Win $500 from Nearly NewlyWed! | A Tale of Two Dresses

Confession: when I was engaged, I visited 8 bridal salons, tried on more than 40 dresses, and ended up buying one gown only to change my mind and buy a second gown just 6 weeks before my wedding. If you were feeling like a crazy bride, I hope I just made you feel a little less crazy by comparison.

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See this gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown? That’s the dress I ended up not wearing. I love that dress. It’s gauzy and gorgeous and light as a feather, and I totally had plans to wear it long for the ceremony, then shorten it for dancing like this bride did. I fell in love with it so hard that I bought it even though it wasn’t the right dress for me. But it might be the right dress for you! I’ve listed it with Nearly Newlywed, and if you love it, you can have it at a huge discount (almost 60% off!).

Or maybe you’ll find another designer wedding dress for anywhere from 40-90% off the retail price. Some of them are gently used, and others (like mine) have never been worn. Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Jenny Packham, etc. They’re all authenticated, inspected and shipped via Nearly Newlywed, and you can actually try them on at home before you commit to buying. Perfect, right?!

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In addition to the Marketplace dresses (the previously owned gowns), Nearly Newlywed also has an exclusive collection of new dresses from hard-to-find designers (how pretty is this “Swan Lake” gown?!). Really, though, I think the best part is that they’ve made it virtually risk-free to buy a wedding dress online – even one that’s pre-owned!

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“Tell me about the $500!” you’re saying. Okay, here goes: One of you, dear readers, will win $500 toward any purchase from Nearly Newlywed! All you have to do is go to their website and shop around. Find the dress you’re most excited about, then come back here and leave a comment on this post with a link to the dress, and a line or two about why you think it’s The Dress. Of course, if you can’t make up your mind and have two favorites, I’m in no position to judge.

Contest begins Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:30AM PST, and ends Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Official contest rules.

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