our favorite gowns for under $1,500

Our goal at Couture Closet is to get you into a gown you love for a price that fits your budget. While our prices range from $1,300 - $3,500, our sweet spot is between $1,500 and $1,700. Here are a few of our favorites that land BELOW that $1,500 mark!

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Lillian West '6454'

This beautiful Lillian West gown combines luxurious layers of flat chiffon and a beautiful re-embroidered lace over a sheer bodice. It is the perfect combination of sophisticated and sexy and you will be amazed at the amount of detail there is in this gown for such an amazing price!

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Ti Adora '7650'

This romantic English Net gown is by Ti Adora from the JLM Couture design house.  The flowing layers of the softest net over the prettiest lace, and ruched bodice with the most dainty little straps make this a perfect gown for your garden or destination wedding.  

Lis Simon Faye

Lis Simon 'Faye'

This Lis Simon gown is a 100% classic design.  Aline skirt with a ruched bodice and sweetheart neckline the gown is flattering on almost every body type.  The layers upon layers of soft chiffon make it extremely comfy and easy to move in.  For under $1,500 this timeless dress is a STEAL! 

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Lillian West '6422'

How can a dress this well constructed and this fashion forward be under $1,500? Well Lillian West loves to give our brides tons of options and top of the line quality for a very affordable price.  This particular gown is one of our favorites and features a flowing chiffon skirt with a plunging neckline and sheer back.  And those sleeves!  

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Ti Adora '7561'

This gown is one of our all time favorites in the shop.  The sleek design and the cotton lace is just an amazing combo.  Add to that a dramatic sweetheart neckline and you pretty much have perfection.  Ti Adora nailed it with this one and added affordability to boot! 

Keep in mind that these are only a few of the gowns in the shop that are under $1,500.  We have a ton more that fit that budget and even more that exceed it just a little!  Plus, we always have a collection of Sample Sale gowns that are under $1,000!  

Top 10 Wedding Gown Trends of 2017 {in Kentucky}

If you are perusing our website/blog then we are going to assume that you are a bride-to-be, or that you just love weddings; but either way we are sure you are interested in what is currently "in", in the wedding gown fashion arena right now. We have seen countless blogs and articles on TheKnot.com and Brides.com telling you what is strutting down the runway in NYC and Paris right now, but what about what is #trending in our beloved Bluegrass State?  So here is our top 10 Wedding Gown Trends for Spring 2017 {in Kentucky}. 

Plus 1 bonus trend I bet you can guess by the end of this post!  

1. Long Sleeves

There is no secret that a long sleeve wedding gown is everything right now.  We are sure you may even have a few pinned to your "Happily Ever After" pinboard.  We have ladies in the shop every single day asking for this look and for good reason, it is oh-so romantic. It isn't overdone and that long sleeve gives a winter or fall wedding the perfect touch. We can totally see this Lillian West gown at a cool October evening wedding with the trees turning orange and the rolling Kentucky hills.  

6453 by Lillian West

6453 by Lillian West

2. High Necks.

Trending in Kentucky right now is the High Neckline.  Anything that skims the clavicles is perfection.  Completely sheer, or covered in lace. We love this look for someone that may want a little extra coverage or someone that has a longer decolletage. This Ti Adora gown is light and airy and would be the perfect addition to a Kentucky Barn Wedding.   

7708 by Ti Adora

7708 by Ti Adora

3. Plunging Necklines

Ok, so we know we literally just said High Necklines were all the rage right now but, a very tasteful neckline plunge is on a lot of our brides lists.  Just a hint of cleavage {or a lot depending what you prefer} is stunning on most of our brides. It brings the eye up to your face and gives you a very elegant look.  We think this Blush by Hayley Paige gown just screams classy lady and aren't all Kentucky Brides the classiest?  

