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A SOUTHSIDE charity shop is adding a bridal boutique to its existing store to answer the prayers of many a bride to be in the wake of the recession.

Shelter Scotland’s Pollokshaws Road store will now stock vintage wedding attire after reacting to local demand.

With the cost of weddings continually rising, assistant shop manager Nicola Paul thinks this is the perfect way to cut costs for the big day.

She told The Extra: “Whether couples are planning a lavish wedding or an intimate gathering, our shop can help and we hope couples fall in love with the dresses, suits, hats and jewellery on offer.

Not only will they save a great deal of money by buying second hand but they’ll also know that as they celebrate their big day, they’ve helped families and individuals facing homelessness and bad housing.”

The shop is selling wedding dresses priced from £15 to £80.

Karen MacPherson, a volunteer at The Avenue’s Oxfam branch, has seen a number of brides find their perfect dress in her store.

The 46-year-old said: “These days, more and more women are realising that if it’s the right dress, it doesn’t really matter if it has been worn before. Nobody will be able to tell the difference. It’s the perfect way to cut wedding costs”.

Human resources manager Nicole Burns (32), shopping with her two-year-old daughter Hannah said: “It’s been a few years since my wedding and I bought my dress new.

“But if I did find a second-hand dress and it was perfect, it wouldn’t really put me off”.

Lynne Miller, a 49-year-old retired nurse from Darnley, believes weddings are “extortionate”.

She told The Extra: “If I was getting married now I would save money any way I could.

“If a nice wedding dress was going cheap in a charity shop you would be silly to turn your nose up at it”.

Elizabeth Gardener (83) from Newton Mearns had her wedding dress made almost 70-years-ago.

She added: “I always see some lovely ones in the charity shops in Clarkston.

“It all depends on the dress itself, there’s absolutely no reason why not”.