If a full-on lace gown isn’t your thing, you can still choose a dress with lace highlights. You will look just as dream-like to your partner walking down the aisle in a non-lace wedding dress that has a lace neckline, lace panels, or lace embellishments. And, of course, there are always traditional lace veils – which can be worn no matter what material your actual wedding dress is made from.
As you begin wedding dress shopping, there are seemingly endless styles: billowy ball gowns, strapless mermaids, long-sleeved illusion dresses, spaghetti-strap sheaths. The list goes on and on. To find inspiration, browse wedding dresses by cut, see what real brides wore, and view the latest looks from Bridal Fashion Week (which happens every April and October). Start trying things on 10 to 12 months before your big day so you can order by the six- to eight-month deadline most salons require. If you don’t have that much lead time, you may still be able to get a made-to-order gown; some can be produced in as few as four weeks. Just be ready to pay for the convenience: It’s usually an additional 10 to 15 percent, not including rush alteration fees.
If a full-on lace gown isn’t your thing, you can still choose a dress with lace highlights. You will look just as dream-like to your partner walking down the aisle in a non-lace wedding dress that has a lace neckline, lace panels, or lace embellishments. And, of course, there are always traditional lace veils – which can be worn no matter what material your actual wedding dress is made from.
If you've gotten "The One," stop purchasing. Anymore window-shopping now will just lead you later on toward the uninspiring land of Two-Dress Brides. What you need to do rather is remember that blissful feeling of having actually tried out The One. Go get The One out of the closet, put it on as well as stand in front of the mirror. You'll bear in mind specifically why it's The One.
Bridal gowns are made to order, so once you’ve picked yours, the sales consultant will take your measurements and request the closest fit from the designer. You’ll put down a deposit (typically 50 percent), then pay the rest when it ships to the salon or your home, with no returns. Some salons offer payment plans, while others might cut you a deal on your veil, accessories, or in-house alterations. Just ask! Expect two to five fittings, scheduled at least three months before the big day, which can cost up to 15 percent of the price of the gown. If the salon doesn’t have a seamstress on staff, ask for recommendations in your area. But not everyone can handle a couture-like gown, so don’t cut corners.
What’s most enchanting about this curated collection of affordable ballroom wedding dresses is its versatility. Thanks to a range of designs, from trendy to traditional, this line includes a gown to suit any bridal theme. Try a lacey cap sleeve cut for a cute rustic reception, or go for a fancy beaded dress to complement a ballroom wedding. No matter what, you’re sure to look and feel like a princess when you say “I do” in one of these beautiful ball gowns from David’s Bridal.
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