Want a top-of-the-line couture look on your wedding day but don't think you can shell out the bucks for a  designer label?  Well, check out these gowns from Pre-owned Wedding where you can actually order online.  You can also visit consignment a bridal shop. Now if the word 'consignment' conjours images of 1980s gowns full of the usual pouf and paste of sequins, perish that thought. Most dresses in consignment shops are actually cutting edge and you'll find it more like going to a high-end designer salon. With catchy names like One More Time, these places offer some elegant, gently worn gowns in better shape than your average designer sample. In fact, the proprietors can get real persnickety about what they take in—some only accepting top designer names like Vera Wang and Reem Acra in all natural fibers. In addition, once gowns are accepted they’re cleaned and pressed (Ask where though. More shops are specializing in environmentally safe cleaning)

    If you’re price conscious going for a pre-owned gown is the way to go. Gowns that retailed last season for $3000-4000 are typically half off but sometimes can go for as little as $500-600. More good news. You’re going to get very personalized assistance—the same as in a full service bridal salon. Though there will be re-altering involved, you won’t have to wait 4-6 months for your gown. Bear in mind once-worn gowns have already been pre-fit and altered to someone else’s body. Just make sure they’re once-worn; an over altered dress that’s been on more than one body could lose its original shape after a while. Ask how many and what kind of alterations the gown you want has had. Typically, if it’s gone through more than two brides, forget it. In addition to alterations your shop may offer customizing services (for a fee). Shops realize with previously-worn gowns, there’s a kind of possessive energy the new purchaser wants to create to make the gown her own. Therefore some shops focus on customizing.

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    I hope this board inspires a vintage feeling in all of you looking toward a Gatsbyesque or Hollywood style wedding.  The pale salmons and beiges suggest sepia tones evocative of the start of the last century when lace and intricate embroidery applications were more commonly used.  If you can find just one vintage item or accessory to work into your wedding day it will make a real difference sentimentally (especially if the item is passed down from a loved one) as well as adding panache to your look . . .
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Gowns - the most feminine wear

    Gowns are the most attractive and act as a catalyst in enhancing beauty. Do you agree with this statement? If yes, fine and if no, try it and get your answer. This floor touching garment covering your entire body looks stunningly beautiful on you. Depending on variety, it gives different looks like innocent, bold, dignified, etc. But however you are, one word, which will always be consistent for you, is ‘unsurpassed’. This is the magic gowns do.

    Gowns are the best boutonnieres, which make a woman the cynosure of an occasion. Once you start wearing it, within few days you will automatically find yourself shopaholic for gowns. These halter neck, with straps or strapless, embroidered with beads, sequins decorated gowns, with myriad of colors will definitely make you crazy. A large collection of trendy and voguish gowns opens much horizon. It’s an added advantage to it.

    This flowing apparel has the heavenly and sensuous quality. Its pretty look gives a thought as if she has come from paradise. What can be a better compliment than this? This dress increases respect for a woman. Always wear a dress, which portray you in your best features and this degree of excellence gown possess. And this characteristic makes it different from the other dresses.

    It’s for sure that gowns can best express your feminine instinct, which is the beauty of women. So it is proved that gowns can effectively accentuate the beauty of a woman.Source URL:
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    One of the nicer aspects of aging would have to be 'remembering when' and actually seeing ads like these in daily papers back in the 1970s when  fashion illustrations were still the norm.  Thanks to Wendy Hartigan of Bridal Affairs in Philadelphia,we have these great fashion illustrations..  She sent me these clippings along with some editorials from Bride's from her mother's files. The above photo of the bride in a helmet-like headpiece and waterfall veil is from the late sixties; the bottom image late seventies when the gypsy-chic of Oscar de la Renta and YSL was all the rage; this is the era I cut my teeth in . . .Source URL:
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    Photography by: The Renegades:
    Gowns and Veils:  Amy-Jo Tatum
    Makeup: Aliya Qazi
    Venue: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
    Models: Jen and Sujan
    Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is home to a couple of the the city's museums, the De Young and California Academy of Sciences.  Next door is the Japanese Tea Garden, an outdoor botanical garden steeped in a serene and peaceful beauty.  After you've visited this 1000 plus acre landmark you'll find yourself asking, 'where else can you find year round greenery in so many fields of open space?'  Because Golden Gate Park has a unique landscape, there are scores of special places to get married indoors and out.  The most romantic of all would be Shakespeare's Garden the spot that pays tribute to all the the plants and flowers mentioned in the Bard's poems and plays. You'll find lady-smocks, hemlock, violets, and other florid representations of Shakespeare's works. 
    Opting for spots in full bloom as well as architectural interest, we also improvised along the way and had a real day of it . .

