The nation’s favourite wedding dress by Stephanie Allin

Hello lovelies, how are you today? It’s nice to be heading towards the weekend – after such a blustery week I’m ready for a cosy Saturday by the fire I think! Today I have something very different to share with you, which you may have already seen in Brides Magazine. It’s the nation’s favourite wedding dress, designed by the incredibly talented Stephanie Allin. Have you seen it? What do you think?

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The nation’s favourite wedding dress, by Stephanie Allin

The story behind the nation’s favourite wedding dress

Stephanie Allin was asked to create the nation’s favourite wedding dress. Brides Magazine asked readers to vote and tell them what their dream dress was like, the style, cut, fabric and everything from head to toe. Close to 3,000 votes were cast on, with readers choosing details including favourite dress shape and length, sleeve length, fabric and embellishment, to find the ingredients for the UK’s most collectively coveted wedding gown. A sweetheart neckline proved most popular with Brides readers whilst lace was the most desirable of fabrics. Beading was the favoured embellishment and an overwhelming majority of voters picked full-length for their wedding dress of choice. A fit and flare shape, cap sleeves, button detailing and a waisted bodice were the final elements chosen to finish off this unique dress.

A word from the designer

Stephanie Allin said, “I have had a brilliant time making and interpreting the Nations Favorite Dress. It was such an honor to be invited by Brides magazine to take part in this project. I am so happy that the brides who took part in the survey are so on trend and yet have also kept the classical, elegant and timeless traditions alive. I am constantly researching current trends and always make sure my dresses are fashionable but ultimately timeless and classical so I’m delighted that this is what the nation chose too. My style is all about great structure and fit, and designing dresses with a freedom that encompasses fashion and the bride’s individuality. I really feel this dress and the nation’s choices reflect that perfectly.

Brides magazine Editor, Jade Beer comments, “It has been absolutely fascinating to see this dress come to life. Readers have told us that this is the gown – above all others – that they want to get married in – and I can see why. Designer Stephanie Allin has created something that combines a beautifully feminine silhouette with the traditional elegance of lace and the drama of a cathedral length veil. It will be a hugely popular gown for 2014 and beyond.

Is this a perfect wedding dress, or a crowd pleaser?

I wonder though – this dress certainly fits with the most popular trends of the moment. It’s lovely – but for me it seems more of a crowd pleaser than an innovative wedding dress.

Stephanie Allin is such a talent and I adore her wedding dresses – but her own styles have an incredible sense of style and flair, a character of their own almost. My heart does a little flip when I see her ‘Paris’ wedding dress – from the Look of Love collection. It has something magical, which the nation’s favourite dress doesn’t seem to have for me. So is the average wedding dress what everyone wants to wear? I’d love to hear what you think!

The Paris wedding dress by Stephanie Allin

Stephanie Allin’s own design – the Paris wedding dress – has such elegance and character. Should we leave the designers to create the most beautiful dresses without trying to influence their creativity?


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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