There’s no denying it… more and more brides are choosing to steer clear of traditional wedding dress shops in search of something a little more unexpected. If the bridal boutique scene just isn’t for you, the good news is that there are a wealth of wonderful alternatives to wedding dress shops out there.

Here’s our round-up of places to check out for that dream wedding dress unlike any others.


A firm favourite with brides who crave a dress with a difference, Etsy is their first port-of-call. The marketplace is a hive of vintage and one-of-a-kind designers. There are tons of dresses on offer so use the menu to narrow down your search to find exactly what you’re looking for.

The High Street

More and more high street shops are offering bridal collections each year. Topshop, ASOS, Monsoon, Phase Eight and Biba at House of Fraser – to name a few – have all been getting in on the action. If you don’t fancy splashing the cash on a wedding dress, these budget-friendly high street versions are perfect.

Kitty and Dulcie

If you’re dreaming of a vintage-inspired number, make Kitty and Dulcie your first port of call. The online shop offers an array of chic wedding dresses from as little as £195.

Charity shops

Alternatives to wedding dress shops

The lovely thing about getting your wedding dress from a charity shop is that it will have an amazing story to tell. Oxfam stores are renowned for having some of the best second-hand wedding dresses so make sure to check them out.


American based website Modcloth ships worldwide, meaning you have access to their amazing array of wedding dresses. While their dresses are distinctly bridal, they’re much-less fussy (not to mention cheaper) and if you crave something alternative, you’ll definitely find it here.

Dirty Fabulous

If you fancy a road trip to Dublin, don’t neglect to pay a visit to Dirty Fabulous! The original vintage boutique in the heart of Dublin, specialises in beautiful bridal and occasion wear from the 1920s to 1960s and beyond. Prepare to be met with a collection of swoon-worthy dresses from a bygone era.

Archive 12

Although technically this is a wedding dress boutique, we can promise you it isn’t like anything else out there. Archive 12 is a bohemian bridal boutique which rejects the norm, rejuvenates tradition, refuels the revellers and creates their own rules. Expect to see an selection of wedding dresses which stray from the norm.

Wedding dress designers

Or, if these alternatives to wedding dress shops just don’t cut it for you, why not consider having your dress custom made?! Call on the skills of an expert dressmaker, such as Lizzie Agnew to bring your wedding dress vision to life.

Once you open up your eyes to alternatives to wedding dress shops, you’ll quickly realise there is a world of possibilities out there. Good luck on your guest to find your wedding dress.


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