wedding dresses

8 Stunning Wedding Dresses You Can Buy NEW for Under $1,000

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.

"Ines" by Tadashi Shoji, $700 - Wedding Belles Blog

“Ines” by Tadashi Shoji, $700

Style 2752F by Allure Romance, $618 - Wedding Belles Blog

Style 2752F by Allure Romance, $618

Style T670 by Moonlight Tango, $795 - Wedding Belles Blog

Style T670 by Moonlight Tango, $795

After Six, $690 - Wedding Belles Blog

After Six, $690

"Rupp" by Stone Cold Fox, $550 - Wedding Belles Blog

“Rupp” by Stone Cold Fox, $550

"Penelope" by Love Marley by Watters, $970 - Wedding Belles Blog

“Penelope” by Love Marley by Watters, $970

"Corrine" by Sue Wong, $629 - Wedding Belles Blog

“Corrine” by Sue Wong, $629

"Livia" by Badgley Mischka, $800 - Wedding Belles Blog

“Livia” by Badgley Mischka, $800

What do you think, belles? Are you loving any of these? If I haddddd to pick a favorite, I think it would be Penelope by Love Marley…so romantic and flattering and sexy all at the same time!

xoxo Laura

Only 10 Days Left to Get Your Wedding Dress for $299!

Belles, have you been checking out our NC & SC Events page? I’ve been updating it regularly as I hear about wedding-related shindigs (think: bridal shows, open houses, etc.) going down in the Carolinas. Today, I want to highlight one particular event on the page, as it has the potential to save you lots of cash-ola…

Bridals by Jodi wedding gowns in Charleston, SC - Wedding Belles Blog

Bridals by Jodi

Bridals by Jodi, currently located on Rivers Avenue in Charleston, is having a HUGE moving sale. All in-stock wedding gowns are reportedly marked down to $299-$499, with in-stock bridesmaid dresses ranging from $29-$89. Incredible! I sure wish I had only paid $300 for my own wedding gown. The sale is going on now through December 20th, which means you have 10 days left to scurry on over and start shopping.

Bridals by Jodi wedding gowns in Charleston, SC - Wedding Belles Blog

Bridals by Jodi

Let me know if you find THE dress at the sale! Would love to post some pics of our lovely readers on the blog.

xoxo Laura

Wedding Dress Clearance Sale at Anjolique Bridal in Cornelius, NC, October 16-19

Who loves a good deal on wedding dresses? We sure do! Here are the details for a big sale that is starting today, October 16th,  and going through this Sunday the 19th.

Anjolique Bridal in Cornelius, NC, is having their semi-annual inventory clearance sale with gowns up to 70% off! Dresses start at just $149. You can book an appointment online or give them a call; contact info can be found on Anjolique’s website.

Anjolique carries gowns from designers such as Eve of Milady, Ian Stuart, Allure, Berta Bridal, Enzoani, La Sposa, Amalia Carrara, Demetrios, Justin Alexander, and San Patrick.

Happy shopping, belles! Send me pics if you find your dream dress!

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show – Durham, NC

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!

Brides Against Breast Cancer - Wedding Belles Blog

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!

xoxo Laura

Wedding Gown Sale at Anjolique Bridal May 24-26 in Cornelius, NC

Attention belles! If you live near Charlotte, NC, and are in the market for a wedding dress, there is an upcoming sale you need to know about. Anjolique Bridal (located in Cornelius) is having a wedding gown sale Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26). All dresses will be on sale, and you can score 10-70% off inventory dresses. Additionally, all brides who purchase a dress during the sale will receive $100 off a veil!

Anjolique Bridal, Cornelius, NC - Wedding Belles Blog

via Yelp

Anjolique carries a wide variety of designers, including Allure, Amalia Carrara, Eve of Milady, Ian Stuart, Essence of Australia, Enzoani, La Sposa, San Patrick, Demetrios, and Justin Alexander. Go ahead and book an appointment now, as I am sure appointment slots during the sale will fill up quickly!

