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The best wedding dress shops in Canterbury

If you are a bride-to-be local to Canterbury in Kent, you must add this beautiful, historic city to your list of places to visit when shopping for your wedding dress. With a handful of bridal boutiques to suit all tastes, styles and budgets, you will have a day to remember.

CHILHAM BRIDAL

Chilham bridal is a beautiful boutique in the heart of the Kent countryside just a few miles outside Canterbury city centre.

A luxurious boutique offering a magical and unforgettable experience on your wedding dress journey to find the ‘the one’.

This intimate feel boutique boasts a collection of over 120 ex-sample and pre-owned designer wedding dresses, all dresses are sold off the rail and have really good money savings. Perfect for brides with a budget of £700 – £1500, who want a quality, stylish designer wedding dress at a reduced price.

A ‘go-to’ shopping destination for any ‘eco-brides,’ this boutique is campaigning against single-use wedding dresses! When you buy a second-hand or ex-sample dress you are not only saving hundreds, if not thousands of pounds, you are also cutting industry waste and shopping in a more sustainable way. Win win!

Chilham Bridal is an appointment only boutique where the bride-to-be and her guests have full exclusivity of the shop, so you can really take your time and not feel rushed. Designers stocked here include, Pronovias, Justin Alexander, Madi Lane, Essense of Australia, Lillian West and many more. Chilham Bridal also offers a beautiful range of veils, jewellery and hair accessories.

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a warm, friendly welcome- helping to put any nerves aside, in a relaxed and down to earth atmosphere.

Their knowledgeable Bridal Consultants offer exceptional customer service with a real personal touch, guiding you through your appointment with helpful and honest advice, ensuring you have lots of fun and feel special, spoiled and looked after with absolutely no pressure to buy.

There is a tea room tucked away in the barn serving hot drinks, freshly cooked lunches and homemade cakes – perfect for some pre or post appointment treats with your bride tribe.

Lots of free on-site parking, a beauty salon and Alexandra Sharpe’s wedding dress alterations studio is next door to the boutique.  

To book an appointment to view their full stunning range and become part of the Chilham Bridal family, please click here.

AMORE BRIDES

Amore Brides is the largest bridal boutique in Kent, with over 300 dresses to view in store. A high end, luxury bridal boutique situated in the heart of the historic city Canterbury, is perfect for brides with a bigger budget to blow.

An appointment only boutique, ran by Aimee and her lovely team of bridal consultants. Each bride receives a personal experience and guaranteed a warm, welcoming team ready to support and guide you through your bridal journey.

Styles vary from romantic to classic, fairytale to beach- think spectacular gowns with flawless details that have been carefully selected to make every bride feel special on her big day.

Designers they stock include Jenny Packham. Enzoani and Pronovias. And these dresses can be ordered in sizes 02 to 30. The majority of their samples available to try in store range from size 10 to 16. You can expect to pay between £1500 to £5000 for a dress from their current collection at Amore.

If your budget won’t stretch to their latest collections, then their ‘gold room’ may well be worth a visit, full of discounted lines and heavily reduced prices from £600.

You can visit their website to view a large selection of their gowns or book an appointment to view their full collection.

Open 5 days a week, traditional appointments are available to book on any day free of charge. You may wish to indulge in their VIP appointment package, available weekdays only and are chargeable at £50.

Plenty of payable parking is available nearby in central Canterbury.

VICTORIA GRACE BRIDAL

A friendly, family run bridal boutique, ran by sisters Hayley and Emma, situated in the centre of beautiful Canterbury just a short walk from the Cathedral. This bridal shop prides itself on making every bride feel that extra bit special and promise a relaxed atmosphere with honest advice given.

Designers they stock include Essence of Australia, Stella York and Victoria Kay. With prices varying across their collections, ranging between £495 to £2700, so they have something affordable for everyone.

Holding a wide range of dress styles, plus Curvy Bridal Collections, this bridal store has it all. Victoria Grace plays host to a number of designer trunk shows throughout the year so do keep an eye out for these special events.

Stocking a wide range of sizes to try in store from 8-34. Your chosen dress will then be ordered in your size and a recommended, talented seamstress will alter it to fit like a glove.