Val from Blush by Hayley Paige

Val from Blush by Hayley Paige

4. Nude

We are loving the Nude trend.  Touches of nude in the bodice and neckline give the illusion that you are being a little more daring than you usually are without exposing too much {again, keeping it super classy}.  This Lillian West gown pairs the nude with the long sleeve and the combination is stunning! A little sexy + A little conservative = Kentucky Southern Belle.  

6422 by Lillian West

6422 by Lillian West

5. Crape

This is the most resent trend we have been seeing for 2017. You Kentucky ladies have been loving your Crape or plain Chiffon fitted skirts.  We love them too!  So sleek and very modern.  Touches of lace keep this style soft and most of the Crape gowns we have seen you pin on Pinterest have had that beautiful touch of lace.  Lis Simon designed this beauty here with a cotton lace that we are just loving.  This sophisticated look lets the bride shine {which is how it should be}. Perfect for the city bride but very appropriated out doors as well.  This might be one of our favorite Kentucky Bride trends of 2017...

Idina by Lis Simon

Idina by Lis Simon

6. Glitter

Yes we said Glitter, NOT Bling.  You Kentucky ladies have been drawn to a slight glitter instead of a full on sparkle and we are LOVING this trend!  It is so beautiful but doesn't take away from the brides natural beauty!  Hayley Paige is rocking the glitter this year as always and this gown is no exception {neither is her sister gown West}.  Glitter on ladies! Glitter on!

P.S. Please excuse the picture.  I had to get up close and personal so you could see this shine!

Pepper from Blush by Hayley Paige

Pepper from Blush by Hayley Paige

7. Illusion Lace Backs

We could have titled this one as "Beautiful Back" but we wanted to be specific on the Illusion Lace Back.  For years were were getting requests for Key Hole backs, then daringly low backs, but now we get Illusion back and you may not know it when you are telling us you want a "beautiful back" detail, that you are really asking for something like this.  Almost every time we look for a "beautiful back" for someone and the Illusion Lace Back is the Win, Place, and Show {see what I did there? lol}! This Lillian West beauty has it all!   

6464 by Lillian West

6464 by Lillian West

8. Flounce

So this trend has been around for a long time.  Ruffled bottoms or flouncy skirts have been asked for consistently for years and now the Kentucky bride is looking for this detail in softer fabrics, interesting ways, and fuller skirts!  Gone are the days of a Fit and Flair bodices with tons of ruffles in the skirt.  Now this type of flounce below is center stage for the bride that wants this look, and no one does it better than Miss Hayley Paige. She has the horsehair trim flounce down pat! And even though this dress looks like perfection on the beach, the Kentucky bride is wearing it in locations like The Parklands, Whitehall, Saxony Farms, and at any Bourbon Distillery that will host a wedding!! 

Lanai by Hayley Paige

Lanai by Hayley Paige

9.Boho

Right now Boho rules in Kentucky.  Our brides are asking for comfortable, flowy gowns with touches of lace, and tulle with that boho feel..  Again, this is the perfect look for a Kentucky Barn wedding, or in a field of Blue Grass. We love the boho vibes {it is kind of what we are known for at our shop}, and no one really does Boho better than Ti Adora.  Pair this with a crown of greenery and you are set to say I Do!

7553 by Ti Adora

7553 by Ti Adora

10. Crops

What??? Yes, ma'am!  Crops with full tulle skirts are everything that Kentucky brides didn't know they wanted!  Seriously!  This romantic look is part Southern Belle, part Boho Country Girl, part conservative, and a dash of sexy.  Everything a good Bluegrass Bride is.  And don't for a moment think you can't pull this off!  The high waist skirt paired with the lower waist crop only shows a hint of skin at the midriff. The designers with Lillian West were thinking of our Kentucky ladies when they thought this one up!

6441 & 6442 by LIllian West

6441 & 6442 by LIllian West

Bonus Trend...

The Kentucky bride's MOST requested style trend is.... Can you guess? What do all but one of these gowns have in common? If you said straps or sleeves you are RIGHT!!!!  We have over 60 gowns in the shop that have some sort of strap or sleeve!  Y'all after YEARS of strapless gowns that is AMAZING!  This Jasmine Collection gown below show some perfect strap vibes! 

