Vintage wedding dresses are good for many reasons, but the most persuasive reason brides-to-be should consider one is that they come with a guarantee: You can own and wear something no one else will have seen at any other wedding in real life or otherwise (and by otherwise, we're talking about Instagram, of course). Not only that, but vintage dresses also tend to be less expensive than brand-new creations. A hyper-detailed dress you don't have to fork out the big bucks for? Sounds like a stylish plan.
Pictured: Bianca Jagger at her wedding to Mick Jagger
That said, it's not easy to find vintage bridal gowns. Sure, some might be vintage-inspired, but when it comes to the real deal, there are only a few select shops and brands that provide what you're looking for. If you're a bride who's been hunting for something more retro, you've come to the right place. We've put together a curated list of the chicest places to find vintage wedding dresses. From the more expensive couture gowns to the affordable frocks that cost as little as £65, we've got something for every budget. Below, click through our gallery of the best vintage wedding dresses.
After becoming obsessed with vintage wedding dresses, Elizabeth Avey began collecting them and then set up a shop in 2008. She quickly established herself, sourcing some of the most exciting vintage styles, which include wedding dresses from the '60s and '70s.
Not only does Real Green Dress source some gorgeous vintage wedding dresses (such as this Edwardian one pictured), but it also prides itself on being as "green" as possible when cleaning the dresses, using the most environmentally friendly methods. The store ships its dresses all over the world, and it's a regular presence at vintage fairs, in case you're not able to get to the Hampshire HQ.
Most people head to Beyond Retro for an old-school Levi's 501 fix, but did you know it also stocks wedding dresses? This '40s vintage wedding dress (£200) is a pretty good steal for brides on a budget, don't you think?
Shop online: Beyond Retro
Strictly speaking, William Vintage doesn't stock wedding dresses. But if you're looking for a frock that totally wows, such as this Versace gown (which costs £2795), we suggest you take a look at this A-list–adored mecca.
Glance over the Instagram account for Fur Coat No Knickers and you'll see brides wearing vintage frocks, from long and lacy to short strapless dresses. It stocks both vintage and vintage-inspired pieces from various eras.
Book an appointment: 07814.002.295; Fur Coat No Knickers
Pennies opened in 2011 in Islington, and it is a trove of gorgeous vintage wedding dresses. From Edwardian crochet pieces to 1920s beaded gowns that are incredibly elegant. Pennies was even featured on Downton Abbey, with one of its wedding dresses worn by Lady Rose (played by Lily James).
Book an appointment:
0207 278 3827
Annie's Vintage Clothing
Also located in Islington, Annie's Vintage Clothing is another great place to discover retro gems. While there isn't much info on the website, we suggest you get in touch, or head straight there and browse until you find your perfect wedding dress. And you don't even need to make an appointment.
Obsessed with wedding dresses from the '20s and '30s? Then Notting Hill–based Jane Bourvis's shop is the place to go. The atelier specialises in restoring and re-creating beautiful antique wedding dresses, with many of the pieces having featured on film and TV, from Sex and the City to Sherlock.
Abigail's Vintage Bridal
Featuring dresses from the '30s to the '50s, Abigail's Vintage Bridal focuses on divine Edwardian gowns in intricate lacing as well as long, ethereal dresses. Styles are constantly changing, although the store has about 200 dresses available at any given point. It's best to make an appointment to see which pieces it has—and perhaps worth a second trip if you don't find something you instantly fall in love with.
From silk and lace wedding dresses to long-sleeved broderie anglaise frocks, there are plenty of different styles of vintage wedding dresses to shop from at this cute store. Even better, if you hate shopping in real life, you can order them from the marketplace section of ASOS online so you can try everything on in the comfort of your home.
Shop online: Marketplace ASOS
Obsessed with '70s looks? Head here for your ideal wedding dress. Big sleeves and kaftan-esque silhouettes await.
Shop online: Marketplace ASOS
Heavenly Vintage Brides
This beautifully curated collection of vintage dresses is one of the best places to find affordable but unique bridal gowns. From Edwardian-era pieces to '40s frocks, there are many to choose from.
Book an appointment: email@example.com
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.