Want a sustainable wedding dress? This ethical designer has arrived in Edinburgh

sustainable wedding dress scotland

It’s no secret that sustainability is a big concern for our generation, with even members of the royal family – from Princess Eugenie with her plastic-free big day to Princess Beatrice and her upcycled wedding dress – putting eco-friendly weddings on the map. Yet sustainable wedding dress designers are still pretty thin on the ground.

The pre-loved wedding dress is of course an option for those trying to make their wedding more green, but what if vintage isn’t really your style?

Enter Rolling In Roses, an indie bridalwear label that specialises in gorgeous, boho-leaning and responsibly made dresses for the free-spirited bride.

Looking at the designs, you’d never guess the source of the fabric, which has the soft fluidity of silk.

Rose petals, orange peel, bamboo and even plastic bottles are among the surprising resources used to create the soft, draped material of the vegan-friendly wedding dresses.

 

Each gown is handmade in York by a small team of seamstresses and, excitingly, Rolling In Roses dresses will be available to order soon from Rachel Scott Couture in Edinburgh.

“I was drawn to Rolling In Roses not just because of their beautifully off-beat, bohemian creations, and use of such intriguing and innovative fabrics, but also because of their admirably ethical approach,” says boutique owner Rachel Snedden.

“We’ve been working hard as a brand to become more sustainable and eco-friendly in everything we do within the higher end luxury bridal dress industry.

“So to be able to offer our brides a collection of sustainable, ethically produced dresses of such outstanding quality is so exciting.”

Because Rolling In Roses is a tight-knit team with a small-scale ethical production, all gowns are made to order and can be customised by brides who would like to make tweaks to the designs.

There are no size restrictions either, which means all brides from petite to plus-size can have a wedding dress that fits them perfectly.

Want to see the dresses for yourself?

The collection will launch at Rachel Scott Couture from Thursday 13th to Monday 17th August, and appointments can be made to view, try on or order a dress by calling 0131 556 1520 or emailing.

See our guide to planning an ethical and sustainable wedding in Scotland

Dress Stories: Kim’s Sassi Holford ‘Verity’ dress: a wedding dress with pockets

Sassi Holford Verity

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Kim loved the extra sass the deep V’s at the front and back gave this stunning number.

AND THE BRIDE WORE… the beautiful textured silk Sassi Holford ‘Verity’ ballgown, accessorised with Jimmy Choos.

 

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

How did you feel about wedding dress shopping? 

I had no idea what style I was going for which made dress shopping challenging at the beginning.

Especially because I just loved them all!

I did a lot of research on Instagram and reading magazines but found that I really had to decide on the style of wedding I was going for too.

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

My mum came to all the appointments but we also went with Andy’s mum, my auntie and one of the bridesmaids.

As two of them live in Dublin we ended up video calling during the fittings!

Sassi Holford Verity

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

My dress was “Verity” by Sassi Holford, which I bought from Ivory Grace in Aberdeen.

I fell in love with the textured silk fabric as it was so luxurious and almost understated.

I loved the shape of the deep V at the front and back, just to add some sass to the more traditional look of the dress.

Obviously the pockets were an added bonus.

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

How did you accessorise your dress?

My shoes were Jimmy Choo and the only jewellery I wore were the earrings my bridesmaids got me as a gift.

They are by an Irish designer called Chupi who I love, and they are amazing.

My hairpiece was a vine from Etsy and the junior bridesmaid had a matching piece.

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

Hayley Fraser - Dress Stories

Sassi Holford Verity

 

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Dress Stories: Christine’s elegant mikado Essense of Australia dress

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

 

Having worked in bridal before, Barbirnie House Hotel‘s wedding co-ordinator Christine had a clear idea of what she wanted to wear on her big day.

 

AND THE BRIDE WORE… a simple and elegant Essense of Australia princess gown.

Lifetime Photography - Dress Stories

Lifetime Photography - Dress Stories

How did you feel about dress shopping? 

I used to work in bridal so my first choice was to go back to Kudos Bridal in Dunfermline.

I know the girls there are amazing at what they do and they looked after me so well from my very first visit to picking up my dress the day before the wedding.

I had always loved a certain type of fabric and a clean simple look, although I still tried various styles.

