Posts in the 'Ruche' Category

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Gown For Under $1000 Inspired By BHLDN’s “Omelia”

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?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Gown Inspired By BHLDN’s “Ortensia” For Under $600

It’s rare that one dress embodies everything a bride wants in her wedding gown. Often we’re split between many options because of small details. Jane, on the other hand, knows exactly what she wants, but it’s twice her budget.

I would be SO grateful if you would use your amazing dress-finding skills to help me out with a sudden and major case of CAI/GOI:

I just fell in love with BHLDN’s new Ortensia gown  It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for – a flowing, floor length skirt that starts from the natural waist, a beautiful deep V neckline, pretty (but not blingy) details – but it’s double what I can afford ($1500 is my absolute maximum).

Thank you!
Jane

Jane, you did the hard part: Describing your perfect dress and including the budget. Now we’ve found some options that are less than half the budget. This way, you can add extra bling – if needed – through pretty shoes, a belt or maybe a pair of statement earrings.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Ortensia Gown ($3,000 at BHLDN)

GET OVER IT

Evelyn ($544.99 at Ruche)

Aidan Mattox Sheer-Back Ruched Gown ($475 at Neiman Marcus)

Badgley Mischka Antigua Bay Gown ($150 rental through Rent The Runway)

Sequin Bodice Chiffon Gown ($375 at Badgley Mischka)

 

Goddess V-Neck Wedding Dress ($550 at Ann Taylor)

V Neck Chiffon A Line Wedding Gown ($369.99 at For Her and For Him)

Be sure to check out the back of these options, Jane. Some have fantastic detail that you wouldn’t guess from the front — something I’m assuming you’d like given the inspiration. Finding the perfect dress is a tricky thing to do online – do read the return policies before ordering!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Claire Pettibone “Versailles”-esque Gown For $1500 Or Less

Krista definitely deserves an amazing dress for her big day, but her budget is keeping her from living the couture dream.

Hi. 

I’m a mom. I put my wedding on hold for almost three years because our son is a regular at sick kids’ hospital and my fiancé and I wanted to focus on him and his health and put everything else on the backburner. Now that he is doing much better, the wedding plans are back on, and I’ve found a dress. I think about it in my sleep. I scour the internet in hopes of finding either a decent replica or pre-owned… It is stunning and I am irrevocably in love with it. 

I present to you the Claire Pettibone “Versailles”. I swear Claire Pettibone is the devil trying to make all poor brides cry… Help me get over it. I cannot throw $7,000 at this. That’s nearly half the budget.  

Sincerely,
Krista

Don’t worry Krista, lots of BABs fall victim to the Claire Pettibone lust trap! Consider checking out this post or  this post for more dresses inspired by the same designer. Those picks were inspired by a different designs, of course, but you never know if one of those options might be your next dream dress. Then we have the following dresses, of course, chosen to match your inspiration.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Claire Pettibone Versailles ($7,000+ through Claire Pettibone)

GET OVER IT

Divine Downpour Gown ($1,300 at BHLDN)

Alexandria Gown ($749.99 at Ruche)

Rose Petal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress ($750 at Ann Taylor)

 

Carolina Lace Wedding Dress (£550 at Phase Eight)

 

Tulle Gown with Lace Applique and 3D Flowers ($1,100 at David’s Bridal)

Straps Sweeatheart A-Line Tulle With Flowers ($255 at Lemandy Wedding Dress via Etsy)


Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)

Falling in love with couture often means zeroing in on a detail you love best then trying to match that. You could always add a gold sash, for example, to a dress that has the appliqués in the amazing inspiration gown. Also, often times Etsy shops have wonderful sample sales. If you shop for your size on Etsy, you could find beautiful gowns like the Lauren from Natural Bridals.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Long & Short Elopement Wedding Dresses For Under $500

We’ve got a special request this week. It’s super special actually because this Bay Area bride hasn’t fallen head over heels for a dress she can’t afford yet – she just needs help.

Looking for an elopement dress idea for San Francisco City Hall June 2013. I wear size 14 in bridal gowns, I’m pear shaped, and I want something long, romantic, and unique. I go back and forth between ‘”traditional elopement” dress or something short, from white to cream or champagne…

Our girl wants options! And, her plans changed since she first asked for our help. They’re still planning for something small and intimate but possibly at a chapel now. Courtney wants to spend no more than $700 and wants a soft, flowing romantic look but doesn’t like all over lace. She likes a little something extra but not full-blown bling. Girl, do we have serious options for you – long, short, strapless, one-shoulder, color and white.

INSPIRATION OPTIONS

One Shoulder Mesh Gown with Beaded Waist ($179 at David’s Bridal)

Swiss Dot Tulle Empire Waist Soft Wedding Gown ($349 at David’s Bridal)

Margarete in Sand ($478.99 at Ruche)

Lively Chevrons Dress ($480 at BHLDN)

 

David Meister Your Royal Highness Gown ($110 rental through Rent The Runway)

 

Nicole Miller Exquisite Eliza Gown ($110 rental through Rent The Runway)

It’s kind of fun to not have boundaries when looking through dresses. There’s a definite variety available here. Not all have a little extra something but, being below your budget, you could easily be made special with a beautiful belt. Having your size was really helpful – these are all available in size 14.

Having such an open mind may make it difficult to really decide. Be sure to check the return policy if you’re unsure. Any other BABs have some suggestions for courthouse/city hall/elopement wedding dresses for Courtney to consider?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} An Ersa Atelier-Inspired One Shoulder Wedding Dress for Under $600

This week’s request is particularly special – well, for me. It comes from an adopted little sister of mine. Leann is my high school boyfriend’s little sister. I still picture her as a girl in middle school, despite the fact that she’s a beautiful, independent woman now. She knows she can ask me for help anytime. This week, I got a request from her via Pinterest. Her note was brief:

I want this but can’t have it! Help? :)

The dress is a preview for the Ersa Atelier 2013 collection. I failed to find a price for it (but we can assume it’s in the 4-5 digit range). Leann has a budget of about $600. She’s having a bit of a non-traditional wedding but loves this look.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Ersa Atelier Gown

GET OVER IT

David Meister One-Shoulder Metallic Gown ($570 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)

Silk Georgette Pleated One Shoulder  ($550 at Ann Taylor)

Beaded One-Shoulder Soft Charmeuse Gown ($349.99 at David’s Bridal)

One-Shoulder Gown with Asymmetrically Draped Skirt ($528 at David’s Bridal)

Allure Bridal Diamond White & Silver Ruched One Shoulder Wedding Gown ($508 at Unique Vintage)

 

Xscape Beaded One Shoulder Sheer Mesh Gown ($165 at Nordstrom)

Don’t kill me for throwing in a couple more traditional options. It’s always best to consider all options. And, with that in mind, I had a crazy additional thought. What about renting an amazing sequin dress and making a tulle overlay? Rent the Runway has some amazing options for a base to such a dress, like this Badgley Mischka gown for $125. With that price, you could rent it one weekend just to get the measurements then again for the wedding and still be under budget. Since this look is more gown-like, perhaps another BAB out there has a lead on a dress they’d like to share?