[5 wedding dress designers who won’t make you look like a massive meringue]

Walking up the aisle and don’t fancy looking like Glinda the Good Witch?

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Katya Katya Shehurina

This relatively new-on-the-scene Latvian designer’s lace-dipped creations have cool little flourishes for brides who want something a bit different. We love her shimmery oversized polka dots and nude under-slips – perfect for making all those French lace trimmings pop. You could even try one of her cornflower silk sashes for your ‘something blue’.

Verdict: So pretty, and not back-breakingly expensive, either


Rime Arodaky

If your idea of hell is being trussed up like a turkey in something bodiced and strapless (I hear you on that one) then this French designer’s laid-back bridal will be right up your street. Her trademark look is a simple, demure front with a sexy, scooping back. Just add a smile – and maybe a rich tea biscuit spray tan.

Verdict: Sexy and boho…. what’s not to love?

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Laure De Sagazan

On a similar theme as Rime Arodaky (and, like Rime, she’s a French designer) Laure De Sagazan’s silhouettes are a mercifully corset-free. The little cap sleeves and gentle A-line skirts have that effortless, wafting-barefoot-across-the-grass-at-a-summer-wedding kind of vibe. Just add a flower garland.

Verdict: Very Midsummer Night’s Dream (in a good way)


Alice Temperley

The original queen of boho is also queen of the anti-meringue. The flexible range of styles and subtle, figure-flattering sprays of flowers and lace mean you also don’t need Karlie Kloss proportions to pull them off. If your wedding is more ‘slick city’ than ‘country bumpkin’ try the Willow; the sequinned back was just made for a red carpet over-the-shoulder pose. Better get practising.

Verdict: Boho wedding perfection


Rue De Seine

Ever since one Kate Middleton stepped out of the car in that McQueen wedding dress, chantilly lace has been pretty much everywhere (in the bridal world at least), which has made it tricky to find something a bit different. That’s why we love this gem of a designer, who does pretty batternburg cotton and trims of hand-corded lace.

Verdict: For relaxed brides who don’t want to look too ‘done’


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