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Vintage wedding dresses and bridalwear

With one of the largest collections of vintage bridal gowns in the UK, Ashwell & Co is the perfect place to find your sustainable wedding dress. The Sunday Times Style Magazine named us as one of Britain’s 50 Best Boutiques and Elle UK have listed us as one of the best places to buy a sustainable wedding dress. We are also a Love My Dress recommended supplier and have recently appeared in the pages of Rock N Roll Bride and Pact magazines. If you’re looking for a planet friendly bridal alternative we’d love to help you.

Vintage bridal appointments now available in store and online
Two brides wearing Ashwell & Co vintage wedding dresses watering flowers at Court House Farm
Vintage wedding dresses

Unique and sustainable wedding attire, with something for everyone

We provide a friendly, relaxed service for those looking for an unusual and sustainable wedding outfit. Choosing vintage is the most sustainable way to buy a bridal gown, and we have one of the largest curated collections of vintage wedding dresses in the UK.  We take inspiration from the past and combine it with a contemporary eye on sustainability and individuality. We source our dresses exclusively within the UK and use traditional eco-friendly cleaning methods to avoid putting harmful pollutants backs into the environment. 

Sustainability, reuse & recycle

Our Bridal Boutique in Bristol

Our business is built on the principles of being kind to people and kind to the planet.

Clothing production is the second most polluting industry in the world, but we believe there is a better way. If you’ve found yourself here, the chances are that you do too.

Read bride Millie in her vintage wedding dress by Ashwell & Co
Window display at Ashwell & Co shop in Bristol
Nurture, comfort, confident

Ashwell and Co is a nurturing space, with the single goal of helping you find a wedding outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in. Buying a wedding dress should be an enjoyable experience, and we aim to put you at ease.

We will never pressurise you into buying a wedding dress, and we steer clear of any conversation that pushes our clients to conform to a certain standard of what you ‘should’ be. Come exactly as you are. We can’t wait to meet you.

Brides in their vintage wedding gowns

Testimonials from our real brides

Don’t just take our word for it – this is what our real life gorgeous brides have to say about our vintage bridal fittings in Bristol.

Came for our
“We had a wonderful wedding day. Thanks again for my wonderful dress. I loved wearing it! As you might remember I couldn’t stop swinging the dress when I first tried it on and that was also the case on the wedding day. Thank you so much again for choosing this wonderful dress with me, I couldn’t have been happier!”

Bristol, UK

Came for our
“Thank you again, it was such an easy dress to wear which is just what I wanted! I had so many compliments on the dress. Pia also did an amazing job with the slip. It looked and felt perfect. Thank you!”

Bristol, UK

Visit the vintage bridal boutique

What to expect at Ashwell & Co

We are pleased to offer both face to face and virtual bridal appointments at our vintage boutiques in Clifton, Bristol.

A virtual appointment is a great starting point for those of you who live further away and would like to see our vintage bridal collection before committing to a face to face appointment.

Our in person appointments cost £20 and last 75 minutes. Our virtual appointments cost £10 and last 60 minutes.

Read bride Candace in her lace vintage wedding dress by Ashwell & Co
Read bride Lorna in her vintage wedding dress by Ashwell & Co
Vintage wedding dresses

Your bespoke vintage wedding dress

Vintage wedding dresses do tend to be smaller than contemporary wedding dresses. This is for a variety of reasons; people often got married younger, they wore corsetry, and their diets were very different to what we eat now.

However, we have made it part of our mission to find bridal gowns in a variety of sizes, and to make the dress fit you – not the other way around.


UK 6 - 18 and more

Our current vintage bridal collection ranges in size, from a UK size 6 to a UK size 18, and we can usually add at least one or two sizes to most of our vintage dresses.

90% of our clients have their wedding dresses altered in some way. More often than not, this is to tailor the dress to fit, but you can also make larger changes if you would like to customise your wedding dress further. There is a huge amount of creative freedom in choosing to go vintage.

Bride lounging on an orange sofa with orange and white bouquet
Interior shot of Ashwell & Co, with rails full of vintage wedding dresses and beautiful dried flowers
1900 - 1980s wedding dresses

Over 100 vintage wedding dresses

We have in the region of 100+ vintage wedding dresses in stock at any one time which gives us one of the biggest collections in the UK.

At Ashwell & Co, we have bridal dresses from the 1900s – 1980s, so there are eras and styles to suit every body shape.

From handmade Edwardian lace, to 1940s wartime jacquard, to 1970s broderie anglaise, our vintage wedding dresses are unique, diverse and authentic.

Real bride Jackie, a customer of Ashwell & Co
Bridal gowns pricing

Affordable vintage wedding gowns

Choosing vintage is a great way to get high quality fabrics and craftsmanship for an affordable price. Our vintage wedding dresses sit within the mid range of the market, and are priced from £695 – £1,495

Wedding dress alterations are an additional cost, and you should budget anywhere from £50 – £300 for this. We can advise you of this cost during your appointment.

Experts in vintage wedding dresses

There is a huge amount of time, skill and effort involved in sourcing, restoring and cleaning our bridal dresses to get them to a point where they are sellable and desirable. We offer a bespoke service, and we are one of the UK’s leading experts in vintage bridal wear.

When you buy an Ashwell & Co wedding dress you are buying a unique piece of fashion history.

Real Bride Debbie, a customer of Ashwell & Co

Book your Bridal Appointment

Book into our beautiful vintage showrooms for a relaxed dress fitting. Appointments are 75 minutes and cost £20

Tea at home • Tea parties • Bridal fittings

Discover more vintage offerings from Ashwell & Co

From joyous hen parties in our vintage boutique in Bristol, to decadent Afternoon Teas in our beautiful vintage Tearoom, as well as Afternoon Tea to have at home.

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1960s vintage bride photoshoot with Hunch Co, bride posing in front of orange wooden door