But while the designer dream dresses can seem out of reach thanks to second-mortgage-inducing price tags, luckily there’s also never been a better time for affordable, yet stylish, wedding collections.
While some labels have released budget versions of their best-selling creations, the high street is easily holding its own and now Whistles is the latest fashion favourite to debut a wedding line – with prices ranging from £499 to £699.
The seven-piece collection includes traditional nods, such as sweeping trains and plenty of lace, as well as more contemporary looks, such as a tiered floor-length gown with a delicate high neck, an off-the-shoulder dress with a high-low hem and a jumpsuit with cape sleeves.
Whistles Wedding will launch in February 2017 online and in the store’s flagship London branch, where brides-to-be can make private appointments to try the designs as they would in a bridal boutique.
“We’ve had so much interest from customers on wedding attire that we felt the time was right to launch a contemporary collection of dresses for the modern bride,” creative director Nick Passmore says. “Whistles Wedding will offer our customer a refined collection from which they can choose something to wear for their big day, from a city wedding right through to a countryside celebration.”
Scroll through the collection below.