London's Best Bridal Boutiques
We could really spend all day looking at wedding dress inspiration and building bridal Pinterest boards, but for those of you not sure where to start, here's a list of some of our favourite London bridal boutiques and wedding dress designers.
1. Temperley Bridal
Since its founding in 2000, Temperley London house become a household name among fashionistas and brides-to-be. Founder Alice Temperley created her ‘modern-bohemian’ line after graduating from the Royal College of Art, using artisan techniques and ethereal design to develop her uber-feminine collections. Temperley Bridal similarly emphasises exquisite design, featuring opulent Swarovski embellishments and hand-woven silk laces from Chantilly. ‘Inspired by old school Hollywood glamour and film noir icons’, it's easy to see why Alice Temperley has a hoard of celebrity fans, from Kate Middleton to Millie Mackintosh and Keira Knightley. Temperley Bridal frequents the pages of Vogue and fashion columns alike. The famed name no-doubt comes with a hefty price tag, but we think it’s well worth a trip to their Colville Mews store for a truly magical experience, or at least a scroll through their dreamy Spring 2018 collection.
2. Charlie Brear
Millennials interested in current and creative design should check out Charlie Brear. Young, fun and contemporary, Charlie caters for the design-conscious bride of today. Her wedding dress career began in 2005 when she noted her friends’ interest in alternative wedding attire, and after selling one-off pieces began to design her own collections of Bridal and evening wear. With Charlie’s 2018 Mainline Collection ‘taking a 90s attitude and grit mixed with sophistication’, it is clear that this brand suits the easy-going, trendy bride with major cool-girl vibes. Where high-fashion meets contemporary lifestyle, be sure to give them a follow on Instagram and a visit to the store in Queenspark!
3. House of Tammam
‘Saving the world in style’, House of Tammam is trailblazing the way for ethical and sustainable bespoke fashion, including a diverse catalogue of bridal wear. Based in Bloomsbury, the 100% vegetarian and cruelty-free label pairs traditional craftsmanship from around the globe with new eco-technology and reclaimed European lace to deliver the perfectly sustainable gown for eco warriors about to wed. Championed by Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson, the bespoke nature of the gowns mean that each piece is ‘impossible to replicate’, so you can rest assured that your House of Tammam gown will prove you to be the most unique of brides. If eco-couture is what you’re after (without having to don hemp), this is your place!
4. Heart Aflutter
Minutes away from the hustle and bustle of London Fields’ vibrant Broadway Market, Heart Aflutter provides the perfect boutique experience by private appointment only. Carrying eleven independent designers, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you peruse the rails with a cup of tea or coffee. The super-relaxed environment and diverse range is perfect for anyone who isn’t really sure where to start: Truvelle for a boho bride, Lena Medoyeff for simplistic beauty or Ivy & Aster for something a bit more adventurous… the world is your oyster! You’ll be encouraged to take your time to find what is right for you. With an ex-sample rack starting from £300 and made-to-order dresses ranging between £1,200 and £4,000, there is something for everyone. Queensmith loves Abigail of Gardenia for the alternative bride.
5. Luella's Bridal
Wimbledon’s ‘boudoir-style boutique’ Luella’s Bridal scores huge points for style. As each product is handpicked by the team for ‘originality and beauty’ you won’t be disappointed by the selection of gowns, shoes, veils and hair accessories to browse. Undoubtedly vintage chic, with antique cabinets, suitcases and chandeliers, the experience will be one to remember. Luella’s is perfect for anyone after a slim fit, bohemian style, 1920s flapper dress or a vintage nod to a full skirt. We Particularly love this Limor Rosen two piece for something a bit different. With a small selection of bridesmaids’ dresses, there is plenty to see at your consultation. Celebrators of career women, Luella’s sets a precedent for supporting women in juggling their hectic lives, particularly when it comes to the big day, sharing tips and stories through their online blog. As many brides are set to wonder what to do with their dress after wearing (and thinking about their pockets), Luella’s may have the answer - their ‘Once Loved’ rack allows clients to resell their dresses, where you can expect to get back around 50% of the original price and a portion of proceeds will be offered to Cancer Research. We love Luella’s for somewhere that gives a little something back!