A Guide To Finding Wedding Dress Designers

We get that the dream dress search can feel overwhelming to some, especially when designer names are brought into the mix. So, to help you see the lace from the tulle, we’re talking you through how to find wedding dress designers to suit your style and highlighting the incredible names we stock here at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Picking the right collections for our North Yorkshire bridal boutique certainly requires careful consideration. It’s so easy to get taken in solely by the appearance of a gown, but, for us, the beauty of a wedding dress needs to run deeper than its fabric (though, that too, is important).

We look for an excellent cut and elite craftsmanship for gowns that are both stylish and wearable, crafted in the dreamiest materials. Comfort and structure are also key priorities to ensure our brides both look and feel amazing in their choice of dress.

Design-wise, it’s all about the ideal blend of iconic looks and trusted classics combined with on-trend influences, so we stay up-to-date with leading fashions.

This thorough approach has led to us stock some of the world’s best designers at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge and has cemented our place as one of the most established bridal boutiques in the North of the UK. Something we’re super proud of!

Read on to discover the best way to find the perfect wedding dress designer for you, and to pore over the sublime collections that we have waiting for you under our pretty boutique roof!

Tips For Finding Wedding Dress Designers To Suit Your Style

Get Inspired

As an initial step, look online and in wedding magazines for dress designs that capture your attention and note down designer names that keep cropping up. When searching online via sites like Pinterest, it helps to use terms to describe a particular style or design element that you’re drawn to/know suits you, such as “boho wedding dresses” or “off-shoulder wedding dresses”.

Draw Up A Shortlist

From there, visit the designers’ websites and view their latest collections to check the dresses sing to you and that their style and approach resonate. You might also want to look at their social profiles, where you will likely see real wedding images showing the types of brides that choose their gowns and the types of settings the dresses lend themselves to.

Begin Your Bridal Boutique Search

With a shortlist to hand, it’s time to look up which bridal boutiques stock your top choice of wedding dress designers and where they’re located. Again, visit the bridal boutique’s website/social profiles to get a feel for the approach they take and the experience they offer. At this point, it’s also a good idea to see if they note the price range of the designer’s collection. Trust us, there’s nothing worse than falling in love with a dress that’s way out of budget.

Remain Open-Minded

While having a list of appealing wedding dress designers is an excellent way to whittle down the many bridalwear options out there, it’s wise to keep an open mind when visiting boutiques. Our professional bridal stylists are experts in helping you find a dress that works for both your vision and your body. It’s not uncommon for a bride to come to the boutique set on a specific designer only to fall head-over-heels for a gown from a totally different collection when browsing our rails. 

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Wedding Dress Designers Stocked At Our Harrogate Bridal Boutique

As mentioned, we’re proud to stock dresses by some of the best bridal names, including a stellar line-up of British wedding dress designers and incredible international talents.

Each has been chosen for their unique signature style, which offers diversity to our brides, but what they all have in common is faultless attention to detail and flawless quality!

Suzanne Neville

Top UK wedding dress designer Suzanne Neville is famed for her exquisite structure, clean lines and beautiful fabrics, including fine silks and embroidery. Classic in style, though made using contemporary couture techniques, her gowns are perfect for those searching for luxe, timeless appeal


International design house Enzoani delivers impactful yet elegant on-trend gowns that are guaranteed to turn heads. Merging traditional and modern European styles, they produce beautifully handcrafted dresses featuring glamorous detailing in stunning beadwork and intricate appliques.

Blue By Enzoani

Part of the Enzoani umbrella, Blue By Enzoani is loved by brides wanting that wow-factor big day look with an element of sexiness. Its collections include beautiful lace and illusion designs, though all are available fully-lined if a bride wants to flaunt a little less flesh.

Madi Lane

Australian-designed label Madi Lane brings relaxed boho vibes to our North Yorkshire bridal boutique. Its beautifully designed dresses feature delicate appliques and embellishments, artfully placed on high-quality fabrics, including wonderfully unusual laces with romantic floral detailing.

Caroline Castigliano

As one of the UK’s most prestigious wedding dress designers, Caroline Castigliano is known for her unique cut and construction, which sculpts and shapes in all the right places. She effortlessly fuses classic bridal looks with modern design techniques to create all-out luxurious gowns that radiate understated glamour.

Justin Alexander

Established in America, Justin Alexander’s main collection exudes old Hollywood style whilst featuring progressive detailing for a contemporary twist on tradition. From fitted stretch crepe designs with elegant lace detailing to fairytale ballgowns in rich Mikardo and dreamy tulle, there is a shape and style to suit every bride.

Lillian West

Forming part of the Justin Alexander design house, Lillian West’s enchanting designs embody whimsical and romantic details for effortlessly chic bridal looks. Expect feminine gowns in soft tulle and chiffon, plus pretty lace designs finished with subtle sequin and beaded detailing.

Sassi Holford

Highly sought-after British designer Sassi Holford is a great innovator who creates sophisticated, elegant and contemporary gowns finished with her unique design edge. Handcrafted in England, her collections feature unusual fabrics, clean lines, on-trend detailing and a superior cut.

Maggie Sottero

Those searching for timeless femininity will likely fall hard for the beauty of gowns created by Australian design house Maggie Sottero. Effortless flowing fabrics and captivating laces sit alongside decadent beading for collections that are classic and romantic whilst providing effortless style and choice.

Sottero & Midgley

Forming part of the Maggie Sottero family, Sottero & Midgely’s designs provide the same iconic fit but with cutting-edge fashion influences woven throughout. These couture gowns appeal to brides who crave modern opulence for a glamourous, sophisticated and statement big day look.

Have you had your head turned by one, or more, of our sought-after wedding dress designers? Then start your Harrogate Wedding Lounge experience today by booking a bridal styling appointment with one of our expert team.



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38 Forest Lane Head,
Harrogate, North Yorkshire,
HG2 7TF 

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