F191002 by Jasmine

F191002 by Jasmine

xoxo, The Couture Closet Gals

We Are Hiring!

CC Bride Libby // Photographer Lynnesy Catron

We know there are a ton of you lovelies out there who are excited to hear this news!  We get asked all the time if we love our job and the answer is YES!  This might just be one of the best jobs in the whole world.  So if you have a passion for bridal fashion, making women feel beautiful, and customer service, we would love for you to apply for this position!  

This is not a summer position, we are looking for a long term addition to our team. Sales experience is not needed {but is a bonus}.  Applicant MUST be able to work Tuesday-Thursday, and one Saturday a month. Approx. 17-20ish hours a week. This is a fun job but we do work extremely hard and we are on our feet a lot. Above all, the applicant must have a very positive, compassionate, and loving attitude and want to help each bride feel and look amazing for her most special day.  

If this sounds like you, than send us a cover letter and resume to info@coutureclosetboutique.com.  We can't wait to meet you!  

We LOVE love!

"The more I think it over.  The more I feel there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."  -VINCENT VAN GOGH

Wanted to share these sweet love birds {Ashley + Kevan}!  When we saw their pictures, we felt their love and wanted to share it with everyone else.  Just a little snippet of their BIG DAY!

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Gown: Blush by Hayley Paige  ||  Groom's Suite: Joseph Abboud at Men's Wearhouse || Photographyer: Sherri Barber Photography  ||  Hair:  Tiffany Cecil at The Style Box  ||  Makeup: Sloan Winters at Circe  || Venue: St Louis Bertrand Catholic Church

Brittany's dream dress

Yesterday we received an email from CC Bride, Brittany.  Unfortunately, we were unable to read it until today....but we wanted to share this sweet story.  With our job and the role we are in, we often times get to be linked to this emotional purchase.  Of course, as you would expect....it's usually HAPPY emotions.  And sometimes, there are other emotions, some good and some tough.  We have experienced some tragedies, heartache, loss, and simply tough stuff for one person to bear.  But, with out a shadow of a doubt...our relationships with our brides mean so much to us and being this person that you get to think back on helping you find THE dress is an honor!  We hope that every bride who has been a "CC bride" and all the future ones know we are always there for you, we have your back, and vow to make this a wonderful memorable experience.  Below you will find Brittany's perspective on shopping for her dress and how she wanted to keep her late Grandmother Helen close to her heart on her Big Day.

12/5/16

Hello ladies,

I just wanted to say thank you and share a photo and story with you.

Before I went to CC, I looked around on various websites for dresses. There was this one dress that I kept seeing and I had added it to my favorites on 3 different apps. One day I was looking at the dress again and I saw that it was named Helen. I immediately started to cry when I saw this because I had been wanting to find a way to remember my late grandmother on my wedding day and I had just found it.

When I was at CC, I asked Tera if they carried this dress. She said unfortunately they did not but they had just recently received a dress that looked almost identical to the dress I was looking for. Tera pulled the dress for me and l picked 3 other dresses that I wanted to try on. She told me that she wanted me to pick the first one I tried on so I picked the one that was similar to the Helen dress I was looking for. She asked me why I was looking for this particular dress named Helen so I told her the story.

I LOVED the dress! It was everything I was looking for and I wanted to say yes but I was still thinking about the Helen dress. I think Tera could see all this on my face so she told me to go to other boutiques and see what else was out there and think about it.

I didn't find my Helen dress at any other boutiques but I kept thinking about the dress I loved at CC. I called Tera to see if I could come back that day and try it on again. They said of course so we drove back to the boutique that day. I tried the dress on again and I couldn't stop grinning, I was all smiles. Tera asked if I could see myself getting married in this and I was instantly transported to the church staring at Ben waiting at the altar. Of course I immediately started crying and said yes!

