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Has bridal fashion been inspired by Meghan Markle & Princess Eugenie?

Meghan Markle & Princess Eugenie Wedding Dress Inspiration…

One of the most common questions asked when guests arrive to our boutique is “do you think the royal weddings have influenced bridal fashion”? In a very simple word – yes. When we first opened our boutique in April 2018, there was hardly any demand for super sleek and simple gowns in mikado or satin.

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Six months later in the autumn and into winter, there has been a huge change in bridal fashion, I believe inspired by our two beautiful members of the royal family, Meghan and Eugenie. Markle’s simple Givenchy wedding dress was demure and elegant from head to toe in a figure-hugging fabric that showed her lean and statuesque figure with full sleeves. Her evening gown for her reception was also a simple gown with clean lines and crisp finish. It was a glorious halter neck that made a statement feature of her beautiful shoulders and slim figure.

Her stunning tiara and extra extra long veil has also inspired our designers to up their ‘sparkle’ game and we’ve been seeing an increase in popularity for BIG tiaras as well as new ranges of veils that are now available in ‘abbey’ length to rival Markle’s exquisite veil. They are over 3ft longer than the cathedral veils we stock so definitely pack a punch!

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Eugenie wore a stunning satin off the shoulder gown with a gloriously long train and again it had full sleeves. I think this has certainly inspired the next year of bridal fashion as brides aren’t afraid to have a little more train than they may have normally chosen. Interestingly, Eugenie chose not to have a veil and instead gave all the attention to an awe-inspiring emerald tiara, a loan from her majesty – how kind!

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I also think it made a lot of us look back to Kate’s wedding dress when she married Prince William back in 2014 and remember how drop dread gorgeous her gown was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. The long lace sleeves, plunging neckline and exquisite skirt and train. The world fell in love with her style all over again! Kate’s evening gown was also to die for, again in simple satin accessorised with a beautiful long-sleeved angora shrug.

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Our wedding dress shop in Surrey is now know for having a very varied selection of gowns, all different from one another and these include some gowns inspired by our Duchess and Princess. Our wedding dress designers Modeca, Ella Rosa and Phil Collins all have some gorgeous bridal gowns that embody simplicity and are truly stunning and effortless. You can see some of the designs we carry below in the royal gallery!

A lot of girls also have a preference for some sort of sleeve or strap on their wedding dress. Strapless gowns have a beautiful and clean finish but 90% of our brides prefer a little more coverage, just like the royals. We carry a range of dresses with wide straps, off the shoulder straps, thin delicate beaded straps and illusion necklines as well as strapless dresses.

As we offer completely private appointments for our brides and their tribes, with a fun yet relaxed and completely no-pressure environment, we are recommended at some of Surrey, Sussex and London’s most beautiful venues that are fit for a royal occasion! These venues include – Wotton House, Hartsfield Manor, Burford Bride, Gate Street Barn, Denbies Wine Estate, Gildings Barn, Kingswood Golf Club, Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa, Russets Country House, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Kent House Knightsbridge and Patrick’s Barn.

For more inspiration on finding your perfect wedding dress, whether that means channelling inspiration  from our royal family or creating your own unique look from boho to barbie, follow us on Instagram and Facebook and keep up to date with our wedding dresses and visit our beautiful bridal boutique in Surrey for your exclusive appointment.

Hannah & Team


Best Dressed: Royal Wedding Female 'Hottie' List

The world was waiting with baited breathe for Meghan to arrive so we could see "the dress". No doubt she wowed in a demure slash neck and long sleeved gown. Graceful and elegant with the right amount of class; perfect for a royal wedding. Her veil stole the show for me - it was just the most radiant accessory and really completed the fairytale. 

After their nuptials, the new Duchess of Sussex (I bet she hasn't quite got her head around that one yet) slipped in to a stunning Stella McCartney choker neck gown showing her incredible shoulders and petite figure. Her new hubby whisked her off in his fancy little E-class blue Jaguar to party with their friends. Ahh the fairytale is complete...

So, we know that Markle brought her sparkle and slayed aisle style from here to Windsor and back. But what about the star-studded 'A-guest-list'? From Victoria Beckham to Serena Williams, yesterday's celebrations were really a who's who of celeb royalty, both homegrown and from across the pond. We have rounded up our favourite 20 gowns and encourage you to share your thoughts on your faves! 

