Have you considered a handmade wedding dress, but assumed it might be too expensive? The surprising fact is that handmade doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive, even though handmade is actually custom-made just for you! When we were browsing the new collection of handmade wedding dresses from Barzelai, we were impressed with the beautiful styles. What we didn’t expect was how amazingly affordable they really are, with all dresses under $700 (and many under $500)! We’ve hand-picked ten dresses to share with you today from the new collection and we think you’re going to love what we’ve found. Read on to see the dresses…
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Do you dream of colorful wedding dresses instead of traditional white? We hear you! This year, colorful (aka non white wedding dresses) are all the rage. A gown in subtle grey, blush, or light blue are just a few of the colorful wedding dresses we’ve seen brides happily choosing over classic white or ivory.
You know, something like this:
And since we’re always on the hunt to find you the latest wedding ideas, we couldn’t wait to share these non-traditional dresses from Ca’Rousel. Just wait until you see our nine hand-picked favorites…
Hi, loves! Emma here. Today I’m letting you in on a little secret:
Your wedding gown doesn’t have to cost a ton of money to be beautiful.
Some of the prettiest wedding dresses are under $1000 — even $800 or less! — as I’ll prove to you in this post. You see, it’s not the dress that makes the bride; instead, it is the beautiful bride that makes the dress! Any wedding dress which is properly fitted to your individual measurements, paired with accessories, and accompanied by a smile that lights up a room looks way better than an ill-fitting garment upwards of $2000 or more. To show you how you can stay on budget AND have the wedding dress of your dreams, we’ve rounded up thirty best Etsy wedding dresses to share. Each dress is handmade with two hands, a sewing machine, and a whole lotta love! Plus, you have the opportunity to speak directly to the designer who will work one-on-one with you to handcraft your wedding gown.
And if you’re nervous about buying a wedding dress online, don’t be: it’s completely safe if you 1) check reviews before you buy, 2) send your exact measurements, 3) allow for plenty of time for it to arrive, and 4) have it professionally fitted by a local seamstress (if needed). And, just to be sure, read the fine print and return policy before you buy. But that’s just smart practice for buying anything online. :)
Grab some coffee and prepare to be amazed! We’ve found some truly incredible wedding dresses here…
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Bridal Gowns Under $800
1. This beaded sweetheart neckline gown
By Love Raveglia.
The new collection from Barzelai is here! And wait until you see the beautiful dresses we have spotted! If you’re a boho bride, you’ll adore these sweet embellishments from embroidered collars and lace to deep v necklines and flowy silhouettes. Whether your style is a casual backyard wedding, an elegant seaside wedding, or a wedding in the woods, a boho wedding dress may be perfect for you! Read on to see our favorite handpicked dresses from the new collection. Plus, did we mention all of these are under $500? We thought you’d love that! Enjoy!
Hi, Emma here and if you love gold as I do, you’ll really enjoy these rose gold wedding ideas! You see, rose gold is my latest favorite; it’s been popping up in wedding rings, bridesmaid jewelry, decor, and even wedding gowns (remember these?) Today we’re sharing twenty-seven rose gold wedding ideas to inspire you from engagement rings and wedding dresses to cake stands and decor. There’s a little something here for everyone to love.
Oh, and just wait until you see the dress. It’s one of my favorite bridal gowns to date. Enjoy!
Rose Gold Wedding Ideas
Need wedding inspiration boards by color? Looking to coordinate with your wedding’s color scheme? We’ve got ’em! Chrissy Ott, editor of The Perfect Palette, sent us these incredible inspiration boards which combine our love for handmade and her expertise in color palettes. And, since it is easier to find an accessory first (rather than find one to match your palette later) Chrissy used a handmade clutch as the focal point for each board. We are also excited to add that each handmade clutch used below is from The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride, where you can find tons of handmade loveliness from the best artisans on the planet. Get inspired with color AND a handmade accessory to match!
Wedding Inspiration Boards by Color
1 – Blues
2 – Pinks + Browns
3 – Chartreuse, Aqua + Light Green
4 – Pink + Gray
5 – Antique Gold, Pewter, Champagne + White
6 – Chocolate Brown, Copper, Taupe + Ivory
7 – Coral, Taupe, Ivory + Gold
8 – Plum, Powder Blue + Gray
9 – Black + White
10 – Yellow + Gray
We hope these colorful examples helped to inspire you! You can find more colorful inspiration by Chrissy at The Perfect Palette. Thanks, Chrissy, for sharing your expertise with our readers!
