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The Wedding Dress Crunch! - How to Get Your Dress with Less than 5 Months to Spare!

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It’s (t) - 5 months ‘til your big day (or much closer), and you’re wondering, “How in the world am I gonna “Say Yes to the Dress” in time?!”  Lucky for you, Team Get Wed for Less has come to the busy, bargainista bride’s rescue!  We’ve also consulted the wedding savant sisters over at Kreative Sentiments, a DC-based wedding planning company, for suggestions they share with their brides.

Online Winner for the Dress Crunch

Our favorite online resource for low-price, designer gowns in a jiffy is PS Bridal out of the great US of A.  With a 100% satisfaction and lowest-price guarantees, these pros are known worldwide for their impeccable service and expansive inventory, which caters to brides of every figure (sizes 0-32+). They even allow you to ship overnight and offer helpful options if your fave gown isn’t in-stock but still needed ASAP.

Local Dress Crunch Recommendations

Kimberly & Kelley Smith, the dynamic duo at Kreative Sentiments, recommend “purchasing a gown ‘off-the-rack.’” This way, you can avoid the likelihood of not having your gown in time.  You see, the gowns you’d traditionally order from a bridal boutique typically take months before they’re finished being sewn and delivered.  Furthermore, altering your gown upon arrival can take additional weeks before your gown is aisle-ready.  

Here are a few go-to spots to find gowns off-the-rack suggested by the savvy sisters at Kreative Sentiments:

  1. J.Crew (online only) - Notably a GetWedforLess.com favorite for the whimsical, graceful bride, we were happy to see J.Crew made the Kreative Sentiments list, too.

  2. White House | Black Market has a solid selection of tea-length dresses for the unique-chic bride.

  3. Local consignment shops

  4. Seamstress - “A good seamstress could potentially have a fitting and sew a dress in a four-month time period,” noted Kimberly Smith.

  5. Nordstrom, while more on the pricey end, carries lots of gorgeous in their nationwide locations with Wedding Suites.

  6. David’s Bridal often has gowns off-the-rack and sometimes this popular option can do a rush order.

A Word to the Wise:  Don’t discount thrifting, my friends!  Plenty of consignment shops sell only luxury and premium brand clothing that have either barely been touched or were never used.  

Just remember, when you do find that gown - thrifting or not - it may need to be altered, so add some wiggle room for likely alterations into your timeline.

Until next time… Happy planning!

Friends:  Do you have a great way that you found your wedding dress in a crunch?  Please share with your fellow readers!

Photo courtesy of Kreative Sentiments Inc.

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Hairstyles That Will Complement Your Dress

So you found your perfect wedding dress. The one that made you cry as well as your mother and all of your friends. It complements your curves in all the right ways and you know it’ll make his jaw drop when he sees you walking down the aisle. It’s “the one.

Your look is far from finished though. Have you thought about what you’re going to do with your hair? It’s a small, but crucial part of your wedding look! Having the right hairstyle can make you and your dress look PHENOMENAL. Don’t stress if you don’t have any ideas for your hair yet, I’m here to help! I’ve done my research and scoured the internet to find the best hairstyles for you.

Taking the shape of your face into consideration when choosing a hairstyle is important, but don’t neglect the neckline of your dress! For your hair to complement your dress, it has to look right with the neckline. Wedding dresses have many styles of necklines. There are Bateau, High, Halter, Square, Scoop, Asymmetrical, Illusion, and V necklines. Which one does your dress have?

Asymmetrical/One Shoulder:

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Dresses with these kinds of necklines tend to have more weight on one side of the dress since there’s only one strap. To balance out this uneven weight distribution, go for hairstyles that are styled on the opposite side of the strap. Side ponytails would work very well! There are many ways you can style this look.

