When beginning the search for that all-important wedding dress, people are usually ill equipped with only a few, top dress designers in mind. While there is no denying the sheer perfection of those Vera Wang or Monique Lhuillier gowns, there are numerous other up-and-coming or lesser-known designers out there with equally beautiful silhouettes and easier-on-your-wallet price points. While I do love me a Reem Acra and Amsale gown, here are five of my other favorite designers that I hope will soon become household names, as well.
Sarah Seven: http://www.sarahseven.com/
This designer may actually the best known out of the four others I’ll list. Based in Portland, Oregon, Sarah Seven uses natural fabrics, silk, wool, linens, cotton voile, and even recycled vintage fabrics to create its beautiful gowns all made by hand. Brides who gravitate toward these collections typically have an appreciation for all things romantic, feminine, and modern vintage.
Ivy & Aster: http://www.ivyandaster.com/
Ivy & Aster is meticulous with the littlest of details, which certainly show through its exquisitely crafted gowns. The designer states that their dresses are “born from happiness, laughter and love” – all things a wedding day should encompass. The dresses embody a sweet simplicity along with a dash of whimsy to help create a story for the big day. With an “Alice in Wonderland” feel, these gowns will surely ignite the wonder in brides and wedding guests alike.
Leanne Marshall: http://www.leannemarshall.com/
This might be my favorite designer out of all the ones I list today. Leanne Marshall is the Season 5 winner of Project Runway who ventured into the bridal industry in 2011. Her dresses all reflect her natural gift for design, presenting light, flowing lines, feminine details, and timeless elegance. Each dress is handcrafted in the USA with the highest quality materials and help showcase, not overshadow, her brides’ unique beauty. Marshall’s ethereal approach to her gowns has made her a go-to for many modern brides.
Chaviano Couture: http://www.chavianocouture.com/
For those who’ve always wondered where those mysterious, stunning tulle dresses all over Pinterest come from, now you finally know. Chaviano Couture is known for designing ethereal beauties with illusion tulle necklines and flowing skirts. However, they do not only create amazing gowns but are also passionate about helping others through their handiworks. Twenty percent of their proceeds are donated to a non-profit project in Haiti that aids orphanages, or to charities that mean a lot to their brides. For more ways to help while purchasing the gown of your dreams, visit “The Cause” tab on their website.
Anna Campbell: http://www.annacampbell.com.au/
Anna Campbell is actually not based in the US but in Australia; however, she makes too many pretty things not to share. It would be selfish of me to keep this to myself. These gowns are known for their elegant, vintage feel along with breathtaking beadwork. Silhouettes are feminine and finished with the finest of lace, silk, and beading. As she was surrounded by nature growing up, Campbell features rustic, free flowing designs in her work. If you’ve already fallen in love, don’t be discouraged by her location just yet. While her Made to Measure collections are only available in her Melbourne boutique, she is able to ship her Gossamer collections out to other countries.
Happy planning and dress shopping!