Filed under Expert Advice, Planning, Wedding Ideas
It’s housekeeping time at Here Comes The Guide! We’ve reorganized our website a bit. If you’ve been reading our blog (thank you!), you’ll now find all our newest stuff over in Find Ideas, our online guidebook of wedding ideas, how-to’s, advice and lists of questions to ask prospective locations and vendors.
Filed under Budget Wedding Ideas, Expert Advice, Fashion, Trend Watch, Wedding Dresses
I paid $220 for my wedding dress. My colleague Jennifer? Got hers for $125. Since we were both footing the bill for our own weddings, there was precious little in the budget for our gowns (I had to make sure there were enough offerings at the pasta bar to satisfy my Italian relatives!). We both looked lovely, by the way, even without spending two months’ rent on our wedding attire.
- Jennifer had no problem shopping a sale at Macy’s; though not designed specifically for weddings, her long, white Battenburg lace dress was a lot less pricey! So if pretty-and-white will work for you, check out the formal wear at your favorite department store.
- I wanted my wedding gown to be sexy and glamorous—and when I tried on a certain chiffon Watters & Watters bridesmaid’s dress, I couldn’t imagine letting my gal-pals steal the spotlight in that red-hot number! Shopping the ‘maids catalogs is a great way to save. Find what you like and then order it in white or ecru (or maybe like me, you’ll decide to walk down the aisle in living color!) Hint: Designer Siri has darling bridesmaid dresses which you can order in your choice of fabric and color—for under $400!
- Sure, maybe you’ll get lucky and find a once-used Reem Acra silk wedding dress in size 6 on eBay…but what if you don’t? Reputable, quality bridal resale stores, such as Encore Bridal, offer more options with less risk.
- Shopping Sample Sales or Salon Outlet stores can yield pretty amazing designer bargains. Lili Bridals has a “back room” with designer gowns starting at just $99, Orange County’s Mon Amie has a designer outlet, and Glamour Closet has boutiques in both LA and San Francisco that carry deeply discounted designer samples.