British Heart Foundation to Sell Vintage Wedding Dresses

With restrictions on the number of guests at weddings easing, the British Heart Foundation is helping UK brides-to-be to find beautiful, unique and environmentally friendly wedding dresses that won’t break the bank.

The charity has received a donation of thirteen one-of-a-kind wedding dresses from a Manchester-based vintage pop-up shop and is urging brides to consider a pre-loved dress for their big day, helping them to save money – and the planet.

The dresses, which are available for purchase at the charity’s Depop shop, includes a variety of hand-made styles from decades gone by. Choose a vintage dress from the roaring twenties, or the boho style made popular in the 1960s. There is also a gorgeous 1970s full length, high neck ivory gown with a train, which is priced at £115.

Brides can grab a bargain and revisit the eighties by purchasing a unique lace and satin wedding dress with puff sleeves and a full skirt, for £75.

Budget-conscious brides can expect to pay between £45 to £145 for a unique wedding dress, with all proceeds helping to fund the British Heart Foundation’s life-saving research.

Allison Swaine-Hughes, Retail Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for this generous donation of vintage wedding dresses. We hope these stunning dresses get a second chance to make someone’s day special. 

“Showing your love by purchasing pre-loved is a great option for eco-conscious brides or, for those looking to spend less.

“Why not go the full circle and give someone else the chance to enjoy your dress as much as you did by donating it back to the BHF afterwards?

“Our high street shops and eBay and Depop stores are packed with countless unique items waiting to be discovered, and every pound raised helps us to support the 7.6 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases across the UK.”

In 2020, the British Heart Foundation saved 71,000 tonnes of household items from going to landfill, including 180,000 sofas and 14,000 tonnes of second-hand clothes, which helped to prevent 135,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

Along with wedding dresses, the charity is also encouraging shoppers to buy more pre-owned clothes from its online Depop store.