Now where did I put that spare $8K…

If you’ve created your nuptial budget, and you happen to have something around the order to $7,500 earmarked for your wedding day duds, have a gander at this gown by Soucy for Lara Hélène Bridal Atelier. Me, I had a gander and thoroughly enjoyed it, all the while keeping in mind that my dress budget was substantially smaller than the number above. Substantially substantially.


Is that not a gorgeous dress? Even if your budget is as limited as mine was, do have a look at all the gowns featured on the Lara Hélène Bridal Atelier web site because they are — for the most part — utterly divine. This particular dress is crafted from taupe-embroidered tulle in a beautiful scrolled design on a silk satin, and its sweep train adds a little softness to an overall structured look.

And speaking about $8,000 dresses and $15,000 canapés and all the rest of it, check out Ramit Sethi’s post, “The $28,000 question: Why are we all hypocrites about weddings?” (via) After reading it, I’m thanking my lucky stars that The Beard and I didn’t have to go into debt to have the wedding we wanted.

6 Responses to “Now where did I put that spare $8K…”

  1. Blake says:

    The problem isn’t the 8K gowns, it’s that you can’t wear them to the supermarket or the nightclub or five-of-seven-days-a-week afterward, like you ought to. I’d like to take my afternoon walk in a couture gown and a parasol, and pass 10 people doing the same thing.

  2. Never teh Bride says:

    What a lovely notion, Blake. I can just picture myself trotting through the pet supply shop in elegant heels and a wonderful eggshell confection of a dress…

  3. Twistie says:

    Blake, I think I love you.

    (races to pull wedding gown out of storage)

    As for the other…I feel very proud of me. I had a vision in mind and a budget on paper, and I kept to both. No wedding debt, no regrets, no heartburn on bill day.

    (pats self on head)

    But I am so taking up Blake’s banner on rewearing the gown. There’s even good historical precedent. As recently as the 1920’s a lot of high society British brides wore their wedding gowns when being presented at Court.

    And of course once upon a time, a wedding gown was worn as a woman’s best dress until it got so worn that she cut it up for children’s clothes or quilt blocks.

  4. Chloe says:

    My hubby & I tied the knot last Saturday and we managed to spend less than a quarter of the average wedding – and you know what? It was the perfect day – and there wasn’t anything that felt “cheap”.

    Admittedly, we have friends who are professional sound/staging technicians, photographers & videographers who helped us out instead of giving us gifts 🙂

    I think being creative and learning to do things yourself is the way to go!

  5. Ninjarina says:

    My mum and I are already planning for my wedding but we’re still missing a groom ^.^ She started amassing wedding jewelery when I was 16 – I’m 23 now. I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that she wants to marry me off and fast.