Bridal Indulgence: Beautiful Wedding Dresses for Every Budget

by jaime on July 31, 2012

While most people don’t buy their wedding dresses online (I’m totally aware that I’m the exception to this rule!), the internet is an absolute gift for brides-to-be. Between Pinterest planning and the fact that you can window shop for gowns in your PJs, there’s no better time to plan a wedding.

If you’re anything like me, finding the dress was a really, REALLY stressful process. I tried on many dresses at a bunch of different salons (including a TON of dresses you still haven’t seen on the site!) and while I loved many, no dress really had that spark. Oh, and did I mention the fact that I was trying to find a knockout dress without spending Lhuillier prices? It’s a troublesome world of wedding planning, but you don’t need to panic.

Enjoy this little trip into the world of wedding window shopping, and I’d love to hear about your dress shopping process – if anything, I’d like to know I’m not the only one who was totally freaked about it!

Dresses under $300: Nicole Miller Grecian Gown ($250, Nearly Newlywed), BCBG Barbara One-Shoulder Dress ($88, Amazon), JS Collection Soutache Overlay Gown ($268, Nordstrom), Kara Laricks Leather Panel Gown ($170, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Dresses under $700:   Silk Georgette One-Shoulder Gown ($550, Ann Taylor), Angelique Gown ($675, J Crew), Beyond Vintage Lace Maxi Dress ($313.60, Shopbop), Sue Wong Open Back Embroidered Gown ($598, Nordstrom)

Dresses under $1500: Farrah Beaded Gown ($1500, J Crew), Notte by Marchesa One-Shoulder Grecian Gown ($1100, Bergdorf Goodman), Temperley London Long Begonia Dress ($1123.50, Shopbop), Theia Tiered Mermaid Gown ($1495, Neiman Marcus)

Dresses under $4000: Catherine Deane Giselle Gown ($2050, Shopbop), Alessa Gown ($1800, J Crew), Theia Lace Overlap Cap Sleeve Gown ($1995, Nordstrom), Carmen Marc Valvo Charlize Gown ($3,220, Nordstrom)

Dresses $4000 and above: Monique Lhuillier Three Quarter Sleeve Lace Tulle Gown ($11,490, Neiman Marcus), Zac Posen Off the Shoulder Gown ($6993, Shopbop), Marchesa Sequined Illusion Gown ($7995, Neiman Marcus),  Marchesa Couture Embroidered Princess Gown ($7500, Neiman Marcus)


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Cassandra October 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Yeah, dress shopping has been a bit of a bear… I want something that I can use again (the main goal of all my major wedding-related purchases), but something that I love and will make me look smashing. All for $200 or less. (Did I mention I’m on a rather slender budget?)

I found a dress that I loved, and knew would look good on me (I did all my shopping online, btw), but I kept finding myself diving back into the search. Finally, I realized that it’s because the dress, while gorgeous, isn’t really “me”. So I’ve finally settled on this one (, though I did check with my fiance to make sure he’s okay with my wearing forest green. I’ve never been much of the “traditional” type.

The upside for me with such an unusual dress is that I know I’ll be wearing it at least once a year when we take our annual trip to the Renaissance Festival. Wearing my wedding dress to the place where our relationship began? That’s enough to satisfy the romantic in me :)

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