In the end though I picked what I thought I would.

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How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

Even though I used to be the one selling the dresses I still felt special and like a bride.

Kudos made sure of that.

I took a small party of our mums, sister and one bridesmaid.

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

It was an Essense of Australia dress with a big skirt in plain, simple mikado fabric.

Lifetime Photography - Dress Stories

How did you accessorise your dress?

I bought some gorgeous velvet burgundy ribbon which the seamstress added to my dress as a belt, a cathedral-length veil also from Kudos and very low-key jewellery.

My florist made me the most amazing floral hair comb.

My shoes were burgundy velvet Harriet Wilde court shoes.

Lifetime Photography - Dress Stories

See more of Christine’s beautiful Balbirnie House wedding in the latest edition of Scottish Wedding magazine, free to read online

We’re in love with the new 2021 Berta Privee collection

Normally at this time of year, the Scottish Wedding team would be flitting between bridal fashion shows to see the brand new 2021 collections. But bloody coronavirus has only gone and thrown a spanner in the works, hasn’t it?

Nevertheless, we’ve still been able to cast our expert eye over the latest wedding dresses, albeit in decidedly less glamorous surroundings. And we still felt a familiar flutter of excitement when an email landed in our inbox announcing the arrival of the brand new 2021 Berta Privee collection.

Berta requires no introduction for those of you fully immersed in the world of bridal fashion, but for the newbies among you, know this: this is the designer you turn to when you want to go for all-out, showstopping, body-skimming glamour.

The 2021 Berta Privee collection does not disappoint, providing the plunging necklines, figure-hugging silhouettes and intricate embroidery we’ve come to expect from the designer.

There are nods to current trends too: high-neck wedding dresses, polka-dot tulle and sheer billowing sleeves all make an appearance.

Keep reading to see the full collection, and find out where Berta wedding dresses are stocked in Scotland.

Introducing // 2021 Berta Privee collection

 

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2021 Berta Privee

Sexy and sheer, this daring strapless mermaid wedding dress is adorned with botanical appliques.

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This stunning strapless fit-and-flare wedding dress is all about that dramatic train.

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This strapless dress features metallic embroidery and a floral belt studded with diamantes.

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2021 Berta Privee

Super chic and streamlined, this fit-and-flare wedding dress has elegant spaghetti straps and a gently plunging neckline.

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We love an illusion lace wedding dress, and this one, with its capped sleeves and shimmering train, is a stunner.

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This dress manages to be whimsical and sexy at once: it’s the polka dot fabric juxtaposed with that V neckline.

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2021 Berta Privee

What a dream this high-necked wedding dress is.  Polka dots, long sleeves and a lace-edged train? Yes please.

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There’s lots to love about the dress, but we can’t get enough of that back detail. Divine.

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2021 Berta Privee

This high-neck wedding dress is injected with Berta’s signature sexiness with a thigh split and open back.

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Look how dramatically the look of this strapless sweetheart wedding dress can be changed up with the addition of a sheer puff-sleeved capelet!

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We are here for this exquisitely embroidered dress with its lace illusion sleeves and dreamy cloud of a train.

Berta is stocked exclusively in Scotland by Opus Atelier, West Kilbride.

 

See stunning Scottish bride Gabriella in her amazing Berta dress

Dress Stories: Rachael’s ivory fit and flare Modeca Farida dress

Modeca Farida

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Rachael chose one dress but knew it wasn’t quite right. Luckily Susan at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Bridal Boutique  helped her find her dream dress.

AND THE BRIDE WORE… a chic lace and crepe long-sleeved Modeca Farida gown with a cathedral-length veil.

Jenniflower Photography - Dress Stories

How did you feel about wedding dress shopping?

I deliberately didn’t look online or think about what style to go for – my approach was to go and try on as many as possible, and see how it made me feel and it it suited my shape.

Everyone is different, and I felt it was important not to set my heart on something that looked good on someone that was a different shape and size than me.

Modeca Farida

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

I met Susan from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Bridal Boutique, East Kilbride, at the Scottish Wedding Show at the SEC.

I instantly felt comfortable with her, and I knew that she would tell me the truth and give me the best advice.

