Brands to know: Where to get your wedding dress for under $1,500
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Going easy on the pocket
Most brides strive for perfection on the biggest day of their lives. With catering, floral arrangements and invitation calligraphy, the costs are aplenty and most likely panic-inducingly hefty — all before factoring in the dress in which you'll say 'I do'. Fulfilling the childhood bridal dream does not necessarily equate to splashing out on the green — simply start by identifying your distinct style, set a strict budget, and keep to it. FOR THE BRIDE THAT'S BOLDLY BOHEMIAN Having a lavish wedding was never on your agenda — you'd even do it barefoot if not for the in-laws. For the free-spirited bride-to-be that harbours a love for the wildly bohemian, turn to Free People's FP Ever After, Self-Portrait's Bridal Collection, and the vintage inspired LA label Stone Cold Fox. They've perfected the knack of transforming the simplest of dresses into crocheted and laced wonders.
FOR THE BRIDE THAT LIKES CLASSIC BRANDS You've coveted an elaborate, embellished gown — preferrably from Vera Wang — for as long as you can remember, and the best part about wedding planning is pasting cut-outs of Kate Middleton's custom-made frock by Sarah Burton into your inspiration scrapbook. Begin your hunt at Truly Zac Posen and White by Vera Wang, the designers' diffusion (and cost-friendly) bridal lines. They still offer an extensive selection of luxurious mermaid gowns and intricately beaded dresses.
FOR THE BRIDE THAT'S CONVENTIONALLY GIRLY A whirldwind of tulle, taffeta and lace is your wildest wedding dream. While you're anticipating entering a new chapter in life with your partner, feeling like a princess on the big day makes you giddy at the prospect. In this case, look to BHLDN and ASOS Bridal to fulfil your fantasy. Proffering sugary confections of ruched tulle with shimmery lace and beading, forget about feeling like a princess on the day itself — these dresses were made for bringing out your inner goddess.