New Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget

New Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget

dressNew Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget. The average cost of a wedding dress is over $1,000, but most brides don’t want to spend that much to have the dress of their dreams. Whether you are on a budget or you simply don’t see the point in shelling out hundreds of dollars on a dress you will only wear once, you now have a new option – you can buy a dress online from Target!

Target now offers a line of beautiful and affordably priced wedding dresses. Just because the price tags are cheap (some are as low as $99), doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The designs are based on gorgeous designer gowns.

Check out the Target dresses recently featured on Good Morning America and visit Target.com to purchase a gown.

How to Look Thinner in Your Wedding Dress

Every bride wants to look as beautiful as possible on her wedding day. Almost all of us wish we could lose a few pounds before the big day, but it isn’t always possible to shed the extra weight in time. To look thinner in your wedding gown without dieting, check out these great tips.

corsetThe Undergarments are Just as Important as the Dress

Most brides spend a lot of time and money on the perfect gown, but what they wear under the dress is just as important. The proper undergarments will make the dress fit better and enhance your figure. Many brides choose not to wear a bra with their gown because they want to comfortable, but a great bra (possibly one with a corset included) can really improve your figure. Ask a consultant at a bra store or dress store for suggestions.

You Can’t Go Wrong with a Corset

Dresses with a corset top are a great way to show off a tiny waist because you can tighten or loosen as needed. This is also a great option for brides who frequently gain and loss weight because you don’t have to worry about their dress not fitting if they wake up feeling a little bloated. Unlike a dress that zips up, a lace up corset can be adjusted to fit your body without alterations.

Rock a Fit and Flare

One of the most popular silhouettes is the fit and flare.  This shape, which is a mix between an A-line and a mermaid style, softly drops down over the hips and gradually begins to open at mid-thigh. It is very flattering on most body types.

Accentuate Your Waistlinefit and flare

There is a great fashion secret to creating a gorgeous waistline: belts. This is also true for wedding day fashions. By adding a beaded belt or satin sash to your dress, you can easily emphasis your waistline.  Most dress stores have various belts and sashes that can be sewn on to your dress.

Heels are a Girl’s Best Friend

Heels are great because they elongate your legs, lift your butt, and make you feel more confident. You don’t have to wear a five inch heel to enjoy the benefits of these pretty shoes. Even a shoe with a quarter inch heel will improve your posture and make you look slimmer.

Spend the Money on Great Alterations

We know wedding dresses are expensive, but don’t try to save money by skipping the alterations. Having an expert seamstress make sure your dress fits perfectly is worth every penny. A dress that is too tight or too small will not be as flattering.

Trend Report: Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

grace and kateWedding seasons is about to kick off and while most brides have chosen their wedding gowns and most have even been altered to fit them perfectly, we know that most are not looking for ideas of what to look for. But for the spectator, last minute bride, or newly engaged gal, here is a little trend forecasting on what to expect to see coming down the aisles.  Usually, like every season, we look to the runways to dictate exactly what is on trend. And wedding fashions are no stranger to this process either, with new shades, shapes, and details rushing down the runways at Bryant Park from some of the most sought after designers each and every season.  Bridal fashion is a perfect mix of what is on trend and what is classic and timeless, (depending on the bride, of course!) And there also may not be a better example of the “what’s old is new” approach than when it comes to bridal dressing. This mantra is perfectly exemplified in our closer look at the trend of the year and somewhat of a new take on an old look: Sleeves!nicole-richie

 

When skimming the pages of the fabulous coffee table book, Vogue Weddings, the editors have a perfectly curated collection of modern and vintage weddings that are both iconic and still providing inspiration for today’s brides. It takes a closer look at the thoughts behind a dress, and the designers that work hand in hand with some of these very lucky brides. Perhaps the most mimicked look of all time is Grace Kelly. A timeless icon of fashion in her own right, the long sleeves with intricate lace detail is one of the most remembered wedding looks of all time. Modern fashion muse, Nicole Richie, modeled her custom Marchesa gown after the famous frock and added a tulle bottom to add a ball gown effect in effort to bring her own style to it.

Going from one royal wedding to another, no one opitimizes grace and elegance more than Kate Middleton who chose British house Alexander McQueen when it came time to design her modest yet stunningly beautiful long sleeve gown.  Paired with a lower cut neck line, the look was anything but conservative and showed that covered arms can be the ultimate in flattering and not frumpy.  It also gives brides another chance to show stellar detailing, which for most is a delicate Italian lace sleeve. (Nicole Richie even had her new married name embroidered onto one sleeve! Very, cool.)

