Martin Charles Bridal Gallery

About us

In two decades in the wedding industry, Martin Charles Bridal Gallery has gained a well-deserved reputation for quality, an expert eye for detail and friendly professionalism. Their goal is always perfection, whether they are working on a bespoke commission or making sure a wedding dress bought from them fits the bride perfectly. Martin Charles first studied in Northampton, where he learnt the skills of flat pattern cutting and manufacture techniques.

He is always researching new couture techniques that can be used to help create the perfect bridal gown. Following four years of study in Northampton, he was offered one of 12 places at the Royal College of Art in Kensington, specialising in womenswear. Whilst he was completing his studies, he did design work for a number of reputable outfits, including Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Farhi and Marks & Spencer.

After graduating in 1996, he took a job as a design assistant for Gianni Versace, but missed the feel of fabric and 3D garments. As soon as his contract was up, he returned to the UK and started a fashion label, producing high-end occasionwear for events such as Ascot, Henley Regatta and other such events. He soon found himself doing private commissions. After the birth of his daughter in 1999, he wanted to stay more local and it felt like a natural progression to start working on bridal gowns - first from a studio, before opening his bridal boutique in Oundle in 2011. Since then, his Oundle bridalwear shop has been a must-visit location for local brides as well as those further afield as his expert fashion knowledge helps brides to find the perfect gown for the biggest day of their lives.

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Appointment guidelines

Regular Appointment - FREE

60 minute appointment Try on 6-8 dresses Ideal if you just want an overview of what we stock

Premium Appointment - £25 Appointment Fee

90 minute personal appointment Exclusive use of the studio Try on as many dresses as you wish A glass of bubbly for you and 2 guests Appointment fee refunded when you order a dress Styling tips and suggestions on accessories 5% off when you order your dress on the day

More time to talk about any design changes you might require

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13 West Street
Oundle, Peterborough

Opening hours

Mon Closed Tues 10:00AM - 5:00PM Wed Closed Thurs 10:00AM - 7:00PM Fri 10:00AM - 5:00PM Sat 9:30AM - 4:30PM Sun Closed

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