10 $99 Dresses That Made Me Like David's Bridal Again

yep, you read that right!

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Dear David’s Bridal,

I’m sorry for what I said the last time I was there when I was hangry and my feet were hurting.  No, but really - I have no issues admitting when I’m wrong and I have definitely spouted my dislike for DB in the past…I’m taking that all back.   I’m blaming it on the many hours I’ve spent  being the guinea pig bridesmaid for multiple friends and family members: “Let’s try the navy again,” “Ok, straps off this time,” “Can you suck in a little more?,” “Heels off,” “Wait, put your heels on again,” “I need pics of you in the lilac one again.” UGH. If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, chances are you’ve been at a David’s Bridal, stuffed into a couple of dresses and made to feel like a human sausage or you’ve been covered in so much damn fabric that you might as well be wearing a tent instead. In hindsight, that’s not David’s’ fault, that’s just one of the things you sign up for when you accept ‘maid duty.

Since I’m now in bride-to-be status myself and dragging my feet on a dress, my cousin texted me a link to David’s $99 dress sale; I smirked and didn’t even open it.  It wasn’t until I started seeing some gorgeous images on Instagram ads and thought maybe, just maybe, DB had stepped their game up. So I clicked that link and I was not only pleasantly surprised by their selection but I actually ended up forwarding the link over to quite a few other fellow brides. As an advocate for chill brides and emphasizing the phrase “don’t sweat it” this year, I felt it was my duty to share some great finds from the sale.

There are tons of dresses included in the sale with something for everyone whether you’re looking for a simple look, a sprinkle of flair, Lady Gaga level flair (i.e. my Zac Posen pick) or a cute + casual option for your shower or rehearsal dinner. Another excellent thing about these guys are that they are inclusive and have a wide range of styles and sizes, to accommodate all brides. Prices start at $99 on up - one thing to note is that some of these are labeled as Sample and As-Is, which means they’ve been tried on in-store or were used for display so make sure to read through any notes online but I’d also highly suggest heading in-store to see local options as well. You should also note that there’s a sale for $20-30 off of bridesmaid’s dresses too! But hurry - this sale ends on January 22nd! Check out my top 10 $99 picks below: ,

White by Vera Wang Halter Tulle Wedding Dress - $99

If you end up finding your wedding dress at DB’s sale, I would LOVE to hear from you! Shoot me an email and tell me what you snagged: hello@canvaswed.com

Happy hunting, friends!

XO

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guest list: creative black tie weddings

so excited for a friend’s upcoming wedding, which they’ve decided to make a creative  black tie affair - my first thought was “congrats!” and my second thought was “what do i wear?!” and after a minor freak out, I realized that this. is. AMAZING...the possibilities are endless!

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first rule of creative black tie: you can bend the rules.  you’ll want to remember the basics of black tie attire but keeping in mind that you can pepper in your own flair -- you know I love flair!  conservative necklines and hemlines can be traded in for more interesting looks like a chic, flowy jumpsuit - and a lady can even give her man a run for his money by outdoing him in her own form-flattering tux.  

 

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and speaking of the fellas... guys, you can loosen your collar a tad bit for this soirée.  you can certainly wear a bow tie but make it stand out - take a hint from your date and choose a pop of color from their corresponding ensemble.  and feel free to play around with in-season suit colors, vests, fun jacket linings, silk socks and pocket squares. 

 

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if you want to be the belle of the ball, there are so many dress options but please remember: you cannot outshine the bride - unspoken wedding rules still apply here (this ain't the Oscars, hunny!)  just remember you can do so much with a solid color - look for interesting fabrics, hues, patterns and cuts that stand out on their own or paired with statement earrings or a clutch.  

 

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so what have I decided on wearing?  that's still tbd - duh, it's me...I'll be picking out outfits until the day before.  but because I'm a tad extra, one thing that I keep coming back to are these flowy formal maxi dresses that are popping back up this year.  i'm in love with this number worn by Olivia Palermo, which I'd pair with a simple strappy black heel and an on-trend circular clutch.  

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lastly, don’t feel like you have to spend a million dollars just for one day.  check out options like Rent the Runway and Black Tux and don’t be afraid to explore stores like  Nordstrom Rack or Off Fifth - if you’re looking for something classic, you might find something from last season that is timeless, chic and a good damn deal!  for more inspo, check out my Pinterest board here.  

no matter what you end up in, just remember to have a good time!