Cambridge Vintage Bridal | Vintage Wedding Dresses

Cambridge, England



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Cambridge Vintage Bridal

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Cambridge Vintage Bridal


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About CambsVintageBridal

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On Etsy since 2019

I curate and sell original vintage wedding dresses globally.

Owning a one-of-a-kind, vintage bridal piece that no one else on the planet will have is a pretty big deal, and doesn’t have to cost the earth. But where do you start? Very simply, with an open mind and a willingness to try on styles from all eras.

At Cambridge Vintage Bridal, I curate and re-market high-end vintage wedding dresses for modern brides and get the gowns back into the retail chain. I’m on a mission to inspire brides to consider vintage by making vintage look like the future and not the past.

I find that brides shop with something in mind but purchase something totally different – I call this ‘the vintage effect’. Sometimes it’s the colour, the fabric pattern, a lace detail, the length, the fact it has sleeves, that the dress can be customised or that the dress itself has an interesting backstory that resonates.

Fashion repeats itself every few decades so, for example, when you are looking at a modern boho wedding dress, it is borrowing style influences from the 70s. Similarly, when you start contemplating a shorter wedding dress having tried on 64 long dresses, there is a definite nod to the 50s. And if you want a wedding dress like Ellie Goulding’s, then you need to be looking at the Edwardian era (super rare), but given that the 80s revived this look, you can start there.

We as humans are bigger today than we were in the 1920s, 1930s and even the 1970s. So, with this in mind, vintage wedding dresses are often smaller than today’s standard UK size scale. That said, because so many vintage wedding dresses were bespoke, they have been tailored to fit individuals and, like today, individuals come in all shapes and sizes.

When you wear a vintage wedding dress, it works with whatever theme or style of wedding you are planning – because the choice of styles is so very vast

This is why it’s so important to know your measurements when you are shopping for a vintage wedding dress: bust, waist, hips and ideally height. Once you know these, you can start to search for gowns that match your stats or are as close as possible to your measurements. Don’t lose heart if your dream vintage find looks like it won’t be an exact match – as with all bridal wear today, alterations are simply part of the process.

Importantly, by going vintage on your wedding day, it doesn’t mean you have to be planning an overarching vintage style wedding, unless, of course, that’s your vibe. When you wear a vintage wedding dress, it works with whatever theme or style of wedding you are planning – boho, rustic, traditional, festival, indoor, outdoor, woodland, city centre – because the choice of styles is so very vast.

Our handpicked collection of vintage wedding dresses spans from the 1920s to the 1980s and all stock is available exclusively on Etsy.

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  • Siobhan Mulholland-Cox


    Cambridge Vintage Bridal surfaces vintage wedding dresses for eco-minded brides. Our affordable gowns range from the 1920s - 1980s. We also make personalised wedding favour candles via Scentscapology - our sister biz, you can order those here too!

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  • Cambridge Vintage Bridal

    Cambridge, England

    I worked with a partner to bring this one dress design to life.

  • Scentscapology

    Cambridge, England

    Escape Through Scent, no matter what mood or room you are in. Scentscapology makes small batch, eco-friendly soy wax candles, reed diffusers & personalised wedding favour candles.

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Last updated on 06 Aug, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Are the dresses original vintage?

Absolutely. All hail from the 1920s through to the 1980s.

Sizing details

All dresses listed have measurements listed in INCHES: Bust, Waist and Hips. Also the length from waist to floor and / or length from neck to floor. I list dresses this way because most of these dresses were bespoke made decades ago and are therefore not a standard size. That said, where a dress IS a standard size, I have shown the size via a UK standard size.

Can I try dresses on?

I am ONLINE ONLY. Contact me via if you'd like to know more about a specific item or see additional photos.

Are all dresses in a wearable condition?

Absolutely. If any have visible damage or markings due to their age, this is mentioned in the description. If a dress has an age mark on the inside and it cannot be seen when on, this is not detailed.

Do you accept returns?

Yes. I need to know that you plan to return an item within 3 days of you receiving it. Upon receipt of the dress, I will issue a full refund minus the initial postage cost to Cambridge Vintage Bridal.

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