I look online; I look in magazines; I look at friends-of-friends’ weddings on Facebook to see what they’re wearing. I’ve even started watching “Say Yes to the Dress” marathons — a show I’d seen exactly five minutes of before I got engaged.
I’m also very aware, however, of how much my dream dress could cost — and that it’s not so green to buy something new, wear it once, and put it in a closet for my kids to maybe wear one day. (Or, more realistically, for my kids to politely decline when they see how different wedding dress styles were back in my day. Sorry, Mom!) So, I’m weighing a few other options.
Before I hit the bridal boutiques and resign to shelling out much of my budget on a brand-new gown, I’m hoping to find one secondhand. I’ve started checking three websites — RecycledBride.com, OnceWed.com, and PreownedWeddingDresses.com — almost daily. These sites connect brides selling dresses (and almost everything else wedding related) to potential buyers; the seller decides on shipping arrangements and return policy.
I’ve already had one heartbreak: an absolutely gorgeous dress, my size and price range, sold before I had a chance to contact the seller. But I’ve got time on my side, with more than a year until my wedding, so hopefully another one will come along, and I’ll just happen to be browsing online at the right time (i.e. all of the time).
In terms of new dresses, though — because Mom insists we’ve got to do the whole dress shopping thing at least once — something I really love is the idea of a 2-in-1 convertible dress. David’s Bridal has two new ones out, pictured above, and they’re both pretty cute!
I haven’t seen these dresses in person and don’t even know what they’re made of, but simply the idea of 2-in-1 is greener than what some women are doing now — buying one dress for the ceremony and another “party dress” for the reception. With these you can just unzip and you’ve got a shorter, sexier dress in which you can dance the night away. Perhaps you could even wear it again as a cocktail dress!
And speaking of dresses, did anyone catch Livia Firth’s dress at the Oscars? Colin’s wife looked absolutely stunning in a gorgeous gown that was made from several vintage thrift-shop finds and documented on Vogue’s Green Style Blog. Not a wedding dress exactly, and certainly not within my budget, but brilliant inspiration, nonetheless!
[Photo: David’s Bridal]