Vera Wang via Hustle your Bustle
I was in Vera Wang in San Francisco yesterday and the gowns I saw were positively, absolutely out of this world gorgeous!. I ask you, what bride wouldn't want a Vera Wang gown? Even if it was worn only once before? If you want a top-of-the-line couture look on your wedding day but don't think you can shell out the bucks for a Vera Wang (or Claire Pettibone or Jenny Packham for that matter), well, maybe you should check out your local consignment bridal shop. Okay, okay, I know the word 'consignment' scares some of you conjuring up visions of 1980s gowns full of the pouf and paste of sequins. Perish that thought. Most dresses in these shops with catchy names like Encore and Once Worn are actually cutting edge and you'll find it more like going to a high-end designer salon. In fact, these places offer some elegant, gently worn gowns in better shape than your average designer sample. And yes, 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)
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FYI: Naturally bridal consignment shops don’t stock set sizes like salons do. Small and larger brides might have to work closely with staff and keep a lookout locating a gown in their size.
FYI There are also excellent online resources for once worn bridal gowns and designer samples.. Check out Once Wed and Hustle Your Bustle.
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