Photo Credit: Radion Photography; @radionphotography
Don’t get us wrong, a bride’s dress is one of the most important focal points of her wedding day - absolutely. But all of her other ensemble [personal] effects are equally photogenic, and sometimes even more cause for the double clicks when they find a home on the Gram. C’mon, you can admit it, you’ve ❤️ at least one of those brides-wearing-jackets type of pictures and want to do it for your own day. We’ve done it wayyy more than once! The accessories aren’t just a ‘gift with purchase’ though. Once you’ve gotten your gown, you’re on the hook for those extras yourself. That’s why David’s Bridal comes in clutch again. With an unbelievable selection of trend-forward, fete-worthy dresses - under $1000 (and several much less than that!) - finding your dream dress under budget can leave lots of room for all the perfect finishing touches. We’re going well beyond the veil, but not too far, because at David’s Bridal you can shop your dress and your bridal bonuses all in the same appointment!
From the smallest stitch through the final fitting, the entire team at David’s Bridal wants to bear witness to your unique wedding dream. As such, they’re committed to helping you fall in love not just with a dress, but with a head-to-toe vow-appropriate vision that expresses you fully on your best day ever. This isn’t a time to be someone else, either, it’s a time to be your best self, your truest self, and your beautifully singular self. If that means your dress deserves cowboy boots and denim, then don’t let us stop you. In fact, David’s will actually help you make it happen!
Before we give you some of our favorite ways to stretch out your budget on must-haves that matter, we have to give justice where justice is due. All of David’s Bridal’s wedding dresses are made-to-order and hand-embellished with artisan skill, requiring as many as 100 hours of effort ((that’s celebrity, red carpet kind of couturier commitment)). Each gown is thoughtfully designed to flatter your figure and crafted with impeccable care. And this exceptional quality comes at such a good price, because the brand has a dedicated design, fit, and color team, plus streamlined production methods to ensure amazing value.
These dresses are major on their own, but with much-loved accessories like jewelry, shoes, hats, jackets, etc. they become next level. Not even because they’re more styled, either, it’s because they’re storied and infused with personality, edge, and modernity that epitomizes being your own bride.
If you spend less on that dress, feel empowered to impress
Glamorous & Polished
Dress: Off-the-Shoulder Long Sleeve Lace Plus Size Gown; $199.95
Figure flattering and classic, this comfortable, draped jersey sheath gown features a long sleeve sequin lace bodice that can be worn on the tips of the shoulders as a boatneck style, or pulled a little further down for a fully off-the-shoulder look.
And those iridescent earrings are stunning, right? It’s a perfect head-to-toe look when coupled with crystal-encrusted pumps that bring their own balancing kind of glow.
Dress: Floral Lace Applique Spaghetti-Strap Wedding Dress; $899
This elegant trumpet wedding dress exudes a hazy softness that comes from the multi-dimensional blend of blooming floral lace applique strewn atop an allover lace layered gown, trailing all the way through the draping chapel train, with a matching floral lace applique trim at the hem. Barely-there spaghetti straps and an illusion mesh neckline trim add a sultry touch.
Hazy softness is a look all on its own, but when you thrown on #somethingblue fishnets and studded ankle booties, the ethereality becomes full-on edge. That’s what happens when you pair an oxblood pout with pearl hoops, too…
Dress: Allover Lace V-Neck Plus Size Sheath Wedding Dress; $199.95
Wearing a classic sheath lace wedding dress means you can glam up to make a simple look your own. Complement this sleeveless, V-neck plus-size gown with jewels and a sparkling headpiece for a completely custom assemblage. Infused with stretch for a comfortably curve-hugging fit.
A long, billowing tulle veil can make a bride feel wild. As wild as… a horse? Maybe. Turquoise statement earrings and cowboy boots bring this look back down to Earth, as does the embroidered denim jacket. And to cinch it all together, she does a sash, because even horse riders like to giddy up into a glittering disguise sometimes.
Sexy & Glam
Dress: Lace Applique Illusion Chiffon Skirt Wedding Dress; $899
Lace embellishments and barely there mesh panels create a romantic, skin-baring illusion on the bodice of this sophisticated wedding dress, while a cascading soie chiffon skirt, accented with a thigh high slit, adds flowy movement with every step. Complete with shimmering moonstones and beadwork at the waist.