Tera and I went back into the dressing room to take it off. She told me that at the CC when a dress comes in and it is not named, they like to name the dress after the first bride who buys it. She said that I was the first bride to ever try this dress on and to buy it. She told me that she wanted me to have my Helen dress so instead of naming the dress Brittany, she was going to name the dress Helen and sell it in the boutique as Helen. We both just started crying.

Words can not express my gratitude to Tera and the girls at CC for giving me my Helen dress. I desperately wished my grandmother was with me on my wedding day. By giving my wedding dress her name, you allowed my grandmother to be with me every step of the way on the most amazing day of my life. Thank you so much for giving me the perfect way to remember my grandmother on my wedding day.

I am sending this email to you today because today would have been my grandmother's birthday.

Brittany Hughes

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Photo by: Crystal Ludwig Photo // Flowers: The Desired Effect, LLC //Dress: Lillian West

So we are sending some shout out love to Grandma Helen!!!!

Warmly, 

CC gals

Sara Gabriel Trunk Show

So the leaves are turning, the air is getting chilly, PSL are aplenty, and to you this might mean fall, but to us, it means our Sara Gabriel Trunk Show is right around the corner!  Every November big boxes of beautiful arrive on our doorstep so that the lovely ladies of Kentucky can complete their wedding day ensemble.  And, let me tell you, Sara knows how to complete that look!  Dainty sparkle, Dramatic statements, Classic tulle, all of these things and so much more will be here November 18-20.  This event MIGHT just be more fun than finding you dress!  Space is very limited so please call 502.225.0305 as soon as possible to book your appointment. 

Sneak Peak of what will be here!

Sunday Pretty

So there is a sweet little wedding trend going around that we are OBSESSED with!  Have you seen it? The Geode Wedding Cake? Take a look at these little beauties! Your engagement ring might be getting a run for it's money with these too-pretty-to-eat pastries around.  

Photography by Angela Shae

Photography by Angela Shae

Found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest

Happy Sunday Funday!

xoxo, Couture Closet Gals

Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping {insiders guide}

From the moment a bride becomes engaged her mind starts racing about the ginormous "To-Do" list that is looming in her future.  As we all know, venues and photographers book up super fast, so those bad boys are very necessary to check off the list in the first few weeks of planning.  But did you know that the next big item you need to tackle is your wedding gown?  For some brides-to-be this is the most exciting part, and for others, dress shopping is the most stressful part of the planning.  So either way we have compiled a few of our favorite dress shopping tips for making this experience not only enjoyable and stress free, but filled with memories that you will remember for a lifetime.  We say it all the time but here at this shop, we truly believe that shopping for your wedding gown should be as special and memorable as wearing it! That's why we opened the boutique, to give our brides the shopping experience they expect and deserve. So here we go..... Are ya ready?

Happy CC Brides that totally had these tips down pat! :)

Happy CC Brides that totally had these tips down pat! :)

Time Frame: You often hear that you have to shop for your dress early, and that can't be more true!  Bridal gowns {if you will, get in line to get made when you order}, and production time can be anywhere from 12 weeks to 6 months!  Then, even though we measure you to get you a close fit, that doesn't mean a perfect fit.  Alterations usually require 3 appointments and around 3 months to complete!  So shopping for your wedding gown a year out from your big day is SO important.  That way, if you find your wedding gown right off the bat, you have a little breathing room, and if it takes you a month or so to find the perfect dress, then you still have that time set aside for shopping!  

