Be A Beautiful Bride — On A Shoestring

Many a bride has shed tears of anxiety about finding the perfect wedding dress. Picking the right style is the first challenge, but finding a dress in the right price range is just as tricky.

For this week's Chic on a Shoestring, Carley Roney, editor-in-chief of The Knot, joined The Early Show with some steals and splurges.

Roney came with her favorite looks of the season, as well as some tips for every bride to keep in mind. She says, when picking a dress, to consider the theme of your wedding, the setting of your reception, and your personality. If you're having a formal, black-tie wedding, for instance, you should opt for a more formal dress.

And remember, just about every style of dress can be found for a steal, or a splurge.

Look No. 1: The Traditional Bride
This look is a fresh take on the traditional strapless A-line gown. Universally flattering, it accentuates the waist and hides a bit of the derrière. The ribbons and organza create a light and airy feminine look, ideal for a country-club wedding.

Splurge
Designer: Lazaro
Description: Ivory strapless ball gown with ribbon detail on bodice and on tulle
Price: $2,100

Steal
Designer: David's Bridal
Description: Strapless organza A-line gown with ribbon details on waist and skirt trim
Price: $399

What's the difference? Custom-design vs. off-the-rack; tulle vs. poly-organza; hand-sewn vs. machine-sewn.

Look No. 2: Destination Wedding
If you think you can't find something special to wear for that beautiful beach wedding, here's a special look that reflects the mood of the wedding. This sexy halter sheath has a slim-fitting design suitable for tall, slender brides and perfect for beach weddings. It also works as a great "loft" look or for a 'reception-only' dress.

Splurge
Designer: Amsale
Description: White silk taffeta sheath with jeweled v-neck halter and matching beading on chapel train.
Price: $3,900

Steal
Designer: ABS
Description: Knit Grecian halter dress with rhinestone embellished neckline and empire waist.
Price: $418

What's the difference? Custom-design vs. off-the-rack; luxe taffeta vs. machine-sewn knit; hand-beaded vs. machine-beaded.

Look No. 3: The Sophisticated Bride
These elegant gowns capture the trend of "lace." Vintage v-neck sheaths with cap sleeves that provide a bit more coverage for the bride who doesn't want to reveal too much, but still wants a sultry silhouette.

Splurge
Designer: Danielle Caprese exclusively for Kleinfeld
Description: Ivory Lace sheath with corset bodice, lace-up back and cap sleeves
Price: $5,100

Steal
Designer: Jacqueline Exclusive
Description: Ivory Lace sheath with corset bodice, lace-up back and cap sleeves
Price: $900

What's the difference? Custom-design vs. off-the-rack; fabric quality.
  • Polly Leider

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