What was ruffling feathers at Harrogate Bridal Week? Amy Shearer shares her favourite wedding dresses from the show

Two models on the runway wearing long wedding dresses

Left:Affection by Dando London; Right: Dando London dress and cape 

In my opinion, when it comes to fashion, go bold or go home. That’s why Affection by Dando London stole my heart at Harrogate. As it strutted down the runway I was dazzled by the subtle sparkle, with the ‘feathers on the cake’ being the beautiful trim around the cuffs and Bardot neckline.

Someone buying me this would be the equivalent of Carrie Bradshaw being sent her wedding gown (the brand even showcased it with a Bradshaw-like bird hair accessory) – I’d be ecstatic. 

Detachable details

Detachable elements are not going anywhere either (well, except for on or off). A big trend in 2023, brides were loving that ‘two-in-one’ look, and this Dando London dress and cape shows the trend is sticking around for next year. The cape with its long train brought drama to the runway and would certainly make a statement as you march down the aisle. Ditch it later in the day for dancing for an easy day-to-night transition.

Floral appliqué 

Floral appliqué was gracing gowns both grand and mini at Bridal Week, but this little number from Casablanca Bridal caught our eye for all the right reasons. Forentina is sassy, sweet and contemporary and the floral details feel youthful. Its detailing and low scooped back would work for any bridal milestone.

two women in wedding dresses

Left: Casablanca Bridal Forentina dress. Right: Regina by House of St Patrick.


In saying that, I’d be equally delighted to sport Regina by House of St Patrick. The elegant mikado dress with its pleated bodice and ruffles that merge with the neckline into oversized, draped sleeves is showstopping. It’s like a modern take on the iconic Princess Diana wedding dress. I’m a fan.

Ronald Joyce sure knows how to make a statement. This dress with striking shoulder detailing is a different take on the ruffle trend that is sweeping the bridal world. The subtle sparkle sits nicely on the shoulder at the base of the brilliantly bold detail – it would pair well with slicked-back hair in a low bun for a classy yet playful bridal look.

Two women modelling wedding dresses

Left: Ronald Joyce dress; Right: Ricca Sposa Piera dress


Intricate pearl detailing was hot property at Harrogate, and this Ricca Sposa dress would suit a daring bride looking to make a statement. Piera is one of the latest gowns from the brand that was started after founder Yuliia Lobachova couldn’t find a dress for her own wedding, so you can be assured its designers get bridal. The sultry split and subtle straps are so on brand, with the corset bodice giving that ’90s feel that’s back, baby.


Fancy keeping it classic for the ceremony, but adding some fun for the evening? Look no further than this Opal top from Kelsey Rose. The crepe boned bodice is modern and chic, with the feather-trim neckline offering drama and a trendy touch. It has been designed with added length for tucking into separates – and could definitely be worn again after the wedding.

Two women modelling wedding dresses

Left:Opal top from Kelsey Rose; Right: Eliza Jane Howell Robyn gown

What do you get when you combine feathers and sparkle? A dreamy Eliza Jane Howell gown. Robyn from the Legacy of Love Collection shows how a simple silhouette needn’t lack drama, thanks to the intricate beading and feathered sleeves. The detailing on this gown is exquisite.

Mini wedding dresses

We’re seeing more and more short dresses, and at Harrogate, minis were definitely still proving magical. This Sasha Loochi dress is aptly named Cloudy – it’s a chiffon number with double straps and a double ruffle along the hem. It’s modern and playful and, teamed with fun accessories, could be a perfect elopement or evening look. You’d definitely feel you were walking on air in this!

woman in a short white dress and a woman in a magenta dress

Left: Sasha Loochi Cloudy dress; RightMaggie Sottero Ambrose ball gown in magenta

Colourful wedding dresses

Who said brides must wear white? Harrogate was not lacking in beautiful colourful gowns, with this Maggie Sottero Ambrose ball gown in magenta taking the crown for me. The asymmetric neckline was a popular choice from designers; an elevated spin on the classic ball gown adds another layer to the design. Daring to be different with this beauty is guaranteed to make both you and your guests smile.

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