frugal, feminine courthouse wedding dress i can wear again?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
443 posts
Helper bee

Have you checked out Chichi London on ASOS?


ASOS in general have a pretty nice range of dresses that can double up in function. What dress size are you and what body type do you have? Might be more helpful details to know if you’d like recommendations on dress styles. 🙂

Post # 3
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Orange County, CA

Maybe just try a department store? I went to Macy’s a bought a wedding dress off the rack for $250, and then alterations were $100. It was a lovely, tulle and lace dres with a beautiful floral detailed full skirt that was just as lovely as a boutique item that could be ten times the cost. I plan on having it altered again to shorten the hem to my knees and wear it as a fun party dress!

Post # 4
2758 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Boutique is fantastic for adorable and affordable courthouse dreses! I got all my pre-wedding event dresses there and I can highly recommend their products 🙂


Post # 6
3420 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Check out Etsy! I had my wedding dress custom made for less than $300 (I also just wanted something frugal and fairly casual, not traditional). The benefit of this was that I was able to have it customized to my dimensions. 

If that doesn’t appeal to you, I recommend going with a department store. Stay away from the phrase “wedding dress”, because immediately the price will go up significantly. There are loads of pretty white/off-white dresses at places like Macey’s and Nordstrom. Simply search for formal dresses that are within your price range that just so happen to come in that color. 

Post # 7
18 posts

I always speak highly of Lulus – mainly because the quality isn’t bad for the price you pay, but also if your order is $50+ then you get free shipping and free returns.  The item descriptions specify if the material is stretchy or not and I find the reviews to be very helpful bc customers usually include their info like body type, bust/waist/hip size etc.  I sometimes even buy 2 sizes of the same dress and return the one that doesnt fit since they offer free returns.


Here are some links, hopefully theyre somehwat helpful 🙂  

Don’t forget to look at some white/ivory lace prom dresses! I included some from PromGirl (but sometimes they are more expensive and dont always offer free returns)


Post # 9
132 posts
Blushing bee

try modcloth & macys!

Post # 10
97 posts
Worker bee

Take a look at J Crew’s bridesmaid dresses. I wore the Clara in aubergine (dark purple) for my second wedding. I loved it and it works as a party dress too.

Post # 11
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

BHLDN just started a sale!  Gorgeous dresses in your price range.

Post # 12
8323 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

reginabee :  

I do hope you don’t find this post rude or critiacal , I don’t mean it to be in  the slightest. It’s just  that I wonder that   ”  ideally also hides my belly ….i am 5’8 size large…   i just tried out a few on amazon and they don’t  look good on me”  is because that very youthful girly  style actually rarely looks good on any woman built more tall and robustly than those models .( imho of course) 

I can see that feminine and floaty , even floral would suit your style  though  , especially as you   are not averse to long dresses. I echo all pps too,  to stay away from the   ‘wedding ‘ label to keep the price down .

Post # 14
40 posts

I really like simply dresses – they have a lot of different options that you may like and find flattering.  And again what’s nice is a lot of the dresses can be worn again over the years.  

Post # 15
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think that elderbee : maybe has a good point. I am 6ft tall and absolutely cannot do floaty or girlie. I love those dresses on other girls but they don’t work on me. Also, floaty or fussy mostly tends to highlight areas you want to hide. Not always, but often. Would you consider something more fitted? Something like the Laura Byrne’s Monica dress comes with a built in bengaline shaper and the ruching is flattering and disguises areas that aren’t as smooth as you might want. You can get it from pinupgirl clothing online and It’s well within your budget. 

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