A big part of the reason wedding planning is so difficult is that it’s hard to stick to a budget! There are so many beautiful ideas out there, and once we start shopping, it’s hard to get the real to match the ideal.
This is especially true of purchasing a wedding dress. This is where most brides will battle the urge to splurge because, let’s face it—you’re only going to do this once (uh, we hope) and you want it to be perfect. But does that mean it has to cost a fortune?
Tip #1: See if the designer has a lower-priced line.
For instance, Vera Wang is the penultimate bridal designer—and a gown from her bridal line can cost…
This morning our Director of Digital Media and I were very diligently working when we happened upon this fantastic Zac Posen dress that we agreed would be the perfect bridesmaid dress for a cocktail-style wedding reception (it was all in the name of research, I swear!). And while we both thought it was flattering, elegant and slightly kicky, we found the price tag not exactly bridal party-friendly.
So, I headed over to what has quickly become my go-to online dress shop, ModCloth, and found several versions that have a similar feel but a significantly more palatable price tag. What do you think? Is the Zac Posen version worth laying out the extra cash?
Clock-wise from upper left: Without Equal, $279.99; Be Still My Heart, $129.99; Be Loved Duchess, $67.99; Well-Mannered Minx, $132.99
Dare I say it? I feel like this dress is one your bridesmaids might actually be able to wear again. And with it’s belted waist and slightly flared skirt, its silouhette will flatter just about any body type.
While I love the gold heels with both version, can’t you also imagine it with a pair of yellow flats, perfect for a daytime wedding? Or jazzed up with a big, funky necklace for your less conservative bridesmaids? Either way, I’m sticking by my original assessment – both versions will see the light of day again.
Find LotusGrace at Saks or the Merona version at Target.