1. top row: chiffon blue dress, snow covered blue barn, bridal style, blue heels,
middle row: blue china pattern, ring, floral, invitation design, invitation pattern,
bottom row: doves, newlyweds in love, blueberries in a bowl, navy bridesmaid dress
2. top row: groomsmen attire, newlyweds in love, beautiful wreath, bridal style,
middle row: hair clips, calligraphy, ring pillows, vintage locket, handmade earrings,
bottom row: newlyweds in love, invitation suite, beautiful bridal gown, centerpiece
3. top row: beautiful veil, green chapel door, bridesmaids dresses, tree invitation,
middle row: event calligraphy, fun programs, napkin, earrings, fun stationery,
bottom row: gorgeous sashes, apple arrangements, newlyweds, simple bouquet
4. top row: lovely bouquet, gorgeous bridesmaid dress, typewriter, groomsmen,
middle row: earrings, bridal party, beautifulflowers, fascinator, special ring
bottom row: ring, pale pink invitation, gray bridal party, pretty white shoes
5. top row: vintage keys, bridal party, pretty centerpiece idea, handmade fascinator,
middle row: bowls, earrings, high heels, fancy clutch, calligraphy by Laura Hooper,
bottom row: bridal heels, sweet wedding cake, newlyweds in love, butterfly blocks
6. top row: barn reception, newlyweds, napkin ring with pine cone, just married,
middle row: pine cones, rustic handcrafted clutch, labels, earrings, buttons,
bottom row: newlyweds in love, centerpiece detail, bridesmaid dress, reception
7. top row: table design by Objectsplendor, newlyweds, table setting, pretty dresses,
middle row: monogram, earrings, etsy clutch, handcrafted necklace, calligraphy,
bottom row: centerpiece flowers, bridal party, napkin ring, bridal hairstyle
8. top row: purple heels, bridal style, invitation design, handcrafted silk clutch,
middle row: calligraphy, handmade earrings, chapel, ring, escort card display.
bottom row: pretty bouquet, bridal party, purple necktie, bridal party attire
9. top row: bridesmaid dresses, lovely heels, little black dress, bridal stationery suite,
middle row: pendant detail, wax seals, ornate jewelry, black bridal clutch, bouquet,
bottom row: gorgeous wreath, lovely bridal portrait, wine bottle display, cupcakes
10. top row: bridal party attire, invitation~wedding paper divas, kisses , shoes,
middle row: invitation, engagement ring, two rings, invitation, swirly motif,
bottom row: newlyweds in love, bouquet, hair piece
About the Author
Today we are sharing with you an incredible rustic real wedding with tons of handmade elements and a rustic, homespun flair. We love to hear the details directly from the bride, so take it away, Kendel!
She tells us, “Country, rustic, charming, antique, old-fashion, warm, fun and intimate. Just a few words I would use to describe our wedding day, August 14th, 2010. If I had to describe it in one sentence it would be: The most amazing day that I got to marry my best friend while surrounded by the charming handiwork of my friends and family who all came together to make our day really special and memorable.
Our wedding took place at Balls Falls Conservation Area in Jordan ON. During the reception we had a slide show and several games throughout the evening including the shoe game and the newly wed game, which were a lot of fun. We ended the night with a few fireworks and our car drove through two large fountain style fireworks as our exit.
Our wedding was truly a DIY wedding and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. If it wasn’t something I made personally then it was an item made by a friend or family member, and together everything came out looking great, and it was even nicer knowing it was made with love and hard work from those involved in the day.
We worked with a relatively small budget and yet everything was exactly what I wanted. I hope the images of our wedding inspire other couples to really consider DIY as well as the power of asking friends and family members for their expertise when it comes to planning a wedding. You don’t always have to rely on the ‘experts’ when there are experts all around you amongst your friends and family!
Here are descriptions of just a few things we, or friends and family members, created for our big day:
Wedding Map: Jill Mitchell is an amazing artist that I met while doing my undergrad at Brock University. She has such a unique style of drawing and so I commissioned her to draw a personalized wedding map to put in with our invitations. I just love the end result she came up with – the map included not only directions but also a ‘caricature’ of myself and the groom, along with an image of our ‘getaway truck’ as well as the chapel and our reception barn. Here is a link to her art blog: http://ceilingexplorer.blogspot.com/
Our Wedding program: I wanted a really unique program that fit the country theme of our wedding and that would be an element of entertainment for our guests (as apposed to just a run down of the ceremony order of events). So I made a Mini Newspaper Style wedding program that included a ‘top story’ about us as a couple along with some funny advertisements that fit our wedding theme along with of course the typical ‘program’ break down. I have been busy at creating these Mini Newspaper Programs from brides from all over now as I sell them in my ETSY shop here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71701996/mini-newspaper-style-wedding-program
Personalize Aisle Runner: My brother’s girlfriend, Meredith, is an artist and so I asked her to personalize our Aisle runner by painting our initial logo and date at the base of the runner! It looked great and all it cost was a small bottle of paint and a brush! Meredith also surprised us with an amazing painting of one of our engagement photos! It is SO beautiful and we featured it on our ‘signing table’ at the reception and it really was a show stopper! We now have the painting hanging in our bedroom and it is so lovely.
