Welcome to the final part of our planning a vintage wedding special and what a way to finish – it’s the all important dress!
You have a big decision to make here as you can go one of two ways. Real vintage or well…sort of…. modern vintage i.e. brand spanking new but with a vintage style. You are literally spoilt for choice.
First let’s start on preloved (wedding speak darhhhling for second-hand). A true vintage wedding dress isn’t as easy to find as you’d think. Firstly it depends on what era you are going for, even now the 80’s gets the vintage label in some circles, so you will need to be selective. If you are going way back it’s always going to get more difficult, so unless you have Granny’s dress waiting in the wings prepare yourself for a lot of leg work.
One of the best places to start is dedicated online website Preloved Wedding Dresses. They have over 10,000 new sample and used wedding gowns, some of which are truly vintage. You might also find a hidden gem of a vintage style dress that fits nicely into your not so vintage budget. You can also try The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, although they haven’t got a stockist in Kent their flagship store is in Central London. Run by renowned stylist, Charlie Brear, it’s well worth the trip into the big smoke to join its growing number of celebrity fans.
There’s also some vintage boutiques to try closer to home including Bridesdressrevisited in the little Kent village of Otford, where you can make an appointment to view their full collection of preloved dresses.
If second-hand just isn’t you then there are some brilliant designers who offer vintage style dresses. Here are just some of our absolute favourite dresses available now from Charlotte Balbier, Candy Anthony, Claire Pettibone, Charlotte Casadejus and Johanna Hehir.
For more inspiration on planning vintage weddings in Kent then take a look at Vintage Kent Directory where you will find lots of suppliers to help you in your quest.
In case you ‘ve missed them check out the rest of the post in our vintage wedding series here:
Part 1: Vintage Music
Part 2: Hair & Make Up
Part 3: Vintage Shoes
Part 4: Tea Time
And if you are planning a vintage wedding don’t forget to share your experience with us here!