I went to the shop with my mum and two bridesmaids, who all picked dresses for me to try on.

We had a great time, and Susan made us feel so at ease.

I chose a dress that later I felt wasn’t the ideal dress for me.

I was so lucky to be able to change my dress, and went back with my mum to pick the perfect dress.

I couldn’t thank Susan and her team enough for their understanding and help.

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

The dress I wore was the Modeca Farida dress in ivory, from the 2020 Modeca collection, and I wore a cathedral lace ivory veil with it.  The dress was lace and crepe, with a fit-and-flare silhouette shape.

Modeca Farida

How did you accessorise your dress?

I wore the Rainbow Club Caprice Bow Court Shoes in ivory, and a delicate wire and diamante hair band.

I chose not to wear any jewellery, but on the morning of the wedding I was surprised with a gift from Brian, a beautiful solitaire diamond necklace, and of course I wore this.

Modeca Farida

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Dress Stories: Debbie’s beaded dropped-waist Nicole Spose Ruby dress

IMAGES |The Gibsons

 

Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Debbie didn’t think she wanted a full-skirted dress until she tried one on in shop number eight. She fell in love with her dress, which had all the elements she’d been after.

 

AND THE BRIDE WORE… a beautiful dropped-waist Nicole Spose Ruby gown with a tulle skirt and beaded bodice for her wedding at Guardswell Farm.

The Gibsons at Guardswell Farm - Dress Stories

How did you feel about dress shopping? 

I wasn’t looking forward to dress shopping – there’s not enough privacy!

I had looked online and conjured up a style I liked, but like everything else, that exact dress didn’t exist.

I went to a total of nine shops across Scotland and tried on most styles.

I was feeling underwhelmed and at one point considered having a dress made from scratch.

I had completely ruled out anything with a full skirt until I tried one on in shop number eight.

To my surprise, I felt amazing.

I felt like a girl who was getting married. Moral of the story: be open to anything.

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

I went with my bridesmaid Niamh a few times, and once with my mum.

My experiences were mostly good, but it’s tough trying on lots of dresses and not feeling like you’re getting closer to finding something you love.

I only ever wanted one person at a time with me – the idea of having multiple people chiming in on the decision didn’t appeal to me.

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

At the end of a long day dress shopping, my mum and I had one final appointment.

It was with Ivory Whites in Perth and they had a huge selection.

I spotted ‘Ruby’ from the Jolies collection by Nicole Spose. It had a dropped waist full tulle A-line skirt with a beaded v-neck top and a deep v illusion back.

It was a combination of different elements I had liked on other dresses.

I tried it on once and went back to buy it the very next day.

The Gibsons at Guardswell Farm - Dress Stories

How did you accessorise your dress?

The dress already had a lot of beautiful beading, so I wanted to keep accessories simple.

I wore a hair clip that complemented the dress, a small structured silver clutch and nude block gemstone heeled sandals that were incredibly comfortable.

The Gibsons at Guardswell Farm - Dress Stories

 

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Dress Stories: Jan’s Martina Liana and Suzanne Neville wedding dresses

Emma Lawson - Dress Stories

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Jan’s wedding weekend in a bespoke marquee was simply the last word in elegant glamour and demanded not one but two amazing outfits. Her hunt took her to London and all over Scotland before finding The Ones.

 

AND THE BRIDE WORE… a beautiful lace Martina Liana mermaid dress for her first wedding dress, followed by an elegant Suzanne Neville sleeved sheath.

 

How did you feel about dress shopping? 

I was not sure what style of dress I wanted.

I did know I did not want strapless, and I love my back so I knew I wanted something fitted and backless.

I have always been drawn to lace and after many hours on Instagram I was continually returning to Berta due to the sheer style and sophistication of the designs.

Another designer which influenced my choice was Galia Lahav.

 

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

My sister-in-law and I flew to London to Browns and had a two-hour session where I tried on many dresses.

One specifically caught my eye and we added on an overskirt to change the look. With this in mind I had the look I was aiming for.

A few months later my bridesmaids and I went dress shopping around Scotland, we made a weekend of it.

We found my dress and with a few tweaks and additions we created the dress for day one.

What was your dress like and why did you choose it?

The dress was by Martina Liana.

