Post # 1
I’m a bride on a budget, but I’ve fallen HARD for lace gowns. Trouble is, they are all expensive. I’d prefer to spend less than $500, if at all possible.
1. I am too scared to order from one of these China based sites, as I’ve heard too many horror stories. Does anyone know of any legit places that make custom lace dresses?
2. I’m looking at used dresses and have found a few at preownedweddingdresses.com. Has anyone ordered a preworn dress? Have you had succes?
Any other guidance you may have would be greatly appreciated. Here are the dresses that are out of my price range, but I LOVE. If anyone knows of any comparable dresses for less, that would be fabulous as well!
http://www.allurebridals.com/Store_ProductDetail.aspx?pid=755I81267625620F3342 (my fave!)
I’m very much out of my league with this dress shopping, so I appreciate the help!
Post # 3
@jmlundborg: Check out the Brides Against Breast Cancer website to see if they’ll be having a gown sale anywhere near you anytime soon. (bridesagainstbreastcancer.org) I got my gown there. The prices are significantly discounted off retail, and the money you spend goes to support women battling cancer.
Some of their gowns are pre-owned, and some are new merchandise donated by bridal shops. Lots of styles, a nice selection of vintage as well as up-to-date. Many of the pre-owned dresses have been altered, and so you just have to try stuff and see what works for you size-wise. They did have seamstresses on-site to give advice and suggestions about alterations (I’m not sure if they actually did the alterations – I found a gown that fit me and didn’t need anything I couldn’t do myself). The volunteers working the sale were great, too, very supportive and helpful, no cattiness. I’m trying to stay far, far away from bridal shops and the whole Wedding Industrial Complex, however, so this was ideal for me. Check it out, you might find something lovely and affordable!
Post # 4
Thanks for the link to Brides Against Breast Cancer. It’s such a beautiful idea that by buying your wedding dress, you’re helping such an important cause for women.
Just my luck that the event near me ended half an hour ago. 🙁 I will keep checking the site and try to catch the next one.
Post # 5
@shebang: Oh, stinky! I wonder if there’s any way they would still allow you to come look at their stuff? It would be in their interest to sell another gown if you could make it work … maybe try calling or emailing just to see if there would be a possibility of looking at a few things before they roll out of town? No idea if it would happen or not, but in my experience they were very accommodating.
(For example: I found a gown I liked quite a bit, except that it had spaghetti straps and I was looking for sleeves. I said, “We could add sleeves to this,” but my mother wasn’t 100% convinced. There was another gown that had a lacy, long-sleeved overdress over a simple strapless satin that she really liked. I liked the topper and sleeves, but the dress underneath really did nothing for me. I said to Mom, “Let put this overdress on top of Gown A so that we can get an idea of how it wouldl look if we added sleeves.” When I did, the two pieces harmonized really beautifully, and both of us realized that the best and easiest solution would be to simply get the lace overdress from Gown B to go with Gown A – if the BABC ladies would allow us to separate the two pieces of Gown B. If not, I had an idea of where I could try to buy one … but they said they felt they could still sell the satin part of Gown B as a stand-alone gown, so they did accommodate our rather unusual request! I ended up with a really stunning, unique and flexible ensemble. I feel like I have two dresses in one, because I’m going to wear the overdress with sleeves in church for the ceremony, and then probably just wear the spaghetti strap gown alone for the reception. An ordinary bridal salon would have never allowed me to buy just the topper from the second gown, and I would have paid way more buying a piece like that at retail, or having someone make it for me. Working them was just such an all-around great experience.)
Anyhow, sorry for the somewhat long-winded story, but, just to illustrate: they were very accommodating, why not see if you can contact them? I know they have a clear policy about getting in to look at the gowns early, but after-the-fact they might have some flexibility. Worth asking, at any rate.