Never Too Early

Never Too Early

You just got engaged? Congratulations! The venue’s now been booked a whole 18 months in advance and you feel oh so organised – the dress is the last thing on your mind. Some brides will even put off browsing for dresses as they believe it’s too far in advance; let me tell you a little secret…You can never start looking too early. (Unless of course you are not engaged, then that might be a little strange).

Designer bridal gowns are all made from scratch just for you. They carry no stock as each dress size, colour and details are so unique to each order. As you can imagine, the work that goes into making these extra special dresses takes hours to ensure your dress is absolute perfection! This is where you need to be aware that some dresses can take up to 6 months to be made and shipped from countries across the globe.

The minimum time we can have a dress made from new with no extra charges is 3 months. If you’re willing to pay £25 extra we can get dresses in 10 weeks on a rush order. This applies for Essense, Stella York and Sorella Vita.

Pronovias and Mori Lee dresses are subject to availability which depends on the time of year and how busy they are attending to other orders of people who placed within plenty of time.

Once the dress is here you will then need to find time to try it on, making sure you’re happy with everything.

We use a 3rd party seamstress who is based in Leicester and works with 13 bridal shops. Although this means they are the serious bridal experts, it also means they are extremely busy. If you would like to see them in our Melton Mowbray store this will need to be on a weekday, so again you may have to set aside some time.

We recommend starting alterations 10-12 weeks before the wedding as it can often take 2/4 appointments depending how much needs altering.

So, 6 months to get the dress, a month to find time to pop in and try on, 2/3 months alterations, wow thats a possible 10 months!? The closer you leave everything to the wedding, the more stressed you will be which nobody wants during what should be such an enjoyable time.

We strongly recommend that you begin your search at least a year in advance to allow yourself time to enjoy wedding planning and not constantly chasing up your dress order!

For any questions or further enquiries regarding this topic feel free to call Victoria on 07565891019 or e-mail

Le Jardin | Ian Stuart 2018 Collection

Le Jardin | Ian Stuart 2018 Collection

‘Le Jardin!’

A celebration of nature by the world’s most inspiring artist.


Ian Stuart creates a style of gown that cannot be found in any other bridal wear label. His couture draping techniques, use of colour, texture, unusual appliques, tonal embroideries and stunning laces create an aesthetic that is both unconventional and undeniably beautiful.

For his 2018 collection, Ian has focused on capturing themes of nature within his designs. Weaving together beautiful butterflies, multi-coloured flowers, Japanese cherry blossom lace, scattered petals, waterfall textures and cascading roses.  This collection is a reflection of the perfect beauty found within the natural world.

Also celebrating the artistic talents of man, Ian has studied the techniques of the traditional Japanese kimono and obi, mixing fabrics and wrapping them around the body, creating a delicately textured look that is fresh, exciting and extremely flattering.  Ever inspired by his favourite era, Ian has paid particular attention to the dramatic draping of 1950’s designer Charles James and reimagined his heavenly style for the modern bride.

‘I am not tied to trends, only beauty’ is Ian’s heartfelt message; designing for that breath-taking moment when a bride is first laid eyes upon and not for the latest fashion trend.

We are certain that ‘Le Jardin’ will take your breath away, and remind you what it’s like to fall in love with a wedding dress …


Wendy Makin Gown for Real Bride Lizzie from Shade Bridal Nottingham

Wendy Makin Gown For Real Bride Lizzie From Shade Bridal Nottingham

Gorgeous Wendy Makin gown for a country wedding in Nottinghamshire.

Our lovely Shade Bridal bride Lizzie got married last weekend and looked so elegant in her bridal gown from Wendy Makin. We added a silk bow to the back of the dress and Lizzie chose a full length veil to complete her look. This stunning veil is from Richard Designs and works with so many of our dresses. Her hair vine was made specially for us by Love 2 Sparkle and added a delicate finishing touch. A country wedding followed with celebrations at Sutton Bonington Hall, Nottinghamshire.

If you would like to find out more about the gowns and accessories we stock at Shade Bridal contact me directly via Buckinghams Hub where you’ll find all my contact details and more photos of our gowns.

Jess xx

    Wedding Dresses under £500 at John Lewis Online

    Wedding Dresses Under £500 At John Lewis Online

    Walking down the aisle in a beautiful wedding dress doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s our top pick of five gorgeous wedding dresses under £500 available at John Lewis Online.  Visit their website and you’ll discover a wide selection of affordable bridesmaids dresses, grooms wear, favours, wedding invitations and the perfect Gift List service plus dream worthy honeymoons by Kuoni for the perfect escape after your big day.

    £449 – Raishma One Shoulder Beaded Bridal Gown, Ivory

    With an asymmetric design and sleek shape, this One Shoulder Beaded Bridal Gown from Raishma is perfect for your big day. Crafted from beautiful lace, this dress has a one shoulder fit with a straight cut and frill accent over the chest for an elegant flourish. Falling just below the ankles, it offers a stunning aesthetic. For a chic bridal finish, team with a tiara and high stilettos.

    £495 – Rashima Lace Beaded Bridal Gown, Ivory

    Offering an elegant cut and a flattering shape, this Lace Beaded Bridal Gown from Rashima is the perfect choice for your special day. Skimming the figure and falling just below the ankles, this dress has a straight cut and a frill accent over the chest, complete with thin straps for a bohemian inspired aesthetic. Crafted from pretty lace, subtle jewelled embellishment runs throughout for a touch of sparkle. Add a pretty flower crown and pair with heeled sandals.

    £465 – Raishma Floral Embroidered Bridal Gown, White

    Epitomising timeless elegance, this gown from Raishma will dazzle and delight on your big day. Flowing over the figure with fluid motion and a floor-sweeping length, this dress is carefully adorned with leaf motive embellishment and features a flattering v-neckline and a sleeveless silhouette. Add a tiara for a princess-inspired look.

    £450 – Raishma Leaf Embroidered Gown, White

    Epitomising timeless elegance, this gown from Raishma will dazzle and delight on your big day. Flowing over the figure with fluid motion and a floor-sweeping length, this dress is carefully adorned with leaf motive embellishment and features a flattering v-neckline and a sleeveless silhouette. Add a tiara for a princess-inspired look.

    £495 – Phase Eight Bridal Cadie Wedding Dress, Ivory

    Exquisite embellishment makes this Cadie Wedding Dress from Phase Eight Bridal the perfect choice for your special day. Adorned with intricate beadwork through the body and arms, this graceful gown features a semi-sheer yoke that reveals a sweetheart bodice shaped with bust cups and soft boning. Designed with a high neckline and dramatic open back, it is fully lined for ease of wear and falls to an elegant floor length with subtle draping through the skirt. Detailed with covered back buttons and a concealed zip fastening to finish, wear with tonal heels and sparkling jewellery.

    Shoulder neck point to hem length: 155cm.

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