If you aren’t one of those ladies who has dreamed about their wedding since they were a little girl, you may dread the thought of wedding dress shopping. Or maybe the idea of pushy saleswomen fussing over you just doesn’t sound appealing (who can blame you?). Or maybe you’re like me and you try to do as much online shopping as you possibly can because malls and crowds and trying on clothes in ugly florescent lighting is absolutely the worst thing ever for your self-esteem. Whatever your reason, I encourage you to think outside the bridal salon. Dress shops aren’t the only place you can find the perfect wedding day look. Why not turn to the world wide web? You probably do for everything else, so try saying yes to the dress virtually. Although you may never have expected it, here are 5 websites were you can find your dream wedding dress!
1.) Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses – Remember Erika and Mike’s wedding at J. Verno Studio? And remember her KILLER art deco-inspired Matthew Christopher gown with the UNBELIEVABLE scalloped train? I die. Erika got that beauty from a little website called Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses. As the name suggests, they connect buyers and sellers of gently used bridal gowns. But they also feature brand spanking new ones and samples too. This listing service allows new brides to find their dream dress, often at a lower cost, while helping former brides recoup some of the money spent on their wedding. As Pre-Owned puts it, “wedding gowns…deserve to be loved more than once.” I couldn’t agree more.
Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography
2.) Target – This shopping mecca has everything else. Why wouldn’t they sell wedding dresses? While the selection isn’t huge, what they do offer are perfect options for those on a tight budget or who are maybe getting married for the second time. They even have collections for bridesmaids and flower girls too!
3.) Rent the Runway – Why buy when you can borrow? I recently used RTR for the first time and it was super fun. With pieces from Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen, Nanette Lepore, Marchesa, and even the goddess of wedding dresses herself, Monique Lhuillier, you can be a haute couture bride at a fraction of the price. While I’m all about finding that one special dress that makes you look and feel like a million bucks on your wedding day, I’m anti actually spending a million dollars on it. Guys rent their tuxes! Why can’t a bride rent her dress?
4.) TJ Maxx – Stay with me here. I didn’t believe this either until a co-worker introduce me to TJ Maxx’s new website. What I found (in addition to various home goods that I definitely don’t need but bought anyways) was a long sleeve, lace Valentino gown for under $2k. I kid you not. They actually have a pretty wide selection of dresses for brides, maids, and moms. The best part? You can try on at home and return to any TJ Maxx store. I’m sold based on that fact alone.
5.) Amazon – From attire to jewelry and accessories to even décor and gifts, you can actually get a lot of wedding shopping done on this one site. Amazon is so great for just about everything.
What do you think? Could/would you ever buy your wedding dress online? Any other unexpected websites where you can find wedding dresses? Comment below!
While I did team up with Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses to include them in this post, all opinions are my own.