15 British Wedding Dress Designers To Have On Your Radar Now
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15 British Wedding Dress Designers To Have On Your Radar Now

Good reasons to buy British for your big day

You’ll never have another dress like the one you wear on your wedding day, and these British wedding dress designers are masters of construction, creating romantic silhouettes and unique details that will make yours one to remember. Whether you’re after a sleek silk number, lovely lace or ruffles galore, these are the names to know. 

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1. Sassi Holford

Sassi Holford is something of an icon in the British fashion scene, having designed for celebrities and royalty during her 40 plus years in the industry. Wedding dresses here range from traditional to contemporary, but all have that signature Sassi sophistication.

What’s the vibe? Elegant and simple, Sassi Holford dresses are defined by clean lines, luxurious fabrics, intricate lacework and impeccable tailoring.

EXPLORE: sassiholford.com

Woman in wedding gown

2. Ellis Bridals

One of the legacy bridal labels in London, Ellis Bridals was founded in 1912 by Ada Ellis – meaning it’s been crafting its gorgeous wedding gowns for well over a century. This is also the place to go if you want to scoop up the perfect accessories to match your dress.

What’s the vibe? A huge variety of styles, from classic and contemporary to more fashion-forward designs. Brides can also expect luxurious fabrics, as well as intricate beadwork and embroidery.

EXPLORE: ellisbridals.co.uk

Woman in wedding dress

3. Caroline Castigliano

With over three decades of experience in the industry under her belt, English-born designer Caroline Castigliano is considered on the leading voices in British bridal design. You can find her bridal boutiques scattered across London, with a flagship atelier in Knightsbridge and more stores worldwide.

What’s the vibe? One for the traditional bride; think feminine and classic silhouettes, from ball gowns to mermaids, with lots of emphasis on finer details.

EXPLORE: carolinecastigliano.com

Model in wedding dress stood by white vintage car

4. The OWN Studio

Founded by Jess Kaye and Rosie Williams, Shoreditch-based fashion brand The OWN Studio is quickly gaining cult status with its laid-back, contemporary wedding wear. This is a young brand made for the next generation of brides.

What’s the vibe? Sleek and glamorous, The OWN Studio gowns are all about crafting an effortlessly put-together look that can be dressed up or down.

EXPLORE: theownstudio.com

Woman in white dress and veil

5. Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood is a staple of the British fashion scene, crashing onto our radars in the 1970s as a leader in the punk movement alongside former partner Malcolm McLaren. Running in the same social circles as the Sex Pistols, the designer’s brand is synonymous edgy luxury.

What’s the vibe? Structured corsets, asymmetrical hems and necklines, artful draping and layers upon layers of pearls.

EXPLORE: viviennewestwood.com

Model in Halfpenny London gown and veil

6. Halfpenny London

Designer and stylist Kate Halfpenny has an impressive list of clients, including the likes of Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor and Emilia Fox. You can find her luxury bridal brand, Halfpenny London, in a quiet corner of Bloomsbury.

What’s the vibe? Mix-and-match glamour, with romantic and vintage elements.

EXPLORE: halfpennylondon.com

7. Stella McCartney

The daughter of musician Sir Paul McCartney and American photographer and animals rights activist Linda McCartney, Stella McCartney infuses all of her designs with an eco-conscious edge that just makes the splurge all the more guilt-free. The designer released her first bridal collection in 2018 (and famously designed Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress), but has yet to follow up with another.

What’s the vibe? Elegant silhouettes underpinned by a simple yet flawless finish.

EXPLORE: stellamccartney.com

8. Clover London

A recent addition to the UK bridal scene, Clover London offers contemporary made-to-order bridalwear priced between high street and high end. With the ethos to create ‘timeless gowns at an accessible price point’, this is a label that works alongside its clients to create the dream dress.

What’s the vibe? Cotemporary bridal gowns finished in gorgeous silks.

EXPLORE: cloverlondon.com

Model in short white dress with big bow on the back

9. Emilia Wickstead

A favourite amongst members of the royal family, Emilia Wickstead’s creations have graced the wardrobes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle on many occassions. The brand is described as ‘the epitome of modern femininity’, and has been making waves on the runway since SS12.

What’s the vibe? Elegant and simple, with an emphasis on timelessness.

EXPLORE: emiliawickstead.com

Woman in short wedding dress in a garden

10. Temperley London

Having founded her eponymous label in 2000, Alice Temperley MBE has made a name for herself as the designer to go to if you want the classic fairytale look on your wedding day. Temperley Bridal was launched in 2006, and has stores across the UK (and the rest of the world).

What’s the vibe? Romance and whimsy, with an added splash of lace and delicate embroidery.

EXPLORE: temperleylondon.com

Jenny Packham

11. Jenny Packham

This internationally renowned fashion brand set up back shop in 1988, and now boasts stores in London, Paris and New York. Matched with a similarly A-List clientele – think Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Emily Blunt, Kate Winslet and The Duchess of Cambridge – this is a label where bridal dreams flourish.

What’s the vibe? Lots of glitz and glamour; the roaring twenties done in the 21st century.

EXPLORE: jennypackham.com

Mary Benson British Wedding Dress Designers

12. Mary Benson

Born from a love of vintage fashion, Mary Benson adopts slow fashion principles (think handmade-to-order creations using deadstock materials saved from landfill) to create her boho chic bridal gowns. Designs are available in sizes UK6-30 and are made in a small studio in York.

What’s the vibe? Utterly romantic and free-spirited, the only frills you’ll find here are on the dresses.

EXPLORE: marybenson.london

Model in wedding dress dipping her toe in an indoor pool

13. Rolling in Roses

This small-scale British label aims to ‘dress brides from all walks of life and of all shapes and sizes’, while emphasising thoughtful design. To lower its environmental impact, the brand recycles where it can and donate all of its offcuts to crafters, makers and artists so that nothing is wasted.

What’s the vibe? Minimalist and elegant, with options to mix-and-match.

EXPLORE: rollinginroses.co.uk

Luna Bride

14. Luna Bride

Creating ethical wedding dresses for eco-conscious brides, Luna Bride uses sustainable fabrics selected from sources that are cruelty-free, organic and vegan (think English lace, organic peace silk and vegan bamboo). This is one for the boho bride.

What’s the vibe? Dreamy designs ideal for destination weddings on the beach, in fields or even nestled somewhere in the woods.

EXPLORE: lunabride.com

Woman sat in wedding dress and veil on blue-silver background

15. 16Arlington

This cult fashion label is known for its playful and eccentric designs, combining ‘conversation-starting’ pieces with glamorous eveningwear for the ultimate show-stopping look. Based in London, 16Arlington was founded by couple and design duo Marco Capaldo and Federica Cavenati.

What’s the vibe? One for the city bride, especially if she wants to party the night away…

EXPLORE: 16arlington.co.uk

Main image: Rolling in Roses