(Closed) Affordable, yet unique dresses

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Custom Dress? Vintage Dress? If you are smaller than a size 8 or so vintage can be great! They run really small normally though but you could get one and have it taylored to look how you want!

Post # 4
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Try looking for a simple dress and then adorn it yourself.  Depending on how much work you want to do, you could do anything from adding a ribbon sash or a brooch to hand-appliqued designs along the hemline.  How about some sort of shrug/bolero?  A fun crinoline?  Colorful shoes? 

Post # 5
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

j crew has a quite a few cute dresses – some are sort of vintage-y looking and (like grey56 said) could really be dolled up with accesories. they range from like 300-1000.

Post # 6
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You could always go the Etsy alchemy route and post a request to have a dress made.  I am doing this, and I am having my dream dress that was $2500 recreated for $375. 

Post # 7
5 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m in the same boat as you!  I have just been open to trying on anything and everything and not so worried about buying that day.  i figure if I find a fabulous dress and it’s $2000 or something, I can watch for it to go on sample sales, search for it on the internet, or whatever.  If it’s in a sample sale and needs a little TLC I can do what some of the others suggested by adding a little something to it myself.  If you come across something fabulous, let me know and I’ll do the same!!

Post # 9
4 posts

the brand 2Be is known for it’s lower costs.  they have a great selection of dresses, you just need to go to a dealer since they’re not available everywhere.  you can find out on 2BeBride.com   i can’t remember the exact percentage but most of their dresses are <$1k.

and i can’t recommend sample dresses enough!  they’re usually a few seasons past so odds are no one else will be wearing those dresses right now, but by no means are they out of date.  there were so many gorgeous sample dresses to choose from that i had a hard time picking mine.  and i got a $2300 dress for $850 : )
  every bridal salon has them, you just have to visit a few to really get a selection.  some places have them online like BellaRosaBridal.com.  you can also check your local salons!

good luck!

Post # 10
773 posts
Busy bee

I think there are some Maggie Sottero dresses out there that are less than $1000.  I spent $1500 on mine (including alterations) and I think it’s very unusual but still quite bridal (it is sirena).  If you’re going the designer route though, it’s unlikely that your dress will be truly unique, since they make them for any bride that wants them.  If you’re just looking for something a little different, have a look at some Maggies.

Post # 11
8 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

Nordstroms has a great selection… Bloomingdales is good, too and has the best return policy so no worries if you don’t like it!  I just bought my very unique dress for a little over $300 (on sale).


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Post # 12
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

here’s a secret… dina bar-el, check out her bridal collection all under 1k, and very sexy/hollywood glam

Post # 13
146 posts
Blushing bee

Casablanca dresses are BEAUTIFULLY beaded and normally under 1000. Mine was 679.


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