Post # 1
Hi! My fiance and I are casual, artistic types basically. We’re not over the top, though with fashion and whatnot. My fiance is full-blown big-beard, vegetarian photojournalist, while I am a Downton Abbey, Jane Austen loving cellist that earns money as a nurse =)
Our ceremony is in a historical courtyard in an old downtown section of the city and the reception is next door in a historic firehouse. We want to incoorporate vintage and rustic themes (all the rage, right?).
I am 5’11 and weigh 160 lbs. I want to wear flats, since my fiance is 5’8 (he’ll be wearing shoes with talllll souls, even looking into the lift kits). Also, my fiance is super thin. He weights no more than 140 lbs. I’ll post a photo of us if I can figure it out…..
I love the more casual lace dresses I see on Etsy, but they’re all $900+, and I’m really trying to keep my dress budget at $500. (entire wedding budget is about $8,000, as we’re footing most of the bill!)
I’ve looked at Ruche
Any other ideas? Ruch has come pretty close, but I want a little bit better craftsmanship, but I don’t want to spend as much as the BDLDN gowns cost. I love tiered lace, vintage styles, and interesting designs that would flatter my figure.
I appreciate any ideas!!! I’m open to overseas (uhh…Chinese) options? I don’t even want a knock-off in this instance; I would just want a decent gown that fits my body type and theme!
and here’s my figure/body-type:
Post # 3
What I would do if I were you is to try some real dresses to understand what styles suit you well and then think of ordering it custom made, if you unable to get it locally within your budget.
Have a look at this topic, from what I see, this company provides high quality dresses at a reasonable price: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/jasmines-bridal-shop-china-dresses-part-iv
Post # 4
I would look at J. Crew, they have some options in that price range and are very nice quality. Some of the J.Crew stores actually have the wedding dresses to try on. Here are a few under $500:
This one is $575:
Post # 5
Have you tried vintage on Etsy or eBay? I know some of them can get quite pricey, but I’m sure you could find a lovely vintage gown that’s within $500.
Otherwise, I found some options.
Notte by Marchesa. The first dress is $365, the second dress is $484, the third is $418. All here.
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See if there’s a Brides Against Breast Cancer event coming up in your area any time soon? You can see what they have in your size range, their gowns are very affordable, and the money you spend goes to support programs for cancer patients and their families.
Post # 8
Unique Vintage have quite a few in your price range:
These Sue Wong ones are slightly out of your price range at $658, but not by so much that you wouldn’t be able to get them on sale at some point:
That said, I LOVE the BHLDN ones.
Post # 9
Also this Tadashi Soutache Embroidery gown is beautiful, I see a lot this kind of detail on dresses from the 1950s. It’s $440. You have great arms/shoulders and this would really feminine on.
Post # 10
Here’s a Sue Wong on sale for $199:
Post # 11
This one is Adrianna Papell ($238). Also, Ann Taylor has some lovely gowns and a buy one, get 50% off the second item code going on right now:
Post # 12
Holy Moly!!!!! I am so excited with ALL of these suggestions!! Thank you so much, guys! I have to go to work now, but, when I get home I will be pouring over each and every linK!!!