Marchesa & BHLDN Team Up On an Affordable Bridal Line

Marchesa & BHLDN Bridal Collection 2016

While I have newly tied the knot myself, it is more than easy to understand the pain you ladies out there are going through, trying to find the perfect dress for the big day. You have been shopping around and finding it immensely hard to say yes to the dress. They are either not lovely enough when in budget, or merely with prices that go through the roof and the average woman simply cannot afford. This is where the whole Marchesa x BHLDN affordable bridal collection comes in (shop the dresses here), where we are suddenly faced with designer clothing that is not only as perfect as it has ever been, but also much easier on the pockets.

Marchesa & BHLDN Bridal Collection 2016

While the original Marchesa bridal gowns for celebrities and those with huge budgets begin from $20,000 USD, the five-piece Marchesa Notte capsule collection with BHLDN is but a fraction of that, sold in the range of $1500 to $2200 USD! That is quite the sale on these gorgeous dresses, delicately beaded and intricately embroidered with floral designs. This is the first time the brand has partnered with a bridal retailer really, and the price point is certainly not something any of us ever expected. Marchesa gowns are superb, so getting your hands on even one at this price is well worth the trouble.

“Working with BHLDN was exciting because, like Marchesa, their goal is to make women feel like the most beautiful version of themselves for such an important day,” Marchesa designer Keren Craig said in a press release. “We are looking forward to even more brides discovering the beauty of Marchesa through this exciting collaboration.”

Marchesa itself is a brand established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, headquartered today in New York City and catering to high end womenswear, particularly bridal apparel. It is a lovely label with the radiance of the woman wearing the gown made by Marchesa always placed at the forefront.

Even on the Golden Globes we see Marchesa pieces, with Viola Davis appearing 18 hours ago in a spring/summer 2016 Marchesa runway dress; she was not the only one either, with Jessica Oyelowo looking quite chic and dapper, and Lily James simply taking our breath away. Colors are also seen, but it is the absolutely stunning grey and white pieces, such as that worn by Sarah Hay or others on the red carpet that really are palpably Marchesa.

The five looks we have in this particular affordable collection though includes a gorgeous bone colored laces covered mermaid dress, fitting down to the knees and flaring out just a little, enough to accentuate the curves on top. It’s got short sleeves and an open décolletage, nearly falling off the shoulders, the train a lovey touch in the back. We see a lacy sheath dress with half sleeves and an open back, the sheer aspect across the top of the chest and over the shoulders really adding to the allure of this rather country-girl meets with wealth combination.

Of course, we have a positively heavenly simple tulle skirt on a fitted strapless bodice as well ” for what is a collection of bridal gowns without at least one strapless option? And of course we have a floral applique encrusted transformer skirted look as well, with a deep V neckline, open shoulders and a fun and flirty feel that somehow inspires thoughts of prom more than a wedding. Last but not least, we add in some gold for a gorgeous organza dress, golden belt high on the waist, and golden lace across the décolletage, creating a womanly but pure impression on our devilish minds.

Photos courtesy of Marchesa

Written by Tamar Najarian
Tamar is a psychologist, teaching and heading into the business world with a prospective MBA. A silly lover of books and words, she generally loves to seek out new adventures, getting her toes wet and her hands dirty. Having moved to Armenia nearly two years ago, she feels like the world is at her fingertips and anything is possible so long as you take a step in that direction.