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

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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

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Vintage chic

“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

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Hollywood icon

“My wedding dress made me feel like a Hollywood film star!” Alison

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!