(Closed) Affordable wedding gown designers + internet dresses

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i know you already mentioned Casablanca, but i highly recommend.  lovely details and affordable prices – woo hoo!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

You mentioned Alfred Anglelo, but that’s the designer I went with.  I got mine during a trunk show and it was just under $700, but retailed for well over $1000.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I second the Casablanca recommendation.  I tried it on in a salon, then bought it on ebay from a seller who orders directly from Casablanca, which I would NOT recommend (even though I did get it for much less than I would have paid in the store).  Beautiful, affordable dress though!  Oh, and of course add J Crew to your list!

Also, I bought my veil online from Debra at Dori Anne Veils.  I had an amazing experience with her, as have many bees, and I know she is also an online wedding gown retailer:

http://dorianneveils.com/index.php?page=gowns

Good Luck!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

It sounds like you might want a more traditional dress, but I’m having mine designed by Chrissy Wai-Ching in Seattle for about $600. It’s completely custom-made, and she does some pretty fabulous stuff with embroidery, color, and texture. Her website is wai-ching.com, and many of the prices are listed on there. Basically, everything is customizable… if you see a shape you like but want different colors, or straps, or anything, she’ll make changes; if you have a vision of what you want and can draw or describe it, I think she’ll do that too (as long as it’s in a similar vein to what she does – I wouldn’t necessarily ask her for crinoline and pickups). There’s also a thread on indiebride.com that has links to a lot of "real bride" pics in her dresses, as well as some posts on offbeatbride.com. FYI, she’s the gorgeous part-Asian model in a lot of the website pictures.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i love the watters line. they run a little over $1K in bridal shops but you can get them for less than that at netbride and other online shops. i had a great experience with netbride.

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I second Wai-Ching! I had a $630 custom made Yowying with a train to wear for my family portraits, and it was beautiful! The dress was perfect for summer, as I wore it on the 24th of May. It completely matched the Filipino clothing of my culture. Chrissy really can do anything you might think of, and she’s open to so much!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My dress is Alfred Angelo 1148 – ordered it through a local bridal salon and paid $650.  It came in two weeks ago, and fits perfectly – I’m serious, it does not even need hemming, so the only work I’m having done is the bustle.  I am really, really happy with it.  I probably could have found the dress for a little less if I shopped around online, but I don’t know that I would have got the fit so exact.  Plus I’m happy to support a locally owned business.  Even with the bustle, shoes, veil, and underthings I’m going to be well under $1000.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

briannie – just to answer your question, but not try to force you into her dresses 🙂 – I think Chrissy is pretty open to anything. I knew I wanted color on my dress and something a little untraditional, but actually the shape of it is A-line with a V-neck… very simple, since that looks better on me. The white Yowying and the Pandereta designs are fairly simple – I think you could ask for one of those shapes with less embroidery, and maybe no back ties… or you could get the Pandereta completely in ivory/white with tone-on-tone embroidery, instead of color. If you have a vision, she’ll totally work with it!

But I also second the Watters bridal line – love those dresses, and they’re really high quality IMO – and I’ve also had great customer service so far (haven’t gotten the dresses yet) from netbride.com.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

My dress was a Mon Cheri, it was just under $1000, and they have a more casual line that’s even less expensive.

As for places to get gowns, I highly recommend http://www.netbride.com.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

Mori Lee, Maggie Sottero, and Sottery & Midgley are a few of my favorites with relatively affordable prices as well.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I bought my dream dress from http://www.1koo.com as well as all my bridesmaid dresses, and my flowergirl dress. They were all custom made to our measurements and fit perfectly, and were much cheaper than anywhere else. I just sent them pictures of the dresses that I wanted, and the colors that I wanted, and they made them and had them at my door in 2 months. It was so inexpensive that I bought a second dress for a TTD session!

You can see some of my pro pics of my dresses at http://www.flickr.com/photos/knudsonwedding/

All pics courtesy of http://www.rustedribbon.com

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I agree about Casablanca gowns as well, mine was $957 at a salon but I found it online for half the price!  I know many brides on theknot.com who have ordered online and are happy with their purchases.  Some of the online places are even authorized dealers of the designer.  I’ve checked out: RK Bridal, Chrissy O’s, bestbridalprices.com, DoriAnne Veils, Netbride.com, and Pearl’s Place.  Pearl’s Place offered the lowest price and is an authorized dealer of Casablanca bridal. 

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