As wedding season approaches, we’re noticing that the trend of uber DIY weddings hasn’t faded. Crafty, handmade loving brides-to-be are clamoring for unique wedding invites, floral alternatives and vintage and down-home touches like mismatched dinner plates and ceremony chairs. Around this time last year, I shared with y’all my picks for ten amazing handmade wedding dresses that are great for the summer months. I was inspired by my best friend Elissa, who tried out several handmade, vintage and even DIY wedding dress options before eventually settling on an amazing upcycled gown from Georgia shop Hippie Bride. She looked unbelievable in the dress, which was made from several vintage lace tablecloths and handkerchiefs. As a vegan chef who is very sensitive to the environment, Elissa wanted to make sure that she didn’t wear something brand new. However, if you’re super into a specific dress from a shop like David’s Bridal or even a designer option, consider checking out used online shops like Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses or Once Wed to see if you can “recycle” a dress.
And now, my ten favorite new picks for handmade wedding dresses!
Ouma is a longstanding favorite of mine when it comes to Etsy wedding designers. This dreamy tulle floor length gown can bu custom created in any color you like, and features a hand-dyed silk sash.
As you can see, I clearly have a thing for lots of ruffles. The top is bandeu style with a lace overlay and spaghetti straps and the skirt is created using layers of vintage and recycled fabrics and laces that are a mix of different shades of ivory. It is fully lined with 100% Habotai Silk. (KT Jean, $1530)
I know you can only see the back of the dress in this photo, but trust me when I say that it’s the star of the show! This one-shouldered beauty is created out of eco hemp/silk and is sure to please the most creative bride. Details include a scooped strapless neckline, low-V back for drama, and a braided one shoulder. The skirt is a full and draped a-line with a voluptuous train and hidden pockets. Petal motif on the front and back add whimsical flair. (Abstract Pretty, $1900)
Unable to spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars but still wanting a handmade dress? This chic and unique dress is surprisingly inexpensive. Sublimely soft in a whisper-weight tulle with dressed-up appeal. Featuring a crisscross bodice, pleated skirt and handcraft roses. V-neck, sleeveless and also available in white, ivory, black, lavender, pink and baby blue. (Madabby, $278)
I have a real soft spot for polka dots and this dress is so soft and sweet! This natural waist, sweetheart strapless dress is made in a lovely and unusual soft mesh fabric with large polka dots. The bodice draped on a fully boned corset bustier for a flattering fit. The skirt is lined in a lovely silk/cotton blend. They can also make this dress in a shorter length or add a train. Want a different fabric? They can do it. (Danielle Berg, $700)
This 50′s inspired dress has a sweetheart neckline under a sheer tulle V-neck overlay edged in hand sewn lace. The natural waistline has a beautiful silk band to emphasize your smallest point then a flirty Knee Length or Tea Length (shown) circle skirt. The dress is made from Silk Taffeta, overlaid with a delicate cloud of ivory Tulle trimmed in lace. It is lined in fine Organic cotton. (Pure Magnolia Couture, $900)
Stunning sheer stretch lace bodice to the waist with fitted satin waistband (elasticised) and a back satin bow, handmade satin rosettes covering the bust in all the right places. The dreamy skirt is made with gathered tulle with the lining finishing slightly shorter than the tulle to show off you feet or cute shoes. (Grace Loves Lace, $1000)
Romantic, feminine, and edgy strapless gown with built in corset bra. Beautiful cotton silk lining is hand embellished with my signature ruffles and raw bits of chiffon, creating a soft and almost feathered texture. Lovely body skimming silhouette flares open towards knees down to a small sweeping train in back. Corset is boned and has lightly lined cups with an adjustable hook and eye closure at back. Back of dress closes over corset with an invisible zip. (Kate Towers, $2200)
I know – polka dots again! But so cute! “Love Story” is an airy empire waist A line gown in a gossamer swiss dot netting. Mini flounce at bustline. Various draped layers cascade around torso into a slightly extended train. Back zip. Available in white and ivory. (Claire LaFaye, $2300)
Another affordable option. Gorgeous lace wedding dress with beautiful all lace detailing. Very vintage-y and perfect for a summer or beach wedding. The dress as shown in is cream and beige lace but other colors are also available. (Madabby, $398)