February 16, 2017

Romantic vintage wedding dresses under $200!

According to Pinterest search results, the vintage romance theme is very popular for 2017 weddings.  Both girlie and chic, vintage romance is really never out of style as a wedding theme, which is good, because your wedding is the one area where you should stick to the classics (keep the trends to the dessert table or favors).  The color schemes for a vintage romance wedding are normally pastel in tone and often include a soft metallic shade like rose gold or brushed silver. Vintage romance wedding dresses usually include tulle and/or lace and have a less-structured, more flowy silhouette than the traditional bridal ball gown.

I dug around and found some absolutely stunning wedding dresses with a romantic, vintage feel.  Of course, we would not be staying true to our Faking Fancy mission if we listed dresses that were even near the average price range for a wedding dress in America – so all of my picks are under $200.

Thinking outside the box

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The old saying, “Not everything is what it seems” is a good mindset to have when shopping for an affordable wedding dress. My own wedding dress above is actually a bridesmaid dress from BHLDN. Pink is my favorite color, and my wedding colors were “Blush and Bashful” (an ode to one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias), so a blush pink dress made perfect sense. (Plus I knew as a 44-year-old first-time bride I wasn’t fooling anyone by wearing white. I’m just saying…) Everyone loved my dress and said it fit my personality to a tee. My point is, don’t be afraid to wear a gown that isn’t technically labeled as a “wedding” or “bridal” gown. Like cakes, party favors and decor, adding “wedding” or “bridal” to the label only makes the item twice as expensive.

Wedding Dresses with a Vintage Romance Vibe

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Enchanting is the first word that came to mind when I saw this $150 champagne izidresssale wedding gown.  While I believe izidresssale is an overseas-based company, I read the reviews for this gown and the buyers all seemed very pleased with the quality of the dress they received.

 

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I also fell in love with this izidresssale wedding dress. The delicate, lacy cap sleeves and ribbon detailing are so pretty! You can order this in champagne (a medium ivory) as well. Izidresssale gowns are great for “real girl” bodies as their sizes go up to 26W, and they have an amazing selection!

 

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This ivory, lace and tulle dress from ASA Bridal on amazon is just an absolute dream- and the price is an even dreamier $95! Larger chested girls ( a C cup or higher) should probably avoid dresses with a low V neckline like this one. I am far from being a prude, but it seems to me if there is too much flesh popping out (read: boobies)  nobody notices the dress, and that’s the last thing you want with your wedding gown!

 

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This ethereal tulle wedding dress from Ikerenwedding through amazon is just $129.00. I did a little research on the company- this particular dress has a three-star rating and overall good customer reviews. Some customers said despite giving exact measurements they had to have it altered, but at $129.00 you can afford alterations and still come in around $200.00.

 

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This dreamy, lace-tiered Alice & Olivia dress from The RealReal is only $195.00. The photo above does not do it justice at all, I’ve seen it in person and it’s soo romantic and ethereal. If you find your dream dress on The RealReal, but don’t see it in your size don’t panic right away. The RealReal is a designer consignment store, which means inventory changes constantly. I would check back for a few weeks to see if the dress comes in in your size. Or, if you find a dress that is already sold like this one, you can add that exact dress to a personal waitlist & get notified if it comes in again.

 

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I would take this romantic white spaghetti strap lace peplum wedding dress from BeigeVintage Co. on Etsy and dye it cream or ivory to make it more “vintagey”.  I’ve read you can “antique” white clothing items by soaking them in tea. You can also use taupe colored Rit Dye. Even if you had to pay around $100 to have the dress professionally dyed by a dry cleaner or costume designer, the purchase price of the dress is a mere $80.50. That’s eighty dollars and fifty cents!!! So your total cost for this amazing gown should still be under $200.

About buying online

If you plan on buying your wedding dress from an online establishment (versus a brick and mortar store) be sure to do some research on the reputation and service of the company. Always check customer reviews on product quality, shipping times and customer service. If there are no reviews on the actual dress, as is sometimes the case on amazon, Google the company to see if they have a working website or reviews on their products elsewhere. Also, be sure to confirm that there is a working customer service hotline or email, in case you do have any issues.

Buying or Renting a Used Wedding Dress

Some girls may cringe at the thought of wearing a used wedding dress. But as a serious thrifter, I can tell you a wedding dress is one of best used-clothing purchases you can make. I mean, this is one of the rare occasions that you can almost guarantee the item was only worn once! And if for some unfortunate reason it wasn’t worn at all, don’t worry about bad mojo, the previous owner’s past does not transfer with the item.  Once you step into that dress, you create a whole new magical story for your dress! Places to find used wedding dresses for sale include PreOwnedWeddingDressesOnceWed, and Tradesy.

