has to be perfect. Some girls just know when they find “the one,” but others
stress and labor over the decision.
Why have a mass market dress when you can have
something one of a kind?
Sure, there are ways to get couture designer
dresses at less than couture prices. There’s the inevitable recommendation to
hit up sample sales or trunk shows (ever tried to find one of these?). Of
course, there’s the insanity of the Filene’s Basement “Running of
the Brides” – then again, you’re shopping at Filene’s Basement and you have
to go to Boston.
Then, there’s the recommendation (typically from your
grandmother) that you should go to thrift shops or the modern version – Craig’s
List. The idea of either of these just seems too much like being on welfare for
There are two other reasonable alternatives. The website Oncewed.com has a page
where brides sell their gowns after the wedding. This is like the thrift shop or
Craigslist without making you feel cheap. And if you are more socially
conscious, why not buy your dress and help a good cause? Brides Against Breast Cancer
has sales across the country of great dresses at reasonable prices with the
proceeds going to a good cause.
Finally, there’s one more great way to
get a custom wedding dress without the hassle – Etsy.
The crafty website Etsy and many of its artisan vendors sell couture wedding
dresses. If Etsy isn’t your style, you can try custom dress shops in your area.
In this way, you can get a handmade dress designed especially for you. What can
make a girl feel more special than something one of a kind?