How To Find Perfect Vintage Lace Wedding Dresses

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Vintage lace wedding dresses are among the most spectacular vintage wedding dresses. Finding the right vintage lace wedding dress comes down to whether you want and original or a vintage inspired lace wedding dress.

Vintage Style Wedding Dresses Lace

A vintage inspired lace wedding dress is often a wise choice since vintage lace is so delicate. While small pieces of vintage lace can do wonders to make a vintage style dress look more authentic, having a whole garment like a vintage lace wedding dress is likely to end in tragedy when it comes to the big day.

Vintage inspired lace wedding dresses tend to be made of either modern cotton or polyester and so will stand a full day of celebrations better. Plus if you do make any accidental rips or wine stains you aren’t damaging an original period piece, which can be emotionally and financially expensive.

Modern-made dresses also come with the advantage of plus size vintage lace wedding dresses for curvier modern brides.

Where to Find Vintage Inspired Lace Wedding Dresses

We recommend a few vintage dress brands that make vintage wedding dresses. It’s generally a good idea when ordering a wedding dress online to find a local seamstress to make any final adjustments. You might find a good one at your local drycleaners but otherwise we suggest you find one either from a reputable dress shop or through friends.

Remember to put aside a good bit of your wedding dress budget towards these alterations – sewing is a honed skill that takes years to master so don’t expect a lot of work for $10. Ever wondered why it is so wrong to ask for free sewing, even from a friend?

Nevertheless, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by getting a wedding dress made to measure in the first place. This is quite possible online providing you follow sellers’ instructions with a tape measure and it may be worth getting someone to help you.

Unique Vintage – Off The Peg Vintage Lace Wedding Dresses

We love this stunning 1940s wedding dress. As a polyester and cotton blend you can be sure of comfort as well as an elegant look. Unique Vintage is a great source of vintage inspired wedding dresses as well as more casual vintage clothing. At just $62 you would never guess this was a such a great value wedding dress.

This 1950s wedding dress with sleeves looks great on any figure. Again it benefits from Unique Vintage’s price, convenience and shipping. The sweetheart bodice features front boning, molded padded cups, and princess seaming for a sweet and structured fit. It also features a tea-length swing skirt so you’ll definitely be ready for the dance floor.

Chic & Crochet – Handmade Vintage Lace Wedding Dresses

This Etsy artisan produces beautiful lace dresses with a boho and vintage vibe. These are made to order and they also take custom commissions if you have a particular wedding dress design in mind.

“At Chic & Crochet, we are not for mass production, instead we like to provide special care to all our gowns. We make sure all our gowns are unique and different from others. Be it hand beaded, sequined or an exquisite lace design, we make sure all your needs and demands are met with us! There is nothing we cannot do it for you.”

We love these vintage lace wedding dresses with an open back. Read on to find out why.

We love the dramatic train on this Annais lace wedding gown, reflected by its dramatic billowing cuffs.The great thing about vintage inspired lace wedding dresses is they often don’t directly reference any era in particular but instead offer a kind of classic nostalgia, with a sexy twist from the suggestive see-through lace. This lace wedding gown has a distinctly 18th Century look but would also make a great 1960s wedding dress with its bohemian hippie style.

The Katia dress is far more 20th Century. This figure-hugging wedding dress features a tighter lace pattern that seems to wrap around the model’s chest. The mermaid wedding dress train is altogether more shaped giving this gown an air of sophistication. Plus it has pockets!

A vintage lace wedding dress with sleeves, we can’t get over this Ariana sexy backless wedding dress that shows just a subtle hint of your chosen undergarments.

Ellenhouse Women’s 2019 Lace Long Vintage Country Style Bridal Wedding Dress

You may not have planned to get your wedding dress on Amazon, but we’ve heard nothing but great things about these stunning floor-length vintage lace wedding dresses. It’s made of satin with a lace overlay so you don’t need to worry too much about having to care for it. Although its imported from Shanghai many reviews remark on the fast delivery of this made-to-measure wedding dress.

Alesandra Paris

These vintage inspired lace wedding dresses are designed and made by hand in France. Bespoke commissions are also welcome but their standard range includes a great variety of designs. Each one is handcrafted in 8 – 12 weeks so be sure to order in good time.

We love this two-piece short wedding dress with tea-length ankle skirt.

How To Find An Original Vintage Lace Wedding Dress

If you love vintage clothing, value sustainable fashion, or just want to stand out more on your wedding day, then an original vintage lace wedding dress could be for you.

First you should ask yourself if you are prepared to set aside the budget required – although many vintage wedding dresses are actually quite cheap depending on the era you are going for. A 1970s wedding dress bound for charity shop could be very cheap, but not if its a designer brand, while original 1920s wedding dresses of Victorian wedding dresses are valuable antiques.

Are you a fairly small size? Vintage dresses tend to be quite small. Vintage lace wedding dresses will be no exception as women used to get married so young. It also tends to be smaller pieces that survive better since they are less likely to have been worn by subsequent owners.

Next you should decide if you can really look after a period piece. Plenty of modern wedding dresses can be thrown in the washing machine despite manufacturer’s warnings as they are just machine-sewn polyester. Delicate cotton or silk wedding dresses which were more common decades ago require specialist cleaning. Plus modern vintage inspired lace wedding dresses will be much more durable should you accidentally trip or catch it on something. These are things that could spoil your big day, so be sure to consider if you can make commitment.

If in doubt, go with a more recent era so that you can find a vintage lace wedding dress that isn’t as rare and expensive and probably more resilient.

This Edwardian vintage lace wedding dress was used in the production of the film Titanic! This has only added to the price of this exquisite garment that is over $10,000. Look at how tiny it is! Sadly many original vintage lace wedding dresses will be reserved for the super-rich and super-skinny. Or more likely, thankfully, museums and archives.

Once again the vintage clothing marketplace of Etsy provides the perfect place to find high quality vintage wedding dresses.

However, don’t forget to check Ebay’s specific categories for bargains. By using these filters you can very quickly target very specific styles in no time.