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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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Using Get Wed for Less to Find Your Dress

I have to confess. I’m not your typical bride-to-be. Rather than get all excited and giddy at wedding preparations, the thought of having to deal with all those details makes me break out in hives! Well, there is one detail of the whole wedding planning ordeal that gets me rather excited:  finding the perfect dress.

Get Wed for Less makes it easy that even someone as picky as yours truly can find the perfect vintage dress at one of the vendors in my backyard or online.  

Yes, you heard me correctly: I said vintage. I’m THAT bride. You know the one who doesn’t mind wearing a dress that someone has already donned. Consider it “something old”.  Vendors like J. Crew, for example, or Bhldn (a personal favorite) carry lovely vintage dresses - and lots of other styles - that hearken back to Gatsby-era days.

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For those who find the idea of wearing a used (no matter how gently) gown not so appealing, you can say yes to vintage STYLE dresses using our incomparable vendor directory.

Plus, with social media tools like Instagram and Pinterest, it’s even easier! You simply print out or screenshot your dress of choice and bring it to a vendor to see if they have anything similar with less mileage 

Whether you don’t mind thrifting or you prefer a newer dress, our guide is an indispensable source for you to find the dress made just for you!

Editor's Note: Still want more help getting started? Here are different types of gown styles, which should help as you embark on the quest for your dress. Use this 411 along with The Right Dress for Your Body blog post, and you'll be on your way!

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The Right Dress for Your Body

Your wedding day is almost here! It's the day you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl. The scrapbooks you’ve made about the location, the food, the band, and the decorations can now all be put to use. You finally get to plan the wedding of your dreams. Of course, no wedding preparation would be complete without the search for the perfect wedding dress.

When you walk down that aisle, all eyes will be on you, so nothing short of perfection will do. I must warn you; this search will not be a walk in the park. You’ll probably have to try on dozens of dresses before you find “the one”, but when you do find it, you’ll know immediately. You’ll feel like that dress was made specifically for you. Just because the search may be difficult, it doesn’t mean you have to go in completely blind. Here are a few tips to make your journey a little bit smoother.

Step 1: Know your body shape. Are you an Apple, Pear, Hourglass, or Rectangle?

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If you’re an Apple:

- You have broad shoulders, narrow hips, and slim legs.

- You’re also widest around your torso.

- Your abs and chest look larger compared to the rest of your body.

If you’re a Pear:

- You have a small bust, larger bum, and thicker thighs.

- Your hip measurement is greater than your bust measurement

If you’re an Hourglass:

- Your hip and bust measurements are practically equal in size.

- You have a narrow/defined waist.

- Your arms, chest, hips, and bum are larger compared to your waist.

If you’re a Rectangle:

- You’re straight up and down. There isn’t much variation in the measurements between your bust, waist, and hips.

 

Step 2: Once you’ve identified your shape, know which style of wedding dresses accentuates your best features.

Apples:

Look for…

V-neck and sweetheart necklines. They will draw attention upwards and away from your torso.

Empire waistlines and A-line silhouettes. High waistlines and skirts that flow away from your body will elongate you, making you look slimmer.

Knee or tea length dresses if you want to show off your slim legs.

Avoid…

Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They’ll accentuate the widest part of you and flare at the slimmest.

Ballgowns. They won’t help elongate your body.

Straight across strapless necklines. They won’t accentuate your bust line.

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Pears:

Look for…

One shoulder, strapless, V-neck, bateau or scoop necklines. You’ll be able to balance out your shape by drawing attention to your upper body.

Ballgowns (maybe). With this, you’ll have to use your judgment. For some with hips that are just slightly wider than the shoulders, they can help disguise your larger bottom half. For those with hips that are more prominent, ballgowns can actually emphasize your hips and make them look even larger. I would encourage you to try it on and see how you feel about it.

A-line silhouettes. They’ll reduce attention from your bottom half because the skirt will flow away from your body.

Avoid…

Sheath dresses. They are too clingy for your body shape. You want dresses that flow away from your bottom half.

Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They’ll put the attention on your bottom half and that’s what we want to put less emphasis on.

Halter or High necklines. They’ll create a disproportionate look on you because these necklines will make your hips appear larger than they are.

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Hourglasses:

Look for…

Sheath, Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They will showcase your amazing curves perfectly.

Dresses that will accentuate your narrow waistline.

Avoid…

Empire waistlines. This high waistline won’t show off your narrow waist.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

Rectangles:

Look for…

Ballgowns. You can add curves with ballgowns because they’ll nip in your waist and the full skirt will flare and give the look of a fuller bottom.

Strapless, V-neck, or one shoulder necklines. These necklines will draw the attention towards your upper half and create the illusion of curves.

Empire waistlines. They’ll feature the smallest part of your torso to create a more defined waistline.

Avoid…

Halter or High necklines. They’ll make your shoulders look narrow and as result won’t flatter your waist.

Sheaths. They’ll make you look boxy.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

I hope these tips will be helpful to you in your search for the perfect dress! I have no doubt you will make everyone’s (especially your future husband’s) jaw drop to the floor when they see you walk down that aisle.

Until the next shopping trip… lots of fashionable love,

Lisa

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Amelia Traver
Your wedding dress should be the most beautiful dress of all.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:08
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