Post # 1
Last night, my FI and his family talked about having a wedding the end of this year (Yiiiike) Although I am happy that I am marrying to him, I am under some stress regarding reception planning and more importantly, finding a dress. I have a budget between $1k-$3k. I know it is low for a designer dress. However, I want something decent, special. I looked at Lazaro dresses online and they are so nice. But the gorgeous ones must be out of my reach.
Which other similar website/designers do you Bees recommend? Thank you so much for your help 🙂
Post # 3
Check out Watters/Wtoo dresses! And Tara Keely is a cheaper line by the same JLM Couture group that has Lazaro. They share a website anyway!
Post # 4
My dress is an Enzoani ($3135 but I got it for $1926 at a sample sale). But the less expensive dresses under this same designer are under the Enzoani Blue line.
Post # 5
Off the top of my head, some designers that I think are within your price range are
White by Vera Wang
Watters (My personal favorite! Some of the dresses could be a little more than your price range, but their Wtoo line is definitely within your range.)
And I’m sure there are PLENTY more that I just haven’t thought of.
Post # 6
I tried on some great Tara Keely, Enzoani, and Pronovias dresses that were all around $2k and were really well made.
Post # 7
Allure Couture gowns are in that range! That’s what mine is!
Post # 8
You have lots of options. Don’t limit yourself because the people on SYTTD say that it’s hard to find a dress in the ~$2k price range.
Mine is an Allure, and before tax it was under $1000. I’m biased towards them because I bought my dress from that line, but they have so many different styles that I think it would be easy to find something you like. Their bridesmaids dresses are really well-constructed also.
If you absolutely have to have a designer dress (Lazaro, Vera Wang – not DB Bridal Vera Wang, Monique Lhillier, etc), I would suggest trying sample sales or seeing if you can get a sample off of PreownedWeddingGowns. I found my dress on Preowned new (in the right size but wrong color) for a couple hundred bucks less than what I paid for mine.
Good luck and have fun!
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
You can find TONS of designer dresses for under $3k. I think brides watch SYTTD and think “OMG I’m going to have to spend at least $10k on a dress.” It’s not true.
Maggie Sottero has dresses all under $3k
Essance of Australia
Watters and Wtoo
You’ll be amazed at what you can find for $2k or less actually.
Post # 10
Another vote for Allure, but you’ll just have to try on a few and see what fits you best.
Post # 11
Hailey Paige, Augusta Jones, Ivy and Aster:)
Post # 12
@goldfish2308: I LOVE the show Say Yes to the Dress (it has lots of designer gowns). I’ve been watching it for years and I promised myself in college I’d go to Kleinfeld for my gown…theeeeen I realized that’s just too far out of my reach. BUT I found my favorite gown from the show in unworn condition for at least 1/3rd (if not 1/4th) of the original price on preownedweddingdresses.com.
I got my all time favorite designer gown for $2,000.
Here is a Lazaro list:
I say, pick out the ones you think you may love. Go to a boutique, try them on. Figure out your size and then try to get it for way less used online. Just be sure not to pay more than around half, I think the brides that discount a worn gown by 1/3rd are ridiculous.
Post # 13
I have to add Casablanca to the suggestions! I think their prices are generally at the lower end of your budget actually, around $1000. I recently ordered my dress from them, and it was $900 but I changed it to a corset back which added about $100. They allow lots of changes like that, too, which I really liked.
Post # 14
Another vote for Watters! That’s what I ended up with. And, really, like half of the dresses I really liked were Watters or Wtoo (their cheaper line which still totally rocks!) Also, talk to your birdal consultants because my dress was marked for over $4,500 but we got it for $2,900.
Post # 15
@lovelyduckie: Oh my, that dress is simple yet Gorrrrgeousss. I will definitely look into that.
Thank you Bees for all the helpful information. I will definite do my home work tonight. I am over ring porn now, next is dress porn!!!
Post # 16
definitely check out allure! their dresses are so beautiful! but i might be a little biased since i was an allure bride 🙂
i also really liked casablanca’s and pronovias’ dresses.