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The general consensus is that your wedding day is the happiest day of your life, right? However, once you total the costs of just how much you spent, you may feel otherwise.
Nevertheless, there’s definitely ways to skim hundreds of dollars off of your output by getting not only crafty but simply thinking smarter about your purchases. Go DIY or find the next best option that isn’t as pricey, especially if it’s a component you don’t care to splurge on. As most of us know, prices skyrocket when retailers slap the word “wedding” on damn near anything. And most of the time, it’s the dress that we’re all getting ripped off on (deep sigh).
According to Business Insider, research company Edited recently released a study that reveals stores will charge customers nearly 3.9 times more for a “wedding” dress than they would a similar dress that’s not labeled “wedding.” So, if you’re eyeing a $500, you’d actually be paying an upwards of $2,000.
Now, of course, wedding dresses are very special and sentimental, so go all out if you’ve got the means to do so. But we also know that not everyone has money in the bank to spend. On the other hand, if money ain’t a thing, help out your bridesmaids by going for a dress that isn’t labeled as such. The study also showed that dresses sold as “bridesmaids” dresses cost 1.8 times more than a similar formal gown.
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As I said before, one of the best and probably the easiest parts of preparing for a wedding (aside from possibly testing food and desserts…yum) is finding a wedding dress. But with the cost of gowns these days, it’s not necessarily a joyous experience for everyone. Considering that ASOS has been providing some very stylish and chic clothing for women of all sizes for an affordable price over the last few years, it only makes sense that they would release a bridal collection–also for a good price.
The company sells options for bridesmaids dresses and offered a marketplace for bridal vendors, but this will be the first real wedding gown (or jumpsuit, if that’s more your style) collection from them exclusively. The dresses have already started to make their debut on the site, and more are on the way. Prices range between — get this — $100 and $500. Praise, God!
So whether you’re getting married on the beach, in a backyard, in a church or a courthouse, you will have the option to really turn heads on your big day without turning your pockets inside out in the process. And, on top of that, ASOS will also help you find accessories for your wedding day, including fancy combs, slinky lingerie, clutches, and shoes. With that being said, check out a few selections from the company’s new collection below and let us know your thoughts:
As I sat at the kitchen table with my future mother-in-law, ending a more than two-hour-long conversation about my upcoming nuptials to her beloved first-born child, she turned to me and said, “For the wedding, could you keep all this and all this covered?” She said this while planting her hand on my back, shoulders and the top of my chest.
All this and this was in reference to my breasts and back (shoulders included).
My future mother and father-in-law are very religious people. My fiancé’s dad is even a minister. So I knew they wouldn’t want anything too “colorful” when it comes to our big day. But I was still a little taken aback by the concerns for my bridal gown. Especially since I had already bought it, and both my back and a chunk of ya girl’s decolletage will be on display (no breasts, though).
She would go on to say that when it was time for the reception, though, I could wear what I wanted to. If I remember the conversation clearly, she specifically said, “You can do whatever and we’ll say, ‘Go Vicky!’ ‘Go Vicky!'” while doing a jig in the middle of the kitchen.
As I sat there, all I could do was smile like a Cheshire cat and say to my future mum that “Everything will be nice, don’t worry.” Which translates to “Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”
But don’t get me wrong. My dress is tasteful. In fact, when I tried on different dresses and scoped the Internet for my dream gown, I tried to go for more modest looks. I am a Christian woman as well. So I searched for a cap sleeve here, a boat neck neckline there, lace sleeves here and there.
But then I had to remind myself of all the work I’d done in 2015 to slim down and tone up, and decided that I wanted not just to walk down the aisle looking “pretty,” but strut down looking fabulous. So, I tried on a curve-hugging, strapless Zac Posen gown, a backless number with a halter top at David’s Bridal, and an old-school princess dress with cap sleeves, a big skirt, and a little back showing. I realized the curve-hugging joints were my jam.
In the end, I opted for something chic with a side of sex appeal. Something tasteful that also happens to make my backside look absolutely fantastic. Something a tad demure, but different, that would also display all the work I’d done on my arms. A gal hopes only to get married once, and that unforgettable moment in your life is not the time to play coy.
(On a side note, I didn’t even bother to tell my mother this story, because I know she would have just gotten herself all riled up, and I don’t have enough free anytime minutes for that conversation.)
