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Affordable Elegant Bridal Wear – 8 Bridal Collection From Phase Eight

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 The Hope (aptly named at £595!)

From the image above you’d be forgiven that I’m blogging about a new collection from a luxury bridal designer… but my guess is you may have seen the title, in which case you’ll know that this collection is in fact from the High Street though admittedly hard to believe!

Phase Eight have for a few years launched their own bridal range of wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses and accessories, and for this Spring/Summer 2015 the ‘8 Bridal’ collection is now available.

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Above:  Josefina, Cressida and Hope

Having seen these dresses in person at their flagship James Street store near Bond Street, the intricate beading, lace detailing, and feminine silhouettes of the dresses are all quite exceptional for ‘high street’ and really do raise the standard. I was suitably impressed and having featured a few Phase Eight brides on the blog (here and here), I really can see why they are a popular choice for those brides who are looking for something affordable without compromising style, perfect for a London Bride indeed!

The range is available both online at Phase Eight, with prices starting from just £250 (for a short dress) to £750 for the full length Old Hollywood style elegance or in one of their specialist Bridal Boutique stores.

Again considering the dresses are high street, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality up-close and the styles feature hand-stitching details, with inner construction for a flattering shape and luxurious fabrics for elegance. The Hope dress for me was stand-out with it’s designer inspired glamorous fit and beading it’s a stunning dress, especially for it’s £595 price tag!

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 Above: Elbertine / Aurora / Hope / Cressida / Annabella 

Key highlights from the new range include the stunning Aurora dress, featuring all over glittering metallic embellishments and cowl neck and back detailing or the stunning lace Josefina with its pretty lace and sheer neckline and subtle sweeping fishtail hem in tulle. For brides preferring shorter dresses without compromising on detail and wow-factor, the Cressida dress is the perfect choice. The all over lace design features a delicate detailed high neckline and hem, mid-length sleeves and a satin belt to accentuate the pretty fit and flare shape.

To compliment the dresses they have a selection of bridal accessories such as veils, shoes, shrugs (a special mention to this stunning beaded cape which I loved!) as well as extending their bridesmaid options.

You can arrange for a personal appointment with a specialist to try on the dresses at one of their Phase Eight Bridal Boutiques (020 7499 7750 – London01962 866964 – Winchester0131 226 4009 – Edinburgh).

Minna Bridal – For The City Chic or Laid Back Luxe Bride

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Minna Bridal has long been on my radar and is a designer who I am always recommending to those brides looking for affordable, laid back bridal style. Not only is the collection boho in style, it’s also for those environmentally conscientious brides as this is very much a part of the brand which is described as ‘Eco Luxe’.

This collection has great appeal for the stylish bride on a budget with the affordable price range – beautiful short boho dresses starting from £340 (perfect for the elopements, beach and city weddings) through the range to the higher end more intricate designs in beautiful fabrics at £1400 which is still very much affordable style for brides.

Below are a few (!) of my favourites, however you can see the full collection here, and some of the editorial images below too. True to Minna’s style, I love the sheer fabrics, floating feminine skirts, boho shifts in heavy lace and relaxed yet luxurious silks. As a sleeve lover, I’m also pleased that many of the dresses features sleeves or more coverage for those not looking to flash so much flesh!

I may also be a little biased as this dress is the ‘Charley’, I should say not named after me at all but I think she’s rather lovely…!

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Since 2008, Minna has always created her collections with sustainable, organic and recycled or locally produced textiles, as well as ensuring the production techniques are environmentally friendly and zero waste through the process. Whilst it’s very much a part of the process of the creation of her designs, they are incredibly stylish and desirable so very much for anyone looking for laid back luxe. You can read more about the story of Minna here.

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Who wouldn’t want to elope or walk barefooted in the sand in one of these? Definitely for the free spirited and stylish bride. Beautiful! You can see the full bridal range here or you can make an appointment to visit the showroom in Brixton, London.