Centerpieces: I looked for a year at every garage sale, flea market and antique shop and found various antique tins of all shapes, sizes and genres. We then grew our own garden of sunflowers and zinnias (as well as order a few extra greens and filler flowers) and made our own centerpiece. Each table had a combination of different tins and no one centerpiece was alike.
Handmade Flower Girl Dolls: I asked my grandma to make a ‘Prairie Dolls’ for each of my four flower girls! My mom found really nice sunflower fabric to use for their dresses and each flower girl got to hold their doll down the aisle, they looked really cute in photos, and they was a nice keepsake for them to take home after the wedding.
Silhouette logo: I made custom silhouettes of Ben (the groom) and myself. We used these silhouettes on our invitation as well as on our bottle labels and we even framed them and hung them on the church doors. They really set the theme for the day and were a nice personal touch to the wedding. Interested in getting your own? I offer them in my ETSY shop here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56325805/personalized-silhouettes
Our Getaway: We really wanted the traditional feel of a fun getaway running through the crow to a getaway vehicle. We went the ‘eco-friendly’ route of tossing birdseed instead of rice or confetti. Our guests had a lot of fun throwing the birdseed and I am sure the birds had fun afterwards. I now offer the same Birdseed tossing bags in my Etsy shop so that other brides can enjoy the same fun tradition at their weddings: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75544335/birdeseed-tossing-bags-with-sewn-on We were also very blessed to be able to borrow my maid of honor’s uncle’s old fashion pickup truck! It was an ideal getaway vehicle and we road away in it while sitting on hay bails in the back.
Our Wedding Cake: Our wedding cake was made by my friend Wilma. She is just getting started with her cake business (link below) and I was telling her how I wanted a ‘Rustic, old-fashioned cake that look handmade’ and she said “I can totally make a ‘handmade’ looking cake” and so she did! It turned out JUST how we wanted it and I had chosen three different types of fabric and we sewed them into ‘bands’ and then backed them with wax paper and wrapped the around the cake. It really gave it a rustic look and added to the handmade DIY feel of the day. Here is a link to Wilma’s Cake Site – Mill Street Cakes: http://millstreetcakes.blogspot.com/
Cake Topper: Our cake topper was an amazing handmade piece by Sarah Neuburger of ‘The Small Object’ and they are featured in her ‘Together Forever’ Etsy Shop. She was so great about using all of my ideas and really created a topper that reflected our colours and the style of our wedding day. She even made the dress on the cake topper doll match mine exactly! I highly recommend working with her to create your cake topper. Here is a link to her ETSY Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/togetherforever?ref=seller_info
Our Favour: I wanted our favour to be something that my guests would really like and get use out of. I also wanted the favour to go with our rustic theme! I decided I wanted to do honey bottles and so I found really nice bottles and ordered them. Then all I needed to do was find a honey supplier to fill them. WELL to our delight my husband’s aunt and cousins were just getting a Bee farm started and said that the previous year they got lots of honey and would love to fill our favour bottles as a gift to us!! We were so excited to have family honey in the bottles, it made them that much sweeter! I made really cute tags for the bottles and I now design personalized tags for other bride’s favour. You can check them out here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72867768/wedding-favor-tags-custom-tag-design-for
Guest Seating Tree: I made a really neat ‘guest seating tree’ to hang our seating chart on. I used branches that I collected from around my parent’s farm and I painted them gold. I then found little lanterns and placed battery powered flicker tea lights in the lanterns. I then hung the seating chart, by individual tables, on the tree by tying them on with raffia. I placed the tree in a silver bucket with rocks to hold it down and covered them with moss. I tied a ribbon around the branches to hold them together. Guests walked around the tree to find their name and see where they were sitting. The tree really added to the entry of the reception venue.
