Project Virtual Runway

In my last post, I described my efforts to find a couture dress bargain on the in-ter-web. In this post, I provide a detailed list of websites for your shopping enjoyment. Oh, and since a dress post without pictures is like a cupcake without the frosting, I thought I'd also present a virtual fashion show of some of the delicious couture gowns available at significant discount online.

As Heidi would say, "Let's start the show."

[In descending order: Lela Rose "Park" ($2200 at Bella Rosa); Reem Acra 3103 ($1950 at Bridepower); Claire Pettibone "Marguerite" ($1850 at Dream Bridal L.A.); Monique Lhuillier "Yolana" ($2590 at Encore Bridal); Anne Barge 257 ($1890 at Bridecouture); Romona Keveza L637 ($1275 at Scarlett's Closet); Melissa Sweet "Layla" ($2250 at Sabrina Ann)]

1. Sellers of sample and gently-used wedding gowns
Avant Bridal: Website for Bozeman, MT, bridal boutique; offers very limited selection of sample gowns
Bella Rosa Bridal: Website for Richmond, VA, bridal boutique; over 80 sample and discount dresses and headpieces for sale online; sample sale includes pieces by the fabulous Lela Rose (hard to find on discount)
Bridal Boutique of Carmel: Website for Carmel, IN, bridal boutique; offers a number of sample dresses for sale online
Bride Couture: Website for Poway, CA, store; hundreds of sample gowns available online; well laid out and easily searchable website
Bride Power: Website for Vows Bridal Outlet, in Newton, MA; hundreds of sample gowns for sale online; well organized, detailed, and easily searchable website
Carine's Bridal Atelier: Website for Washington, DC, bridal boutique; offers a number of sample dresses for sale online, including this Carolina Herrera stunner for $2775
Dream Bridal L.A.: Online retailer from which I bought my gown; offers a well-edited selection of new, sample, and gently worn gowns, incl. this $2700 new with tags Melissa Sweet "Lia"
Hitched Salon: Website for Washington, DC, bridal boutique; offers limited selection of sample gowns, including this chic Oscar de la Renta sheath
Sabrina Ann: Website for Ardmore, PA, consignment bridal shop; offers new and gently used gowns
Scarlett's Closet: Online retailer of sample wedding, evening, and MOB gowns and bridal accessories; good selection
Your Dream Dress: Ebay seller with hundreds of sample gowns, new and sample veils and shoes, and satin sashes in myriad colors; steals include this $195 (yes, you read that right) Amsale gown
2. Consignment stores and listing services
Bell Ancora

3. Online retailers with limited selection of wedding dresses
Bluefly: Offers discounted new with tags Nicole Miller wedding dresses, as well as evening gowns from various designers
The Frock: Tons of gorgeous vintage wedding dresses, including this dreamy Dior confection perfect for a modern day Joan Fontaine
Stylebug: General retailer of discount designer merchandise; bridal section offers a number of new with tags gowns from various designers, incl. Carolina Herrera, Christos, and Badgely Mischka.  Check out this Vera Wang that's perfect for a prima ballerina:
See anything you like?  

Auf Wiedersehen!

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