Victoria Grace offer an in-house storage option for brides who have ordered with them. There is a one-off fee of £50 for this. They also offer a dry-cleaning service on worn dresses, there is a fee for this also.

For full details on how to book your appointment at Victoria Grace, please visit their website. Open daily (excluding Sun and Weds) and Sunday and Thursday evenings. Plenty of payable parking is available nearby in central Canterbury.

A little further to travel…

If Canterbury doesn’t quite offer what you are looking for or you just can’t get enough of the wedding dress shopping excitement then why not venture a little further afield.

Here are some good options to try, all within a convenient half an hour drive from Canterbury.

THE CRYSTAL FAIRY BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

The Crystal Fairy, an intimate bridal boutique is located in the coastal village of Birchington, Kent and just a 30-minute drive from Canterbury.

Made-to-order, ex-sample and plus-size gowns can all be found at The Crystal Fairy and if glitz, glam and luxurious fabrics are what you are after then their couture collection could be for you.

Designers include Ellis Bridal, White One by Pronovias, Phoenix and Kelsey Rose – sizes 10 through to 24 are available to try on in store.

Their rail of ex-sample, discontinued gowns are priced between £300 to £750. With their made to order collection priced between £700 to £1800.

Veils, shoes and beautiful accessories are also available to try and purchase.

An appointment-only boutique where you will have exclusive access to your bridal consultant for 2 hours. Payable parking is available nearby.

To make an appointment at this boutique please visit their website.

BIRCHINGTON BRIDES & SUIT HIRE

Birchington Brides is a bridal boutique on the Maple Leaf Business Park in Thanet, Kent, a convenient 30-minute drive from Canterbury.

Stocking an extensive range of wedding gowns to try in sizes 8 to 30, style and fabric choices are plentiful. Designers include Mori Lee, Sophia Tolli and Venus and if you’re lucky enough to find your dream dress from their sale rail prices can start from as low as from £350.

Birchington Brides also specialises in plus size bridal gowns from all stocked designers and plus sized designer specialist ‘Enhanced by Gowns from Callista.’

Hosting wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and suit hire under one roof, Birchington Brides is your one-stop wedding shop experience.

Experienced Bridal Consultants are on hand to help guide you through colours and themes for your whole wedding party, making everything easy and stress-free as possible.

An appointment-only boutique, closed Weds, Fri and Sundays. Evening appointments are available upon request. Plenty of free onsite parking is available.

Details can be found on their website to make an appointment at this boutique.

BIJOU BRIDAL STUDIO

Bijou Bridal is situated in the picturesque seaside town of Sandwich. A mother and daughter family-run business and just a 30-minute drive from Canterbury.

Their newly expanded and beautifully designed boutique hosts over 100 dresses with sizes ranging from 6 to 30.

Designers include Sophia Tolli, Justin Alexander, Ladybird and they offer made to order gowns as well as a small selection of discounted off the rail dresses.

Prices range from £800 to £3000, and they have a range of bridal accessories, tiaras, belts and shoes available.

Payable parking is available just outside of the boutique with a ticket allowing you a 2-hour stay.

Opening hours are by appointment only; full details on making an appointment at this boutique can be found on their website.

NOVO BRIDAL

Novo Bridal is a family-run bridal shop in the seaside town of Westbrook Margate and just a 30-minute drive from Canterbury.

With over 6 years in the wedding industry, you can be confident in their experienced team of Bridal Consultants, helping you on your journey to finding your dream dress.

Tiffany’s and True Bride Collections are stocked here and available in a variety of styles to try from size 6 and prices range from £750 to £1800.

For the curvier bride collections are available up to size 30.

If your budget won’t quite stretch to a brand-new dress or your time frame won’t allow then Novo Bridal offers a small selection of ‘of the peg’ dresses from designers including Mori Lee, Ronal Joyce and Maggie Sottero. Sizes vary and are subject to availability with prices starting from £250.

Also stocking a small selection of veils, tiaras and shoes can be tried in-store from ‘The Perfect Bridal Company’ with the option of ordering something more bespoke.

Novi Bridal offers 2-hour appointments, and are open 5 days a week. Street parking is available locally.

Full details about making an appointment at Novo Bridal can be found on their website.

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