Buying a wedding dress can be one of the biggest expenses of your big day – some women allocate thousands of pounds of their precious budget, for a dress that’s going to be worn once!
We know there are also plenty of brides with more realistic budgets out there, so we’ve put together a few reasons as to why you should definitely consider buying your wedding dress from Oxfam.
The Oxfam Online Wedding Shop is home to some beautiful pre-loved bridal wear, offering not only a wide choice of gorgeous wedding dresses, but also dresses for your bridesmaids, as well as shoes and accessories…(Not forgetting the Mother of the Bride/Groom, along with the Ushers/Groom too!)
So here’s why you should buy your wedding dress from Oxfam:
You’re Giving Back To A Great Cause
Probably the most important reason! Oxfam are a brilliant charity, working towards one goal – an end to poverty for everyone; tackling major issues such as inequality, hunger and climate change.
Your contribution in buying a wedding dress from Oxfam, or making a donation will be life-changing for someone somewhere…
You’ll Stick To Your Budget
Although it must be nice to not have to worry about a wedding dress budget, realistically you’re only going to wear this dress once. So, you’re better off sticking to your budget! Buying a pre-loved dress means you will save a whole lot of money!
You Get To Wear Something With A History To It
The best thing about wearing a charity shop wedding dress, is that it already has a story and a remarkable history to it before you even wear it… who knows who wore it before you? It’s always intriguing!
You’re Doing Something Good For The Environment
A wedding dress is one of the most unsustainable purchases you could make! You’re going to put it on once, and after the big day it’s going to be sat in your attic growing mustier by the minute… unless you reenact that scene out of FRIENDS with your besties that is…
So, rather than adding to the estimated £30 million worth of clothes we buy every year and never wear (with a massive 350,000 tonnes going to landfill!) opt for a vintage wedding dress instead and do your bit for the environment!
You Know It’s Unique And It’s YOURS
By choosing to wear a vintage wedding dress, you know that it is going to be unique to you – you aren’t going to see loads of clones wearing your exact same dress.
The online boutique has so many styles to choose from: strapless to lace, vintage bridal pieces to ex-catwalk, you can definitely find your dream wedding dress…
Here are our favourites:
Strapless wedding dresses are constantly on trend but even more so at summer weddings! We think this dress has a hint of blush to it – which is oh so pretty.
This beautiful fishtail wedding dress has a semi sweetheart neckline which extends into the boned bodice perfectly hugging your figure. The bodice extends down to the hips, producing the desirable fishtail shaping. The bodice has ruched chiffon, from bust to hips, creating an elegant texture. The chiffon skirt extending from the hips, with a classic rolled hem, falls to the floor with a court length train for a graceful finish… gorgeous!
It’s priced at £195 and you can get it here.
Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with this ensemble! Remember the iconic moment she married Big in her vintage suit which was almost exactly like this – styled up with Manolos of course!
This beautiful traditional three piece wedding suit is compiled from: an ivory suit jacket, a lace bodice and a full length lace skirt. This lovely light suit jacket is perfect for those chilly summer evenings with full length sleeves and lace panels inserted into the front to match the rest of the outfit. The fastening is a chain with two pearl encrusted buttons attached.
The bodice uses the same ivory lace as the jacket, all over the front and the back. The sweetheart neckline is emphasised with two straps: lace shoulder strap as well as plain ivory halterneck straps fastened with buttons. The bodice has been fastened using a concealed zip.
The skirt has been made from matching ivory lace, with beautiful lace edging to finish it off. It is high waisted with lace godets to add movement into the skirt. A concealed zip has been used as the fastening.
It’s priced at £150 and you can get it here.
Lace is always a popular choice and this dress is stunning!
This full length white dress features an illusion train which is embroidered around the edge, floral lace design with pearl and sequin embellishments. The dress has a flattering silhouette and is fitted down to the hips.
The bodice of the dress is boned and has a lovely floral applique with gems, pearls and sequins which reflect the light beautifully, the embellishment is concentrated on the fitted part of the dress and separates away at the beginning of the skirt all the way down to the train.
It’s priced at £250 here.
The sweetheart neckline and nipped in waist of this beautiful wedding dress would be absolutely perfect for showing off your top half! The high volume skirt is always stylish and so elegant… it’s going to flatter your figure too.
This dress is £150 here – we bet it cost a fortune when it was new!!
Don’t forget Oxfam also have some SPECIALIST BRIDAL STORES around the UK where you can pop in and try on as many dresses as you like.