Reader Question // Wedding Gowns under $750

It's been a while since I answered a reader question and this is a great one to jump back in.  A bride on a very tight budget asked me to recommend bridal gowns under $750.  This is definitely a challenge if you're looking to traditional bridal shops.  I you're not in the market for a crystal-incrusted ball gown, or a Chantilly lace  mermaid silhouette, you can find lots of beautiful gowns at that price point.  Knowing where to look is key.  Many online shops including J.Crew, Free People and ShopBop now have wedding shops.  BHLDN has a few beautiful options at this price.  I also included a few pretty gowns from super affordable shops like ASOS. But $750 is a good chunk of change and can buy you some gorgeous designers gowns from department stores.  They make it easy to search by color, length and price.  I love number 4, the beautiful Rachel Zoe dress in the Lace category below,  and numbers 7 and 8 in the modern category, Badgley Mischka and 3.1 Philip Lim respectively.  Many of these online shops offer free shipping and free returns, so while you don't get the traditional bridal experience, you get to try them on in the comfort of your own home and take as many photos as you like.  One tip, be aware of alterations.  Fitted and complicated silhouettes can increase the price of the gown by $100+ for alterations.   

One final note, if you are in the market for a ball gown or something grander than the above, check out the wedding gown resale shop, Nearly Newlywed

reader question // 2

Hi Lauren,

Help, I attended five weddings this summer and bought dresses for almost all of them.  Now I have one more in December, and I just can't bring myself to buy another.  Any tips on styling a summery dress to make it work for winter?

~ Carly

Hi Carly,

I hear ya, I went to a bunch of weddings this summer and I agree, I wouldn't want to buy another, especially when all your extra cash is going toward gifts this time of year.  I think you can definitely rework your accessories, footwear and outerwear to make the look work for colder temps.  Unless it's super formal, booties are definitely wedding appropriate, as long as the heel isn't too chunky.  This season any leg-wear goes from opaque to sheer.  I would opt for sheer, as it's a little dressier.  Make a strapless dress look less seasonal with a statement neckpiece, this season, I think the chocker works great.  Trade in your metallic clutch for a chic cross-body bag, and top the look off with one of the the many many fabulous faux fur jackets out there right now.  Hope you can make it work, Carly without blowing your budget.

dress: asos /  

summer look: earrings: bauble bar / tassel bracelet: bauble bar / gold clutch: neiman marcus / sandals: nordstrom

winter look: choker: shopbop / faux fur jacket: asos / tights: asos / bag: elliott lucca / booties: shopbop

I Love Love Reader Questions // 1

Lauren,

I hope you can help, I am looking for flower girl dresses.  My wedding is in March and my colors are navy, white and gold with pops of coral. I am looking for something that's not your typical flower girl dress and not babyish.  I also want something with some sparkle to contrast against the navy bridesmaid dresses.  I want the dresses to feel playful, with a lot of movement and texture, and they want to feel like princesses, which I totally understand.  

- Jessica

FLOWER GIRL

Hi Jessica,

You've come to the perfect place, playful and sparkly are specialties of I Love Love Events!  I did some shopping for you and I think I  found a few great options that fit your requirements.  There were lots of great white and off-white options, some pink dresses and a fewer peach and gold looks.  If you are going for coral, I suggest to shop now for the best selection, as these colors seem to be marked down.  Many of these dresses come in both toddler and girl versions.  Flower girl dresses are hard, many of the bridal shop options tend to look the same and searching Etsy was completely overwhelming.  I had the best luck on the department store sites,  especially Nordstrom.com, as well as J. Crew.com.  Be sure to check the factory if the main site is a little pricey.  And if none of these are it, try using "soutache" in the key word search, which is a type of trim embellishment that gives you the three-dimensional floral look.  Hope that is helpful.  Cheers!     

1: Sequin Glitter Tulle Dress / 2: Peach Sleeveless Soutache Dress / 3: Zoe Girls Sparkle Dress / 4: sequin party dress / 5: Rare Edition Sequin Soutache Dress / 6: Lyla dress / 5: sequin cap sleeve dress / 6: Rosette bubble dress / 7: Pippa & Julie brocade dress / 8: Zunie Sequin and tulle dress 

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