Now, I've mentioned before that I'm not really a couture girl, but that's primarily because designer dresses are way out of my budget, so it wasn't even worth considering. However, it turns out that Encore has a few dresses that fit my style and can be made to fit my budget (let's call it sub-$1000 for dress and alterations, although yeah, I'd prefer to pay less.) And because they carry high-quality designer options, reselling the dress after the wedding would be a very viable option.
Ristarose Angie for $699
Encore Bridal certainly has several lower-cost gems, but they also have a salon-full of beautiful couture dresses for brides with a higher budget than mine.
Why yes, I did just fall in love with this Avina Valenta. And no I still don't have $1650. But someone probably does and would appreciate the significant $1400 savings at Encore over retail prices. And someone local would especially appreciate the chance to try on any of these dresses at one of Encore's bi-monthly open-shop salons in Manhattan Beach (online prices with in-person service? Yes please.)
I had the briefest hope last week that my wedding dress search was over before it had barely begun. And although I fell in love with the Watters dress I mentioned in this post and it's definitely the right style for my body type, it was heavier than I had anticipated (oof - 7 pounds), was too short for heels (I'm pretty tall), and would need significant alterations to fit my smaller-than-the-dress frame. But oh, the dresses. And oh, Encore Bridal. Julie and Dani were so helpful and their dresses so beautiful that Encore will maintain a permanent bookmark in my future dress search.
*This is not a sponsored post. I've been around a month here in blogland, so sponsorship isn't really a question at this point. I just really had a great experience and want to support local vendors who help make the wedding experience somewhat less painful and sometimes even fun.