Brides has been busy polling men nationwide about their idea of the ultimate wedding day.

Anthea Simms

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 off your curves like nothing else you've worn. How wrong we were! The shape he actually favoured was a full-length, off-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.  


"The ingredients of the dress are textbook fairytale, classic and beautiful - the men have come up with a timeless design that is the epitome of bridal fashion," Ian says. "The 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 is a previous design of Ian's but, the £5,000 dress also went on display Brides The Show last weekend. Then one visitor or reader will win the gown in her size for her own special day. 


This incredible giveaway is part of our £40,000+ luxe freebie issue, which includes a £12,110 hen do (page 340); a £10,000 Thailand 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). Good luck! 

The May/June 2014 issue of Brides is out now!