Photo: By Malina
With myriad options available to brides, finding the right wedding dress can be a feat
From established labels to emerging and eco-conscious talents, we’ve selected our favourites to make your search a breeze. Whether you’re earnestly looking or just curious, read on to discover the best wedding dress designers from the Nordics.
Norwegian designer Leila Hafzi is a forerunner of eco-conscious bridalwear. Her bohemian, refined dresses are handmade in Nepal by local craftswomen and mix local inspiration with romantic details such as open backs and embroidered necklines. Her commitment to fair trade has earned her fans in the likes of Livia Firth and HRH Mette-Marit Princess of Norway.
Handcrafted in her Copenhagen studios, Maria Fekih’s designs exude an effortless simplicity. Clean silhouettes highlight the silk fabrics and French lace used in the collections. Inspired by her Danish-Tunisian background, the designer mixes ultralight details with heavier materials to create unexpected contrasts.
Designer Anna Lindh creates an array of bespoke wedding outfits ranging from fitted midi dresses and sleek jumpsuits to puff-sleeve shirts, all designed and made in Finland. Bonus point? She offers redesign and repairs for existing wedding dresses. Altering that vintage bridal gem has never looked better.
Danish designer Rikke Gudnitz has been dressing brides and celebrities–chief among them Tori Spelling and Katy Perry–for more than 20 years. She imagines dresses that combine easy style and modern shapes to suit each bride’s personality. Her Black Label collection of ready-to-wear dresses is just as covetable.
Although mostly known for her ready-to-wear line, designer Malin Ek Andrén has introduced a bridal line that snags just as much attention–if not more. Her designs are handmade of silk, chiffon or fine lace and come in an array of patterns, all available in her bridal showroom in Stockholm.
Versatile designs meet sculptural draping and joyous femininity at Katri Niskanen’s Helsinki studio. The designer, first winner of Project Runway Finland, plays with textures and fabrics in both her bridal and bespoke eveningwear collections. The good news? Surplus materials are all re-used to create accessories. All you need to make a conscious buy.
Sadoni embodies the understated Nordic elegance at its finest. Designer and co-founder Trude Sadoni imagines natural, effortless bridal outfits whether it be a dress, skirt, or jumpsuit. Collections revolve around the ideas of functionality and movement to make sure flawless style and comfort go hand-in-hand on your wedding day.
Frida Jonsvens Couture
Sequins, embroideries, tulle, colours? Frida Jonsvens’s designs seem far from Scandinavian fashion at first sight. The Swedish designer works with prints, volumes, and structure to create unique dresses she sews by hand in her Lindingö studio. Her bold yet polished bridalwear suits every bride for whom less isn’t more.
Founders Valentin and Iida offer brides lightweight, pared-back dresses inspired by nature and movements. Made to order and handcrafted in Finland, their designs are easy to move in and meant to be worn. And from tiaras to hairbands, their bespoke headpieces are the accessories you didn’t know you needed–until now.