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Luxe looks for less: Simple and chic couture alternatives

You might be slashing your wedding budget, but, recessionistas, don't despair. It's possible to score a high fashion gown at a lower price.

Start by looking online. J. Crew has trendy looks for a fraction of the cost of a couture gown. Strapless styles from Nicole Miller and Simple Silhouettes exude sophistication and glamour in dresses that won't break the bank.

Designer Sioloonim pairs silk taffeta blouses with long silk skirts, budget-friendly separates that cater to the avant-garde bride. Get more mileage out of the top, and wear it again with skinny jeans and stilettos after the wedding.

Here's another way to save: Try going short. Little white dresses from Vineyard Collection and Birnbaum & Bullock are chic alternatives to the long gown for a casual summer fete. Higher hemlines equal less fabric and a lower price.

There's no need to skimp on style. Your dream gown can be affordable and fashionable, too. Here are some options:

Silk tricotine halter gown with straight skirt and deep-V back by J.Crew, $395;

Ivory pleated organza by Vineyard, $1,350, at Priscilla of Boston, Roslyn Heights; 516-484- 2080,

Tunnel neck silk taffeta blouse with full-length silk taffeta skirt by Sioloonim. Blouse, $295; skirt, $625; at , 212-750-5606.

Satin mini with flower petal details by Robert Bullock Bride, $650, at Birnbaum & Bullock, Manhattan; 212-242- 2914,

Satin gown with vertical beading, pleated bust and beaded empire waist by Galina Signature for David's Bridal, $800, Westbury, 516-741-9898, or Lake Grove, 631- 982-2028,

Double layer chiffon strapless gown by Nicole Miller, $1,275, at Iman Bridal Couture, Old Brookville, 516-656- 0674, and Nicole Miller, Manhattan, 212-219-1825,

Ivory duchess satin gown, $1,200, with optional rose pin, $35, in ivory silk shantung by Simple Silhouettes;

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