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What To Wear To A Wedding?


And more precisely, your wedding.

As you know, never had the whole 'dream wedding' in my head so I went in without any set ideas. Apart from the shoes. I found the shoes last year. Kind of.

We've set the date (I think) and venue (kinda) and I've picked the dress (well its between two, will make the final choice on Tuesday).

I swear I am a very organised person really!

I asked my fantastic Maid of Honour to book a couple of appointments at Bridal Salons and she made superb choices with Harrods (Pronovias) and Browns Bridal.

They are two very different places to look for Bridal gowns so it was great to see such a wide selection in a day. 


Harrods first. Yes Harrods of the horrifically extortionate Al Fayed fame (but the prices of Bridal gowns here shocked me in a good way)

For once in my life, I was on time....but then again I had jetlag on my side. It was a relatively early start which is always great as the streets and shops are never as busy. So into harrods we went and I had an absolute angel attending to me! I'd been a bit wary of the whole gown thing, I'd been told so many stories from people who had bad experiences and I'm happy to report for me, it was nothing but love.

Harrods Bridal is actually a Pronovias and they have the bridal gown thing down to a T. Its a Spanish company which made me love them a little bit more. I'm not sure of the exact meaning of Pronovias but Novia means Bride and Pronuba means Bridesmaid.

They have the Pronovias collection which ranges from £1500-3000. Then Manuel Mota ranges from £2000-5000, Elie Saab and Valentino from £5000+. So whatever your budget, they pretty much have you covered. That was an unexpected surprise.

I was attended to by the wonderful Hajer. She gave us a quick run down of what Pronovias does then she walked me round and recommended I pull out anything that vaguely appealed. Alrighty then. Good advice as I did end up trying on a wider range of dresses than i might have done. I figured I didn't want a huge ballgown/princess dress but you never know....so I tried one on.

You never know but sometimes you do. Not for me. For those that don't know me, I'm not as tall as I look (I'm 5'6" without heels) but I've got a small frame. So there were some dresses that were just really good fun to try on....and I could barely walk out the fitting room in them as they were so damn heavy! But I found one very pretty, vintagey, lace number that I LOVED. And again I was happy to call off the search. (No pics of any dresses I tried on in case I change my mind!)

This is a dress from the 2010 collection. Inspired by Michelle Obama no doubt. There does seem to be a shift in Bridal Salons away from the traditional wedding dress to more interesting options like this dress.

Elie Saab clothes tend to come with a few too many bells and whistles for my liking but I love the grecian inspired draping and megawatt bling on this dress.

A lot of the dresses on the website are very 'dressed up' with capes, veils, and other extra bits. In reality they're more striking and delicate and simple!

One of the things  liked about Pronovias is they're very flexible with alterations so if you wanted to, you could quite dramatically alter the skirt shape of a dress you find.

In the UK they also have a salon on Bond Street but the details for Harrods are 0207 893 8433.

They have a Flagship in NY and several stores across America. www.pronovias.com.


Next stop was Browns Bridal. 

Wow. Browns Bridal excels in the art of the show-stopping dress. They carry some of the best names in the business with exclusive dresses by Carolina Herrera, Oscar De La Renta, Peter Langner (who trained with Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix and Dior before setting up on his own), Max Choul, Collette Dinnigan, Carlos Miele, Angel Sanchez, Temperley, and after a little research before my appointment I quickly pegged Monique Lhuillier as my favourite.

We were attended to by Lesley who is clearly a true professional. She emphasised the key point (which can be easy to overlook) that you need to choose a dress that makes the most of your assets. And sadly for me, Monique Lhuillier dresses did nada for me! 

She also made a brilliant point about my shoes and pointed out much to my dismay why my choice wasn't suitable (more on that later).


(Top two dresses are Monique Lhuiller and the Bridal Ballgown is by Oscar De La Renta)


I'm pleased to report I did fall head over heels with the most unexpected dress at Browns Bridal! Until I went to Dublin.

I'm beginning to realise the problem for me with all this bridal stuff, is I love it all!!!!

Browns Bride. Click here for details on Trunk Shows. Call for an appointment 0207 514 0056.

Oh yes, and its not where the normal Browns is, Browns Bride is on Hinde Street, between Selfridges and Marylebone High Street.




Posted By Tiger Tem Aug 15, 2009 at 2:12AM
posted by bode

thanks for this....ive bn following ur posts for some years now...im planning my wedding and ur recent posts on weddings ave bn so useful...

posted by Uzo

Oh my. are you enjoying this/ i mean, it sounds like you are having a blast. I tried on a few Pronovias dresses as well and as pretty as they looked, none of them had the wow factor...Truth me told the whole trying on dresses thing bugged me to no end. I went to Kleinfeld in New York and got ot try on dresses i wouldnt ordinarily try and even did hats and a black dress (dont ask)...was as much fun as i thought...

I am shamelessly going to angle for an invite since i love weddings and would love to be see how everything turns out.........LOL

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@Bode...thanks for your email. If I can help with specifics any more, let me know.

@Uzo..It is (ideally) a once in a lifetime thing so yeah, I figured, might as well enjoy it. And I am! I'm a hardcore planner and I love a good project and this is precisely that. A great project!

Black dress?? Wowee! I think my Mum was a bit worried I'd end up choosing something extremely un-bridal.

Sorry I can't/won't share more details at this stage (has to be a surprise for the Mr!)...but I found it somewhere unexpected, loved it on sight and even more when I put it on. And yes, I definitely agree, its a mind boggling selection of dresses available but you just have to reach that point when its enough and make a choice!

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