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Let’s not forget the options are endless when it comes to opting for a sleeve. You can take it all the way or do as the very modern, yet classic, Ivanka Trump did and go with a ¾ sleeve, also in a lace.  The look is classic and calls into play, the unmatched attention to detail provided by her dress designer, Vera Wang.  It also adds a refreshing new spin in a sea of strapless dresses.

So when looking for something new this wedding season, perhaps expect to take a nod from the old. And don’t forget for all of you future brides out there, sleeves aren’t just for the Fall or Winter bride anymore, they are a statement for all seasons!

Pink Redux

We all remember the now infamous line from “Steel Magnolias” when the bride, Shelby is asked what her wedding colors are.  Her mother, played by the amazing Sally Field quips,” Her colors of pink and pink” but the bride insists that they are really, “Blush and Bashful.”  And while at the time, pink for weddings really did echo a certain Pepto Bismol sentiment, today the hue has been reinterpreted to an actual blush, varying in tone to seem softer and more accessible. We even see the grooms embracing the romantic color scheme as a trend in 2013, knowing full well that having a pink wedding is nothing like it used to be.

Blush and Bashful

So here are our thoughts on pink weddings: We love them! And when we say pink, we mean start with the color and then work your way to various shades and tones until you have the perfect balance of romance and elegance.  Or you can take pink to newer and more modern extremes. Hot pink fuchsia orchids or peonies wrapped in Kelly green foliage for a pop of color can make for a preppy and fresh statement.  We love to see brides embrace a very “Kate Spade” look when approaching their themes. Crisp colorful linens, with perfectly tailored accents like contemporary menu cards and modern vases, can take a shocking pink to uber chic levels.

pink collage

But we still say there is nothing more romantic than the beauty of blush.  Recently, the ombre effect has taken hold of wedding all over and we don’t see this trend slowing down one bit. For those of you confused by ombre, it’s simply the effect of using one color and having the hue fade from darker to lighter or lighter to darker. It’s the perfect way to show off the versatile use of one shade.  And for pinks, the ombre route is the way to go.  We have seen it with wedding cakes, linens, and bridesmaid dresses that vary in style and color while all remaining in the same family.  We even love the idea of Bridesmaids wearing metallic versions of blush tones- we simply cannot get enough and hope to see more metallics as Bridesmaid looks continue to branch out.

pink ombreombre cake

And let’s not forget that virtually no other color scheme is more complimented by candlelight than blushes. The tones tend to give off both silver and gold light and can even push you towards using mixed metals for things like flatware, chargers, and plates. Mixing and matching has never been more appropriate!   Timeless and trendy have struck the perfect balance!

Oscars Fashion Round up: For the Bride

There might be no bigger display of what’s to come in terms of fashion than the Oscars red carpet. For one night, Hollywood’s elite step up to the challenge of walking the fashion plank with close to a billion viewers waiting eagerly to see what they will wear. And while there are always the usual suspects of heavyweights that seem to never fail us when it comes to getting our fashion fix, the Oscars is always good for a few newcomers to have a major debut fashion moment and establish themselves as key players.  Given that Spring is just around the corner, designers also scramble following the show to make sure that their ready to wear designs that are widely available to the public are in line with the trends we see on Hollywood’s biggest night.  As usual we had some major favorites and we are pretty sure that some huge trends were set.  Here’s the round up and some thoughts on what you can expect to see in bridal fashion very soon.

Charlize Theron:  A loyal Dior girl at heart, once again the fierce beauty hits it out of the park in what else, but white! White on a red carpet has to be one of our favorite looks of all time and given how easy this look would be to interpret for bridal, we just can’t help but go crazy for it. The peplum bodice is so on trend and the sleeking skirt with a train is perfect for a wedding.  Take note of what body type this works best for. Clearly, we can’t all look as statuesque as Ms. Theron, but for the taller gal, this look definitely accentuates long, lean lines.  It’s also perfect for someone with a no so defined waist- the peplum is perfect for giving you a more forgiving belted feel. Clean, white, classic and timeless.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

Theron

Kerry Washington: Ever the fashionista, Ms. Washington takes a chance with a red hue against the carpet and it paid off big time.  Her Miu Miu gem of a dress took top honors on several best dressed lists and for good reason. The new color is actually a hybrid of orange and red that some are calling poppy. It’s fresh, vibrant and photographs beautifully.  And the beading on the bodice adds an interesting and very modern accent. This is our pick for color trend of the summer. Whether you’re a guest, mother of the bride, or part of the wedding party- the hue is complimentary on almost every skin tone and we can’t wait to see more of it!

