Post # 1
On a budget downtown is your place. It takes all day sometimes so make sure you bring PATIENCE . Some things worth looking into. A few suggestions if I may. I noticed that at David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo the veils and petticoats (goes underneath dress to make it puffy) were way overpriced. They are making a killing. If you want to save money go Downtown. I bought my petticoat and a good quality one at that for less than 20 dollars. I had a mid sized veil (12 dollars) my sisted dec out veil with Swarski Crystals for less than 30 bux total. We bought an arch for 20 bux. Give and take it wasn’t the sturdiest. We found a way to make it work, wrapped it in some material and vines. We would’ve rented that for 100 bux not decorated and DIY for 30 bux.
Post # 3
Dresses in Downtown: Between Olympic and Maple. On Santee. 948 Santee Upstairs is Cocktail dress, prom dresses, etc. Downstairs is wedding gowns.
Maple & Wall by 7th street: Flower District
Maple between 8th and Santee: wedding stuff
OoO MAKE SURE YOU BRING CASH. THAT IS YOUR NEGOTIATING TOOL!
Post # 4
what kind of ‘wedding stuff’ do that have? is that a wedding street/district or just 1 store?
Post # 5
No it’s a lot of stores. Think swap meet but lots of shops.
It’s the Fashion district, so there are a ton of shops selling a ton of things. You have to have a good eye and know what you’re looking for.
It is inexpensive but again it’s not the easiest place to find what you need, other than dresses. They have lots of dresses!
Post # 6
We went downtown this weekend. (Which was awful because there was also a march that shut down tons of streets) I can imagine that there’s tons to buy but we just bought beads and other materials for making jewelry for my bridesmaids. We walked into some of the more wedding stores, but I wasn’t impressed. Maybe the heat was just getting to me by the end of the day.
Post # 7
did you see any rhinestone headbands? I need to make it out there but going to downtown is never a quick stop.
Post # 8
you can pretty much find anything you need at the fashion district. headbands, vases, fabric, really anything you want.
Post # 9
@june0522, if going downtown is too much time for you, you might want to try posting a picture of what you want on alchemy (its party of etsy.com) and seeing who can make it for you.
Post # 10
I’m just gona make a day of it. I need to catch up on my shopping anyway 🙂 Good thing I have plenty of time til the big day!
Post # 11
The Fashion District is a bit more overwhelming than the rest of it all. We accidentally drove straight down Maple trying to get to the bead stores the first time we went and it was chaos. We saw more than one person running away from a store, likely stealing something, and being chased down by other people. Try to park a few blocks away and walk in. And hold tight to your purse.
Post # 12
What’s the reality with decent good priced wedding dresses that aren’t too cupcake looking downtown (like $300-400)? I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth the trip because I haven’t found ANYTHING that’s really making me feel this will work.
Post # 13
They have everything in Downtown LA. i did not buy my dress htere but will definately go for the veil and mermaid peticoat I need! I second by saying you have to be patient and wear comfy shoes b/c you will be walking! Parking costs too!
Post # 14
I purchased my vases from downtown saved $300.00. Looking on going this August before rainy season to purchase fabric for my table linens and chair covers.
1. Wear comfortable shoes (no high heels or 2-7 inch heels)
2. Bring a bottle of ice cold water
3. Bring mucho dinero “money” (most vendors don’t take credit/debit cards)
5. Make sure you eat breakfast
6. NO public restrooms some shops will not let you use there restroom
7. Make sure if you spot a restroom to write down the street and the cross street that way when nature calls you run for it
8. Try one of the bacon wrap hot dogs with grilled onions
Post # 15
Has anyone visited the flower mart that is right next to the fashion district?
Post # 16
has anyone got arragements made @ the flowermart? i was going to go check it out but are there many places who actually make arrangements?