Take 3 princess gowns
Recent trends are leaning very much towards a boho, DIY vibe (not, unfortunately, in any way that minimizes your budget!) – but there's nothing to say that you can't have the traditional, romantic ceremony you've always wanted.
For nods to tradition, think romantic florals – roses, begonias and lots of lush greenery – as well as full-skirted gowns, gold accents on tables and beautifully handwritten menus and invitations. Check out our Pinterest boards for inspiration!
We've also taken the liberty of selecting three of the web's most beautiful, romantic wedding gowns – for the bride without budgets. (A girl can dream, right?)
Project Catwalk alumni Leanimal will custom-make your Mireille silk, organza and French lace gown to your precise specifications (for a cool $3,795). The lace overlay and peplum detail will flatter curves and the mini cap sleeves and jagged hem give a distinctly fairytale feel. Bonus? Being made-to-order means you can ask to cut that hem straight across, or extend those sleeves slightly. The world is your oyster.
Romona Keveza's spring 2014 bridal collection ran the gamut from traditional to modern, from retro to current – this blush-pink ballgown with tulle overlay and off-the-shoulder detail is inspired by Queen Victoria's 19th-century style and would look beautiful as part of your traditional ceremony. For a list of stockists, check the website.
This Le Spose di Gio off-the-shoulder wedding dress has Old Hollywood written all over it – can't you just see Grace Kelly in this showstopper? The bad news is that Le Spose di Gio is only available through the designer's ateliers in Italy and London, but the good news is that Nearly Newlyweds has a (nearly new) gown for sale for $2,000 - $3,000 less than its $5,000 price tag.