Washington

Amy Adams: The pale blue Oscar de la Renta was straight off the runway but we could see it exactly as-is coming straight down the aisle. The subtle blue color is a perfect alternative for brides craving a pop of color and the dress itself is fit for a princess. We adore the entire look with simple, soft hair and natural makeup. We can just picture brides everywhere pinning this exact look!

Adams

Naomi Watts: A true fashion forward girl after our own hearts.  Her Armani Prive gown was custom made and fit her like a glove. The full beading head to toe is another option for the fashionista bride. Not to mention the interesting approach to asymmetrical. There’s not much more to say about this look other than it’s pure perfection. From her messy hair pulled back and simples but stunning jewelry, the look is a work of art and we expect to see it copied in all metallic’s including white!

Watts

SimplyBridal – 5 Iconic But Unusual Wedding Dresses

SimplyBridal does it again with 5 iconic but unusual wedding dresses.

The American singer-songwriter, lead vocalist, and worldwide fashion icon Gwen Stefani made headlines with the Galliano wedding gown in 2002. What about John Lennon’s bride, Yoko Ono, who stepped out in a big floppy hat? SimplyBridal has compiled the most iconic and unusual wedding outfits from the last century. Do any of these fit your style?
5 Iconic Wedding Dresses

The Recycled Bride

Have you ever thought of selling your wedding dress? For some, the mere thought actually gives them heart palpitations, but for others, the day is done and the attachment is gone: why not make some money by selling the gown? Currently, there are a few sites that specialize in selling your dress for you and for many brides at up to 70% of what you paid!

Typically, according to Preownedweddingdresses.com, most gowns will resell for at least half of the original price of the gown.  Depending on condition and ability to alter or change to perfectly fit the new owner, these gowns are a great way to make some money after your big day and also a way for new brides to have a dress that may have previously been out of their price range when it was brand new. For eco- friendly brides, there is also a large recycling sentiment to buying a used dress.  Some even consider it their something new and something old.

Junko Yoshioka Estee

We have read all over some of the things modern brides are doing when they sell their gowns.  For some, it comes down to recouping some of the expense of their dream wedding, while for others, it is a way to clean house and treat themselves to something new they can actually wear again.  One bride we spoke to decided to sell her Vera Wang gown and buy a gorgeous piece of jewelry to commemorate the day.  Every time she wears it (everyday!) she thinks of all the wonderful memories her marriage has brought to her life. The trend continues with brides gifting their grooms with luxe watches with beautiful inscriptions and in other ways like treating yourself to a surprise anniversary trip to mark a year of marriage.

Vera Wang Eliza

Many brides are still unsettled about whether they could actually part with their gown. We are totally on the fence! On one hand,  there is nothing more romantic and traditional than saving your dress for your daughter’s wedding or being able to hang it beautifully in your closet to see amongst your other clothes as a reminder of your personal style and the most fabulous dress you might own. To the contrary, we kind of love the modern idea of using the dress as a catalyst for something new in your married life. Either way, the dress will always live on forever in your wedding photographs and can we seen at anytime just by glancing through your albums.

Ruche Bridal Collection

We love how many major retailers are getting in on the wedding industry.  These retailers are embracing both brick and mortar stores as well as online sites to boost their visibility in the wedding world, appealing to brides all over the world.  Our most recent favorite retailer to get in on the bridal business?  Ruche!

Ruche has been holding the heart strings of online shoppers everywhere since 2008.  Ruche has an effortless vibe, blending the look of vintage and well-worn with the classic and chic.  Ruche has a bit of a homegrown feel it to it, likely influenced by how the company got its start.   So now that Ruche has jumped on the bridal bandwagon, we thought we’d take a look and let you know a few of our favorite things about their new bridal line!

Bridal Dresses: Ruche has a great selection of wedding dresses, particularly for the bride who wants that garden party feel to her look.  Dresses are made with delicate fabrics, classic lines, and soft colors.  We especially love their tea length dresses, a popular trend this spring and summer.  And out of all their dresses, we think this one might be our favorite!