Pinterest: When we first opened in January 2007 {almost 10 years ago!!} Pinterest did not exist! Can you even remember a life without Pinterest!!??? Well over the last 9.5 years we have seen the wedding planning world entirely change due to this fabulous form of social media!  However, as much as Pinterest can help you out, it can also hang you up.  Let us explain... We ❤️ Pinterest, we really do, BUT... We have noticed a trend that happens all the time here at the shop.  Brides pin dress styles, they get their heart set on one style, and then plan their entire wedding around a dress {or type of dress} they haven't even tried on.  When the time comes to go dress shopping, the bride either has a hard time finding that exact dress, or that style doesn't look good on their body type, or due to budget constraints the dress isn't an option for them.  When one of those things happen, we have seen complete devastation on their faces.  Because they have been dreaming of one particular pinned dress, or type of dress, their entire wedding pin board is now ruined just because they realized they look better in a strapless dress instead of their pinned dresses with straps and a low back!  That all of a sudden becomes a lot for them to digest! That sounds a little extreme but trust us, we see it almost weekly here and it can really ruin your wedding shopping trip.  So let Pinterest inspire you, but be open to all kinds of different options when it comes to dress shopping. You will enjoy your experience so much more if you come with an open mind, and an idea of what looks good on you, not what will look good in the type of wedding you have have been pinning for weeks. That brings us to our next tip...

Rules? What rules?: When our parents were getting married there seemed to be a lot of rules. Certain styles for certain seasons. Certain styles for certain types of weddings. Certain colors for certain types of living arrangements {haha!}.  And we still hear all the rules when dress shopping starts, however, it is a different time and you know us Gen X and Millennials,  we write our own rules!  So.... Is it appropriate to wear a big ball gown on the beach? YOU BETCHYA! How about a flowing, slim, blush pink chiffon gown in the Cathedral with a Brown Hotel Ballroom reception? YEP! What if you want to wear a full beaded mermaid gown to a barn wedding? DO IT!!!!!  Wear what makes you feel BEAUTIFUL! Don't get pigeon holed into a type of gown because of old rules.  Write your own wedding fashion rules, and you will feel like you, you will feel like a bride, and you will feel confident.  All those things make you glow and that makes a beautiful bride!

Shop With a Goal: The goal of wedding dress shopping is to, of course, to find and buy your perfect wedding dress.  However, we hear all the time that brides are not ready to buy, or that this is their first appointment, or they are just looking, when they come in for an appointment.  We understand that you don't want to be pressured into buying a dress, and at least at this shop, we totally 100% respect that! But don't come into your appointment thinking you aren't going to buy today.  When you do that, you automatically don't LET yourself find YOUR dress.  When you put THE DRESS on for the first time, and you know that it is totally the dress you are going to become a wife in, don't you want to be able to say YES!!!!! THIS IS MY DRESS!!!!!! and let us celebrate that moment with you?  Instead of saying, "well we aren't buying today, {or I have another appointment}, but I think this might be the one", and then calling us on the phone to pay for the dress at a later date.  Talk about anticlimactic! Let us scream and jump up and down with you! Let us hug you and celebrate the fact that you just found the most perfect dress for you!!! Come in thinking, I hope I find my dress here today! And if you don't, that is totally OK, but then you know that it is because you didn't find the RIGHT dress, not because you told yourself you were just looking.    

Say YES!: When you find THE dress {the one that you don't want to take off, and the one that keeps you smiling from ear to ear, and you picture yourself wearing it while walking toward the person you love with your whole heart}.  When you find THAT dress, DON'T try to beat it.  This is another thing that will take your wedding dress shopping trip from a high to a low. There are SO many gorgeous dresses out there, and believe us when we say that if we could have 5 different weddings just to wear 5 different dresses, we totally would! But trying to top a dress that makes you OH SO happy, just makes for a frustrating and sometimes tearful halt.  Once you have that feeling, you won't get it back like the first time you felt it. So Say YES, when it is fresh and new!  Once you look at in the mirror and your gut says THIS IS THE ONE!  Just shout YES, I WANT TO GET MARRIED IN THIS DRESS!!! And believe me we will celebrate!!!

