Dream Bridal is a shop specializing in selling sample and gently worn designer gowns for significantly less than you would buy them in a boutique. It's primarily an internet based business, so actually not even technically a "shop;" however, Britta, the remarkable woman behind this business, allows brides to come to her home to view and try on the dresses. I love this, because unless you just can't go on the photos when it comes to wedding gowns. Doesn't matter what it looks like on the model, or mannequin or another bride...you really have to see what it looks like on you.
I tried on 4 dresses, but I'm just going to show you the top 2. You know from this post that I love Jenny Packham. This has been on of my favorites of her designs, so I was pleased to find it here at a reasonable price, and more pleased that it looked good on me.
That's the fabulous Britta behind me holding the dress tight, since it was, of course, a bit too big. I felt very comfortable in this dress -- I feel like it's very "me." Here's Britta's photo of it, so you can see the detail a bit better.
What's really amazing about this gown is the detail. It's hard to see in the dark photo that JT took, but there's so many delicate details, and I just LOVE how unique this dress is. You'll never see another bride in a dress like this...how gorgeous is the back?? Here's Britta's photo so that you can see some the detail work more clearly.
I would absolutely recommend checking out Dream Bridal if you're looking for a designer gown at a significant savings....just don't buy either of these two gowns until I've made up my mind!
*There is technically a similar business based in San Diego called Bride Couture, but I haven't found any of the designers that I like on their website, which is why I have not visited them. But check them out -- they might have something you like.