You OBB's go wild for Jessica McClintock, are all gaga for Chrissy Wai-Ching and you'd give your right arm to wear a Betsey Johnson….. but have you considered a dress or wedding outfit made by a crafty Etsyian?
Etsy is chock full of talented designers and creative entrepreneurs who would jump at the chance to sell you one of their creations. And let me tell ya, a custom made dress fits like no otha'! (Psstt! I know from experience!)
We've compiled a few stellar examples of the kind of attire you can nab (often on the cheap) from some very talented Etsy sellers. Bonus points if you buy from a local seller.
And don't forget to click on the images to see the Etsy listing with more info, details and more…
Simple, ruffly, elegant AND flirty… this KTJean dress below would be equally at home on the prairie, on the golf course or in a huge stunning church. Work the frills, girl!
This dress is vintage-inspired and HOT HOTT HOTTT. I love the cut of the bust and sweet floral detailing on the waist. Pair with some slamming heels, a sassy hairpiece or hat and you've got a bangin' rockabilly-infused look. From Bridal Bliss Designs.
Absinthe Vampire Couture Dress says it all. This one is old school, and delectably devilish. And just look at that bustle! Holy smokes. I'm dying to see a sassy lassy don this Boudoir Noir get-up.
Looking for a short but classy dress for your big day? This stunner, below, from Kcoline may just fit the bill. This baby would drape your body like BUTTAH. Make it shorter, longer or choose another fabric. This seller is flexible.
If you want to hear audible gasps as you walk down the aisle (or into your circle, or arena or yard or wherever) then buy this dress. It's called the "Forget Me Not Wedding Gown", and you better believe we couldn't forget about this glamorous number. SarahSeven hit the nail on the proverbial head with this couture-inspired gown.
You know we can't resist red wedding dresses 'round these parts…. and this one just looks so fun! The strapless sweetheart neckline and flowy skirt are so flirty and RAWRINGLY sexay. I adore the low-slung back and glitter bead embroidered bodice. Girlie to the max, from Ruby Pearl.
Austere, and indelibly couture, the Lady of the Valley dress by Joan Shum is remarkable. Lady of the Valley can be either a two piece or three piece ensemble, with the mesh top or not. It's classic, yet fashion forward. Conservative yet daring… ooh lala!
Another option, and the one that I chose for my dress, is to post an Alchemy request on Etsy. This way, you can create a request for your dream dress and then sellers bid on that project. If you find the right seller and the right price then you're golden.
If you don't find a good match… no fear. You aren't stuck in an un-wanted deal with anyone. I highly recommend this feature because you can pick and choose who you work with, which means you can choose someone in your city so that fittings and the design process are a breeze!
P.S. I got my dress for a much lower price than the ones listed here… but it was a fairly simple straight-forward pin-up style cotton dress with a sash and a tulle skirt. Funnel Cake Bridal is where I got my 50's vintage Mexican-style outfit. And she's local to Seattle!
Whatever dress, or pants suit or bathing suit, you choose for your big honkin' day just remember one thing: Work it like you're proud of what your mama gave ya!
Thanks to OBB reader Emily Robbins for tipping us off to a few of these beauties! You guys rule, keep sendin' em on!