I’ve been thinking about wedding dresses a lot lately, as I just attended my best friend’s wedding in Montana last weekend. While she briefly considered going for the popular Threadbanger $10 wedding dress, she eventually settled on an amazing handmade and vintage-based gown from Georgia shop Hippie Bride. She looked unbelievable in a gown made from several vintage lace tablecloths and handkerchiefs. Last week, I featured my favorite vintage dresses from the web and today, I’d like to spotlight some awesome handmade gowns. If you or your friends will be getting hitched soon, please consider going the vintage or handmade route – better for the environment and such a unique and cost-effective choice!
I’m pretty much dying over this 100-percent silk chiffon showstopper of a wedding dress. The chiffon is layered over silk charmeuse and further lined underneath in a light china silk. “The bust is composed of layers of silk chiffon, underneath the layer of alencon lace that encompasses the front bodice and cups. It comes complete with delicate detailing (including a diagonal row of satin-covered buttons and three rows of vintage pearl and rhinestone chains) in cream and champagne.” From Claire La Faye.
The designer says it best here: “Perfect for brides wanting that elegant but rough-around-the-edges look. This full-length, fully-lined strapless chiffon dress is available in pale ivory or champagne. It has a modified sweetheart bodice trimmed with a satin ribbon and a ruched waistline. There is full boning in the bodice for maximum support and a zipper closure at the back. The tiered semi-sheer chiffon ruffles on the skirt are unfinished and have raw edges,” which really makes this dress unique and adds a delicate look. From The Peppermint Pretty.
Not really into the traditional white but still want to feel like a princess? Consider this romantic floor-length gown that you can have custom-made in whatever color your little heart desires! From Ouma.
This vintage-style polka-dot dress is perfect for the cutesy girl-on-the-wedding-go! Cut with a sweetheart neckline, the gown is pictured in a short style but is available for a bit more moola at either tea- or full-length. Made from organic cotton (lining), silk taffeta, and ivory colored polka-dot mesh. From Pure Magnolia.
This sweetheart crossover dress is called “Allison,” but that doesn’t have to be your name in order to sport this classic and gorgeous tulle look. From Ouma, who says: “This gown features a satin, sweetheart cross-over bodice. A full tulle skirt with layer upon layer of lovely tulle. A black satin waistband and sash adds a très chic finishing touch to this already charming design. It photographs beautifully (especially when twirling like a ballerina). Available in black, white or ivory. If you prefer a hand dyed-custom color, let me know.”
“Josephine” is a super-comfortable dress that’s perfect for dancing the night away in! Made using ivory veil with satin and delicate organza roses on the small of the corset underneath. From Laura Galic.
One of our favorite bridal shops on Etsy features tons of options for unique and earthy wedding gowns like the one pictured here. If you dig off-white mixed colors, tea-stained lace and a classy hippie vibe, be sure to check out the duds and ask plenty of questions! From Armour sans Anguish.
If simple is what you’re after, you might enjoy this dreamy summertime dress made of an elastic lace top and a strapless Lycra dress. The dreamy look is light and comes right over your knee with a golden elastic belt available in all sizes. From Lilladen.
Floral lace wedding dress with a maxi-soft feel and look that will make you feel like a princess! A lacen flower pattern takes over and there are ruffles on the waist as the fabric falls softly on both sides. Elastic cotton lining on the inside and a belt made out of satin in a vintage style with a flower. The garter comes with the dress with no extra charge. From Suzanna M Designs.
This dress is totally unique and one of my absolute favorites online! A full length bandeau look that is covered in around 6,000 paper circles measuring 4cm. in diameter. Each circle is cut from a book and individually glued on. Inner corset layer with steel boning helps you keep it in place and a tulle skirt underneath helps create an hourglass shape. It’s fastened at the side with an invisible zip which is hidden by layered circles. The length of the train from the waist to the tip is around 2 metres. From Suzi Hamilton.