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I found my dress! If there is one part of planning a wedding that makes it feel real, I’d say that is up there. I had never even been dress shopping with anyone before (and I’ve been in quite a few weddings), so it was definitely a little overwhelming. Having seen far too many episodes of Say Yes the Dress, I planned my entourage very carefully. My mom, littlest sister Ali, and my friend and bridesmaid Cassie all accompanied me. I figured I had a more mature perspective, a teenage hipster’s perspective (Ali is 16), and someone who sees me on a day to day basis.
We had appointments at two different shops, a chain store and a small, local boutique. I will admit, I had a lot of preconceived notions about how I thought my experience would go. For the past year I have worked for a small business owner, and have come to appreciate the hard work and detection it takes. The small shop was also where my other sister got her wedding dress, so I know my mom really wanted me to find something there as well. I had no idea what I was looking for, and was more than willing to put my fate in the consultant’s hands.
Our first appointment was at the bridal chain store. We were the first appointment of the day, and my consultant, Heidi, was friendly and knowledgeable. She asked me a lot of questions about my fiancee, my venue, and what kind of look I was going for. I told her that I was getting married in a 1920′s theatre, so I was going for a vintage-y, Gatsby-esque look. She pulled three dresses to start, and from there was able to pull more styles that I liked. I tried short dresses, long dresses, sleeveless dresses, and dresses with sleeves. She showed me dresses that I would have never thought to try, and even though she was working another appointment at the same time, I would have never known it with how attentive she was. All the dresses she had me try were all under my $850 dress budget. At the end of the appointment, there was one dress that I was in love with. It was comfortable, beautiful, and very much “me”. It was also on sale for $399. Not wanting to make any spur of the moment decisions, we told the shop that we would be back after lunch.
We headed to the small boutique, very optimistic about what we would find. I don’t remember my consultant’s name (Megan? Molly?), but she was very friendly and made me feel comfortable right away. However, she was not very proactive in what she showed me. She basically walked me around the shop and showed me where the low price, mid-range, and high-price dresses and told me to pull what I wanted. To my dismay, none of the dresses I liked were under my budget, and they were all very similar looking. I only tried on four dresses, and narrowed it down pretty quickly to one that I could see myself in. It was beautiful, but out of my price range and a little poofier than I would have liked (as my mom said, I am not her “poofy” daughter). The consultant did her best to work with my budget, but even with a few discounts, the dress alone would be close to $1,000. Yikes.
We decided to hash it out over lunch, and after sending pictures to my fiancee’s family and my sister in Chicago, I made the executive decision to go with the dress from the chain store. When all was said and done, I ordered the dress, undergarments, veil, and headpiece-all for $750! My sister’s mother-in-law is a seamstress, so I’ll be able to get my alterations done for a reasonable price as well. I felt really good leaving with a dress I loved that fit well with my venue, I knew I would be comfortable wearing, and was under my budget. Such a good feeling!
If I could leave you with any advice, it would be to go with your gut and do what feels right to you, your personal style, and your budget. While I liked the dress from the boutique, I knew there were other parts of my wedding that I would rather spend my money on. Happy shopping!
Truth: It’s no secret that I love BHLDN. I’ve always had a little crush on Anthro, but when BHLDN was introduced a few years ago, I died. There have been days where I’ve lost hours ogling sweet styles and dreaming up different weddings based on their lines. And while the prices can be a little high, the quality is soooo wildly worth it.
So when I got an email yesterday introducing the new Annabelle gown, designed by Jenny Yoo, there was no way I could keep it to myself. YOU GUYS. This fantastic frock can be styled in 15 different ways. While it is touted as a bridesmaid dress on the website, I can’t help but think how gorgeous it would be as a beach wedding dress or gown for an easygoing restaurant reception. Also, it’s available in white, soo … you know, that makes it easy. At $260, it’s also a steal for a wedding dress! And you can change up the look between your ceremony and reception. So much bang for your buck!
Would you be open to wearing a “bridesmaid” dress as your wedding gown? Which style of the Annabelle dress is your favorite?
A reader wrote in recently that she’d been struggling to find the perfect dress…until she saw it walk down the carpet at the Golden Globes on Sarah Hyland. Perfect, except for the color and the couture pricetag, that is.
Let’s see what we can do–we’re looking for something with a bateau neckline, a dropped waist, and some frothy goodness at the bottom!
CAN’T AFFORD IT
Georges Hobieka Couture, $$$
GET OVER IT
Satin and Tulle Gown (For Her & For Him, $269)
Ksenia’s A-Line Bateau Chapel Appliques Wedding Dress (TBDress, $188)
Knee length satin tulle dress inspired by Audrey Hepburn (Light in the Box, $149)
Side draped sheath/column bateau floor-length chiffon wedding dress (Light in the Box, $127)
Skinny white belt (Amazon, $10.99)
Bateau necklines are definitely on the rarer side–there were exactly two dresses at David’s Bridal with a bateau neckline when I did my search! But if none of these alternatives tickle your fancy, I’d suggest talking with a trusted tailor–I’ll bet they’d be able to come up with something a little more spot-on. I hope this helped!
