I have just started looking into wedding dresses and honestly feel completely overwhelmed by the whole process! I would like a modest dress that completely covers my back. I have a large chest and therefore wouldn’t feel comfortable without a bra so need something that would cover one. I have found loads of designers online such as Allure, Mon Cheri and Maggie Sottero who have Modest ranges but nowhere appears to stock them in store to try on. Please can someone recommend specific shops that sell modest designs? I live in North Surrey but would be happy to travel up to 2 hours if necessary! Thank you so much!
Have you tried ringing local boutiques and seeing what they have? Most people want dresses that show off quite a lot of skin, so those are the dresses that tend to be publicised, but I found a good few with more coverage when I visited a local shop, even though they hadn't been advertised on their website.
Also, it might be worth looking at mail order - I looked at Monsoon, Phase Eight, ChiChi London, Sister Organics, Alie Street etc before finding something at Ivy & Oak.
Some dress shops with a good seamstress will be able to alter a dress for you. I wanted a modest dress too got mine from Bridal Caprice in London. My dream dress had too low a back and was very low cut and the seamstress worked magic on it to make it modest. Also that way nobody will have a dress like yours. The alteration prices were extremely reasonable too, I spent less than £200 on mine
Check out Toni Bridal in Hackbridge, Surrey.There really is an amazing selection of all different styles / necklines and right now every dress in store is half price. https://www.facebook.com/ToniBridal
I had a Maggie Sottero gown & loved it. I just did a quick search on the Maggie Sottero website for a stockist local to Woking, there’s one in Hounslow, another in Epsom, another in Wokingham etc. https://www.maggiesottero.com/find-a-store
I’d give your nearest store a call and describe what you’re looking for & go from there. Some stockists are happy to pull dresses in from other stores too. I’m based up north, but my shop had Maggie Sottero as one of their main brands, and I really wanted to try on a particular dress, and they were able to borrow it from another store to try on, which saved me the 1.5hr car journey 🙈 I’d also go in slightly open-mind. Something may have a v-shaped back but be easily filled in by a seamstress for example. There’s lots of ways to get to the perfect dress for you. First step is just trying a few on, and seeing how you feel! Good luck & have fun with it! It (hopefully) should be a fun day of it xx