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Last week, our guest blogger extraordinaire Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events introduced her Recessionista Bride Blog Series. If you missed it, click here. This week, she gives us some great ideas on finding the perfect dress.

“We all know about OnceWed, PreOwnedWeddingDresses and eBay as options to find a pre-worn designer wedding dress for rock-bottom prices, right?

If not, check these sites out and make the decision now: does it matter to you if the dress has been worn before? If it DOES matter to you, you still have options to find the dress that’s perfect for YOU!

Recessionista Bride Stevie was ready to think outside-the-box when she fell in love with a gorgeous wedding gown: the Pronovias Nerveo, a beautiful strapless lace trumpet gown with a frothy pleated top. But, it came with a price tag of $1,500, quite a bit more than what she had budgeted. In fact, our budget for the dress, veil and alterations was $1,000 – and while shopping at OnceWed might have been a solution, Stevie stood tall at 5’11” – much higher than most brides. Plainly put, we needed a sample or a new dress.

Pronovias Nerveo above, photo courtesy of Pricescope.

Stevie hit gold when shopping at 2000 Dreams Bridal Shop (a bridal boutique with locations in San Diego and Temple, CA), she found a deeply discounted sample that fit the bill for all of her wishes – lace, trumpet shape, beautiful pleated hemline – expect for one small detail: it had a mock neck. However, it was perfectly in her price range: under $1,000 including both alterations (in-house) and a complimentary veil.

Photo above of the dress pre-alterations courtesy of PartyPop.

Fortunately, the structure of the dress was not compromised by removing the mock neck and the alterations specialists were willing to do these major changes in the included alterations. Stevie had her dream dress for less than 2/3 of the original cost! This proves once again, that appearances can be deceiving – try to look beyond your first impression of a dress before making your final decision.”

Tune back in to the Real Weddings Magazine blog on February 13th for the next installment: Recessionista Bride Series: Adding Bling to Your Invitation Suite

About Kate Miller Events (in their own words):

Kate Miller Events offers full-scale event and wedding planning of extraordinary detail for the bride and groom looking for that extra-special touch. We will keep you organized, on or under budget, and stress-free while designing the wedding of your dreams. We are committed to making sure your day goes off without a hitch — except for the hitching part of course!

Kate Miller Events offers new technology to keep all avenues of communication open and organized. Our excellent online client planning tools include customized checklists, payment calendars with email notifications, appointment tracking, online idea boards, and contract filing with easy access for all members of your wedding party. Our top-notch organization enables us to be your liaison to all of your vendors – we worry about the details so that you don’t have to.

All of our packages are unique and completely customized to fit your budget so that you only pay for the services that you need. We offer a wide range of planning services from Day of Coordination to Full Coordination/Design and everything in-between.

Be sure to check out Kate Miller Event’s Web site and Kate’s blog or call her at 888-808-KATE.

Photos above of Stevie (by Sarah Maren Photography), one of our featured real weddings in the current issue of Real Weddings Magazine. Kate Miller from Kate Miller Events worked with Stevie & Blake to achieve their perfect day. To read more about Stevie & Blake’s wedding and to view more photos from their wedding, pick up a copy of the current issue or click here.

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