Mr B and I have now been engaged for 2 years and are soon starting to look towards making actual real Wedding Day plans. Exciting!
The average UK wedding cost nearly £21,000 last year! WTAF?! Whilst I would love to able to spend that much on our big day, I just can't ever justify or afford it in this life carnation. So I have been rummaging around online looking for bargain budget-busting shortcuts.
There are tonnes of amazing DIY budget cutting ideas for the decor, reception, favours, and invitations but when it comes to the dress, this is something most brides-to-be don't want to majorly super-scrimp on. You need to find something that is affordable but also that you feel special in... after-all, when everyone's going to be looking at you ALL day, you need to feel amazing, pretty and confident. Not forgetting of course that you want to something totally unique to you and your wedding.
Well... did you know that you can buy amazing designer and vintage wedding dresses online from Oxfam?! I certainly did not. Amazing.
A lot of the dresses are even samples donated by designers so they are brand new... no bad luck dresses here! You can browse the full collection which has a broad range of sizes and styles by visiting www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/bridal. They also have 91 bridal boutiques across the country where you can go to try on dresses and get expert advice - just like in the fancy boutiques.
Take a look at some of these beautiful wedding gowns from their their current online stock. Reasonably priced courier service and free returns make ordering easy!
I love this cute little vintage mini Wedding dress - imagine your Groom's best men arriving on Vespas and lush daisies in your bouquet as part of this wedding theme.
|c. 1960s mini with detachable train £120|
Or go full on Jackie O and JFK with this adorable 1960's vintage Wedding Suit featuring a shift dress and box pleat overcoat for £175 the two.
|c.1960s shift wedding dress and coat suit emsemble|
I love the understated simplicity of this beautiful dress, topped off with a tumbling waterfall bouquet and giant flower crown Maid Marion would be seething with jealousy.
Bohemian meets an almost Romantic Gothic and Steampunk Victoriana with this amazing lace wedding gown... very ethereal. Perfect for a woodland wedding with a pretty floral head garland and barefeet.
|Stunning lace on this wedding gown ... unbelievably under £100|
Pure festival folk Bohemia with this ivory high neck 1970's vintage wedding dress... accessorized with lush floral bouquets and head-dresses in bold pinks and yellows make this the perfect dress for a rustic festival themed wedding and bride.
|£60 for this folk inspired 1970s vintage wedding dress|
Total Pink Princess heaven with this lavish Wedding Dress! How beautiful is this classic tulle wedding gown with full skirt, floral and lace accents, and diamante bodice. An absolute steal at £300. Indulge yourself with a glittering tiara, opulent lace garter and a cathedral veil.
|£300 for this My Lady style wedding gown|
I simply adore this long sleeved round neck vintage style wedding dress... It has a classic cut, empire waist and look at that beautiful train. The lace sleeves are reminiscent of Nicole Richie's Vera Wang wedding dress.
|Embroidery, lace, a train and a classic beauty look for just £195|
This 1950's Vogue Special design brocade dress is vintage at it's best... simply stunning. Perfect for a Rockabilly bride with an hourglass figure and accessorized with vintage costume jewelry and Marilyn Monroe curls.
|Elegant and figure hugging 1950s glamour at just £100|
There are also a huge array of bridal skirts and bodices for mix n match, Bridesmaids dresses, Groom and Best Man attire, shoes and other fantastic bridal accessories at bargain prices.