2/19

After many, many months of countless trips to traditional bridal shops, where I had to try to squeeze my bod into too-small samples, get outdated fashion advice from women my grandmother’s age, and then wait four months for a dress, I realized that the whole bridal shop experience wasn’t for me. Why bother with these painful shopping trips when I can just order a dress online, receive my dress in less than a week, and then return it if it doesn’t fit?

So here are some amazing dresses, right off-the-rack and available online. Each one costs $1000 or less, and you can click the photos to get to the links.

J. Crew, $495

J. Crew, $595

The Limited, $398

The Limited, $298

BHLDN, $600

BHLDN, $1000

White House Black Market $498

White House Black Market $698

Tadashi Shoji, $798

Eliza J, $498

Issa, $800

Would you buy a dress right off the rack on your wedding day?



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  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/CherishedHearts CherishedHearts

    The dresses are beautiful! If only, I could order a body like that and get it in a week.

  • http://blog.weddingish.com Weddingish

    Lovely collection – and I forgot that The Limited has a bridal collection! <3

  • Tanya

    I had no idea that The Limited had bridal wear! When did this happen?! I love the Tadashi gown the best–it's gorgeous and looks way more expensive than the price tag says!

  • halfpint1011

    I bought my dress off-the-rack, and got looked at like I was a crazy lady because I "only tried on a few [5] dresses!" That was enough for me, because mine rocks [too big, too long, too strapless ... ]. There's a few alterations to be done … but it was SO the way to go for me.

  • http://www.bellenza.com/wedding-ideas/ Lissa (Bellenza)

    So great of you to pass on this great info (and hope) to brides-to-be!

  • Caroline

    I want want WANT that dress from BHLDN. I saw it the day the website opened and knew it was the perfect dress for me. But 1K is still way over my dress budget. That's like, one third of my entire wedding budget :( Any suggestions on a similar dress for less? I've never seen anything like it.

    • Tanya

      Are you talking about the lacy looking dress? It's only $600, not $1000. The cotton eyelet dress is $1000. I would check Etsy.com to see if someone can make a similar vintage inspired dress within your budget. Good luck!

  • Caroline

    Oops, I should have specified–I meant the third one, the cotton eyelet dress.

  • http://www.wedding-music-secret.com The Wedding Secret

    Cute dresses! I'm surprised by how cheap some of them are!

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  • Emily

    I just discovered dhgate.com- it is a website that connects consumers with the chinese manufacturers that make all the dresses for american retailers like david's bridal, but bypassing the markup, to make for some super cheap dresses that are made to order in your exact measurements. I have my eye on one, but am waiting to see how various vendors who have the same dress respond to my questions before buying. it is definitely worth a look!

    • Guest

      Hi Emily–
      I'm currently looking into this–how did it work out for you?

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