 

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The intricate floral lace and delicate beading detail on this Badgley Mischka dress would make a perfect bridal gown for a lux-romance wedding.  This heavenly gown retails at around a thousand dollars, but you can rent it for only $80 from renttherunway! The normal time period for a RTR rental is four days, but eight-day rentals are also available. Side note: RTR always sends your dress in two sizes, ensuring a perfect fit.

Weddings do not have to cost a fortune! You simply have to get creative and look beyond the traditional resources. For more ways to save on your  wedding and reception, check out my posts here and here.

xoxo,

Missy

October 15, 2015

Faking a Fancy Wedding: Out-of-town Guest Goody Bag

We had quite a few out-of-town guests at our wedding, and I wanted to make sure they knew that the special trip they were taking to join us at our wedding was very much appreciated. I mean, out of town guests have it much worse than local guests. Especially if they are bringing children. There is the cost of the actual flight, the packing and driving to the airport, the flight itself…they don’t just get in their car an hour ahead and jaunt on town. To me, someone coming to a wedding from out-of-town is a very big deal, and I wanted to get each of them a little something as a thank you. Being on a budget that little something definitely had to be little, and very affordable. While surveying wedding ideas on Pinterest, I saw that many brides were making up hotel guest goody bags to leave in the rooms of their out-of-town guests. How perfect! Now I just had to assemble one for around $3.00 per bag.

Some of the hotel goody bags on Pinterest were downright adorable and seemed like the perfect assortment of goodies for people who were tired and hungry after making their trip out. One popular idea was a basket or box that contained a water, snacks and “recovery” items like a Pepto packet and Advil. While I thought this was a super cute and helpful idea (I often get back to my hotel starving after an event like this) it would also be pretty expensive to create a goody bag with this many items for about 15-20 people, and again, I only had about $4.00 to spend per bag. A snack bag idea seemed to be a very popular, I wanted something a little more unique in my guest goody bags, as well as something useful.

The typical hotel wedding goody bag on Pinterest- adorable, but more expensive than my budget would allow.

The typical hotel wedding goody bag on Pinterest- adorable, but more expensive than my budget would allow.

After giving it some thought I remembered the one thing I always pack when I travel to make a hotel room seem more like home and smell nice is a small travel candle. Not wanting to alienate any single men or people sensitive to scents I avoided cloyingly sweet scents like vanilla cupcake or pumpkin spice and opted for the light, breezy, unisex scent of fresh linens. The travel candles at Wal-mart are only a dollar, so I had some more wiggle room in my budget for a personalized door hanger and some cute little matches. The door hangers I found on Etsy were a little more than a dollar each, at $15 for twelve, so that worked out great. But since I only needed about 15 personalized matches, not 100, that was my main problem. I could order some pretty non-personalized matchboxes online, but they were kind of expensive and didn’t match my blush and bashful color scheme…so I took matters into my own hands, and saved a TON!

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I bought matchboxes for next to nothing from the grocery store, glued scrapbooking paper to them, tied them with pink yarn and…ta-da! The world’s cutest matchboxes, customized to my wedding color scheme! They totally made the goody bag- everyone wanted to know where I bought them!

 

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As I mentioned earlier, when browsing Pinterest is it very easy to succumb to all of the really cute ideas. So again, BEWARE when searching Pinterest for wedding ideas and make sure you keep your budget in mind at all times. If I could not have kept the cost of my goody bags to $3.00 a piece it was not happening. But thanks to my brilliantly creative mind love for crafting and DIY willpower, I was able to make it happen!

 

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Sometimes half of the cost of the goody bag is the actual bag, I used brown, paper lunch bags that I already had for kids’ lunches. I added chalkboard stickers that I got at the Dollar Store and tied the bags with the leftover matchbox yarn. Including the pink tissue I stuffed inside, the goody bag packaging cost me like $.20 each.

Faking a Fancy wedding is all about the littlest details. You don’t need a forty-two piece orchestra or a six-course meal to WOW guests. If you keep surprising your guests with special, little touches throughout the wedding and reception you can still have a memorable event that people will truly enjoy. Repeat after me, “Fancy events do NOT have to come with a Fancy price tag!”

Looking for more money-saving wedding ideas? Check out these posts on gorgeous wedding dresses under $200 and a pretty but super affordable wedding dessert table.

xoxo,

Missy

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