For...the Perfect English Fairy Tale: Temperley London (Notting Hill)
Every bride should make at least one visit to Temperley, housed in a series of Insta-perfect mews houses in Notting Hill. The British designer's bridal collections are what English fairytales are made of, replete with wafting tulle, delicate lace and meticulous, twinkling embroidery.
Saturday appointments cost £20, midweek appointments are free of charge; 6-7 Colville Mews, London W11 2DA, temperleylondon.com
… Sharp, Modern Tailoring: Stella McCartney (Mayfair)
Stella McCartney created Meghan Markle’s wedding evening reception dress this year: a minimal, modern white halter style with a plunging low back. The British designer's first bridal-exclusive collection followed in October, to the elation of new brides everywhere. The new Stella McCartney Made with Love collection is as sleek, contemporary and subtly sexy as you might expect, with highlights including a sequin-coated slip dress, a tailored lace jumpsuit and one very cool bridal tuxedo.
Appointments are free of charge; 23 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4PZ, stellamccartney.com
... Both Couture Bridal and Boho Chic (Kensington)
The Wedding Club in Knightsbridge is a pristine white playground of designer couture brands, including Zuhair Murad, Carolina Herrera, Steven Khalil, Georges Hobeika, J’Aton Couture and J’Aton Valentini, as well as silk veils by Homa Bridal. Dresses start from £4,500 and climb up to £25,000. For more laidback brides, The Wedding Club has a modern offering of boho brands including Savannah Miller, Made With Love, Marco & Maria and MUSE by Berta, available to browse at the boutique in South Kensington. It's the perfect balance of opulence and modernity for any budding bride-to-be.
Appointments cost £25-30; The Wedding Club Knightsbridge, 10 Yeomans Row, SW3 2AH; The Wedding Club South Kensington, 37 Thurloe Street, SW7 2LQ
...Majestic Embellishment: Phillipa Lepley (Fulham)
Every wedding dress should be a work of art, but Phillipa Lepley gowns, painstakingly embellished with Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and intricate, iridescent beading, sit in a class of their own. The Chelsea-based couturier is world-renowned for her romantic, waist-whittling designs, which have been worn by Alice Naylor-Leyland, Tanya Burr and many a society bride.
Appointments cost £30; 48 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HH, phillipalepley.com
...Dazzling Sequins: Jenny Packham (Mayfair)
Jenny Packham's glitzy bridal designs draw on the glamour of the past, be it the decadence of the Roaring Twenties or the slinky silhouettes of the Thirties. Packham is not afraid to weave in marabou feathers, resplendent sequins, tulle capes and bold colour, tailored to magnificent perfection.
Appointments cost £30; 3A Carlos Place, Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3AN, jennypackham.com
…French Chic: The Mews Bridal (Notting Hill)
The Mews Bridal in Notting Hill stocks exclusively French designers. Browse Laure de Sagazan's languid, lacy two-pieces; Delphine Manivet's graceful, modern designs and Donatelle Godart’s, fuss-free wistful gowns, which take their cue from the heady, carefree spirit of Jane Birkin.
Appointments cost £20; 202 Kensington Park Road, London W11 1NR, themewsnottinghill.co.uk
...A Pampering Experience: Luella's Bridal (Fulham)
Make a real day out of wedding dress shopping with Luella's Bridal. Every Sunday, Luella's sets up shop at Blush + Blow in Fulham, where brides can experience a hair styling appointment as well as trying on beautiful wedding gowns, which are a mix of exclusive, independent designers and own brand pieces. Can't make it to the salon? Luella's Bridal also makes home styling appointments for dresses and accessories. "We carefully curate the brands that we work with, selecting independent designers that offer us exclusivity on designs," explains co-founder Rachel Attwell. "This ensures we can offer our brides the opportunity to add bespoke elements to their individual bridal look, and without the long lead-times, whilst still reflecting Luella’s signature wildly romantic style."
Appointments at Blush + Blow cost £45; home styling appointments from £65, which is redeemable against a purchase; Blush + Blow, 197 New King's Road, Fulham, London SW6 4SR, luellas.co.uk
....Modern Romance: Halfpenny London
Kate Halfpenny has been creating red carpet-ready gowns for years, dressing the likes of Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor and Daisy Lowe in her feather-light, frothy tulle confections with a contemporary edge, while Millie Mackintosh chose Halfpenny for her wedding in 2018. Head to Halfpenny for waist-cinching wedding dresses and sleek separates with an air of Old Hollywood romance.
Appointments cost £30, 10 Woburn Walk, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0JL
…Absolutely Everything: The Wedding Gallery (Marylebone)
The Wedding Gallery is a two-storey bridal mecca, housed in the historic One Marylebone building. Billed as a bridal department store, it caters for everything from dresses and accessories to stationery, party favours, videographers and wedding bands. Explore a diverse selection of designers, from Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta to contemporary styles by Halfpenny London and Charlie Brear. This is a great and inspiring starting point for any new bride.
Appointments cost £30; One Marylebone Road, London NW1 4AQ the-weddinggallery.com
...Fashion-Forward Brides: Grace Loves Lace (Shoreditch)
Australian bridal brand Grace Loves Lace has built a cult following for its cool-girl, bohemian bridalwear, worn by Margot Robbie and Millie Mackintosh. Designs are crafted Down Under using premium French lace and are available to try and buy at the brand's Shoreditch studio. “We stay clear of structured and restrictive designs and fabrics and instead we are all about celebrating our women as effortless, sexy and naturally glamorous,” says founder Megan Ziems. Head here for figure-hugging, off-the-shoulder styles, voluminous fluted sleeves and silky two-piece slips.
Appointments are free of charge; 58/59 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3QT, graceloveslace.com