If YOU have a dress, shoe, accessory, or other wedding accoutrement that you need help getting over, hit us up!
Eco Couture Bridal Designer Elizabeth St. John Introduces A “Name Your Own Price” Offer On Wedding Gowns, Exclusively For BABs
We love Elizabeth St. John, and she’s been especially sweet to our readers over the last few years – but this holiday season, she’s rolling out a particularly eye-popping offer with savings that we can barely even fathom! Liz has agreed to sell a wide variety of her most popular wedding dress styles, gowns which usually retail for $400 – $2500, for…your best offer.
Allow us to explain…all a BAB has to do is select the style of her choosing, fill out this handy offer form with the amount your comfortable paying as well as style info, size info, payment info, and other relevant deets, submit it via fax or email (301-879-8001 or email@example.com), and wait to see if your offer is accepted! If it is accepted, CONGRATS, you just snagged a beautiful, custom, American-made designer wedding dress at a price you can actually live with! If your offer is declined, don’t worry, each bride can submit up to 3 offers.
The madness isn’t limited to brides, however – bridesmaids and flower girls can also take part. There’s also bridal sashes, hair accessories, and bow ties up for grabs! You can find a full catalog of the styles and pieces on offer for all parties available for download right here. Regular retail prices on all items have also been included, for your reference.
This exclusive, BABs-only offer is limited to 25 wedding dresses, 20 destination bridal dresses (styles shorter than tea length), 50 bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, and 15 bridal accessories. (The bow tie savings, however, are unlimited. BOW TIES FOR ALL!)
BABs have until midnight on December 1st to submit their offers, so start crunching those figures! If you want to save even more, you can get FREE SHIPPING on your order when you follow Elizabeth St. John on Facebook or Twitter! (International brides will receive a $50 shipping waiver.)
Let us know what your favorite Elizabeth St. John style is (and your dream price) in the comments below!
One of our biggest cost-saving tips for bridesmaid dress shopping is don’t shop for a “bridesmaid” dress. Any dress that is prefaced with the word “bridesmaid” will cost your favorite ladies at least $300, on average. ModCloth has a ton of bridesmaid-ey options available for sizes XS-3X that retail in the much more affordable ballpark of $40-$100. (They also have a great assortment of plus size dresses.)
If you’d like to have a little fun with your b-maid options, give your girls a pattern or a color scheme to stick to, like “lace”, “peacock”, “floral”, or “black and white” instead of putting them all in the same frock. These are just a few of the styles we love for weddings, all available at ModCloth! And for winter weddings – don’t forget to stock up on tights and cardis!
Last time I talked about dress shopping, I shared my internal conflict over this flattering but perhaps too traditional David’s Bridal dress:
If you recall, I had originally envisioned myself in a short white dress with a little bit of funk. Then I stumbled into this gown on a “just for fun” shopping trip with my mom and bestie. I tried it on and, “Bam!” I felt like a bride. Next I agonized over my simultaneous disdain for David’s Bridal and love for this dress. I pondered looking for a used dress online and many of you told me to go for it. In fact, in the days following that post, I came *this close* to buying a used version in my size off of Recycled Bride.
What I didn’t tell you last time is that all along, there was another dress…
One day, months ago, before I even took that trip to David’s Bridal, I was wandering through Etsy in search of short wedding dresses. Somehow, looking through pages of dress pictures that didn’t really strike my fancy, I stumbled upon one dress that made me pause and look closer.
It was short! And cute! And a little bit vintage but still a little bit funky! All of a sudden, I was enamored. It turned out that the dress was made by a super-talented designer, the lovely Iselle of The Little White Dress. To torture you, I’m not going to tell you which of these dresses is the one, but here are a few of her pieces.
One of these dresses (sorry, I’m really not going to tell you which one) literally made my heart flutter. I had to get more info! And that’s when I discovered THE BEST PART! Iselle is based in San Diego! “OMG, it’s meant to be!” I thought. I was hesitant to buy a dress online without trying it on, but because we now live in San Diego, I contacted Iselle and arranged a visit to her studio to try on a sample of my dream dress! Of course, I was terrified that the dress wouldn’t wow me in person and I’d be back at square one. Luckily, despite all my stress about whether it would actually look good on me, I LOVED IT. Waves of relief washed over me as I realized, “Yesssssssss! This IS the one!” Mission accomplished!
Plus, Zach and I totally stole a page out of Dana’s book and negotiated a labor exchange with Iselle, the dress designer. Although totally worth it for the awesome hand-craftsmanship of her dresses, the $500 price tag was a little high for us! So, we figured, “It doesn’t hurt to ask!” and inquired if she’d be open to discounting the dress in exchange for us helping her out with something. It turned out she really needed help building a website, and Zach just so happens to be experienced in that area!
Basically, I am thrilled that my dress-finding journey has reached a successful “end.” (Nearly the end since the dress isn’t actually made or in my hands yet.) I am so so SO glad that I held out and ended up getting a dress made by a small, independent designer, and one that fits my initial vision much better!
Has anyone else gotten a discount by offering up your labor or skills? Anyone buy their dress off of Etsy? Which one do you think is “mine?”