Floral Bridesmaid Dresses: Ruche carries a variety of bridesmaid dresses, but we particularly love their floral dresses!  Floral is a huge trend this summer, and is a great way to infuse some whimsy into your big day.  Brides often opt to have bridesmaids wear solid color dresses, so we love the idea of shaking things up and going floral!  This one has us ready to hit “purchase!”

Headpieces: It’s no secret that we love headpieces.  (Have you seen our Pinterest page lately?  We simple cannot get enough of headpieces!)  Thankfully Ruche can’t get enough either, as they have some great pieces.  Whether you want simple and sweet or “go big or go home” a la Kate Middleton, Ruche has a great selection.

Coverups: We often hear brides comment that it can be tricky to find something to wear over their wedding dress to help with cooler temperatures, modesty considerations, or a desire a change their overall look up a bit.  Ruche has some of the sweetest coverups we’ve seen.  From shawls to shrugs, they’ve got it all.

Great Prices: We can’t lie about Ruche; we love their prices almost as much as we love their goodies!  In the wedding world, we often find that prices increase as soon as you attach the words “bride” and “groom.”  However, Ruche’s prices are insanely reasonable, which has us loving their stuff even more.  So if you’re looking for that special touch to add to your wedding day look, we highly encourage you to head over and check them out!

Preserving Your Wedding Gown

Perhaps the most exciting and anticipated detail of the wedding planning is selecting your dream wedding dress, but what happens after its moment in the spotlight? Don’t neglect your beautiful gown after your nuptials are through. Instead, consider having the dress preserved so it can be enjoyed for years to come.

What is dress preservation?

Specialists meticulously clean your garment, ridding it of any stains from the wedding day, and then carefully package it to ensure that it doesn’t yellow over time or get damaged in any way. After assessing the gown’s specific details, including materials used, decorative embellishments, and stains, a cleaning specialist will determine a specific cleaning method for the gown. The dress is then wrapped in safe materials—typically acid-free tissue paper or unbleached muslin—and placed inside a sealed box.

Why should you preserve your dress?

Not only did you spend major bucks on your wedding gown, it also carries the significance of your special day. By preserving a gown, you eliminate the threat of it becoming yellow, permanently stained, wrinkled, or misshapen. A preserved wedding gown can also be used later in life, whether for a vow renewal ceremony or for your own daughter’s nuptials.

When should you preserve your dress?

Professionals recommend that you have the dress cleaned and preserved as soon as possible after the wedding. This will ensure that stains are treated quickly and efficiently before having time to set and that the dress will not face the chance of becoming ruined or damaged in any way.

Who should preserve your dress?

To guarantee that your dress is handled professionally, make sure you select a specialist in wedding gown preservation. While many dry cleaners will boast wedding gown cleaning services, not all of them are created equally. Speak to a salesperson at the boutique where you purchased your dress and find a recommendation, or scour the internet for reviews on local vendors.

How much does it cost?

Prices may vary depending on a number of factors, such as intensity or number of stains, dress fabric, and city of the cleaners, but on average, you can expect to pay between $200-400 to have dresses cleaned and boxed.

Are there any alternatives?

If you don’t want to foot the bill to have your gown professionally preserved, or you simply don’t care about keeping it, there are a few alternative options. For starters, you can try to package the dress yourself by wrapping it in a white sheet and storing it in a sturdy box. Some brides opt for a “trash the dress” ritual where gowns are destroyed after the wedding (either by fire, water, or simply rolling in the mud) and the affair is captured on film. Lastly, if you want to actually use your wedding gown again, why not have it dyed and shortened into a cocktail dress. Many wedding boutiques and designers offer this as a service who want to re-purpose their gowns.

Wedding Dress Creator

Click here for the Wedding Dress Creator

If you flip through a wedding magazine, you will notice there are endless styles and options for wedding dresses. You have to find a dress that fits your personal style, wedding theme, and body type. The online wedding dress creator lets you create your dream look from head to toe. It even lets you test out the look with your skin tone and hair color. You can also use the site to play with bridesmaid looks. Here are a few tips for using the wedding dress creator.

Read the neckline guide and the silhouette guide. The guides not only tell you the names of the different styles, but they also offer advice on choosing a style that will work on your body type.

Read “Wedding Color Theory.” It would be nice if choosing your wedding colors was as simple as picking your favorite color, but there are a lot of factors to consider to make sure your wedding colors look as great you imagined.

Involve your bridesmaids. They can offer feedback on your favorite designs and help create bridesmaids looks.

Print out or save your looks. You can take these pictures to the dress store, florist, hair salon, etc.