    In front of the De Young Museum

    Special thanks to all the Renegades, a Bay Area group of photographers on the edge, finding the nuance in recording everything from daily life to the surealness of fashion  . . .
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    Balenciaga Inspired
    The above gown is from Amy-Jo Tatum's collection of authentic vintage gowns.  This one is from the 1960s Balenciaga era.  Photo by Lirette Photography

    If you're flirting with the idea of wearing that dress from your favorite era, here's the lowdown: Many vintage clothing stores stock actual gowns from by-gone eras as well as ‘retro-inspired’ selections that are brand new. The bride in love with a particular era of clothing usually checks vintage clothing stores first. Not all opt for an actual gown that survived the ages though. Some go for a newer style reflecting the period in natural, sustainable fibers. Why? Because that authentic 1916 Shiffli lace blouse may be so delicate, without proper restoration it could literally fall apart. Think of gowns belonging to the ages like you would certain antiques: some so precious to be considered museum quality. Depending on restoration, the rule of thumb is, the older the gown the less they should be worn. If you are set on wearing that 1910 dress find a specialist in restoration who can advise. At this point you may have to decide whether or not going green or wearing a repro Art Deco (possibly in synthetic or made in overseas sweatshops) is the more important.

    Above is a reproduction of 30s-40s vintage
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    While there are many shades of blue, these pewter and slightly aqua hues do inspire a light muted spring mood found in gardens and sea refuges. Adding light pastels and the texture of berries to your bouquet gives this floral piece real individuality . . .Source URL:
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     Bottega Veneta

    Not every dress out there is about flounce and bounce this season.  Strip away the ruffles and layers and these simple styles reflect the women who knows less is sometimes more and feels best in a dress that shows her off to the best advantage
    Calvin Klein
    Emilio Pucci.
    GianFranco Ferré.
    Luisa Beccaria

    Yves Saint Laurent.

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    These stunning vintage inspired gowns by Atelier Aimée Montenapoleone offer handmade touches in exqusite fabrics. Every gown you see here is created and produced at Atelier Aimée’s own workshops in Italy.  Aimée designers blend highly honed skills to create these gowns. Says Designer Lucia Zanotti,‘Each gown is like a painting and a sculpture together. First it is designed and then it is sculpted...’

    Gowns by Atelier Aimée Montenapoleone
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     There's a trend toward innovative hairdressing whether you opt to ditch the veil or not. Once you've found your wedding dress, topping off your look is typically the next detail to dressing the part. Not every bride feels right doing the veil, some are going for smaller headpieces, hats or wearing nothing at all. For those of you skipping the cake top template of hairstyles, we have some innovative looks from hairdresser Kathie Rothkop of Salon Glam in Novato, California.  "I get inspired by the style of the gown and type of woman wearing it.  Then there's the time of year of the wedding, says Kathie. "I put women in 4 categories. Sporty, classic, romantic and edgy. A sporty woman would want hair very simple, probably short and tailored. Her wedding dress would be stream-lined. Classic would be very traditional, maybe a french twist, no ornamentation. Grace Kelly was a classic beauty. Romantic is my favorite. Lots of bling, flowers, height, softness and curls. Goldie Hawn and Katherine Zeta Jones are good examples of this. Edgy is non traditional, Lady GaGa really is this look."

    A long braid dappled in Stephanotis.  This is the romantic look Kathie mentioned.

    A little 1960s Mod Chic! This wired, white ribbon weaves in and out of Lauren's bun forming ringlets. Great pair up for most any wedding dress- even short and mini styles.

    More Swinging Sixties Mod!
    Above and below:  Vintage glam with long hair Marcel-waved and tucked under.  Added Stephanotis is the perfect accent . . . 

    Got long locks? Flaunt it with half up and half down hair sprinkled with white Stephanotis.
    This loose upsweep is accented with fresh Star Royal Magnolias, the perfect compliment to any destination wedding.

    Go full bird feathers and all  The hair is long and loose with tiny braids interwoven at the crown. Stunning with sheath and evening gown wedding dress styles.

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