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15 Spectacular Wedding Dresses for Under $500

Last year I made a list of 10 vintage inspired wedding dresses for under $500 and I couldn’t help but look around to see what I could find this year, and surprise – the post is humongous!

“Prioritize” seems to be the it verb for weddings on a small budget lately, and for some brides, dresses may not be on the top of their list. Or maybe it is, but you just can’t justify dropping 8k on a dress you will wear for a few hours. More and more engaged couples are becoming more conscious about their wedding spending, and down to earth as far as what really matters to them. Some may want to get that wedding photographer whose work they swoon over, while others prefer having a seated dinner and an open bar all night. Whatever the case may be, I started compiling a list of 10 wedding dresses for under $500 but I found a few extra that caught my eye so I decided to extend it to 15.

There is a wedding dress for virtually any bride…

Stunning Wedding Dresses for under $500
The back of this dress! The bodice of this A line wedding dress has a beaded detail around the waist and the open back has a sweet bow. Simple and so chic! This halter neckline made me change my mind about halter dresses. Mon Cheri wedding dress style 29127, $378

DIY Moss Letters

Jana, the gorgeous bride from yesterday’s feature, sent in this great DIY project! She worked with Shea McGee to help design her wedding and it turned out just beautiful!

Do-it-yourself moss letters


1 – 15 X 84″ piece of floral foam (bought at Micheal’s)
3 – packages of preserved moss (bought at Jo’Ann’s)
1 – serrated kitchen knife
hot glue gun
printed out letters

Do-it-yourself moss letters
Do-it-yourself moss letters

1. Print out your letters on large pieces of paper. You can really do any font that is pretty easy to trace. I liked verdana because it was basic enough but had nice curves. You can do just about any size and lower-case or upper-case. Whatever you want!

2. Pin the letters to your floral foam. Leave edges around your paper letters to trim later.
(picture of letters pinned to floral foam)

3. Using straight cuts up and down, cut the foam in the shape of the letters.
(picture of cutting)

4. Open the moss which comes in sheets. Start laying and gluing it around the flatter parts of the letters first (like the tail of the “B”) Save the curves for the end. You can trim the pieces smaller and glue them for the curved portions. If the seams are showing, you can clean them up with smaller loose pieces of the moss. Trim off the excess.
(picture of moss sheets in packaging)

5 Ta-da! You have your moss letters! Hang them with your favorite ribbon like I did.
(picture of me and Billy with “B”)

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Win $100 Gift Certificate from Wendy Mink Jewelry

What a lovely giveaway we have today! The ladies at NYC boutique Wendy Mink Jewelry are giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky winner. The GC can be redeemed in store or online. Their collection makes me drool. There are so many gorgeous, can’t-live-without pieces, I just can’t decide on a favorite!

Hand-cut Indian stones, gold vermeil, resin & sterling silver are just some of the high quality materials used in the Wendy Mink collections. Five of these collections per year, with up to 300 styles per season, showcase a myriad of designs & techniques, each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in the New York City based studio.

Win $100 gift certificate from Wendy Mink Jewelry New York City

To enter, simply visit their Wendy Mink Jewelry’s website, and come back here to let me know what would you buy with the gift certificate. You can enter once a day to increase your chances of winning. Giveaway entries end on Saturday, November 21st at 11:59p.m. The lucky winner will be announced on Monday, November 23rd.

Good luck!

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