Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bella Bridesmaid Love

It should be criminal that expensive dresses send me into a giddy happy place, but they do.  Especially when those expensive dresses are under $1000 and thus "affordable" here in weddingland.  (Ha. Typing "$1000" and "affordable" in the same sentence about little wisps of fabric still gives me pause, but moving on, since that's the way it is.). And especially when those dresses are simple, elegant, and entirely unrelated to the sort of poofy, sparkly, princess style trainwrecks so popular in many salons.

So what am I giddy about this morning? Saja Wedding is finally in Los Angeles and it joins Alix and Kelly, Swoon Bridesmaid, Thread Bridal Alternatives, Simple Silhouettes, and other elegantly simple and flowy (and affordable!) bridal alternative lines under one single roof in Los Angeles at Bella Bridesmaid at 5759 West 3rd Street.

 Saja Bridal

Swoon Bridesmaid (C'mon it's totally bridal, but at bridesmaid prices)
 
 Alix and Kelly

Thread

Since I have to shop for a new dress anyhow, I'm happy to find all sorts of simple, lovely, focus-on-the-accesories, kick-your-heels-up-and-have-fun-with-the-flowy-bits dress options in my price range. Oh Bella Bridesmaid, thank you for finally bringing Saja Bridal to Los Angeles.  And for providing a single location for simple bridal elegance that's so well located (bikeable even) from my apartment. It's like you knew just what I needed for my rustic, outdoorsy, elegant, budget-stretched-thin, wedding.

Update: Check out examples of Saja dresses in action here at Once Wed and Style Me Pretty. The flowy ethereal quality makes me catch my breath.

13 comments:

  1. OMG. OMG OMG. OMG. And here I was all set to go to LAS VEGAS in the middle of April with the boy's rugby team just so I could check out the Saja line.

    Crap. This warrants a trip back to L.A.

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  2. Can I have that first and last one please? Gorgeous!

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  3. @lyn I know, right? How did Vegas get Saja before SoCal? Anyhow, all bitterness gone now because it's finally LOCAL!

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  4. I loved loved loved the Saja dresses in photos so much so that I almost bought one from the website without trying it on. I got to try on a few in Vegas (though not the one I had been lusting after) and I felt like I was too tall to really pull it off. They are super light and comfortable but didn't really work on me. You should also check on Jenny Yoo (I think I've told you that before) in the same price range and look good on us 5'9"+ girls.

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  5. ps: I luuurve that Thread dress. That would look killer on you.

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  6. @ Emilia Jane - Good to know. The height thing makes a huge difference in bridal, especially because most of the dresses are made for 5'8" height. Also, I have a Jenny Yoo post coming shortly as well. I just wish the photos did me and the dresses justice. But the dresses in person... absolute love. (And it's right down the street from Bella!)

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  7. i LOVE the saja line, i was almost tempted to fly to san fransisco to get my dress. i actually already found my dress but man i still love those saja ones, they are GORGEOUS.

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  8. I too loved the Saja dresses online, but for any of you thinking of making travel plans based on where they're sold, I would say don't. The material and workmanship seemed cheap to me when I actually tried them on. $900 may be an inexpensive wedding dress, but it seemed like a lot to charge for those dresses. Jenny Yoo dresses, on the other hand, were really nice!

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  9. Ever see those bridesmaid dress fabric swatches that have an asterisk on the white and ivory samples and a note indicating they are not for the bride's dress? I've always wondered if the big chain stores attempt to enforce that in any way, like if they force you to order at least two dresses in that color.

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  10. @hitchdied - regarding the bridesmaids dresses in white - it depends on the line and the salon. I've heard Vera Wang (usually) enforced the "buy at least three" in white or ivory requirement and other shops mark up the standard bridesmaid if you get it in white (Jenny Yoo - though they say they add extra boning and liners to make it "bridal." And most of their bridal line is just a fancified version of their bridesmaids dresses anyhow). Other shops like the dreaded Davids Bridal don't blink twice about getting white bridesmaids dresses. It really all depends, but it's certainly a question to ask upfront.

    Other lines, like those mentioned in the post, pretty much understand that Brides use their white dresses as low-key wedding dress options and market for that.

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  11. *drool* I lovelovelove the Saja gowns (even the bridesmaid's dresses are lovely and would make a great wedding dress). Did you see this (http://www.oncewed.com/26930/wedding-blog/real-weddings/winter-wedding-in-vermont-ii/) wedding on Oncewed yesterday? gorgeous saja gown.

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  12. @Margaret - Thanks for the reminder. I actually included that one in my tweet this morning and just updated the post with some Once Wed and another Style Me Pretty Saja wedding dress inspiration.

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  13. Um I would love the first Saja dress, unfortunately I have some hips that do not look good in the flowy dresses. I also wanted to say I agree with you- I actually convinced myself that my $1100 wedding gown is a "good price" how delusional are we in wedding-land?

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