We know–you look through the bridal magazines for wedding dress inspiration and then get sticker shock when your favorite gown is $6,000. We love those wedding dresses, too, and use them as inspiration gowns to help you find something within your budget.
We picked three of our favorite designer wedding dresses we love right now:
This gown is right on trend with it's soft, romantic tulle ballgown skirt and lace top. It's perfect for outdoor, garden, and vintage-inspired wedding dresses. And yes, it's really expensive, but you can look for a wedding dress that has some of the same soft touches for your big day!
We freaking love the back of this wedding gown skirt, with it's ruffle-pleating (swirls? what do we call them?). This mermaid gown features a low back (not great for a plus size wedding dress), rhinestone detail at the waist, and this incredible sweep train with ruffled. For brides that don't want a lot of "stuff" on their dress, we look for an "architectural" element built into the dress. This is a great example of an elegant, understated wedding gown that will still WOW.
This wedding gown is great because it shows such great balance–the big ruffles on the skirt are balanced by an understated ruched bodice with just a little bling on the hip. Most brides like softer ruffles, and more of them, but we love this dress for it's simplicity of design. It just doesn't need much "stuff" on it. And we hope it will inspire you to give ruffles a chance!
Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think of our favorite designer wedding gowns, and which ones you're lusting after, too!