In the first part of our series profiling the Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 finalists, we delve into one of the most hotly contested categories… Best Bridal Designer.

wedding-ideas-awards-2013-voting-logo-150x150Designing gorgeous gowns may seem like a dream job but in reality it’s much harder than it looks!

Real brides are becoming more discerning, looking for figure-flattering shapes, designer details and all on a budget they can afford.

With the responsibility of designing the most important part of a girl’s big day, these dream dress makers are the kings and queens of the wedding world! But who have our real brides chosen as the cream of the crop?

Here are the top 5 finalists in the Best Bridal Designer category…

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Jenny Packham

Beautiful beading and embellishments and figure-skimming silhouettes define Jenny Packham’s latest bridal collection.

A favourite with bohemian-inspired brides, this British designer’s gowns are immediately recognisable and perfect if you want to create a retro, glamorous look.

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Ian Stuart

Ian Stuart is the go-to name for dreamy, dramatic wedding gowns. Full and fabulous with statement details, his designs are perfect for modern princesses who want to stand out from the crowd.

Ian has scooped numerous awards for his gowns over the years – can he add Best Bridal Designer to that list this year? See the latest Ian Stuart collection – Supernova here

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Sassi Holford

Designed and made exclusively in the UK, Sassi Holford’s elegant designs bring traditional silhouettes bang up to date.

Known for their internal corseting and subtle, chic details, Sassi’s gowns are favourites with real brides and royalty alike, especially her latest collection for 2013 – it’s simply gorgeous!

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Suzanne Neville

Sculpted bodices are Suzanne Neville’s forté. Her dresses create tiny waists and give glamorous brides a sensational red-carpet look, even more evident in the Suzanne Neville 2013 Diamond collection.

Dressing top TV stars including Holly Willoughby, Alexandra Burke and Kirsty Gallacher, Suzanne Neville gives real brides

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Stewart Parvin

Elegant, sophisticated, wonderfully grown-up gowns, cut to make the most of the female form – that’s how top UK designer Stewart Parvin describes his latest collection.

He was also awarded the Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM the Queen in recognition of his work, having designed for Her Majesty for a number of years. Sleek and sophisticated, Stewart’s gowns are unfussy yet fabulously romantic. Make sure you see his fabulous 2013 bridal collection – it’s so worth it!

Do agree with these top 5 Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 finalists in the best dress designer category? Who do you think will win?

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