Handmade Reception Décor: Friends and family really came together to make our reception décor beautiful and cost effective. We decorated everything ourselves. My pastor’s wife, Bryar, runs a party planning business (link below) and she made amazing tissue pom poms to hang from the rafters of the barn. They were different sizes and were ivory and copper in colour. They really added to the beauty and intimacy of the space! My dad cut out our logo initials, ‘BRK’, and then crackled painted them and we hung them at the front of the barn above the head table. They looked great and really personalized the space, and now we have them as art in our home. We also strung up globe lights that I found in the patio section of a store and they really looked amazing and were a very cost effective way to decorate and give a big impact. http://eventessentials.org/eventessentials/index.html.html
RSVPS: I made my own wedding invitations but was a little stumped when it came to how to make the RSVPs. I came up with the idea to create postcards and pre-stamp them so that my guests could simply pop them in the mail after checking their box and filling in their number on the back. They ended up working out GREAT and really added to the rustic old-fashioned theme of the day. I now offer custom designs RSVP Postcards to other brides VIA my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56835917/wedding-rsvp-postcards
Photography: Photography is such an important element of any wedding day, as what good is ALL this DIY work if there is no one there to capture all the small details that help capture the mood and feel of your wedding day. I am a photographer myself, so I had my fellow photographer friends Jenn and Dave Stark capture the special moments of our wedding day. And as you can all see they did a FABULOUS job!! Check out their website for more of their work, they are an awesome team and are great at what they do! http://www.jennstarkphotographers.com/
These are just a FEW of the DIY projects that we included in our day, and are just a few examples of our friends and family contributing their talents and creations for our big day. I hope our wedding inspires you to DIY and to seek out others who can DIY for you to give your wedding a charming and intimate feel.”
Thank you, Kendel, for sharing your beautiful wedding day with our readers!
Photography by Jenn Stark Photographers. All Rights Reserved.
Today we’re featuring Kit and Jacob’s custom-made wedding! This unique wedding includes many unique handmade details created by the bride and her family. Their wedding planning team from Swann Soirees, tied together all of the major details and creatively crafted the wedding’s theme. Gabrielle Fox from Gabrielle Fox Photography captured Kit and Jacob’s exciting wedding day and all of the custom-made details within it.
Brenda tells us, “The bride, Kit is a San Diego fashion designer, she custom-made all the dresses & accessories for her bridal party (bridesmaids & flower girls) out of Indian saris, not only because she loves color, but because it was a way for her to honor her new family. Her now husband, Jacob, is of Indian heritage and an officer in the U.S. Navy. This was very much a family affair, for all the attendants were part of the family- siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc.
This Wedding was truly the uniting of two families, for they married at the Catholic Church with a traditional mass, but honored the ancestry with the clothes and some traditions which are part of Indian Weddings (Menhdi ceremony, Gold Jewelry adornment & presentation).
It was important to Kit to contribute to local businesses, her design-house is in Liberty Station, which is also the home of my planning firm, the caterer, and the venue. The ceremony & reception took place in the daytime and the caterer’s menu was perfect for a hot san diego day (panini bar!). She and her family made the centerpieces, selected the lunch boxes for the kids, made the favors which doubled as seating assignments, as well as the simple but cute tags on the straws for the drink station (they had a lemonade bar with different lemonades). The focus for the wedding was color and family. Her & Jacob’s first dance was “Twist & Shout” and all the children attending were invited to dance with the bride & groom.”
Event Planner: Swann Soirées
Photographer: Gabrielle Fox Photography
Bridesmaids & Flower Girls Dresses (Bride): Fiveloaves Twofish Clothing
Church: Immaculata on the USD campus
Personal Flowers & Lawn decor: Tessilk Florals
Cater & Children’s lunchboxes: Banyan Catering
Cake: Chi Chocolat (this and the above are the same owner but they have diff staff)
DJ: DJ Reason-Oscar Otanez
Rentals: Raphael’s Party Rentals
Favors & Lawn games: Bride DIY
All images courtesy of Gabrielle Fox Photography. All Rights Reserved.
I discussed my fascination with tulle earlier today (non-itchy tulle, of course), so I thought it appropriate to share a few more of my favorite things: the color pink and pearl embellishments. Needless to say, when I spotted this bohemian hair wreath by BowsnBerries it was love at first sight. This beautiful dusty pink rose flower hair clip is placed onto a handmade wired wreath, with glass pearl accents and a subtle mauve satin ribbon. Bohemian brides, you’ll especially love this look – plus, your bridesmaids can follow suit!
Bohemian Hair Wreath
More coming up soon!
I’m a tulle-loving girl. I think the netted fabric adds a little something to a dress – particularly a wedding gown – giving it the lift it needs and deserves. But, let’s face it, lovelies: the stuff itches. I have a black and white polka dot dress with a bright red sash (it’s quite fabulous) but I avoid wearing it because the bottom layer (bright red tulle!) is so dang itchy. And, if you sit in it all day it leaves marks on your legs. So, when I saw this tulle wedding ball gown I thought it looked lovely, but imagined the itchiness that would ensue. Ouch. However, I quickly discovered this is an entirely different type of tulle. In fact, this sweet soft cotton tulle ballgown is just that: soft! The dress is handmade from 80% cotton, with all the structural parts underneath the tulle constructed of organic cotton sateen making it soft against your skin. It is lightweight and party-ready. Take a peek…
I’m loving this look! Thanks, Pure Magnolia Couture (gown designer) for taking the toughness out of the tulle!