Saturday, May 23, 2009

with $1000 or less for your wedding look!

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How to find and rock complete wedding looks under 1000 dollars.

Now, before you start doubting me, let me say that this is completely doable! Gowns don’t have to cost thousands of dollars to make a statement. When shopping for inexpensive gowns you should never sacrifice fabric or craftsmanship and the best way to do this is to shop off the rack. With a little bit of internet surfing and a ton of creativity you can find and personalize your perfect wedding day look for under a thousand dollars.

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1. Pretty in Pink for $948!

Gown, David’s Bridal, $599.

Shoes, BCBGirls Albania, $89

Bubble Veil, Etsy.com, Seller AnnLeslie, $69

Necklace, Tiffany and Co, Medium Bow, $150

Ring, Banana Republic, Cherry quartz, $39

This look is classy and traditional with a bit of a twist. I love the fit and gathered details of this taffeta gown. The ruching is great for emphasizing a small bust while concealing a tummy pooch. The silhouette is also very elongating. I am a huge fan of adding punches of color, so I found a pair of great pink shoes and a bold quartz ring. The bubble veil is funky without being too dramatic. And just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fancy things, the bow necklace from Tiffany’s adds the perfect sweet and delicate finishing touch.

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2. Grecian Goddess for $993.75

Gown, Moonlight, T-309, $600

Shoes, Pierre Dumas, Rivoli, $49

Headband, Etsy.com, Seller Bethanylorelle, $175

Bracelet, Etsy.com, Seller PreciuxNY, $29.75

Stacking Rings, Etsy.com, Seller Clodaghmolloy, $140

This look is all about the details and it really shows you that on a budget you don’t have to sacrifice your jewels. By utilizing websites like Etsy you can really can find exceptional handmade jewelry at affordable prices. The gown is simple and breezy which could be perfect for all varieties of weddings. I love all of the the sparkle; this look really gives off a sensual, yet refined vibe. And for 49 dollars you can’t beat those shoes, they are hot!!!

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3. Retro Sassy for $998

Gown, J.Crew, 96962, $395

Shoes, Christian Louboutin, Chica Fiora, $530

Birdcage Veil, Tigerlilly Jewelry, Bee, $49

Earrings, Banana Republic, Vintage Studs, $24

This is my favorite look out of the bunch, not just because of the fabulous shoes, but because it really proves that less is more. The simple dress oozes sophistication and sex appeal, a killer combo. I paired it with a plain birdcage veil, cute vintage looking studs, and a super hot pair of Louboutin d’Orsay Peeptoes. I love that the shoes have a 1940’s retro vibe and the pale pastels are a perfect complement to the gown. So you see? If you are good and stay on budget you can buy 500 dollar shoes! Soooooo worth it, plus you will get so much use out of them that it makes sense to spend more on them...you can only wear the dress once. Well, unless you like to play dress up. What? You’ve thought about it.

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4. Vintage Traditional for $852

Gown, Bonny, 943, $600

Shoes, Banana Republic, Janelle, $140

Veil, Etsy.com, Seller bellabridalveils, $25

Hairclip, Etsy.com, Seller EMbridal, $45

Earrings, Etsy.com, Seller thejewelrybar, $42

This look is so stunning. The gown is out of this world simple, but the simple fabric gathers and beautiful jeweled belt takes it from plain to interesting. To change it up I added a pair of metallic gladiators for a bit of funk. The veil is a simple and traditional fingertip veil, but at 25 dollars it is more than that, it is a freaking bargain!! I would place the veil low near the neck and place the beautiful hair clip above it. For 25 dollars you won’t even feel bad about removing the veil at the reception and you will still have some bling in your hair. And how about those earrings, they totally rock my socks! Perfect mix of old and new.

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5. Trendy Chic for $984.75

Gown, Little Flowers By Odyessey, Anastasia , $850

Shoes, Nina, Choda, $89

Hair Flower, Etsy.com, Seller ellasalley, $34.99

Ring, Forever21, $580

Vintage Earrings, Etsy.com, Seller Dangsworld, $5

How great is this dress? Right? You can choose between silk dupioni or taffeta, I prefer taffeta, dupioni screams grandmother of the bride or curtains. The shoes are a fun bejeweled t-strap that my husband actually picked out. I was impressed. The adorable flower is a great alternative to a veil that I feel doesn’t really work with the gown. For some fun pops of color, I added a few super budget friendly turquoise accessories. I love costume jewelry and think that your wedding is the perfect time to rock some. I think it photographs really well and adds a bit of fun. Plus, you don’t have to guard it with your life. What would happen if you lost Grandma’s diamonds or pearls? Game over.

So there you have it, five awesome wedding day looks for under a thousand dollars. It can be done, you should never doubt me.

Until we meet again, stay bridal and always use the word affordable...cheap sounds skanky.

Lauren

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