Do you love the swinging 60s, get excited about the eccentric 80s or have a hidden desire to channel the flamboyance of the 50s? If you adore all things vintage and want your wedding dress to be the talk of the town, then Bridal Soup have found the perfect place for you. Luxe Bridal is a Birmingham-based vintage wedding dress company that provides exclusive and intriguing pieces, sourced from all over the world. We spoke to Becci from Luxe Bridal to find out what they’re all about.

 

Luxe Bridal was launched in 2011 by myself, Becci Bradley and my best friend Shelley Jukes. As lovers (and hoarders) of vintage pieces we realised that there was a real market for vintage wedding dresses, catering for brides-to-be who have a desire for something special and ultimately unique to wear on their special day. We specialize in dresses that are over twenty five years old. We restore them and clean them to ensure that they are in perfect condition before putting them in our showroom. We are passionate about providing the best service possible to our brides, giving them individual appointments, an alteration service, styling tips, accessories and even a glass of bubbly! Why should a vintage bride be treated any differently to a bride who is choosing a dress off the peg?

 

We have sourced the most amazing dresses in our first twelve months, we have come to appreciate the styling and fabrics of our dresses; for example, the lace on vintage dresses just wouldn’t be available these days, it is far too intricate and expensive to produce. We have spent the last year travelling up and down the country exhibiting at vintage fairs – these fairs are a perfect platform for Luxe Bridal as they attract brides who have a very definite idea of how they want their wedding day to look and the vintage dress is the starting point. We have met so many like-minded ladies who embrace the uniqueness and history of our dresses.

 

We can be contacted via our website and offer appointments to suit the bride and whoever wishes to come with her. Our flexibility means that we can help ladies who have a wedding just around the corner alongside those who are planning two years in advance, we really like a challenge! Our first year has been amazing; we have met and sold to so many lovely brides and have sourced some amazing pieces. The joy in seeing someone standing in our showroom wearing the dress of their dreams is truly wonderful. Our plans for the year ahead involve really raising our profile through marketing and advertising and continuing to exhibit at as many fairs as we can. We want to keep expanding our collection and keep searching for divine dresses.

 

One of our most popular styles has been brought about by the ‘Kate effect.’ We’ve seen a great demand for lace sleeves, which now feature on many of our dresses. The 1950s dress has also been very popular with a definite trend for shorter dresses, this might be something to do with the desire to show off one’s shoes!

 

The styling from decade to decade changes massively, from the streamlined 1930s dresses through to the ethereal 70s pieces, this means that all tastes are catered for.  Shelley and I are real lovers of the 1960s, whether it be the early 60s sharp mod styling or the late 60s hippy bohemian dresses, there is just something so iconic about that decade.

 

To compliment our dresses we have a great selection of vintage accessories including veils, bags, jewellery, compacts and shoes. We sell a lot of these items on Not On The High Street which has been a marvellous platform for us to raise our profile and generate sales. A London-based company called Cherished who create headpieces from vintage jewellery also supply us and these exquisite items sit perfectly with our dresses.

 

We have yet to dress a celebrity bride, but wouldn’t that be amazing? Our most challenging request was from a London bride who was getting married in the Italian mountains, the dress had to be 1970s, Bianca Jagger-esque and in a cool fabric as the heat was going to be an issue. We managed to source an Edwardian style cotton dress with a real laid back feel, she is going to be a bare foot bride which we love the idea of, if only we were invited!

Photograph of bride and groom courtesy of Louise Holgate: www.louiseholgate.com

Other photographs courtesy of: Liezl Croft and Dowling Photography

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