That leg pop looks SO GOOD with a thigh high slit, especially when it shows off some sparkle-heavy shoes. The faux fur shoulder wrap layers on another level of glamour, kind of old school Hollywood style, while those halo hoop earrings bring a nod of nouveau to the look. ((These are the kind you wear loooonnng after the wedding day with jeans and a simple tank)).
Dress: Scalloped Lace Long Sleeve Open Back Wedding Dress; $599
This romantic, refined lace wedding dress features long illusion sleeves, scalloped trim, and an open-back detail. Delicate eyelash lace along the edge of the neckline, sleeves, back keyhole, and sweep train provide additional flourish and charm.
It’s one dress, but you can go boho two ways. For a bohemian/garden party feel use a little of that extra money to have your florist work some magic on a ethereal, painterly flower crown ((if you can swing it have her help with a bloom-embellished swing, too!)). Or instead, go more for that desert boho/sunset session look with a pair of killer statement earrings and a felt hat that makes you fade into Joshua Tree mystique.
Dress: Leaf Pattern Lace Slit Skirt A-Line Wedding Dress; $599
Scalloped eyelash lace trims the plunging-V neckline, dramatic skirt slit, and low scoop-back of this boho leafy lace A-line wedding dress. Delicate spaghetti straps and a soft, flowy skirt complete the look.
You’ve heard of the no-chill bride, right? Well, you’re just sooo far the other way - completely calm, cool, and collected. You make mixing trends and vibes look SO easy - from your rock and roll-inspired wifey moto jacket to your delicate, fearlessly-feminine flower earrings, glitter block heels to your over the top, longer-than-life veil. You’re just the portrait of a blissfully happy, bride.
Sweet & Girlie
Dress: Strapless Crystal Floral Bodice Wedding Dress; $899
Pave crystals paired with clear and iridescent beads outline swirls of floral blooms on the bodice of this ball gown wedding dress. The sweetheart neckline is trimmed in delicate illusion mesh, matching the layers of wispy mesh that create the dramatic ball gown skirt. Includes removable, beaded spaghetti straps.
We love a softer, less structured ball gown with a sash, because it has all the whimsy and charm of that dreamed-of-forever princess look, but it's fresher, relaxed, flirty and fully in control. Switch out a tiara for a 3D floral headband, and it’s fairytale, but straight sass. #therealdreamcometrue.
Dress: Mikado High-Low Wedding Dress; $199.95
This lustrous mikado wedding gown is the epitome of effortless elegance. The simple bodice is even more lovely when topped with a sparkling sash, and the high-low hem shows off your dazzling heels.
When we say save on the dress, splurge on the accessories, we’re thinking of this image entirely. But it’s still a dress that sets your heart on 🔥 - there isn’t any compromises here. The black and white moment that comes through with the ombre stretch bracelet, chunky black heels, and vegan leather moto jacket is a total mood, and the red heart earrings add such a punchy, playful Betty Boop, but fashion pop culture stamp to an overall anti-bride, but not really aesthetic. We’re so here for this, end of story!!
Dress: Ruched Bodice Chiffon A-Line Wedding Dress; $399
A sweet and simple wedding dress, perfect for a beach ceremony or garden soiree. This flowing chiffon gown features an elegantly ruched sweetheart bodice topped with spaghetti straps and a long, soft A-line skirt.
It’s Cleopatra, but so much better for 2020. The ruching on the bodice gives a subtle nod to the draping we expect from a goddess-style gown, but it’s done with such restraint. When you couple it with Swarovski-accented medallion drop earrings and a pendant necklace, it’s regal, trendy, and just a teeny bit seductive. Plus, the gold coloring is so crisp and light, it doesn’t feel heavy or even the least bit overdone. Simply perfection.
With the incredible value at David’s, you can fall in love with your dream dress and never have to think twice about the rest of your head-to-toe trimmings. Whether you want to complete your look at the same time you say yes to the dress, you can certainly do it, but coming back to complete your aisle transformation (jewelry, shoes, sashes, and/or shapewear etc.) is perfectly fine too.
… Oh, and if you’re suddenly feeling like you can pull off that hair down, wool felt hat look, we feel ya. #wealreadyknewyoucould 😘. Shop the place for it ALL right now!
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