Wednesday, 14 August 2013

A letter from Emma about: A Wedding Dress

Dear Reader,

Today's post is about a wedding dress. When my sister Natalie got married she brought her wedding dress from the charity shop; Barnardo's Brides by appointment. This is a specialist wedding dress charity shop located in Wellington in Shropshire. It is appointment only, and stocks a vast amount of unique pre-loved wedding dresses. Often when choosing a wedding dress, many people's first preference would not be to buy from a charity shop but with this particular dress if Nat had not gone to a charity shop then she would not have got a dress as unique and well made as this one: 

All the photos were taken by the talented Melanie Chadd

The dress cost £500 and was donated to the store, although the dress was pre-loved it had technically never been worn as a wedding dress; it was worn on the catwalk at the vintage wedding fayre in Birmingham and subsequently donated. Although the dress was a little big it was no problem for it to be altered (which as far as I am aware is a common thing for most bride dresses even when brought brand new). When Nat got it dry cleaned, the staff said that they had dry cleaned one similar (although not as ornate) a few weeks earlier which was valued at £3000. They would value hers at around £5000. I adore this dress I just think it is just so beautiful and ornate,  I love the lace! You really can tell the high quality of craftsmanship that has gone into this dress. Nowadays , weddings are so expensive so to be able to buy a beautiful wedding dress and donate £500 to a charity at the same time, well, its just lovely!

Something old,
 Something new,
 Something borrowed,
Something blue...
Something charitable too?


Emma Dilemma

P.s. Quote of the day: "Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress."
- Coco Chanel

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