Going To The Chapel and We're Gonna' Get Married
Written by: Violet Myers
“It should be fun and open! If you’re worrying about spending £800 on a dress and then decide to go to a sample sale, having to elbow people out of the way, it’s not a very special feeling. When you’re buying your wedding dress it should be really exciting!” Laments Anna, owner of new affordable bridal shop Lucky Sixpence Bridal. The dresses are sourced from all over the world, are stylish, re-wearable and cover every decade, from high necked gowns from the 30’s to a bridal jumpsuit from the 80’s.
“One thing I realised when searching for my own wedding dress is that you can spend £2000 on your dress and then have it end up looking like everyone else’s, so I travel around and try to get a mixed collection. If you’re going to spend that much money you may as well have something unique!”
It’s a bride’s worst nightmare outside, a wet miserable January day sure to piss on anyone’s nuptials, but the atmosphere at Lucky Sixpence Bridal’s North London photo shoot is bathed in true vintage charm, gee whizz, what a gas! A collection of ‘brides’, dressed from every era, swan around looking effortlessly glam (even while chomping on Doritios and throwing back a couple of well deserved G&T’s), it’s every little girl’s dream.
The shop is a brand new venture for Anna, who sacked in her job in the corporate world last November in favour of sourcing beautiful vintage dresses that won’t leave brides with a hefty bill and ultimately having to honeymoon in Blackpool.
Anna’s now attending wedding fairs and has plenty of ideas for the future. This includes offering brides a service to have their dresses transformed into more wearable cocktail dresses for after the big day itself. Anna’s also looking in to new ways of helping brides-to-be find that perfect dress in a more relaxed, welcoming environment.
“When I was trying on wedding dresses I didn’t enjoy it, the atmosphere is stuck-up and unfriendly. I’ll be doing vintage tea parties, where brides can come along with bridesmaids and try things on and have a lovely time. It’ll be a collection of brides and bridesmaids, we’ll have a tea party, we’ll have flower crown making workshops, we’ll try on dresses, have nails done, so it’s more of an experience.”
The dresses are unique, gorgeous and are more must-have than the musty vintage we’ve grown so accustomed to. At such an affordable price we may treat ourselves to a few for popping on and following ex boyfriends around in. Bargain!
Check out Sixpence Bridal, coming to a wedding show near you!
Photos: Michael Barry
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