Brides has been busy polling men nationwide about their idea of the ultimate wedding day. Some 60,000 responses* later, and we can reveal all; from how many guests he’d like to invite (under 50), his favourite new tradition (you making a speech); the celebrity couple whose style he’d most like to emulate on the day (Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel); the location (a luxury hotel or grand stately home) and, crucially, what style of dress he’d like you to wear (which, incidentally, he thinks you should spend more on than you do!). As the dress results came in, we were all predicting a body-skimming silhouette that would show of your curves like nothing else you’ve worn. How wrong we were! Te shape he actually favoured was a full-length, of-the-shoulder princess gown in satin, and heavily embellished with crystals.


So we asked renowned British bridal designer Ian Stuart, who created the two stunning dresses on this page, to bring this vision to life for us. And here is a frst glimpse at the gown of your man’s dreams (lef).‘Te ingredients of the dress are textbook fairytale, classic and beautiful – the menhave come up with a timeless design that is the epitome of bridal fashion,’ Ian says.

‘Te cleverness of this dress is that it will suit all sizes and heights, which is not an easy thing to achieve in one design. ‘I think it’s a clear sign that grooms imagine their brides to wear a “wedding dress”, with a more traditional full skirt and romantic mood.’ What you’re seeing here (bottom lef) are Ian’s initial design sketches but the £5,000 dress will go on display at Brides Te Show on March 22 and 23. Ten one visitor or reader will get the gown in her size for her own special day.

For your chance to win, simply visit competitions or head to the Brides stand ( incredible giveaway is part of our £40,000+ luxe freebie issue, which includes a £12,110 hen do (page 340); a £10,000 Tailand honeymoon and £1,000 Amanda Wakeley fashion shopping spree (page 316); Beaverbrooks wedding bands worth £4,000; a day at Judith Blacklock’s Flower School for 13 readers, worth £3,120 in total, (page 220), and £4,840 of groom’s goodies (page 140.

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