Photos Courtesy of (left to right): www.bridesheadrevisited.net, Grey Zisser, Grey Zisser, Jessica Janae Photography

Bateau:

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Bateau necklines usually sit either at or sometimes a little above the collarbone so it will specifically highlight your neck. Up-dos will complement this neckline best. It will add height to your hair and will elongate your body as well. Anything that makes you look taller and slimmer is always a good thing! The best up-dos for bateaus are neat chignons and bouffants.

Photos courtesy of: preen.me (left) and fordmodels.com (right)

High Neck (or Closed), V-neck, and Halter:

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The high and closed neckline covers your entire chest area and V-necks and halters draw attention to your chest and shoulders so the best hairstyle to go for is an up-do. Since your dress already has so much going on in the chest and shoulder region, having your hair down will be too overwhelming.

Photos Courtesy of: www.bridalguide.com (top left), www.bridepop.com (top right), Keith Lathrop (bottm left), www.hairstylesar.com (bottom right)

Illusion:

Photos Courtesy of: kleinfeldbridal.com

This neckline has a sheer fabric that spreads across from the chest to the shoulder/collar area. This gives designers a lot of room for design because the sheer fabric is like a blank canvas so you need to take this into account when choosing a hairstyle. If there is a lot of detail on your neckline like beads or intricate designs, any simple up-do would be great because it will showcase the beautiful design on your neckline.  If there is very little or no detail then opt for a half up-do. You don’t want to put all of your hair down because it would take away too much attention from your neckline and that’s one of the highlights of your gown!

Photos Courtesy of (left to right): Chloris Couture, Ciara Richardson Photography, Ciara Richardson Photography

Scoop:

Photo Courtesy of: kleinfeldbridal.com

Oftentimes dresses with scoop necklines feature more detailing on the bodice, which draws eyes to that area so to evenly distribute the attention to your face a low side ponytail is ideal. If you want to add a little flair, you could braid a part of your hair and then turn it into a headband.

Photos courtesy of: braihairstyles.blogspot.com (left) and keikolynn.com (right)

Sweetheart, Strapless, or Off-shoulder:

 

Photos Courtesy of: kleinfeldbridal.com

These necklines bare your shoulders so the best thing to do with your hair is to have it free flowing or you can also do a half-up, half-down hairstyle with soft curls.

Photos courtesy of: perthweddinginspirations.blogspot.com (left) and WENN (right)

I hope this post was helpful and gave you some ideas for your wedding hairstyle. Whatever you end up choosing, I’m sure it will look amazing!

Until the next shopping trip…lots of fashionable love,

Lisa xx

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From Drama to Dream: One Bride's Victory

This weekend, one of my "girls" got married. I say girls quoted because I never gave birth to her; in fact, she is only a few years my junior. Nonetheless, she is my girl - someone who was gifted to me from God to share life with, to shed tears with, to literally laugh out loud with. 

On Friday, she went from a "Miss" to a "Mrs.," and I am overcome with sentiment. Sure, call it girly - it's all good. It feels right to have someone for whom you can feel all warm inside because her journey (that you know so well) and her future (that you imagine and have great expectations for) bring you exceeding joy. 

Getting to marriage is not a walk in the park, and it wasn't easy for our girl. In fact, forces from all over were coming together like Armageddon! It can be downright ugly. Just because the path isn't easy doesn't mean it wasn't destined to be! Without going into a litany of occurrences, my dear friend endured some family battles, last-minute vendor and familial reneges, disagreements on the vision for the wedding, tears, and her fair share of mind games to overcome. She came to realize that marriage - or even getting to the wedding day itself - is not about some fairy tale, but it's about journeying through life with that someone who "for better or for worse" would devotedly write the tale alongside her with unconditional love. 

The rewarding part of the drama is that she didn't have to go it alone. Her faith and encouragement from her beau and loved ones kept the ship moving forward!  Now, she stands gracefully as a "Mrs." stronger than she was, more determined, and focused.

Today, I pray a blissful, spicy, lovingly epic romance for you and the love of your life, my Whit. 

 XOXO,

Lauren

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