When it comes to the wedding ‘to do list’ there is one thing brides look forward to ticking off the most. Of course it’s the wedding dress! Hours and hours go into trawling through magazines, Pinterest and bridal shops. One of the best ways to get inspiration for wedding dress style is by seeing real brides in the dresses. It’s easier to see what a dress would actually look like on a real bride than on a model in a studio photoshoot. We have compiled a selection of some of our favourite dresses to give you inspiration.

Read our wedding planning tips articles for lots of ideas and advice.

berta champagne wedding dress

Luxury Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses don’t get more luxurious than Berta gowns. This designer is known for chic form fitting styles that bride’s love. We adore this champagne coloured dress. It perfectly complemented the white bridesmaid dresses adding an elegant twist to the wedding styling. This is one of our favourite dresses and one a lot of our bride’s get inspiration from!

View our selection of 12 bridesmaid dresses you’ll love.

pronovias strapless wedding dress


When considering a strapless gown the most important thing is the fit. Don’t choose a dress that you will be pulling up all day long. Those beautiful natural shots can be ruined by an uncomfortable bride always attending to her dress. Our bride Amy looked amazing in her Pronovias dress. This is definitely the most popular dress designer with our brides. They offer lots of different styles to suit every bride.

See more from Amy & James’ beautiful Combermere Abbey wedding.

Justin Alexander wedding dress


Choosing a dress with a lot of detail can be difficult. Too much and you can risk looking like a Christmas tree. Our bride Amber found the perfect dress with intricate detailing on the back. Long sleeves and a simple silhouette ensured this dress was elegant. Designed by the amazing Justin Alexander.

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Corset Dress

One of the most inspiring new wedding dress trends for 2021 is the corset dress. This may sound a little daunting to some, but trust us these dresses are beautiful! Our bride Carrie wore the most amazing dress from Pronovias. See more photos from Carrie’s wedding at Colshaw Hall.

long sleeve wedding dress

Long Sleeves

Getting married in the winter months presents a challenge when it comes to choosing your wedding dress. Most couples will want their pictures outside where the quality of light will be best. Our bride Freya opted for a long sleeve lace True Bride gown from the Bridal Lounge. This dress was a perfect choice for the time of year and the bride looked amazing. There is something so elegant about long sleeved dresses, lace allows for flashes of skin underneath so the bride doesn’t look swamped by fabric. As lace is such a delicate fabric a long sleeve can also be worn at summer and spring weddings.

cheshire wedding photography


We have seen some absolutely stunning satin wedding dresses. The smooth finish looks so elegant and the thicker fabric gives great shape to gowns. One of our favourites is Lauren’s Mikaella Bridal dress from Bride to Be. The shape of this floor length dress suited the bride so perfectly. A touch of detailing added some extra drama to the gown.

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Full Skirt

Our bride Stephanie’s Pronovias gown from Brides of Chester was absolutely stunning. The high neck and full skirt created a beautiful silhouette. Full skirts don’t have to be puffy 80’s style. Choosing a fabric like satin gave the dress a grown up feel. A princess dress for 2021.

blush pink wedding dress

Colour Pop

To some choosing a wedding dress with a bit of colour makes them nervous, it’s a tricky thing to get right. Veer too far in the wrong direction and the whole effect can look over the top. Luckily our brides know how to subtly introduce a bit of colour. Kelly chose this gorgeous blush pink dress from Jenny Packman. The colour was muted enough to still look chic.

fishtail wedding dress


When else are you going to be able to wear a fishtail gown but your wedding day? Fiona’s dress from Marshmallow Bride exemplifies why this style of dress is so popular. Slim fitting and shoulder skimming with added drama to the skirt. This dress’ delicate details adding a touch of sparkle.

oddfellow chester wedding photography


A shorter wedding dress works so well with brides who themselves are on the shorter side. Often a floor length dress can make a smaller bride feel drowned by fabric. A short wedding dress is a perfect solution. Sarah shows us that the high street had a lot to offer in terms of bridal wear with her simple and stunning Ted Baker dress. Another high street outlet to try is ASOS which has put a lot into their bridal offering.

wedding dress inspiration


The style of dress everyone immediately thinks of when you say ‘wedding dress’ has to be the princess dress. Characterised by a slim fitting bodice and a stunning full skirt. It’s not easy wearing this style of wedding dress as they do tend to get in the way a bit. However a princess gown really does show the feeling of occasion and they are so pretty! Natalie’s choice of Ronald Joyce dress from Emma Louise Bridal was a perfect.

For more wedding inspiration and planning tips read our blog. We feature everything from advice on wedding photography styles to wedding invitation etiquette. See more wedding dress inspiration on our Pinterest.

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