Hey BABs! This week we are helping Payton to get over a beautiful strapless tulle ball gown with a beaded sash. This is a super popular, classic design that brides all over are still wearing today.  You will see a strapless ball gown in nearly any bridal collection. This particular designer is Essense of Australia, though other details are scarce … but I can tell you one thing: I found some GREAT alternatives for you, lady. Check them out!

Can't Afford It

Original Strapless Tulle Ball Gown $3,000, Essense of Australia

Get Over It

BBP490 Mori Lee Tulle Ball Gown (Style: 6775) $499 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP650 Strapless Tulle Wedding Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Ornate Beading (Style: 8445) $650 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP807 Satin Tulle Strapless Ball Gown With Asymmetrical Rouched Top (Style: 20721) $807 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP934 Ball Gown Wedding Dress With Alencon Lace On Tulle (Style: 1917) $934 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP950 Venice Lace Edged With Crystal Beading On Tulle (Style: 5162) $950 at http://www.bestbridalprices.com/mori-lee-blu-wedding-dresses-style-5162-p114616

BBP1020 Tulle Overlaying Beaded Alencon Lace Appliques (Style: 1959) $1,020 at http://www.bestbridalprices.com/mori-lee-wedding-dresses-style-1959-p114571

BBP1038 Knotted Tulle Bodice With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: M359) $1,038 at http://www.bestbridalprices.com/jordan-reflections-wedding-dresses-style-m359-p122940

BBP1049 Alencon Lace On A Tulle Wedding Gown With Beaded Organza Sash (Style: 5263) $1,049 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1100 Soft Tulle Pick-Ups Over Silky Satin Accented With Heavily Beaded Bodice (Style: 2052) $1,100 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1100-2 Embroidered Lace Appliques On Tulle, Edged With Crystal Beading (Style: 2614) $1,100 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1280 Soft Tulle Gown With 3-Dimensional Organza Flowers At The Waist (Style: 2103) $1,280 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1329 Strapless Tulle Ball Gown With Sweetheart Neckline And Detailed With Feathered Applications (Style: Barbate) $1,328 at BestBridalPrices.com

On Sale – Originally $2,214!

Let me know what you think, Payton! I wasn’t sure of your budget but all of these dresses are under $1,400. Best Bridal Prices is a great website and some of those dresses come with a free veil and shoes! Let us know if you need if you need anything else from the BAB team! Until next week, BABs …

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
Elaine Michalek
  • 10/30

    It’s about time for a useful DIY around here, dontcha think? Digging through the BAB archives, I found this gem of free printables. Enjoy, darlings!

    Today we’ve got a special treat from our pals at Download & Print, providers of gorgeous stationery templates for brides and hostesses the world over! Because they know BABs are DIY-friendly by nature, they are very graciously hooking us up with a  few absolutely FREE wedding invitation templates! First up we have this beautiful “Elegant Black Pocketfold Invitation”. You can download all the individual components for this invitation suite by clicking here. For the full tutorial, we’ll turn things over to the lovely ladies of Download & Print…

    Wedding stationary is commonly one of the top ten wedding expenses, so if you are not afraid of a little work, I am here to show you how to trim that expense dramatically. With the free printables being offered to Broke Ass Brides, you can create an invitation set that is elegant, timeless, and doesn’t necessarily scream “DIY”!

    What you’ll need to create this project:

    -         FREE  printable templates

    -          Black A7 Pocket available from paperandmore.com

    -          Champagne Metallic Euro-Flap envelopes from paperandmore.com

    -          Champagne Metallic Card Stock from paperandmore.com

    -          ‘Sand’ Card Stock 80# from paperandmore.com

    -          Ink jet or Laser Printer (or print at a local copy shop)

    -          Paper Cutter or scissors

    -          Double Sided Tape

    Step #1: Open the template & add your wording

    Download the template files and save to your computer. Open them in MS Word and type in your details.  To replicate the exact look in the photo use fonts Exmouth and Trojan Pro, which are available for free download.

