Style Inspiration: 3 Courthouse Wedding Looks for a Bride on a Budget

Charlotte writes, “I need your help! My beau and I are getting married in D.C in June, and we’re planning a small courthouse ceremony with close family and friends, followed by a luncheon at a relative’s house. Do you think you could offer some outfit inspiration? I visualize a knee-length jacquard dress and pretty fascinator, but have no idea where to start looking. My only ‘requirements’ are that the dress is knee-length (or slightly above) and the entire outfit is under $400.”
Congrats on your impending nuptials! So you need a wedding outfit under $400? Sounds like a challenge, but I’m up for it!

The first look centers on a $148 floral lace crepe dress by Shelli Segal, along with a $90 pair of Bebe gold and white sandals:

Since you mentioned a fascinator, I found one for $89 from House of Fraser. Finish with a $27 Lulu Townsend lace clutch, $26 Givenchy Glass Pearl Earrings, $25 Napoleon Perdis Loose Powder, and a spritz of $12 Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist. Total: $398.

The second look comprises a $225 Arielle Lace Shift Dress from House of Fraser, along with $50 sparkly sandals by Martinez Valero and a $27 Lulu Townsend clutch:

Pop on the same $89 fascinator, and complete with a $4 pair of lashes, $15 MAC lipstick, and a spritz of $25 perfumed body spritz. Price: $435. Nix the lipstick and body spritz for a grand total of $395:

The last look starts with two high priced items: a $194 Vivienne Westwood Anglomania White Marghi dress and $160 Enzo Angiolini White Embellished Peep Toes:

Since the shoes and dress are such splurges, you can save on makeup and jewelry. Forever 21 has $7 Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings and $7 Pressed Powder. Finish the look with $8 Essie Polish from the Wedding Collection, $10 False Eyelashes, and $25 Eyeshadow. Total: $410. Ditch the eyelashes or pressed powder for a look that rings in well below your $400 budget:

What do you think?
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Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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