Be more bride! Scottish wedding dress boutiques nominate their most attention-grabbing gowns

Treat the aisle like the red carpet and strut down it wearing one of these daring wedding dresses. Shrinking violets need not apply

Kathleen Richmond Couture, Kilmarnock

Monaco crepe wedding gown by GAIA Bridal from Kathleen Richmond Couture
Monaco crepe wedding gown by GAIA Bridal, £1,650, Kathleen Richmond Couture

“There are a couple of gowns which always get a fantastic reaction when they are featured in our window,” considers Kitty Richmond of Kathleen Richmond Couture in Kilmarnock. “One of them is Monaco from Welsh wonder-label GAIA Bridal, which is going from strength to strength of late. It’s a crepe gown with intricate beading that flows down the bodice to the hip. Everyone simply adores the chapel-length illusion train with beaded lace and glitter tulle. It is truly breathtaking.”

Opus Atelier, West Kilbride (below left)

“The Nadine gown from the Pronovias Atelier Premiere Collection, £POA, is definitely a gown worthy of the spotlight,” smiles Lauren McKinnon at West Kilbride’s Opus Atelier. “It is playful, fun and sexy all at once.”

Natalie Pronovias Atelier Premiere wedding dress from Opus Atelier and Nina belted wedding dress by Joyce Young Design Studios
Left: Nadine wedding dress by Pronovias Atelier Premiere, £POA, Opus Atelier; Right: Nina belted couture wedding dress, £POA, Joyce Young Design Studios

Joyce Young Design Studios (above right)

“Nina is a uniquely modern design aimed at brides looking for something luxurious, yet a little different from the crowd,” says Glasgow-based couturier Joyce Young of Joyce Young Design Studios. “This belted silk number is one of our couture gowns, meaning brides can choose the design exactly as shown or make their own changes to customise.”

Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Dunfermline)

Model wearing Rosette beaded wedding dress by Maggie Sottero from Kudos Bridal Boutique Dunfermline
Rosette wedding dress by Maggie Sottero, £1,995, from Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Dunfermline)

“We love daring, attention-seeking styles,” enthuses Megan Carberry from Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Dunfermline). “One of our most polarising is Rosette by Maggie Sottero, a gorgeous long-sleeved ballgown with a pearl and diamanté illusion bodice. It boasts an abundance of sparkle and over-the-top detail that some brides find overwhelming.”

Opus Couture, West Kilbride

Drew wedding dress with removable puff sleeves by Pronovias from Opus Couture
Drew wedding dress with removable puff sleeves by Pronovias, from £2,105, Opus Couture

“Drew from Pronovias’s Premiere Collection is one of our most knock-out looks,” shares Opus Couture’s Lauren McKinnon. “Featuring statement (removable) puff sleeves, it will definitely grab your guests’ attention. This fantasy gown is fit for the modern-day princess and will put the bride centre stage.”

Amy King Bridal and Beauty, Kirkcaldy

Model wearing Nellie dress by Enzoani from Amy King Bridal and Beauty Kirkcaldy
Nellie dress by Enzoani, £2,775, Amy King Bridal and Beauty

“Our standout look of the season is the Nellie dress by Enzoani,” shares Amy King at Kirkcaldy’s Amy King Bridal and Beauty. “This frock is a proper head turner. In the flesh, you can really see the glitter, which usually generates a love or hate reaction from our brides-to-be. Personally, I think it looks fabulous!”

Magnolia Lane Bridal, Aberdeenshire (below left)

“The most gasp-worthy gown on our rails is this beauty by Nicole Jolies,” suggests Georgia Ross at Magnolia Lane Bridal in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire. “It has a layer of glitter tulle throughout, a beautiful but unusual geometric design, and even detachable sleeves – you’d think everyone would love two looks in one!”

“It’s like Marmite though: we have brides who completely fall for it (the amazing beading and design on the bodice definitely helps), and those who are shocked at the thought of having a sheer skirt.”

Model wearing a wedding dress from Magnolia Lane Bridal and model wearing an Essense of Australia wedding dress from Kudos Bridal Boutique Edinburgh
Left: Style JO12122 by Nicole Jolies, £1,910, Magnolia Lane Bridal; Right: Style D3245 by Essense of Australia, £2,299, Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Edinburgh)

Kudos Bridal Boutiques Edinburgh (above right)

This Essense of Australia dress was definitely a wildcard purchase for Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Edinburgh),” reveals the store’s Louise Kelly. “It has an extra-large ballgown skirt with full box pleats and layers of encrusted glitter tulle. The super-long train has button detail right down to the bottom, lending a luxurious, regal feel.”

Innate Bridals, Dundee

Model wearing Elly Bride Catherine gown from Innate Bridals Dundee
Catherine gown by Elly Bride from Innate Bridals

“At Innate Bridals we love it when new styles and themes come along,” reveals the Dundee store’s Keira Stocks. “We are cheerleaders for the wonderful developments for plus-size brides right now. Long gone are the restrictions of corset backs and ruched satin A-lines. I’m obsessed with Elly Bride’s Catherine gown, £POA, which we carry in a size 22/24.”