Disclaimer: I am not endorsed by or affiliated with Anjolique Bridal. I just like helping our belles and beaus score great deals!

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show – Charlotte, NC

Who wants to score a discounted wedding gown while at the same time supporting those affected by cancer? Oh, everyone? That’s what I thought.

Brides Against Breast Cancer - Wedding Belles Blog

Mark your calendars: The Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show is taking place May 23-24 in Charlotte, NC, at the Embassy Suites Charlotte. The sale will feature new and already-loved wedding gowns (we just discussed these last week!) 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). Charlotte-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 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on May 23, while general admission for the sale will be 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 24. Buying general admission tickets ahead of time saves money, as the tickets cost $7 online but $10 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!

xoxo Laura

Budget-Friendly Tip: Wear an “Already-Loved” Wedding Dress!

I don’t know about y’all, but I was personally shocked at the price tags on wedding dresses when shopping for my own. Yes, I can appreciate that many dresses use premium, expensive fabrics and that sewing on beading is truly a labor of love. But spending upwards of $5,000 on a dress I would only wear for a few hours? Not for me, belles. If you’re looking for a way to keep dress costs down, here’s an idea: choose an “already-loved” dress.

OnceWed Dresses - Wedding Belles

all dresses via OnceWed

I purposefully use the phrase “already-loved” rather than “used” because “used” sometimes carries a negative connotation. Yet, most already-loved dresses are in premium condition – no stains, tears, or worn out fabric. Many already-loved dresses have been worn for just five or six hours…that’s likely less wear time than a sample dress you can buy from a bridal salon! And, the savings can be hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

One way to find an already-loved dress is to wear a friend or family member’s (think: Mom’s or older sister’s dress). However, there are also lots of helpful websites and physical stores to help you find already-loved dresses, as well. Some of my favorites:

OnceWedSearch by designer, price, size, location, neckline, color, and so many other categories! If you’ve fallen in love with a gown at a store but aren’t quite ready to make the plunge with the price tag, search OnceWed to see if that style is being sold by another bride. Even if not in your size, alterations may cost quite a bit less than purchasing the dress new.

The Marketplace at 100 Layer Cake: Like OnceWed, the marketplace over at 100 Layer Cake features already-loved wedding dresses at fractions of their original price. The only downside is that there is not a helpful search feature like the one on OnceWed. On the upside, however, the marketplace features much more than just wedding dresses, so you can score deals on not only your dress, but also favors, decor, and accessories, all at the same time!

Tradesy: Has a helpful search tool like OnceWed, and currently features over 30,000 dresses! There’s no way you could NOT find something you love.

Physical Stores: If you’re more of an in-person type of gal, or don’t really know what style you want and need to try on dresses in person, there are many bridal salons that sell consigned dresses in top condition. One I can personally vouch for is Lineage Bridal in Charlotte, NC. They handpick designer gowns to sell and have fabulous customer service. Bonus: They are currently having a major anniversary sale as of May 1! Other stores selling already-loved wedding dresses include Gorgeous Gowns in Cary, NC, The Dress in Mauldin, SC, Fabulous Frocks in Charleston, SC and in Charlotte, NC, and Budget Bridal in Matthews, NC.

craigslistOh, you thought I was joking when I wrote that? Nope. Believe it or not, thousands of brides are selling their beautiful already-loved gowns on craigslist. The bonus of using this method for your search is that you can go try on the dress if you find one from a local seller, and prices are often negotiable. And, no tax! Just be safe about meeting up with strangers…take a buddy and meet in a public place, if possible.

What do you think, Belles? Would you consider an already-loved wedding dress? Do you have experience shopping for or purchasing one that you’d like to share? Let’s discuss in the comments section!

xoxo Laura

Oh, and p.s. – I am not receiving sponsorships from any of these stores or companies…just enjoy sharing helpful hints with my belles!