Attire

Wedding Dresses Can Be Beautiful Ready-to-Wear and Affordable

Over July 4th weekend, we celebrated the elopement of a dear family friend with a reception on the lake. Celebrating their marriage made us think of other gals eloping. Where could you get a dress quickly? (since most elopements aren't planned 6-8 months in advance - the average time to get a wedding dress) And what about a budget bride - what are her options?

So we decided to answer our own question! Check out a selection of ready-to-wear dresses below. They're budget friendly, but not pre-owned!

Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Pink Watters Wedding Dress
Locklane Weddings & Events | Nicole Miller Strapless, Silk Faille Wedding Gown

Watters "Carina" $913 / Nicole Miller "Dakota" - Silk Faille Strapless Gown $1035 (most expensive here!)

Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Ann Taylor Goddess V-neck Wedding Dress
Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Teri Jon Wedding Dress

Ann Taylor, Goddess V-Neck $550 / Teri Jon, Metallic Lace Top Gown $580

Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Badgley Mischka Wedding Dress
Locklane Weddings & Events | Badgley Mischka Wedding Dress, Satin Strapless

Badgley Mischka, Cap Sleeve Gown $244.50 (sale!) / Badgley Mischka, Satin Strapless $695

Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Adrianna Papell Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress
Locklane Weddings & Events | Aidan Mattox Sequin Tulle Wedding Dress

Adrianna Papell - Spaghetti Strap, Beaded Blouson Gown $299 / Aidan Mattox, Sequin Tulle $450

Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Adrianna Papell Rosette Wedding Dress
Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Erin Fetherston Silk Metallic Gown

Adrianna Papell - Pleat Bodice, Rosette Gown $238 / Erin Fetherston "Monique" - Silk Metallic Gown $550

Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Theia Gown - Don O'Neill
Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Strapless Mermaid Theia
Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Nicole Miller Lauren Dress
Locklane Weddings & Events | Inexpensive, Kay Unger New York Lace Dress

 Nicole Miller "Lauren" - Stretch Linen $290 / Kay Unger New York - Lace Dress $136

Would you consider a ready-to-wear dress? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Be Patriotic: Independence Day Wedding Inspiration

Happy independence weekend! I hope everyone had a great fourth of July. We spent the day with our second family at a lake in Alabama. I love the lake, the river, any water and sun combo! Add this to my love of July 4th and fireworks, and it was perfect. 

To continue the independence weekend, we're sharing some patriotic wedding inspiration!

Casual Patriotic Wedding Inspiration

Vintage wedding dresses can look chic next to a super modern take on the bridesmaid "dress" - like a romper! Just keep the bride's dress short!

Your invite is an area to really express your theme! Avoid cheesy and find a classy version like the one above. Then add a bit in your decor - like this rustic, hand painted American flag made from reclaimed lumber. It's also a great piece for after your wedding. A naked cake with berries - who doesn't love that?

Classy Patriotic Inspiration

Red bridesmaid dresses don't have to look dated! Choose a crisp, new look for the cut of the dress or pick a shade like cranberry. Here we've chosen flame next to the bride's dress that resembles the sparkle and shower of fireworks!

Keep the linens chic with satin, but consider choosing to mix in a fun item or two - such as the berry bags for escort cards.  A summery treat and table direction is a win, win!

Carry the berries through into a rich, red wine sangria! And this navy invitation suite is gorgeous.

Sparklers! It's the 4th! Have fun!