Get a Couture Bridal Look on a Budget

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couture-bridal-lookThe rumors are true you don’t have to spend a fortune on a wedding gown to look like you did!

The details that make couture style so expensive can be recreated on a simple, inexpensive gown.  For instance, some of the trends right now are draped fabric, ruching, sashes, broaches, and unique accessories.
You can start with a simple, strapless satin dress with little or no embellishment.  (Search online for simple wedding gown or informal wedding dress.)  Add a wide satin sash in a fabulous color, tied either in a bow or square knot, and place a broach in the middle of it.  Why not dye your favorite heels to match the sash color?  Top it off with a matching satin bolero jacket for a little coverage in case the air is chilly at your reception.
If your wedding is going to be held in an informal location such as a beach or garden, consider a dress in a lightweight, flowy fabric such as chiffon.  Complete your look with a satin ribbon around the waist in a beachy color like turquoise or coral, and adorn your feet with footless sandals (or foot jewelry) made with pearls or crystal beads.  A long veil is always beautiful blowing in the sea breeze. Imagine those gorgeous pictures!
Another idea for an unembellished dress is to keep the focus on your accessories.  A sassy birdcage veil (think Reece Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama!) and vintage chandelier earrings give a sophisticated, elegant look to any simple gown.
Remember, your wedding is all about your individual style.  So get creative, look for accessories that show off who you are, and make it your own!
About the Author:
Written by:  Shanell Bledsoe, owner of Destinations Bridal ( and Bledsoe Photography (  Shanell has worked in the bridal retail industry for over 7 years.  She enjoys photographing destination weddings and helping brides find their dream gowns on any budget.  She resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, Philip.

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