By Amy Foulkes
Every bride wants that dress of her dreams to match the day of her dreams. Whether you are a low key bride who’s wanting something minimal and practical or you want to feel like a princess on your big day, having a beautiful dress is essential (and it doesn’t have to cost you the majority of the wedding budget). There are several websites which offer stunning dresses suitable for a wide range of tastes, from vintage to fashion forward and everything in between. Here are just a few of our favourites.
Modcloth has an eclectic collection of very affordable gowns for any quirky budget savvy bride. They have a fabulous range of bridal colours from champagne and blush to pure white, with mostly vintage and retro inspired styles. There are fifties lace ensembles, flirty feminine tea length tulle gowns, seventies bohemian inspired pieces and Gatsby style glam complete with geometric art deco beading. Modcloth gowns also offer a wide array of sizes with most dresses sitting under the $600 mark, allowing for great wedding budget savings.
If I had a single word to describe the dresses in BHLDN’s collections it would be ‘dreamy’. These gowns ooze whimsy and romance with their soft fabrics, lace detailing and delicate palettes. For a stylish dress with a significantly lower price tag than most bridal boutiques I would give these guys a visit. Their styles are current and well designed, with on trend bridal options. BHLDN’s current looks feature lots of crop top and skirt combinations and stunningly intricate illusion lace designs. They also have the classics, like delicate princess style ball gowns and sexy fitted mermaid dresses.While you’re on their site check out BHLDN’s bridesmaid dresses and bridal accessories, which are just as swoon worthy as their wedding frocks. Wedding dresses range from 500 to the mid-3,000 mark.
ASOS has an impressive range of chic and fashion forward pieces from informal, relaxed gowns to head turning, sophisticated numbers. This website is the perfect place for the trendy bride, with a fair amount of cutting edge pieces to make a bold statement for your big day. There are several dresses which celebrate the current 70’s revival trend with whimsical swishy fabric, flounces and bell sleeves but it doesn’t just stop at just the boho bride. There is also a range of well cut, clean minimal style dresses. This eclectic selection allows any bride to look stylish while on a budget, with most wedding styles below the $1,000 mark.
Nordstrom offers stunning gowns which have that extra bit of glitz and glam. If you’re looking for a simple silhouette dripping metallic foiling or intricate details this is the website for you. These striking and sparkly options are perfect for a Gatsby level reception or a simple chic city wedding. It’s safe to say that Nordstrom is the website to check out for a bit of pizazz or sparkle. With gowns ranging from the mid 300’s.
Still White, Trade Me and wedding-dresses.co.nz
For those brides wanting a designer label but without the price tag why not try searching for a second-hand gown from websites like still white, trade me and wedding-dresses. This sizeably drops the price of sought after labels like Maggie Sottero, Claire Pettibone and Pronovias. Most sites enable brides to set up a watch function for specific designers or a set dream dress so you don’t miss any promising postings.
Which wedding dress styles are you loving? Have you started shopping for your dream gown? Leave us a comment with your wedding dress stories down below. We would love to hear from you.