“Diffusion lines” — secondary collections created by high-end fashion houses at significant discounts — come from big-name designers such as Vera Wang, Jenny Packham and Zac Posen. “The designers themselves are truly involved,” say David's Bridal's Lori Conley. While their stamp is clearly on the dress — you’ll recognize signature embellishments and silhouettes — fabrics are often synthetic. But, she says, “ours still move the same way and almost every gown has some handcrafting.”

In the realm of don''t try this at

In the realm of don''t try this at home —-- or more aptly, don''t wear this down the aisle at your wedding — come a bunch of truly amazing dresses made of. . . toilet paper. Some 1,500 entrants applied to a design contest sponsored by Cheap Chic Weddings (an online company specializing in money saving wedding tips) and Charmin. The dresses ranged from sleek and sophisticated to wildly elaborate, requiring between nine to 70 rolls of toilet paper and tape, glue, needle and thread. The winner, Van Tran of Brooklyn (her gown, second from right, is modeled with other finalists), received $10,000 and a trip to any Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. Event planner and wedding expert Michael Russo, who hails from Long Island, was a judge at the event and said," "Many of the dresses were beautiful enough to be translated into ready-to-wear."" And they had a practical side, too, he joked. ""With all those tears of joy at a wedding, it''s good to have toilet paper around to dab ''em.""

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Tadashi Shoji

This stretch lace number boasts a bold

This stretch lace number boasts a bold back keyhole and a sweeping train; $850 by Tadashi Shoji at BHLDN stores in Manhattan and bhldn.com

 

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Willowby by Watters

This dreamy number features a floral

This dreamy number features a floral lace illusion neckline and an ethereal flowing tulle skirt; $970 by Willowby by Watters at BHLDN stores in Manhattan and bhldn.com

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Etoile

A beaded scallop motif adds interest to

A beaded scallop motif adds interest to this wispy creme-hued tulle confection; $800 by Etoile at BHLDN stores in Manhattan and bhldn.com

 

 

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J. Crew

This flowy number features a shirred strapless

 This flowy number features a shirred strapless bodice in crinkled silk chiffon with a modern notched neckline; $650 at jcrew.com

 

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DB Studio

Save your dough for the honeymoon and

Save your dough for the honeymoon and still look like a goddess in this sheath with glam beading and side drape; $159.95 by DB Studio at select David’s Bridal stores and davidsbridal.com

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J. Crew

Granted not every bride wants to rock

 Granted not every bride wants to rock a jumpsuit, but for a slightly edgy look add a veil to this one with its delicate camisole top; $495 at jcrew.com

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J. Crew

Spare but chic defines this frock with its

Spare but chic defines this frock with its clean lines, covered back buttons and trailing chiffon train; $595 at jcrew.com

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Mori Lee

This strapless confection of duchess satin gets

This strapless confection of duchess satin gets a regal vibe with elegant diamante beaded embroidery; $999 by Mori Lee at Bridal Elegance in Huntington.

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A sprinkle of twinkle

Sparkling straps, a lace wrapped bodice and

Sparkling straps, a lace wrapped bodice and a ribboned waist accented with a twinkling brooch make this ethereal A-line number super special; $750 by Mori Lee at Bridal Elegance, Huntington.

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Vera Wang

This organza mermaid dress from Vera Wang’s

This organza mermaid dress from Vera Wang’s White collection features a ruched bodice that dips low in the back and then, whoa, a dramatic flare at the bottom; $898 at select David’s Bridal stores and davidsbridal.com

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Zac Posen

Capture that famous Zac Posen

Capture that famous Zac Posen fit-and-flare silo in this short bridal beauty with shimmering lace appliqué inspired by 1950s couture; $850 by Truly Zac Posen at select David’s Bridal stores and davidsbridal.com

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Cynthia Rowley

Three-dimensional flowers adorn the bodice of this

Three-dimensional flowers adorn the bodice of this figure-flattering charmer; $599 by Cheers Cynthia Rowley at select David’s Bridal stores and davidsbridal.com

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Bridal Garden

Wedding dresses are discounted up

Wedding dresses are discounted up to 75 percent at Bridal Garden in Manhattan — even sweeter, all proceeds from sales of donated gowns (designer samples, overstock and some pre-owned) benefit education for disadvantaged children. This elegant dress by Enzoani features a tiered tulle trumpet skirt and body-con bodice; $1,815 new; here, $998. For more info, bridalgarden.org

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Theia

Petal-like embellishments graduate from small to larger on

Petal-like embellishments graduate from small to larger on this gown that features spaghetti straps and a form-fitting bodice; $995 by Theia at Lovely Bride, Manhattan; more info, lovelybride.com

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Charmin, anyone?

In the realm of don’'t try this

In the realm of don’'t try this at home —– or more aptly, don'’t wear this down the aisle at your wedding — come a bunch of truly amazing dresses made of… toilet paper. Some 1,500 entrants applied to a design contest sponsored by Cheap Chic Weddings (an online company specializing in money saving wedding tips) and Charmin. The dresses ranged from sleek and sophisticated to wildly elaborate, requiring between nine to 70 rolls of toilet paper and tape, glue, needle and thread. The winner, Van Tran of Brooklyn (her gown, second from right, is modeled with other finalists), received $10,000 and a trip to any Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. Event planner and wedding expert Michael Russo, who hails from Long Island, was a judge at the event and said,” "Many of the dresses were beautiful enough to be translated into ready-to-wear.”" And they had a practical side, too, he joked. “"With all those tears of joy at a wedding, it'’s good to have toilet paper around to dab ‘'em.”"

(Credit: AP Images for Charmin/Amy Sussman)