    Step #2: Print the Invitation & Insert Cards

    Print the invitation, pocket cards, and belly band on the 80# ‘Sand’ card stock

    Step #3: Cut Out the Cards, Belly Band, and Metallic Backer

    The metallic backer is cut by using the ruler on the paper cutter, or by measuring with a standard ruler and cutting with scissors. The templates are cut by following the dotted lines on the template.

    Final measurements after cutting should be:

    -          Metallic Backer: 4⅞ x 6⅞

    -          Invitation: 4⅝  x  6

    -          Small Insert: 4¼ x 5

    -          Large Insert Card: 4¼ x 6

    -          Belly Band: 1½ x 10½

    Step #4: Tape the invitation to the metallic backer

    Place two strips of tape on the back of the invitation, each about 4” in length. You are aiming to leave approximately 1/8” of the metallic backer showing around the invitation. Eyeball the top edge and right and left sides and lower the invitation onto the front of the metallic card, pressing it gently into place.

    Step #5: Tape the backer to the pocketfold

    Using the same process as in step #4 … place two 4” strips of tape on the back of the metallic backer.  Eyeball the top, right, and left edges, then lower into place.

    Step #6: Arrange the cards into the pocket

    Stack the RSVP and accommodation cards in the pocket, with the shorter card on top.

    Step #7: Seal the pocket with belly band

    Score the belly band along the two dotted lines to the right and left of the name frame, or just make a nice, crisp fold with your hand.  Align the band on the pocket fold, wrap around and tape with double sided tape.


    Optional Envelope Liner

    If you would like to add a high class look to your off the shelf envelopes, a custom liner is an easy way to add sparkle.

    Supplies you will need:

    Step #8: Print and cut the liner

    Open the PDF template and print onto your card stock. Cut around the liner design with scissors, and insert into an envelope with the design facing toward you.

    Step #9: Center and fold

    Center the liner onto the envelope, leaving an even space around the flap. Fold the liner flap down, creating a crisp fold in line with the envelope’s fold.

    Step #10: Tape and close

    Apply double sided tape to the reserve of the folded down liner, two strips approximately 3” long is ideal. Close the envelope flap onto the liner and press firmly to secure.

    Is this invite EXACTLY what you’ve been looking for, or is it a tad too classy for your tastes? In either case, stay tuned for even more sweet invite designs from Download & Print


  • 10/29

    Winning Wednesday: Bedeck One of Your Bridesmaids with TopWedding

    Oh, it’s been a minute since we’ve had a giveaway, hasn’t it? Well, TopWedding is here to change that.

    In honor of their beautiful new arrivals of bridesmaids gowns, TopWedding is giving away one of the sleek silhouettes, perfect for a formal affair or wintry bash. With a huge range …

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    Real Bride Jubilance

    Back when we first got engaged, I had a specific plan in mind for our Save the Dates and wedding invitations. I initially wanted our Save the Dates to look like a tweet (because we met on Twitter) and for our invitations to have a nerd theme. In those first …

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    Words to Wed By Love Quotes for the Geeks at Heart

    The words you speak when standing at the altar with your person don’t always have to come from a serious or traditional place, as long as you’re serious about the love an commitment you share with one another. In fact, some people have a hard time being serious all together …

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  • 10/28


    Hey everyone!

    I’m so excited to report that things have gotten much better since my last post. The biggest and best news is that we set a date! We were getting very frustrated over the decision, which was really hard at a time of year when we’re both very busy …

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    Hallowedding Style Board

    With Real Bride Katie‘s heart set on a Halloween wedding, and the spooky holiday staring us down at the end of the week, it seems like the right time for a great Halloween wedding — er, Hallowedding — style board. Rather than go with the standard black-and-orange approach, I …

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    paper flowers

    Raise your hand if you had a wedding board on Pinterest before you were engaged. Is it possible you made one before you were in a relationship?!

    Ladies (and gents), the wonderful, whimsical world of Pinterest can be just that — a fantasyland when it comes to wedding planning. If you …

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  • 10/24

    Marchesa Notte gown from Rent the Runway

    Happy Friday, BABs! I think fall has finally decided to show it’s face — albeit shyly — here in North Texas … just in time, too, since all the cutest stuff seems to be on sale! This Ten for the Weekend has oodles of gorgeous and cozy fashion finds that …

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