So, I thought to myself, if my fiancé was willing to go toe-to-toe with his mom in that same kitchen about something as petty as having alcohol for his friends at our reception (she was fighting for cider instead), I could politely decline the suggestion that I look like a nun in the Lord’s house.
I think if she had bought my dress, which my mother-in-law had actually said she hoped to do before finding out I’d already covered that ground, then I would be more accommodating about such things. But considering all the stress wedding planning has caused me, the simple and most fun task of finding, falling in love with and purchasing my dream dress shouldn’t be open for discussion. This isn’t Say Yes to the Dress now.
So, with that being said, I’ll just pray for a positive reaction when I come strolling down the aisle in the church this fall. God willing, she won’t run and throw a shawl over me…
If you’ve watched enough Say Yes to the Dress in your lifetime, flipped through bridal magazines, and are one of those women who had a design for their wedding dress (and colors picked out) waaaaay in advance, shopping for a gown will be the most exciting part of wedding planning for you. The whole idea of stepping out in a gown in front of good friends and family, watching their eyes well up as they say, “THAT’S the dress!” and “jacking up” your frock with fancy belts and veils, imagining what you might look like on your big day, is all quite exciting.
But would you ever forgo all that and just rent a dress instead?
I asked that question to Jazmine, who writes this column with me, and she was not here for such an idea: “Who the hell wore it before me?!”
But my other co-workers thought it was genius: “It makes sense. Why spend hundreds or thousands on something you’re only going to wear once?”
I thought about all this as I was clicking through the site, Rent The Runway. While it sounds like a crazy idea to rent a dress for a day that will forever be ingrained in your memory, that dress will just sit in the back of the closet after that big day is over. And think about it: You can rent a Marchesa or Zac Posen gown for $175 (4-day rental). That’s quite the steal.
I picked out a few for you to check out, dresses that work for a variety of tastes. Plus, the sizes for the dresses go as low as 0, and sometimes go as high as a 20. From the classic strapless ball gown to an unconventional pantsuit, you can really look like a star on your big day, but for less (you also get 20 percent off your first order). Worry about spending your budgeted money on your new home–or your honeymoon…
Need a little bling but want to keep it simple? Check out this Grecian-inspired gown from Raoul. You can rent it for $125.
Looking for something off-white or more on the champagne side? How fly is this Marchesa Notte gown? You can rent it for $175.
Love lace? Who doesn’t?! This nha khan gown is just right for you if you want something elegant but not too much on the frou-frou side. You can rent it for $150.
If you want to go the safe, princess in a ball gown route, this tulle gown by Theia is a good option. You can rent it for $75.
Or, you can opt for something a little more jazzy, but still with the tulle skirt. You can rent this allison parris gown for $75.
Want to turn heads in a unique but minimalist-chic way? This Halston Heritage is a stunner and has a cut-out in the back to help you show more than just a little leg. You can rent it for $100.
For the hipsters looking for something different on their big day, keep everyone on their toes with this crepe Temperley London jumpsuit. You can rent it for $175.
We’ve heard of quite a few stories over the years where an angry wife took to the Internet to expose her cheating husband. But this story has a bit of a different twist. An Australian newlywed by the name of Dan recently took to Gum Tree (similar to Craigslist) to resell his wife’s wedding dress in a post titled, “Wedding Dress for Bride Seeking Eventual Infidelity.” Judging by the post, the poor guy discovered that his wife of two years cheated (or planned to cheat) with his best friend! The posting reads:
“Due to be married soon? Not planning on staying faithful? Want to sleep with one of your soon-to-be husband’s closest friends? Then THIS is the wedding dress for you.
This stunning, tuille swathed, ivory bridal gown has a proven track record of producing an adulterous, deceitful, double-crossing and traitorous ‘soulmate.’
A one of a kind garment designed by Benedict Arnold, believed to be derived from the very cloth Judas Iscariot himself wore to the Garden of Gethsemane to betray the only son of God – Jesus Christ.
This harlot-sized ensemble will make you the envy of your trampish posse on your fraudulent wedding day.
As an added bonus, this dress gives you the ‘entitlement’ to legally obtain over half of your husband-to-be’s worldly possessions.