It originally had thin straps descending down the back into lace.

However, as it was backless I felt it was more elegant with capped sleeves.

It took a few months later to finally find the simple cathedral veil supplied by my dress maker to finish the dress off.

For my dress for day two I went straight to Perfect Bridal Rooms in Aberdeen.

Alison Waller is a personal friend and I had found a Suzanne Neville dress I wanted for the Sunday. It was off the shoulder, long sleeved and fitted with a single front split.

My experience with Perfect Bridal and Suzanne Neville custom design was exactly what every bride wants. Perfection.

How did you accessorise your dress?

I purchased a pearl and diamond hair piece from Avorio Bridal in Fochabers, Aberdeenshire.

I wore my old Jimmy Choo platform heels as my something old, my dress was new along with a YSL dusky pink clutch from my bridesmaid, my mother-in-law lent me her mother of pearl, sapphire and diamond drop earrings following the tradition of something borrowed something blue.

I accessorised [my dress for day two] with earrings from Perfect, Jimmy Choo heels and matching bag.

 

Want to tell us your Dress Story?

We’d love to hear from you! Just email natasha@scottishwedding.co.uk

 

Dress Stories: Julie’s fabulous Essense of Australia gown with uber-chic cape

Duke Photography and Dundas Castle - Dress Stories

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Julie wanted a low-backed and high-necked wedding dress but kept an open mind, trying on gowns all over the country.

AND THE BRIDE WORE… a gorgeous Essense of Australia gown with a vintage vibe.

Duke Photography and Dundas Castle - Dress Stories

How did you feel about dress shopping? 

If I am being honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to dress shopping.

I have never been a huge fan of wedding dresses, especially traditional ones.

In my head I was looking for a dress with a low back (I’ve always loved a backless dress), high necked (let’s be honest, I am flat chested) and quite tight (I have never liked puffy).

I looked online and in magazines but I think you really must see them in person.

I saw a few online that I thought I would love but when I tried them on/saw them in person, they weren’t the same.

Duke Photography and Dundas Castle - Dress Stories

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

Like I said, I wasn’t really looking forward to dress shopping.

My first dress appointment was in Notting Hill in London.

I went with my mum and my sister-in-law, who was also my bridesmaid.

I ended up having the best time!

It was definitely helped by the cake and champagne we were given on arrival – two of my favourite things.

I tried on all sorts of dresses (from slinky to huge) and shoes and accessories.

It felt like being seven again, raiding my mum’s wardrobe.

Amazing fun! I couldn’t wait to do it again.

Though, when it is time to decide on a dress, it does feel slightly pressured.

I went to lots of shops, tried on lots of dresses.

In the end, it all felt a bit tedious.

In one shop the assistant told me she’d never had a bride who’d tried on dresses as quickly as me. Efficiency is key.

In hindsight, the only thing I didn’t consider during the dress picking was how easy it would be to ceilidh in it.

But hey ho, practicalities are overrated!

Especially when it comes to picking a wedding dress.

I reckon the best plan is a day dress and an evening dress. Treat yourself!

Duke Photography and Dundas Castle - Dress Stories

What was your dress like, and why did you choose it? 

In the end, I chose a dress from Kudos in Edinburgh, by Essense of Australia.

Whilst it was low backed, it was also low at the front and quite traditional with a HUGE train, but it just felt nice on.

I also loved it because it felt a little vintage!

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How did you accessorise your dress?

I love an accessory!

I went with a cape veil – I have never been a fan of veils so a cape veil felt like the perfect compromise!

Plus, wearing it was the most fun!

I got married in November, so it felt good to be able to cover my shoulders for the ceremony.

For my shoes I wore gold Louboutins.  They were 4.5 inches high and I wore them right to the end of the day, through dancing and all! Hurrah!

I wore ruby earrings and a ruby ring; I thought a wee bit of colour would be nice.

Duke Photography and Dundas Castle - Dress Stories

Want to tell us your Dress Story?

We’d love to hear from you! Just email natasha@scottishwedding.co.uk

See the Alan Hannah 2021 wedding dress collection

British bridalwear brand Alan Hannah has unveiled Twenty Twenty One, its latest bridalwear collection.

