Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
So I’m trying to arrange a day for bridesmaid dress shopping, so all my girls can meet each other and we can have a lovely tea and look at pretty dresses and see what they like.
As three of my Bridesmaids live in Yorkshire (Leeds/Ripon area), my fourth bridesmaid and I decided to head up that way to meet them and a plan was formed to go to Harrogate, google said that there were a significant number of bridal shops in Harrogate.
Of the list of shops which Google gave me:
– 4 are closed down
– 2 aren’t shops at all they are regional offices for JLM Couture
– 1 doesn’t stock bridesmaid dresses at all
and the other two only stock one designer each.
So I looked at Leeds and York. Leeds is apparently known as ‘The London of the North’ but in the city centre there are only two shops which stock bridesmaid dresses.
York appears to have three shops which stock bridesmaid dresses, but one of them will only sell them to you if you buy your wedding dress there.
I’m getting thoroughly hacked off with this! There are SO MANY different bridesmaid dress designers out there, how can it be so hard to get hold of places to try them on? I guess all the shops which sell them are out in the villages, but in this day and age it’s not unlikely that bridesmaids will be spread across the country and have to travel to see them, why not put more shops in city centres so people can bloody get to them if they are travelling to the cities by train?? And why do so few dress shops stock bridesmaid dresses at all? Never mind that no-one has the style I want. I didn’t think I was asking for anything outlandish – knee-length dresses with a high neckline, fitted bodice and full skirt, sort of 50s-inspired. Ideally in a lighter/flowy fabric (organza or chiffon) but I’m flexible. Apparently this is night on impossible to provide.
pee. ess. is anyone else seeing on other threads where the responses to a post are being displayed above the Original Post? It’s really confusing me.
Post # 2
My advice is not to buy bridesmaid’s dresses which are marked as such. If you have a retro theme, for example, you will be able to get a suitable style so much more easily in a retro store. You can also try all the big department stores for formal wear… there is so much more choice.
If you are in the North, try Manchester rather than Leeds… I find the shops are more central and there is more choice.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
Rachel631: The problem is with at least online stores I’ve found that a lot of retro-inspired dresses seem to come across very ‘themey’, whilst I’m after something comparatively simple, with shapes but not the patterns, and slightly modernised. Something like this, but in bold jewel-toned autumnal colours – but there aren’t any shops within easy distance from the York-Leeds-Harrogate triangle which stock it!
Unfortunately Manchester isn’t easy to get to really – the reason I’m going to Leeds/York is to try and make it so the minimum amount of people do the minimum of travel. So two of us (me and another Bridesmaid) are travelling to Yorkshire whilst the other three bridesmaids and my FMIL are already there. I didn’t really want to put them out with travel expenses – of the people in Yorkshire, only one of my bridesmaids has a car, two of them can’t drive, and FMIL doesn’t have a car because she only recently moved back from Canada.
I guess I just want to try and put them out as little as possible because I appreciate them being bridesmaids! My plan was sound for their convenience, but apparently North Yorkshire does not agree!
I’m actually based in the Midlands, and may have to reccy out on my own at some point if we can’t find anything suitable in their budget. Thanks for the good luck though!
Post # 4
chronicwhimsy: The dress in that pic should be easy enough to find… if only you had access to Camden! Have you tried the following:
Limb and Diva also might do something similar, maybe?
Post # 5
Alfred Sung’s silhouettes are possibly a little too 60s but you could potentially order replicas of them from Dressilyme?