‘Say Yes to the Dress’ comes to Oxfam

18 Aug 2017

‘Say Yes to the Dress for Less’ premieres Friday 8 September 9pm, on TLC

The new series of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ UK will kick off with a special episode, filmed in Oxfam’s bridal boutique in Chippenham Wiltshire. This special will see royal dress designer David Emmanuel select dream dresses from rails stacked with designer discounts and hidden gems for three discerning brides-to-be and their opinionated entourages.

Compared to the hefty £2,000 to £10,000 price tag of the gowns David usually deals with, the average price of a wedding dress at an Oxfam boutique is £250. Furthermore, all of the dresses in Oxfam’s bridal range have been donated. More than 95% are new and come straight from designers and bridal shops as they change stock every season. The charity spends the profits from the sales helping people in extreme poverty around the world.

David Emanuel said: “I’m amazed and impressed by the quality of the clothes and the variety of styles. This is smart shopping.  Most of the dresses look brand new, they are beautifully clean and pressed and ready to step into, and you can buy designer at an Oxfam bridal boutique for a fraction of the price.  What’s not to like about saying ‘Yes’ to the dress for less?”

Nurse Laura Hailes, 30, who is in search of a vintage dress, described her experience. “Some people sneered when I said I was coming to Oxfam for my wedding dress. But the private bridal department looked like a really upmarket boutique. I love vintage and there was so much variety. I want my money to help someone else, not go to a corporation.” Sally Anne Sharlot, 43, who is shopping on a shoestring, said: “The shop is full of beautiful dresses. I never thought there would be this many.”

According to Fee Gilfeather, Oxfam head of retail brand, “Your big day doesn't need to cost a fortune. Oxfam has wonderful gowns in mint condition for really affordable prices. Our expert volunteers are ready to give you the full bridal store experience, just like in Say Yes to the Dress, or you can browse our online weddings boutique from the comfort of your own home. 

“When you buy your dress from Oxfam you know that your wedding is going to be special in more ways than one, because the money you spend will provide people in poverty with the basics like clean water, food or shelter. Oxfam brides are truly beautiful inside and out.”

There are 12 specialist bridal shops across the country, plus hundreds of wedding dresses and accessories available in a dedicated online bridal boutique on Oxfam Online Shop at www.oxfam.org.uk/bridal.

‘Say Yes to the Dress for Less’ premieres on TLC on Friday 8th September at 9pm as part of ‘Friday Brideday’.

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