Y’all, as someone who was on a mission not to spend more than $1,000 on a wedding dress myself, I appreciate how truly difficult such a task can be! At many of the bridal shops I went to, it seemed like prices started around $1,500 and just kept going up, up, up from there. Even at David’s Bridal, which touts itself as being an affordable option, many of the dresses were out of my budget. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across a sample sale or score an already-loved version of your dream gown, you can definitely find a great deal. Or, you can check out the awesome finds below, which are all under $1,000 completely new! Brides recently published a slideshow of 44 such dresses, and the eight featured below are my favorites from their selection.
Today’s roundup of articles I’m loving lately is definitely sprinkled with a little humor! Anyone who’s ever planned a wedding (or helped someone plan a wedding) knows that things often go awry. Today, we’re going to share a laugh (or groan) with those who did experience some misfortune, while at the same time learning how to not make some common wedding mistakes ourselves. Here you go, belles:
Belles!! There is an event going on in Charleston that has the potential to save you lots of cash-ola…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m talking, of course, about engagement season, which runs from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen any hard data to support the claim that the holidays yield higher-than-normal engagement rates (and I didn’t get engaged during engagement season my own self), but strictly anecdotally speaking, it does seem like engagements pop up all over Facebook this time of year. Regardless of whether you’re hoping for a rock on your ring finger in the next few months, I think you’ll enjoy taking a peek at these unique rings I’ve stumbled upon (and gushed over) recently. And if you decide that you just want to treat yo’self and snatch one of these up, significant other in the bag or not, I’ll be the first to support to such a choice. Take a look at all of this gorgeousness:
1. This pear-shaped, rose cut silver diamond branch ring by PointNoPointStudio. Oh my gosh. I love the rugged texture of the band, which is cast from an actual tree branch. And, the designer claims to use eco-friendly, sustainable, ethically sourced materials. Win win win win win. $2,500
Who loves a good deal on wedding dresses?? Here are the details for a big sale that is starting today, October 16th, and going through this Sunday the 19th.
Belles and beaus, I am going to share a little secret with you today about what I did to get in shape for my own wedding….Bride Arms!
Ladies…how many of you have dreamed about your wedding dress for years, but have never given a thought to what you’ll put on for your rehearsal dinner? Well, you’re in good company…it didn’t occur to me to consider my rehearsal dinner dress until this summer, just a month or so before my wedding! Many brides these days are opting to wear white or ivory for their rehearsal dinner, just in case anyone should forget who the bride is (ha!). I’ve gathered some lovely LWD (little white dress) inspiration for those of you wanting to get on board with this trend (or for brides wanting to go short on their big day!). Behold:
1. Nicolette by Ruche, $68.99
Hello belles and beaus! It has been a few days (okay, maybe a week or two) since my last post….last-minute wedding planning is in full swing here. Today I am delivering some inspiration featuring one of the latest trends in wedding gowns: spaghetti straps! I love this delicate detail…so feminine. It shows off the same amount of skin as a strapless dress, but gives a greater sense of security. There’s something almost ballerina-esque about it. Here are some of my favorite spaghetti strap gowns at the moment:
Tara Keely – Style TK2411
Back in May we talked about the Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show taking place in Charlotte. Now, Durham gets a shot at discounted wedding dresses while at the same time supporting a great cause!
Mark your calendars: The Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show is taking place Sunday, July 13 at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, NC. The sale will feature new and already-loved wedding gowns ranging from $99-$3,900 and sizes 4-18 (keep in mind that wedding dresses tend to run small, so if you are normally a size 4, you likely will wear a size 6 or 8 wedding gown). Durham-area wedding vendors will also be present at the show, so you can knock out some planning at the same time! I also hear that there will be lots of exciting prizes and giveaways.
Visit the Brides Against Breast Cancer webpage to register to attend or volunteer for the event. The VIP Unveiling of the Gowns Reception will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and general admission for the sale will be 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Buying general admission tickets ahead of time saves money, as the tickets cost $5 online but $7 at the door. Ticket purchases are tax deductible.
Brides Against Breast Cancer supports efforts to deliver free information and services to children and adults impacted by cancer.
Go register, belles! Happy shopping!