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Everything Brides Need to Know About High Street Wedding Dresses

You’re getting married! Congratulations! The next big decision you need to make is what your wedding dress is going to look like. While searching for your wedding gown, you may come across the term “high street wedding dresses” and wonder what that means and if you should say “I do” to one of these gowns. Keep reading to learn more! 

What is a High Street Wedding Dress? 

“High street” is a United Kingdom/European phrase, similar to “ready-to-wear” in America. High street bridal gowns are available to buy off the rack in a store or online at a lower price point than designer gowns, which are often made-to-order. Some European and UK brands and designers that offer ready-to-wear clothes often have a bridal collection or dresses that can be used as high street wedding gowns. High street bridal gowns tend to be more streamlined in silhouette and embellishments. 

High Street Wedding Dresses vs. Off-the-Rack Wedding Dresses 

You may wonder what the difference is between high street wedding dresses and off-the-rack styles. While high street wedding dresses are purchased off the rack, off-the-rack dresses aren’t always high street wedding dresses.  

High street bridal gowns are usually sold by brands who specialize in ready-to-wear-clothing, not bridal. They come in the form of a capsule bridal line or are white dresses from their main fashion line that can also be worn as wedding gowns. 

While most bridal salons offer special-order or made-to-order designs; they also stock off-the-rack wedding dresses. Off-the-rack wedding dresses are styles that brides can take home the same day (including sample gowns).  

When to Wear a High Street Wedding Dress 

High street wedding dresses are available to try on and take home within the same day and can sometimes be returned, making them a great option when time is of the essence. They also make for fabulous engagement party dresses, second looks or civil ceremony/registry office wedding dresses and are usually easier to travel with due to their simple silhouettes. Take a look at some of our favorite gowns that could work as high street wedding dresses. 

High Street Wedding Dresses 

High Street Wedding Dresses: Long Sleeves 

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Martina Liana Style 1472 

Many high street wedding dresses take inspiration from ready-to-wear and bridal fashion, so it’s only natural that long sleeve dresses are in style! For a fashion-forward look, opt for gowns with statement sleeves. In addition to long sleeves, think short puffy sleeves, flutter sleeves or billowing bishop sleeves, which elevate even the simplest dress. Martina Liana Style 1472 is a stunning example with its sheer dramatic sleeves, cuff details and trendy square neckline! 

High Street Wedding Dresses: Simple 

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Essense of Australia Style D3576 

Simple gowns are popular when it comes to high street style! Think column and sheath silhouettes and soft A-line wedding gowns. Not to mention that simple, minimalist gowns are trending at the moment! Essense of Australia Style D3576 is an excellent choice for modern brides with its sleek column silhouette, sexy plunging neckline, flattering wide-set straps and subtle seaming. The low V-shape on the back highlights the figure, while delicate fabric-covered buttons line the skirt for an exquisite finishing touch! This style is simple but wows enough for a registry office or courthouse wedding.  

High Street Wedding Dresses: Modern 

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Stella York Style 7582 

The key to finding a modern high street wedding dress is looking for fashion-forward details and avoiding overly traditional elements. Stella York Style 7582 is a stunning gown in soft crepe with a sleek column silhouette, on-trend cowl neckline and delicate spaghetti straps. Sheer illusion tulle panels and exposed boning add a touch of sexiness and a modern take on the classic corset. Slip-style gowns are majorly in style when it comes to high street style! 

High Street Wedding Dresses: Beach 

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Martina Liana Style 1150 

High street wedding dresses are a fantastic option for a beach or destination wedding because they tend to be lightweight! A soft chiffon A-line or understated column gown in lace or crepe will be memorable AND comfortable outdoors. Martina Liana Style 1150 is ready for your beach “I do’s” with its ethereal silk chiffon skirt, slit and delicate beaded French lace bodice with a V-neckline and back.

High Street Wedding Dresses: Lace 

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Stella York Style 7469 

Lace is a beautiful bridal fabric that can be incorporated into modern designs or offer a more vintage-inspired look. No matter which suits your style, you’ll be able to find a lace high street wedding dress easily! Stella York Style 7469 is an elegant head-to-toe lace wedding dress that looks just as beautiful at a registry office or courthouse wedding as it does on the beach or in a garden. The curve-hugging silhouette and plunging V-neckline add a touch of red-carpet glamour to your wedding day look.

We hope this post helped you learn more about high street wedding dresses! If you’re ready to find your dream dress, you can find Essense of Australia, Martina Liana, and Stella York retailers near you or explore even more styles!