Kate says: "My fiancé and I are planning a wedding for next spring (hopefully May) in Baltimore. We're planning a somewhat traditional wedding, but we're more of a nontraditional couple (two women!), so I've been looking for a wedding dress that's slightly nontraditional. I've found it, and it's beyond perfect! It's the Reem Acra Twist Front Gown with Jeweled Sleeves, IN SILVER! Here's the kicker. it's absolutely the to-die-for dress of my dreams, but its nearly $5,000 price tag isn't at all in my budget. I keep thinking that there just HAS to be a knockoff or similar dress out there, something silver and fabulous that's close to the same style and might be possible for me to afford. I'm hoping to stay under $1,000, but am open to going a little beyond if necessary."
The good news, Kate, is that the dress you're looking for actually has some super affordable sisters - several of our finds were well under $400, never mind $1000. The (minor) catch is that some of our picks are sleeveless: we figure with all the money you save, you'll have enough left over for a tailor to add the jeweled cap sleeves.
1. Mignon VM650 Cap Sleeve Prom Dress ($458)
2. Column Square Neck Capped Sleeve Floor-length Sequined Evening Dress ($249)
3. Dessy Wedding Dress 1027 ($345)
4. Bari Jay Destination Wedding Dress 2012 with Detachable Straps ($208)
5. Mirabelle Gown ($625)
6. Nicole Miller Silk Crêpe de Chine Strapless Gown ($1,265)
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