Filled with whisper-soft fabrics, dresses with sleeves and intricate embroidery, designer Marguerite Hannah has designed a range that feels fresh, modern and super-wearable.

Get your first glimpse of the dresses below!

 

 

 

 

Kristen

Alan Hannah 2021

Alan Hannah 2021

Alan Hannah 2021

We are so here for the whimsical multi-layered skirt of the Kristen dress, which is perfectly balanced by a sleek bodice and spaghetti straps.

Hazel

Alan Hannah 2021

Sleek, streamlined and made from the most luxurious fabric, ‘Hazel’ is perfect for brides seeking a Meghan Markle inspired wedding dress.

Mila

We can’t get enough of oversized bows right now and love the romance this one adds to the ‘Mila’ dress. And how gorgeous are those embroidered sleeves?

Renata

If you love the look of bridal separates but would rather wear a dress for comfort, ‘Renata’, with its floral bodice and crisp white skirt, is just what you need.

Tulsa

Alan Hannah 2021

Continuing the collection’s floral motif, ‘Tulsa’ bears the most gorgeous botanical beadwork which is showcased perfectly by the gown’s clean silhouette.

Yuki

Alan Hannah 2021

How about a dress that gives you two looks? ‘Suki’ comes with a detachable overskirt, which means when it’s time for your evening reception you can remove it for max ceilidh dancing potential.

Alan Hannah is stocked by Anne Priscilla Bridal, Glasgow; Rachel Scott Bridal Couture, Edinburgh, and Charlotte Grace Bridal, Doune.

 

Find your dream dress by searching our directory for wedding dress shops in Scotland

Dress Stories: Eilidh’s beautiful ivory Ronald Joyce Jessie dress with nude lining

Duke Wedding Photography - Dress Stories

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Dress Stories is all about a bride’s relationship with her special wedding outfit, from searching for it to finding it, and how it made her feel on the day.

Eilidh found her perfect dress and then was thrilled it had the exact same lace as her great-grandmother’s veil!

AND THE BRIDE WORE… a gorgeous lace number by Ronald Joyce, Jessie.

Duke Wedding Photography - Dress Stories Ronald Joyce Jessie

 

How did you feel about dress shopping? 

I absolutely loved dress shopping and found it really difficult trying to pick one because they were all so beautiful!

I was really scared about committing to a dress and then changing my mind, and also so enjoyed trying on dresses that I didn’t want to stop!

I always thought I would choose a long-sleeved lace dress, but when I tried them on they never looked right on me.

I never thought I’d choose the dress I did!

Ronald Joyce Jessie

How was your shopping experience and who went with you?

I always went with my mum and my sisters would come too when they could.

We started at our local shop (The Wedding Planner in Helensburgh) because this is where my sister got her wedding dress.

This is when I tried on the dress I would eventually buy – my sister Seonaid cried when she first saw it on me that day!

The Wedding Planner was great; they made it so personal, and were genuinely happy for you.

You never felt like you were rushed and could try on as many dresses as you wanted!

We went to a few other shops but it was so impersonal and they clearly only cared about the sale.

It just felt horrible in comparison!

I ended up comparing every dress I tried on to that original dress in The Wedding Planner, so that’s why I knew it was right for me.

I also really wanted to buy my dress locally, and I knew that the Wedding Planner would go above and beyond if there was any issues and I could completely trust them.

What was your dress like, and why did you choose it?

I wore ‘Jessie’ by Ronald Joyce with a nude lining underneath and ivory lace on top.

I loved that the nude lining looked like a blush pink and was therefore slightly different from your traditional white dress.

I adored the train and the detail in the lace.

Ronald Joyce Jessie

Duke Wedding Photography - Dress Stories Ronald Joyce Jessie

How did you accessorise your dress?

I wore my great-grandmother’s veil which was almost 100 years old (she was born in 1899!).

It was the same veil that my granny and aunt had worn as well.

I was extremely close with my grandmother who had unfortunately passed away relatively recently, and therefore jumped at the opportunity of wearing it so that she could be a part of the day with me.

We all couldn’t quite believe it when I tried it on with my dress and the underlying lace pattern was identical to my dress.

That’s when I knew it was meant to be!