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How to get your dream wedding dress for less


How to get your dream wedding dress for less


Buying a wedding dress can be one of the most expensive individual items you buy for your wedding so many brides-to-be will welcome an opportunity to reduce this cost. Looking fabulous shouldn’t have to cost the earth. One way of doing this is to buy a wedding dress from the Bridal Boutique at the Helen & Douglas House charity shop in Bartholomew Street, opposite St Nicholas Church in Newbury.

Here you will not only be able to buy a beautiful preloved or brand new dress at the fraction of high street prices but also great personal service with a large bridal changing suite upstairs to try dresses on. The proceeds from dresses and all the other items sold at this shop, will help local terminally ill children who are cared for by Helen & Douglas House children’s hospice.

What many people do not know is that this shop is packed full of stunning wedding dresses, many of which are brand new and many have designer labels. They regularly receive donations of brand new wedding dresses from local wedding dress shops which are clearing old stock or closing down.

This has recently included some Suzanne Neville designer dresses, who is one of Europe’s leading bridal designers. There are also dresses donated by Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique which is widely regarded as one of the best places to buy a designer wedding dress.

We currently have one of their dresses in stock which retailed for £2,999 and Helen & Douglas House is selling it for £450. There is also a matching lace jacket which originally retailed for £595 and is on sale at Helen & Douglas House for £25. They have also had 100 brand new beautiful bridesmaids dresses donated from these wedding shops.

Marian Hart from Newbury, recently bought her wedding dress from Helen & Douglas House in Newbury. She is getting married to her husband to be Ross Smitheman on Friday 14 September 2018 at Durlston Castle in Swanage. Marian frequently walked past the shop, saw the displays in the window and was intrigued how many wedding dresses might be in the shop and what these were like.

Marian said: “I was really pleased to be able to ‘upcycle’ a dress which had been donated. I was also really happy to be contributing to a very worthwhile charity. I was struggling with the traditional view of buying a dress from a bridal boutique and what I might end up paying for it. And a dress that I wouldn’t wear again – seemed very extravagant and as I’ve been married before it made me feel even more uncomfortable.”

“I had been to a few bridal boutiques and had mixed experiences. I am an older bride and at a few boutiques and fayres have been ignored as they thought my daughter (who was with me) was the bride…! Not a good start. Some were also quite pushy and other than the fizz and slightly more space/luxurious surroundings, I did not particularly enjoy the experiences.
‘The service we received at the Helen & Douglas House Shop was excellent. Very friendly and we did not feel pressurised at any point. We were left to it and took our time browsing before trying on. Diane the Manger was particularly helpful and gave feedback which was very helpful.”

“The dress was perfect and when I noticed it was called Joyce …which was my late mother’s name …so it seemed all the more fitting and appropriate.”

“It’s a great place to go and loads of choices and styles. I tell my friend ’Go and have a look and try a some on ‘ and remind them that they are not all previously owned, they have new ones too but also about the valuable contribution they are making to a charity.”

“I love my dress, which is brand new and am so pleased I came to the Helen & Douglas House bridal shop.”

But it is not just wedding dresses which are on sale. They also sell shoes and accessories for brides as well as mother-of-the-bride outfits with hats and fascinators at a fraction of high street prices as well. It is a real treasure trove.

Diane Batten from Helen & Douglas House Bridal shop in Newbury said “I am so please Marian found her dream dress at our shop. Marian and other brides who visit our shop are amazed at the range and prices of our dresses and accessories. We have over 100 amazing wedding dresses in stock at the moment including brand new designer dresses. We also stock prom dresses and with GCSE and A Level proms coming up this summer, it is worth popping in to take a look at our wonderful collection which are priced from just £30.”