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“Honestly, I don’t want to spend more than $700 and am even hoping to spend considerably less, if possible. But I’d love to see anything in the $100-$800 range in case there’s anything I might be able to find on sale? (Also I’m open to second hand and preowned stuff.)“
I like your thinking about sales and buying secondhand, Sarah. Broke-Asses need to be on top of all their options when it comes to scoring a great deal on their wedding needs, and you are totally on top of it! When it comes to sales, many websites offer a discount or coupon code when you first sign up for their newsletter/email list, so be on the look out for those types of deals when shopping online. Also, if you’re not in a hurry to get your gown and have some patience, sometimes you can hold out on an item until a sale (think holiday, semi-annual, etc.) pops up. I scored an awesome dress from Nordstrom for almost 50% off just by waiting a couple of months for a sale. Now, the caveat to this is that not only do you have to be patient, you also run the risk of your dress of choice running out of your size or out of stock altogether while you wait. I’m throwing it out as an option, but you know your timeline and will have to decide if that’s a good option for you.
As for secondhand gowns, there are a number of websites you can use to search for dresses by designer, size, style, and price (preownedweddingdresses.com, stillwhite.com, oncewed.com come to mind at the moment). Unfortunately, given that the Rue de Seine gown retails for over $3000, it probably won’t show up as a secondhand option for under $700, but you can still try for similar looking gowns.
One of the most striking features about Rue de Seine’s “Violet” is the Battenburg lace. Created in the 1800s, this type of lace combines machine-woven tapes with hand stitching and gives the look of graphic, embroidered designs interwoven with fine mesh or netting. It seems like this style of lace has been cropping up a bit more lately on the wedding dress scene and, frankly, it is cool as heck. So, with Battenburg lace in mind, let’s check out some affordable gowns!
If you ask me, that last gown and the vintage number from Etsy above are pretty darn close to the “Violet” gown. Also, it’s worth noting that about half of those GOI gowns were designed by Japanese-born American designer Tadashi Shoji. His style aligns with the kind of dresses you’re on the hunt for, Sarah, so searching for his gowns at stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, BHLDN, Bloomingdale’s, and the like could lead you to even more gowns you love, many at very reasonable price points.
Good luck with your search and let us know in the comments if BAB has successfully helped you find your dream wedding look for less. Happy shopping!
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