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Affordable bridal chic with heavenly high-street dresses

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Keeping your wedding to a budget needn't mean you have to compromise on style. Thanks to chic bridal creations on the high street you can now get designer luxe for a lot less when it comes to your wedding dress.

We've scoured the shops in search of the most beautiful bridal dresses – at purse-friendly prices – to bring you our favourites.

 

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A strapless number is ideal for brides wanting to show off just a little piece of flesh. Delphine Manivet from Browns has gone for a fairytale finish with a billowing, full skirt. 

For brides wishing to exude royal elegance, the Duchess of Cambridge' favourite designer Jenny Packham is the perfect choice(left), with this simple yet soft and slinky design.  

High-street favourite Monsoon offers layer upon layer of luscious fabrics to pick from, such as their silky smooth Annabel dress which features an embroidered silver neckline and is set to cut the perfect figure, at just £249 (right).

For wonderful styles at equally incredible prices, head to BHS where the Antoinette satin dress with beautifully jewelled waistband costs just £295.

For a more traditional feel, look out for delicate crocheted lace, intricately patterned detail and capped sleeves as seen on the Florance floral gown by Damsel in a Dress, John Lewis (left) which gives 1920's glamour a feminine flair. Think Downton Abbey, where vintage styles evocative of a bygone era were recently resurrected on screen.

 

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To take the first steps into married life it's essential to get your footwear just right. Of course we all want courts worthy of Cinderella but there's no need to part with lots of cash for the latest Manolo Blahnik or Louboutin collection. Simply look towards Rupert Sanderson for his classic Winona satin pumps which adds just that bit of extra class to any bridal look. 

And if you still can't resist the desire for designer then online shopping could be the solution. With Jimmy Choo now retailing many of his shoes at a fraction of the price and net-a-porter.com offering up heels by designers such as Valentino, it would be rude for any bride to refuse!

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