The Bottom Line: This might be THE MOST important tip for dress shopping.  Set a budget for the dress.  And remember that you aren't JUST going to need a dress.  You are going to want accessories and you will need alterations.  All those factors need to be taken into consideration before you start dress shopping.  Make sure you are upfront with your bridal consultant about what your budget is.  At our shop we make sure that we don't pull dresses that are over our brides price range {even if a friend says "just try it on for style"}.  We are NOT paid on commission here so our goal is to make sure you stick to your budget {or UNDER!!!} There is NOTHING worse that having a bride pull a dress that is way over budget and then fall in love.  You will compare that dress to everything else, and you will end up settling.  And you NEVER want to settle on your dress, you want to LOVE it and feel great about buying it!

If you want to read more about Dress Shopping Tips head over to the Cosmopolitan website and read this article {HERE}.  See what tips one of our favorite designers, Miss Hayley Paige, and Lori from Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta have to say about wedding dress shopping!

So we hope to see you soon for a little dress shopping!!! 

Xoxo,   Couture Closet Gals

Shopping Small for Your Wedding

Being from the Louisville area I am keenly aware of the "shop small" movement. Us Louisvillians LOVE our "shop local", "keep Louisville Weird", "shop small", "makers" terminology!  Purchasing items, foods, and services from locally owned small business gives back to our local economy and puts food on a local family's table. It is something we are passionate about in these parts.  It is SO important to shop small and shop local when it comes to maintaining local economic growth and development, and what better way to do that than planning a wedding!?

Think about it, when you plan a wedding you usually source your vendors from the local pool of wedding professionals in your area!  Maybe you buy local handmade goods for attendant gifts, or personalize your wedding with help from a local calligrapher.  What a great way to give back to your community indirectly!  And guess what? These talented individuals that cater your event, style your wedding, take your pictures, bake your cake, and *cough cough* help you select a wedding dress... We are just locals too!  We go to Oaks {not Derby}, we drink Bourbon {not Whiskey}, we cheer for the Cards {or the Cats depending on who you talk to}, we probably know 10 people you know if we chat long enough, and when I ask you what school you went to, you know I meant high school not college. We are one of you, and we love playing a part in our towns success! 

Thank you for shopping local. Being a small business is hard stuff, and we appreciate everyone that shops at local businesses instead of the big chains, internet, or leaves the community to shop in another major city or state! You are helping grow YOUR community, and that is an amazing thing! 

Say "Hi" next time you run into us at Comfy Cow, Garage Bar, or Heine Brothers!

Some Locals you might need to know for planning your shindig {this is just a small sampling of what our great city has to offer}!

Maggie Heely from Weekend Wedding Warriors - Local #GirlBoss!

Maggie Heely from Weekend Wedding Warriors - Local #GirlBoss!

Lauren Chitwood from Lauren Chitwood Events- Local #GirlBoss!

Lauren Chitwood from Lauren Chitwood Events- Local #GirlBoss!

Billy Grubbs -Local Film Photographer {and his lovely wife who was also a #CCBride}!

Billy Grubbs -Local Film Photographer {and his lovely wife who was also a #CCBride}!

Jaclyn Journey from Jaclyn Journey Event & Floral Design- Local #GirlBoss AND #CCBride!

Jaclyn Journey from Jaclyn Journey Event & Floral Design- Local #GirlBoss AND #CCBride!

Marcie Hancock from ATF Weddings- Local #GirlBoss!

Marcie Hancock from ATF Weddings- Local #GirlBoss!

Kenny Sauter from Masters of Music- Local DJ!

Kenny Sauter from Masters of Music- Local DJ!

Whitney Neal Photography - Local #GirlBoss

Whitney Neal Photography - Local #GirlBoss

Carrie Ann Smith owner of MADE Blowdry Boutique- Local #girlboss!

Carrie Ann Smith owner of MADE Blowdry Boutique- Local #girlboss!

Melissa Butler from Louisvillicous- Local #GirlBoss AND #CCBride {that is a CAKE y'all!}

Melissa Butler from Louisvillicous- Local #GirlBoss AND #CCBride {that is a CAKE y'all!}

xoxo, Lauren