Let’s start the New Year by rocking a reader’s “CAI/GOI” challenge. Today’s challenge: Finding a new dress for Julianne to love!
I am absolutely in love with this Watters gown; however it is completely out of my price range. I would love something for under $500 with similar detailing on the bottom. Do you have any suggestions on where I should be looking?
Julianne, I’m happy to help! Finding something super detailed and sticking to a tight budget can be super difficult but starting a new year is all about resolutions, right? We’ve got this.
CAN’T AFFORD IT
Adelaide Gown (Retails for $3,400)
GET OVER IT
Strapless Pleated Bodice Gown with Pick Up Skirt ($399.99 at David’s Bridal)
Beaded Tiered Tulle Gown with Sweetheart Neckline ($349.99 at David’s Bridal)
Organza Gown with Pleated Tier Skirt and Lace ($449.99 at David’s Bridal)
Organza A-Line Gown with Angled Draped Pick-Ups ($349.99 at David’s Bridal)
Tiered Organza Wedding Dress ($419.99 at For Her and Him)
Strapless A Line Wedding Gown ($399.99 at For Her and Him)
Adrianna Papell Strapless Rosette-Skirt Gown ($238 at Dillard’s)
To get the detailing you want for under $500, sales and clearances are going to be your best bet. Lots of places have sales around this time of year. Get out there and look around. If you’re close to a sample size, consider going to stores to see which samples are on sale. I grabbed a sample dress and paid much less for it. It was a tad dirty, but a quick trip to the cleaner made the savings worthwhile.
Beautiful, white satin can get any girl’s heart going. Add a simple design and KaufmanFranco has created a wonderful option for any bride. But the $9,995 price tag is not as desirable. Who needs to spend $10,000 on a dress when you could rent a wonderful white maxi style gown for under $100? That’s not the only option we’ve rounded up for you today.
CAN’T AFFORD IT:
KaufmanFranco Silk-Satin Gown ($9,995 at Net-A-Porter)
GET OVER IT:
Principessa gown in lace and organza ($995 by J. Crew)
Principessa gown ($1,950 by J. Crew)
Sweetheart Wedding Dress with Beaded Bodice and Pockets ($299 by For Her And Him)
Voyage by Mori Lee – Wedding Dress Style No. 6706 ($414 by House of Brides)
Yumi Kim Snow Mountain Maxi (Retail $385, rent for $85 by Rent the Runway)
Couture Wedding Dress ($1,500 by Sweet Fancy Shop on Etsy)
Modern Mythology Gown ($1,400 by BHLDN)
Wedding Dress Princess Ballgown – Inspired by Amsale Coco ($759 by Bridal Bliss Designs)
There you have it; eight reasons not to drop your entire wedding budget on a dress. OK, seven dresses one of which comes in two different fabrics. Showcasing thsoe two options is an important point, however. A change in fabric can drop the price over $1,000. Make sure to pay attention to those kids of details when shopping ladies.
We’re here to bring some sweet relief to your broke-ass ears. Our new partner ForHerAndForHim.com is hosting two different giveaways this week – and the prize potential is HUGE. Twenty beautiful ForHerAndForHim.com wedding dresses are at stake, and we want our readers to win as many as possible!
ForHerAndForHim.com is a Hong Kong based dress company that prides themselves on the quality and affordability of their dresses – most FHFH wedding gowns are under $500, and many are only $300 or less! There’s a style for every type of bride – from beautiful, voluminous tulle ballgowns, to romantic and ethereal chiffon sheath dresses, to short and sweet vintage-inspired LWDs!
FHFH is throwing down the giveaway gauntlet with two simultaneous wedding dress giveaways – one on Facebook and one on Polyvore. We know you need all the deets on how to score your wedding gown for FREE. Don’t fret, dear brides! We’ve got them right here.
To enter their Facebook contest, all you have to do is:
1. Like them on facebook and leave a comment letting them know you’re in!
2. Then simply share this link with your FB friends, (be sure to set this post to public, so FHFH can confirm your entry).
3. Finally, go to ForHerAndForHim.com, choose at least one of your favorite dresses, and like it on FB. Voila!
The 10 Facebook contest winners will be chosen via random drawing on March 10th – winners will receive their choice of wedding dress, AND free shipping! Double win!
Brides can double their odds by also entering FHFH’s Polyvore contest!
To enter the FHFH Polyvore Contest:
1. Enter to win one of 10 free FHFH dresses by following them on Polyvore (create a Polyvore account if you haven’t already).
2. Make an inspiration board featuring one of their dresses alongside other wedding accessories and beautiful bits of inspiration.
3. Dont’ forget to title your board “I Want a Free FHFH Dress!”
Winners will be chosen based on aesthetic and creativity on March 9th, 2012 – so be sure to wow them with your totally unique and original wedding ideas!
Time is of the essence, BABS – winners will be chosen next weekend! Just think of how much a FREE $500 dress would free you up to splurge on flowers, catering, or even a honeymoon? Get your entries in ASAP, and don’t forget to come back and share your favorite gowns and sweet Polyvore inspiration boards here! We always love to see examples of your broke-ass ingenuity!