A number of my girlfriends are getting married this year. The essential part of the wedding is, of course, THE DRESS. Most brides opt for wedding packages which include rental or made-to-measure gowns and photography. The common complaint is that such dresses are often “well-worn” by other brides and the designs are rather conventional.

If you dream of wearing a designer’s dress for your walk down the aisle, it is actually not that unattainable.

Diane von Furstenberg ruched bridal gown, £874.47

The DVF gown is flattering and elegant for an outdoor or beach wedding!

(left) Alberta Ferretti silk organza gown, £2,161.70 , (right) Lela Rose silk-gaza gown, £3,672.34

Net-A-Porter has a dedicated wedding section, which not only stocks up dresses, but also wedding accessories and even bridesmaids’ dresses! The Outnet, a more affordable sister site of Net-A-Porter, also have some decent dinner dresses on sale!

(left) Valentino Roma ruffled crepe gown, £398.30 , (right) Julien Macdonald Swarovski-embellished satin gown, £750

You can select some simple yet glamorous gowns for your wedding night. Send these dresses for some alterations and you can wear them as cocktail dresses when you become a missus.

Another website that I would like to recommend you for your wedding dress search is The Aisle New York. This is an invite-only shopping community that sells wedding dresses and accessories.

(left) Junko Yoshioka Sage Gown, US$1490, (right) Anne Barge Grecian Sweetheart Gown, US$1590

The sales at The Aisle New York are limited-time only. So you need to strategise and act fast before your dream dress is sold out. You can also pick your veil and wedding jewellery from this site too.

If you are concerned about budget, yet still rather determined to get your own wedding dress, you may be delighted to find out that Nordstrom has a dedicated wedding section that sells affordable wedding dresses. Usually priced below US$800, there is also a wide range of cocktail dresses for your engagement reception.

(left) Tadashi Shoji Strapless Rosette Gown, US$798, (right) Tadashi One Shoulder Rosette Chiffon Gown, US$398

You can shop the dresses according to your body shape and size, and you can pick up your headpiece, lingerie and shoes from the website too! Easy-peasy for those who want to have a hassle-free DIY wedding.

I hope I have somewhat motivated some of you brides-to-be to consider buying your own gowns and designing your own wedding looks. This is your once-in-a-lifetime party, enjoy the journey and congratulations!

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