Last week, I covered my ten new favorite handmade wedding dress designs for 2013. Last year I shared my picks for ten amazing handmade wedding dresses that are great for the summer months. I also rounded up my top picks for vintage dresses last year, and now that they’ve all long ago sold, I’d like to follow up with this year’s vintage finds! As wedding season approaches, weíre noticing that the trend of uber DIY weddings hasnít 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. As I’ve noted before, if youíre super into a specific dress from a shop like Davidís 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.
Below are my ten favorite picks for online vintage finds. Consider scouring your local Goodwill for scores of your own.
Beautiful vintage white and yellow 1950s floor length gown. Metal zip on the side. It has a small bit of rust right at the top, but it still looks nice. You might want to sew on a hook-eye if needed. Yellow floral lace shoulders, cross in the front. Long full skirt. Double layer of tulle, and a solid skirt underneath. (Zwzzy, $168)
This dress has been specially modified by Birdy James – he eliminated the sleeves of this wedding dress, originally from the late 60s early 70s, †to give it that extra modern touch. It is completely on trend now, and not only does it feel beyond special while slipping it on, but it photographs very well – every bride’s dream. Completely original and unique. (Birdy James, $1200)
Absolutely stunning 1960s tea length wedding gown in a shade of creamy off-white with darker cream colored lace overlay
over a shimmery acrylic fabric. Boat scoop neck with short sleeves, sleeves have overlaid lace, lace overlay band around waist with bow ribbon overtop. (Ainslie Wood Co, $375)
Vintage 1960s-early 70s sheer white wedding gown with floral border and detail and long train. This dress is sheer and would need a slip worn underneath. A gorgeous unique wedding look! (MK Mack, $311)
Sheer ivory stretch, lace nude wedding dress from the 40s. Fitted sillhouette and romantic yet slightly edgy feel. Also, if you brought the hem up it could make a rad reception dress! (Birdy James, $225)
Beautiful wedding princess style dress covered in lace with just a few sequins at the bodice. Panniers at the sides and three lace rosettes at the base of the spine. Layers and layers of tulle. Shown with nothing underneath. Wear with a crinoline for more fullness. (The Trousseau, $525)
Strapless wedding dress with gorgeous lace and tulle bodice and long tulle layered skirt. Back metal zipper with boning in bodice. The classic 50′s wedding dress! (Deth Rose Vintage)
Vintage 1950s tulle and floral embroidered wedding dress with ruffled lace strapless boned bodice, fitted waist, full tulle layered frothy skirt, matching lace bolero jacket and metal side zipper. (Dear Golden Vintage, $525)
Vintage 1960s wedding gown with a sweetheart bodice with lace appliques, paneled form fitting waist, full ballgown skirt with a small sweep train. The skirt has trailing lace appliques. †(The Vintage Mistress, $446)
Adorable 1960s lace and cotton wedding dress that’s perfect for a garden or forest wedding! †(Samantha Balk, $88)