hollywood icon

“My wedding dress made me feel like a Hollywood film star!” Alison crazy wedding photography aandl 455

Love at first sight

“It was a traditional white silk dress with an off-the-shoulder style and a long train. I knew it was perfect as soon as I put it on. I loved every second of wearing it and never wanted to take it off!” Joanna

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A special feeling

“I knew it was ‘the one’ for me as soon as I put it on. I loved wearing it – it made me feel so special.” Erica Matt and Erica Wedding-4

Simply perfect

“I really wanted a traditional wedding gown, and I love the simplicity of the style, which meant I could customise it with accessories to give a boho style.” Emma Jamie&Emma-1

A reflection of mum

“I had buttons added all the way down the back, because I wanted it to reflect my mum’s wedding dress, and had the shoulders and skirt altered to sit differently.” Jenna GemmaWilliamsPhotography_Jenna&Lee_585

Tears of joy

“I’d tried lots of nice dresses, but they all made me feel like I was playing dressing up. Then my bridesmaid picked one out, and I agreed to try it without really looking at it. As soon as I stepped out of the changing room, my mum, aunt, and bridesmaid all fell silent, then all three started crying. I felt exactly how I dreamed I would feel in my wedding dress.” Eve

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Time to think

“I’d been shopping with my bridesmaids but wasn’t in the right mind-set, so I left it for a while. Then, a few months later, I tried again and fell in love with an Ellis Bridal gown. It hung in all the right places and made me feel amazing.” Rae WHEATMANPHOTOGRAPHY 59

First love

“I tired it on the first time I went dress shopping, and fell in love with it. After visiting lots of other shops and trying on countless dresses, nothing could compare. I felt like a true princess.” Hayley

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Stand out from the crowd

“It was so different from any other dress I had seen, and exactly what I was hoping for!” Laura

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Lovely in lace

“There was just no comparison – I felt stunning. It was made of Venetian lace, which tied in nicely with Jason’s proposal!” Jenny

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A bespoke design

“I’m not a girly girl, so I didn’t get the idea of finding ‘the one’. I went along to a consultation, and within half an hour, we had drawn up a design.” Chloe     chloe-pete-colour-59

It’s great to hear from real brides about their wedding planning and wedding day experiences, and we’ve got plenty more on flowers, decorations, venues and honeymoons right here!