What happens when a bride wants to buck the strapless trend and not spend more than $2,000 on a wonderful gown? You get a bride in need of some shopping help.
Hey all, I could use some help in the CAI/GOI category: BHLDN Omelia. The sheath silhouette, the gorgeous lace detail, the fact that it’s not strapless (I just can’t be bothered to worry about things falling down/out), and it looks flowy/movable!… but the $2+k price tag is a serious downer. I might be up a creek with this one. I’d love to look at places like Etsy but, to be honest, I just can’t bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars on something that I can’t return sight-unseen. In a perfect world I’d love to be able to try it on (or have there be a return policy). Help?
Non-strapless, lace with movement – your wish is our command.
CAN’T AFFORD IT
Omelia ($2,200 at BHLDN)
GET OVER IT
High Neck Sheath Wedding Dress with Lace Details and Front Slit ($339.99 at For Her and For Him)
White Sheer Strap Sweetheart Wedding Dress ($918 at Unique Vintage)
Ivory Illusion Bateau Wedding Dress ($538 at Unique Vintage)
White Ruched Chiffon Cap Sleeve Prom Dress ($598 at Unique Vintage)
Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)
Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)
Etsy could also offer some wonderful options. On the other hand, your point about a return policy is valid. Consider using Etsy’s “Shop Local” feature to find vendors in your area. Meeting the designer in person and trying things on is always preferable to crossing your fingers and hoping it works out. Any BABs out there have suggestions for shopping on Etsy for such an important dress?