Introducing – Wedding Dress Designers – Belle & Bunty ideal for Brides Over 40, Mature Brides, Second Time Weddings


We are always on the lookout to bring you the latest styles for your wedding gown choice particularly those that veer slightly away from the traditional. Many of our Beautilicious40 Bride readers want something a little different and Belle & Bunty have an array of beautiful gowns that ooze elegance and glamour in a variety of colour choices.


So today we introduce you to the wonderful Bridal collection of Belle & Bunty. 


2013 sees the introduction of beautiful new silhouettes and colours to the Belle & Bunty Bridal range as well as new updates to some of the ranges best sellers. In keeping with the brands core aesthetic of understated elegance, the latest additions inject an infusion of pure glamour, inspired by the best of bygone eras whilst continuing the brands modern take on the ‘vintage feel’.

New styles include: The Pearly, The Ariel, The Mae, The Darcey and The Hattie. All styles are available in traditional ivory and cream as well as this years new colour ~ blush, a pretty soft rose shade. An array of beautiful silks are used in every design to create a luxurious feel against the body for an unequalled drape.

Handcrafted embellishments inspired by nature include the exquisite Lotus Flower Swarovski beaded corsage and the delicate chiffon and pearl Daisy corsage. These bespoke embroideries can be manipulated in our workshop to the differing desires of the bride adding a unique element to each of our dresses.
The Pearly Dress’s figure enhancing shape with bias fishtail skirt and beautiful lace overlay at the fitted bodice creates a fantastically alluring silhouette. Pretty soft flutter sleeves continue down the low back V and offset the small puddle train for a feminine touch to this polished, elegant gown.


The Pearly


The Ariel Dress creates a fantastic silhouette with its strapless and lightly boned bodice, fitted panelled skirt and delicate crinkle silk chiffon overlays for the Belle & Bunty take on the traditional strapless wedding dress. The small graduated godets in the skirt create beautiful movement in the hem as you walk and the contemporary ankle length allows you to show off your special wedding day shoes. The handcrafted floral corsage draws your eye to the waist and adds a special detail to this sophisticated, modern wedding dress.


The Ariel


A graceful silk satin gown with deep V neckline and floaty pleated bell silk chiffon sleeves, The Mae Dress exudes classic Hollywood glamour with a hint of hippy chic. The back mirrors the front with a deep V and long silk satin sashes drape from the shoulders to knot for back detail. Three godets in the skirt add fullness to its shape and will be sure to have you spinning on the dance floor. The Mae is also available without sleeves to create a new look altogether.


The Mae with Sleeves


The Mae


The silk satin Darcey dress is delicate, demure and charming, with a sweetheart bust line and high neckline in beautiful lace, trimmed in silk satin binding and elbow length slim lace sleeves. The lace back finishes in a stunning diamond keyhole as the perfect back detail, with small satin covered buttons running down the back as a finishing touch. A very flattering shape on all figures, The Darcey has a slim band to accentuate the waist, which then flows beautifully into a panelled fit and flare skirt with small puddle train to create a real showstopper.


The Darcey

With a Bohemian feel, The Hattie Dress is delightfully floaty and romantic and will make you feel light as a feather gliding down the aisle. It is created from light crinkle silk chiffon overlaid on top of luxurious silk satin which you catch a glimpse of as you walk and the skirt splits to reveal the beautiful contrast of matt and shine beneath. Gathering on the bodice creates soft folds over the bust into the unique angular neckline where delicate layered chiffon sleeves flutter across the shoulders and down the curved V back. Beautiful and flattering, The Hattie is perfect for those looking for something delicate, graceful and ethereal.


The Hattie


The Belle & Bunty brand has fashion at its core and brings this into the bridal world, combining: glamour, modernity, femininity and romance for any modern day bride looking for a unique, luxurious, fluid gown. The bridal collection focuses on the exploration of all things feminine by offering a balance of proportions. Designs accentuate a woman’s natural shape by playing with clean, graphic lines where the design and cut is everything thereby ensuring the most flattering silhouette for Belle & Bunty brides-to-be.

Belle & Bunty passionately supports British manufacturing with all styles being lovingly ‘Made in England‘.  A personal and individual approach to designing and working with brides remains at the core of the business and organically evolved when designers Alice & Hannah developed their own wedding dresses together. The Belle and The Bunty remain in the range as best selling styles, alongside other popular silhouettes: 


The Ariel


The Belle Chiffon


The Belle Satin


The Bunty


The Elsie


The Petal


The Primrose


The Willow


The Willow Lace


New styles retain the femininity, playfulness and simplicity of the Belle & Bunty handwriting and sit along the core styles to create a Bridal collection fusing contemporary with the vintage inspired look.  


The collection is available to order throughout the year at the Belle & Bunty Boutique in London, as well as select boutiques throughout the UK.  Appointments in our friendly London boutique are informal and relaxed. Prices range from £1200 to £1800, aiming to be aspirational but affordable. The standard lead time is between 4-6 months,
Although as all dresses are Made in England, styles can be made quicker if needed. Non- bridal colours are also available in all styles for a more adventurous bride or for bridemaids dresses.


For further information see the Belle & Bunty Website 



“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. (40 plus brides). Rather than calling these fabulous ladies mature Brides we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”                                                

 (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)

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