Here’s the thoughts of a fellow English girl!
I’m getting married for the 1st time at age of 41 and the thought of going into a bridal shop filled me with fear, so I was definately going to buy from High St. We’re having a low key 4pm ceremony, no formal meal, just straight into evening reception.
I love shopping by the way, but I don’t need a team of people with me, I know what I like aand I know what suits me (and what doesn’t).
So, I bought a great dress from Damsel in a Dress for £350 .. loved it, it fit and was quite happy for several months. Then I started thinking I’ve missed out on the whole experience so I nervously ventured into a bridal shop (alone of course!). I think I picked the wrong shop because I hated everything and felt stupid, just like I thought I would.
I then got quite brave and tried another couple of shops and loved the experience and of course, i fell in love with another dress, a proper bridal gown. That said, I bought an identical one off Ebay in the end for £500 so it was still a bargain. So I’m left with one to sell.
Sorry for the waffle, but my conclusion is this .. Monsoon do fab dresses and I did try some on, but they all felt more suitable for a beach wedding as they were all chiffon. I’m getting married in a hotel in winter. So before you commit, I would suggest you at least brave one experience in a bridal shop .. alone is fine, I’ve seen several girls all doing it alone while I was doing it.
You do get what you pay for .. I found in bridal shops you can get some great dresses for around £500, If you pay around £1000 you probably are getting more detail / lace / bling etc. If they were over £1000, they were no better quality, you’re just paying for the name.
Hope this helps ..do check out Damsel in a Dress … if you like the “Kate” dress, please message me as mine is for sale!