1) Amal Clooney - mustard is not for every girl but this Lebanese beauty look every inch a superstar. George who?


2) Oprah Winfrey - the soft pink looked fab against her beautiful skin and her 'boobage' was on fire! Top points to the Stella McCartney team for making Winfrey's dress the night before. She realised that her previous choice beige dress would photograph white - avoided a faux pas there. Up top Oprah!


3) Kate Middleton - luscious in lemon, this gorgeous gal has worn this outfit three times now and we LOVE her for it. Why waste a perfectly good outfit by never wearing it again? Also, why try to upstage the bride with a new outfit? Middleton is pure class from head to toe.


4)  Priyanka Chopra - Markle's long time BFF and fellow actress looked fit for high-tea with Liz as she slinked into the grounds of Windsor in a lavender skirt-suit and matching hat. 


5) Victoria Beckham - Elegant in long sleeves and classy in navy. Posh spice was a vision. We LOVE the red heels too - that's what I really really want!


6) Lady Kitty Spencer - a gorgeous forest green corseted dress by Dolce & Gabbana was favoured by Princess Diana's niece. Bold in colour and season appropriate with the pop of colour flowers. J'adore the matching birdcage veil!


7) Autumn Phillips - Autumn donned a beautiful blue over the knee dress that was belted to show her trim waist. We love the collar to add a certain level of sophistication and etiquette and the off-kilter hat is just adorable!


8) Chelsy Davy - navy is definitely this bombshells colour and the gorgeous peplum detail added so much femininity and playfulness to her dress. Another of Harry's ex-flames in attendance to wish her old beau well! 


9) Doria Ragland - Doria looked gorgoues in a mint suit by Oscar de la Renta. Radiant and chic, she must have been the proudest mum in the country yesterday as she watched her daughter marry our Royal lad (what a surreal experience!)


10) Pippa Middleton - conservative yet completely elegant. Neutral pastel colours with some added swish and flare in the bottom of Pip's dress was the perfect understated yet pretty way to dress for the season and the occasion. 


11) Joss Stone - tall and elegant with legs for days, Joss looked less sassy than normal and more seasonal in a white dress covered with pretty florals. She wore a beautiful sheer style hat with geometric style leaves and drop earrings. The pink shawl was the perfect way to 'wrap' up her look...


12) Sophie, Countess of Wessex - structured, patterned and in a beautiful ethereal shade of blue. I love this sophisticated and mature look. Perfect for a royal affair.


13) Sarah Rafferty - another navy gown, this time by Lanvin. Loving the addition of the statement sleeves to add a little more drama...just in case there wasn't enough! Another birdcage veil and seemingly a popular style for the occasion.  


14) Cressida Bonas - I absolutely adore this quirky and almost Andean style dress that Cressida wore to her ex-flame's nuptials. Quirky, colourful, bright and fitted in all the right places. 


15) Abigail Spencer - she sashayed in with another actress on our best dressed list, Priyanka Chopra, in a gorgeous polka dot dress y Alessandra Rich. An OTT collar, cuffs and large buttons make this dress more playful and less conservative. Sophisticated yet playful and finished with a quintessential birdcage. 


16) Samantha Cameron - 'Samcam' chose a bold kingfisher blue and chunky necklace to compliment her dark hair. I love the bold orange to contrast the overall look. 

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17) Gabriel Macht - Gabriel looked glamorous yet sophisticated in this beautiful wine coloured gown complete guessed it. Birdcage headgear...


18) Troian Bellisario - a far cry from her beach wedding, Troian looked angelic in a beautiful pale pink gown with long sleeves. The modern choker neck was similar to Markle's evening gown and the signature flowers that were a huge feature this year are peppered along her shoulders.   


19) Carole Middleton - An exquisite shade of aquamarine looked glorious with Caroles' complexion. The fluted shape of the jacket was flattering and perfect for Spring and we LOVE the matching accessories. We see where Kate get's her chic fashion sense from! 


20) HRH Queen Elizabeth II - as usual making a statement in a soft neon yellow/green with pops of lavender, Queen Elizabeth makes herself stand out for the masses to identify her. Accessorising with pearls and a few feathers, she was fit for spring and the wedding of her rather gorgeous grandson. Well done Liz!  


Written by Hannah Mac Lennan - Director & Founder of BRIDE by Aster