This dress is guaranteed to provide you with approximately two years of reasonable wedded mediocrity before the complete and utter disintegration of your relationship due to your extramarital promiscuity.
Cosmetically, the garment is in better condition than the marriage – not looking for much. Make an offer.”
Since the post was first made on June 8, it has been viewed close to 200,000 times; however, the dress has yet to be sold. Poor thing.
This Bridal Fashion Week, we noticed something that we hadn’t seen before. Nearly all the designers showing new collections forgo the traditional stark white-colored dresses for shades of champagne, eggshell and ecru– to name a few. Essentially white is being phased out for a variety of reasons, and we had to get to the bottom of it.
On the eve of the new year, actress Kaley Cuoco wore a bubblegum pink custom Vera Wang gown for her wedding to Ryan Sweeting. As bold as the dress was, she was just one of the many women opting to wear a color other than white– and it paid off. Many will say stark white doesn’t photograph well or is limited, but we think there’s something more to it.
To speak on the subject, we asked experts in the field of wedding gowns about the transition from white dresses to colorful options.
See what they had to say at StyleBlazer.com
This is not the type of pic you expect to jump out at you as you casually scroll through Instagram, but if you follow Nicki Minaj on the social media site, then this is exactly what you saw last night — minus the MadameNoire logo.
Scrolling through @scaff_beezy‘s pics, it looks like it’s Nicki Minaj’s boo thang Safaree’s Instagram account, but we can’t be certain. And even if it is, that still doesn’t explain this topless snapshot. Was she doing a sexay bridal photo shoot for her man, or is she being the usual goofy Onika?
Caption this pic and tell us what the heck is going on here.
The lovely fiance of Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose, gave fans a sneak peek of her dress wedding dress today.
She said, “Can u guess what dress I’m getting fitted for today? ” with the corresponding picture.
Judging from the skirt of the dress, it looks like it may be a bit puffy and also very white.
Read and see more at StyleBlazer.com
Nas and Kelis have been divorced for two years now, but you’d think things were just finalized yesterday the way their wedding, marriage, and dissolution are such a hot topic. With Nas back in the spotlight, naturally everyone has been asking about how things went down with his ex-wife, but when he released the “Life is Good” album cover holding the infamous green dress Kelis wore during the couple’s 2005 nuptials, it sparked all sorts of discussion about just what message he was really trying to send to his old, old lady.
During Nas’ VH1 “Behind the Music” special, he explained that the wedding dress was the only thing Kelis left behind when she moved out, and during an interview with MTV, he said during the filming of that segment he realized the dress needed to be a part of his album art.
“It clicked right there. You’re saying it even in your interview, it’s like a given that this should allude to this being on the cover, that statement,” he said. “Some things you can’t plan, they happen.”
That’s easy for him to say, but does Kelis feel the same? Surprisingly, she sort of does. In an interview with NME.com, she spoke on the cover art and said:
“My feelings about it are not really relevant, but you know at the end of the day Nas is an artist. And for whatever it’s worth he’s one of the greatest, and especially for what it is he does.
“So for me, I feel like especially for someone in hip-hop to kind of be genuine and honest, whatever the honesty is about, I think it’s awesome. So my feelings about it aren’t really necessarily valid, it’s just the fact that as an artist I can respect that he wears his feelings on his sleeve.”
It kind of sounds like she might be feeling some sort of way about the cover, but she’s putting artistry over feelings which is pretty cool. These two are sounding more amicable than ever these days. Around the same time that she was bigging him up, he told Tim Westwood in a radio interview:
“Shout out to Kelis. She’s an amazing woman and that’s the mother of my child and she’s great and everything is good.”
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On her wedding day, every bride just hopes that Murphy’s Law doesn’t take effect. To the dismay of Shalita Harris, it did – in a major way. Moments after Harris and her bridal party finished preparing for the wedding, the sprinkler system in the bridal suite of the Westin Hotel in Atlanta went off and sprayed “black oily liquid” on their gowns. SMH.
Paramedics and firefighters were called in to address this bizarre incident, and members of the wedding party reported breathing problems and had to be taken to the hospital. Nevertheless, the show went on with two of the eight bridesmaids in attendance in their black stained dresses.
The Westin Hotel has stated that the cause of the sprinkler malfunction is still unknown. Harris seemed calm enough when talking to the news reporter. How would you have reacted?
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